Nominations Open for the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) Awards 2015- Recognizing Excellence in Urban Sanitation

Deadline: 26 November 2015

The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India has launched Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) – scheme for eliminating open defecation and for enhancing sanitation and public health outcomes in urban areas of country within five years from October 2nd, 2014 to October 2nd 2019 by providing technical and financial support to state and city governments.

Nominations are invited for the awards that cover wide range of good practices across various categories that have resulted in enhanced quality of sanitation service delivery levels to the citizens at large and the poor and marginalized in particular.

Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) Awards are instituted by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India in association with the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to recognize, inspire and celebrate excellence in urban sanitation management. These awards have been instituted with the explicit purpose of honoring urban local bodies, water boards and organizations that assist them in taking significant steps towards effective sanitation management and effecting improvement in service delivery.

What are the categories for the Award?

The awards are meant to acknowledge organizations that have made an exceptional contribution to the urban sanitation sector in one or more of the following categories:

  1. Innovative Practices in Improving Access: Individual toilets, Community toilets, Public toilets, Mobile toilets, SHE toilets, Sanitation in institutions, Technology innovations such as biotoilets, Eco-san toilets, Cost effective options, Model wards etc.
  2. Solid Waste Management
  3. IEC and Public Awareness
  4. Public Private Partnership
  5. Innovative Financing
  6. Innovative O & M
  7. ICT in Urban Sanitation & Regulation

Eligibility Criteria

The awards would be open to:

  1. Urban Local Bodies (ULBs)
  2. Parastatal agencies /Water Utilities and Boards
  3. Non-Government Organizations, Community-Based Organizations, Private-Sector Organizations, Bilateral and Multilateral agencies in collaboration with ULBs / Water Utilities and Boards.

How to apply?

  • Eligible and interested organisations are invited to submit entries in the format prescribed in Entry Form. All the eligible organisations can submit multiple entries in different categories.
  • An Advisory Committee, comprising sector experts, policy makers, academia, civil society organisations will assess entries based on the evaluation criteria. Finalists will be selected following a multistage procedure that will include initial screening and shortlisting followed by field validation of the shortlisted entries. Organisations that make it to the shortlist will be invited to make a detailed presentation.

For more information please visit this Link.

Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR): A Call focusing on Ending Child Marriage and Child Pregnancies in Uganda

Deadline: 16 November 2015

Terre des Hommes Netherlands has marked tackling child abuse and violations of SRHR as an important theme is its current strategic plan and thus has launched a call for proposals for the Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR): A Call focusing on Ending Child Marriage and Child Pregnancies in Uganda.

Despite the existing legal and policy frameworks in Uganda, there are still high levels of child sexual violence and abuse. For instance, Child Marriage (CM) continues to rob millions of girls around the world of their childhood. It forces them out of education and into a life of poor prospects, with increased risk of violence, abuse, ill health or early death. Police statistics in Uganda show that 21 children are (sexually) abused every day. According to UNICEF’s 2015 report, “State of the World’s Children ̈, national statistics show that 40% of women in Uganda were below the age of 18 at the time of marriage. One in every four girls between 15 and 19 is already a mother or pregnant with her first child in Uganda (UNFPA report).


  1. Inadequate resources necessary to support implementation of laws and policies which then translates to poor facilitation of government departments involved in preventing and responding to child protection threats;
  2. Poor staffing of key government departments (e.g. social welfare departments) that are instrumental in monitoring and responding to child abuse;
  3. The low capacity and motivation of duty bearers (police, judiciary and Civil Society Organisations) on preventing and responding to child abuse, child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM);
  4. At community level, there are weak systematic reporting and referral mechanisms which means children, caregivers and communities might be reluctant to report incidents that happen.


  • Children at risk (especially girls) are increasingly aware of their rights and devastating effects of Child Marriage and early pregnancies thus claim their SRHR
  • Children (especially girls) have increased access to quality formal & non formal education and health services
  • Families and communities are increasingly aware of the harmful impact of Child Marriage and early pregnancies thus protect children
  • Government protects children (especially girls) from Child Marriage and prevent violations of SRHR by making or reviewing and adequately implementing laws and policies
  • Law enforcement agencies convict abusers of children
  • Civil society organisations protect the rights and best interest of children
  • The private sector increasingly contributes to ending CM and promoting SRHR


  • Advocacy to ensure enforcement of the legislation and operationalisation of related policies on child marriage and child pregnancies
  • Empowerment of children especially girls through school clubs and community groups
  • Service provision for girls/ victims of CM including education/ vocational education/ psycho social support/ support in income generating activities
  • Community-based child protection structures are supported and actively take part in protecting children from CM and early pregnancies
  • Members of judiciary and police staff are trained on child protection and child-friendly interview techniques

Eligibility Criteria

  • TdH-NL is inviting non-governmental organisations (NGOs or CSOs) with the required framework to submit a full proposal. This call is open to organisations to apply independently as well as in a consortium / in partnership (i.e. more than one applicant)
  • The following areas in Uganda are eligible for funding: Central, East and Northern Regions.
  • Applicant as well as (if applicable) co-applicants need to be fully registered in the country of implementation
  • Applicant as well as (if applicable) co-applicants need to demonstrate a successful track record in addressing child abuse and / or violations of SRHR
  • The proposals need to show a coherent programmatic approach
  • The proposed project needs to be based on the Theory of Change with related outcomes.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their proposals at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit this link.


Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s ‘India Open Grants Fund’ to NGOs Supporting Vulnerable Communities in India

Applications can be made anytime

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is an UK-based grant making organization supporting overseas NGOs, especially in India and the UK, and provides funding to local NGOs working with disadvantaged communities, helping them access basic services. Grants are generally given to NGOs who find difficult to raise funds from other sources. This Fund seeks to meet our strategic aim to enable vulnerable communities living in priority geographical areas to improve their lives.

The foundation strengthen organisations working with disadvantaged young people, and to support better integration of young people who migrate. With the mission “to improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in India”, the Foundation gives grants of about 40 million rupees a year to local NGOs working in focused areas supporting atleast 20 organisations across India.

Areas of Interest

Among vulnerable communities, the following as a non exclusive, indicative list of special interest groups that we will work with in both rural and urban areas:

  1. Ultra poor families in mixed communities
  2. Dalit communities, particularly those involved with inhuman occupations
  3. Tribal communities fighting for or dispossessed of their land and resources
  4. Women
  5. Disabled people, particularly children
  6. Communities with little or no access to health services
  7. Communities with little or no access to education
  8. Unorganised labour

Focus Country: India

Priority Regions

  • The states covered will be Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Assam.
  • In addition to these states certain culturally identifiable regions such as Vidharbha, (Maharashtra), Dangs (Gujarat), Telangana (Andhra Pradesh), Bundelkhand (Uttar Pradesh), and and Mewar and Hadoti (Rajasthan), which are worse off than other parts in those states, will be given priority.

Size & duration of grant

  • There is no minimum or maximum grant size. The amount you request should be the amount you need.
  • The costs can include running costs such as staff salaries and overheads such as stationary, rent, rates, utilities.
  • The foundation accepts proposal for up to three years.

Who can Apply

  • Organisations supported within the India programme have to be local Indian NGOs with Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration.
  • Non-Indian organisations or locally registered branches of non-Indian organizations and organisations without FCRA registration will not be supported.
  • NGO initiatives that support development of community leadership and a better understanding of community concerns and their management are also supported.
  • Political or religious institutions will not be supported.
  • Other Exclusions
    • Individuals or proposals for the benefit of one individual
    • Retrospective funding for work that has already started
    • General circulars/appeals
    • Proposals that solely concentrate on the purchasing of property, equipment or other capital items
    • Overseas activities, including travel, expeditions, adventure and residential courses

Application Process

Applications can be made at any time. To apply, fill in the online application form available on the website.

For more information, please visit Paul Hamlyn Foundation grants to India.

USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) Call for Proposals 2016

Deadline: 1 November 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the call for applications for the next round of Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) Program.

DIV supports the piloting and rigorous testing of innovative approaches to solving international development problems and supports transitioning innovations with evidence of impact and cost effectiveness to scale. DIV’s aim is to create a portfolio of innovations that improves lives for millions of the poor around the world, especially individuals in poverty or extreme poverty, and other vulnerable groups.

DIV employs a staged funding model, with size of investment commensurate with evidence of potential for success. DIV recognizes that organizations supported will need flexibility to iterate and adapt innovations and DIV strives to provide this flexibility.

There are several types of projects that are not a good fit for DIV’s objectives. This includes standard development practice (e.g. building schools), basic scientific research (e.g.laboratory research), a planning tool or diagnostic that is unlikely to result in measurable development impacts, innovations that are applicable only in very limited context, or private sector applications to expand businesses in developing countries that are unlikely to lead to significant development impacts.

All interested organizations must submit a 2-4 page Expression of Interest (EOI). EOIs can be submitted anytime and will be reviewed on a rolling basis from October 1, 2015 to October 1, 2016. If initial review indicates the EOI merits further consideration, selected organizations or consortia may be invited, individually or in combination, to
further develop their concept.

Eligibility Information. Public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, public international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations, multilateral and international donor organizations are eligible under this APS. All organizations must be determined to be responsive to the APS and sufficiently responsible to perform or participate in the final award.

For more information, visit this link.

PPIAF Call for Proposals: Public-Private Partnership for Infrastructure Projects are Invited for Grants of Total $1 Million

Deadline: 6 November 2015

The Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) is currently inviting applications for its  second call for Knowledge Proposal soliciting submissions on topics pertaining to private sector participation in infrastructure, public-private partnerships (PPPs), and sub-national finance in PPIAF’s priority sectors (Energy, Water and Transportation).

PPIAF is looking for knowledge products that provide lessons learned or best practices which can be applied across countries and across regions. A total of $1 million has been allocated towards this effort.

Grants Available

Maximum funding that will be allocated to outreach proposals under this call is $50,000.

Priorities regions

Sub-Saharan Africa and South, Southeast, and East Asia, with a focus on low-income and fragile countries.

Project Topics

PPIAF invites proposals for knowledge activities under the following topics:

  • Guiding principles and best practices in policy, regulatory and legislative frameworks to develop climate resilience investment through PPPs.
  • Identifying and assessing best practices for PPP units/offices/authorities in developing countries to identify, prepare, procure and implement PPPs.
  • Effective long-term financing solutions (e.g., commercial banks, capital markets, infrastructure bonds, blended finance, pooled finance, etc.) for infrastructure PPPs in developing countries.
  • The challenges and solutions, including innovative structures or models, for doing PPPs in fragile and conflict-affected countries.
  • Best practices in mainstreaming energy efficiency in infrastructure PPPs.
  • Examples of gender-informed PPP enabling environment frameworks and how they are applied in practice.
  • How have PPPs delivered pro-poor impacts as compared to traditional infrastructure procurement modes?

Eligibility criteria

The call is open to all World Bank Group (WBG) staff and other multilateral development banks, donor organizations, and non-profit organizations.

How to Apply

All Applicants must submit the PPIAF Call for Proposal form (proposal length maximum of 10 pages)  via email.

For more information, please visit Knowledge Proposal.

A New Grant Open to Improve Food & Nutrition Security in Lower & Middle Income Countries

Deadline: 2 November 2015

Driver of food Choice is currently accepting proposals for competitive grants program to improve food & nutrition security in Lower and middle income countries. The DFC Competitive Grants Program will fund research grants that use qualitative or quantitative methods or both to examine key aspects of food choice in one or more of the thirty-four countries that account for 90% of the global burden of under nutrition.

This grants program is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UK aid from the UK government through the Department for International Development (DFID). The objective of the Program is to

  1. Provide a deep understanding of the drivers of food choice among the poor in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  2. Incorporate a gender-transformative or gender-aware approach to increase the likelihood that outcomes will benefit women and children.

Priority Countries

Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia.

Research Topics

  • Development of an understanding of factors that influence food choice among consumers in lower wealth quintiles in LMIC to inform policy and practice.
  • Investigation of how changes to traditional food environments and food systems influence food choice among consumers in LMIC settings.
  • Evaluation of the impact of nutrition-sensitive agricultural interventions on food choice behaviors of different household members, especially women and children.

Funds available & duration

 The DFC Competitive Grants Program anticipates distributing a total of $2,152,500 in the first two year funding cycle and $2,152,500 in the second two-year funding cycle of the grants program. Grant  requests may not exceed $300,000 for the total duration of the project. Grant requests should be for two-year projects.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Research organizations, non-government organizations, public (e.g., government) institutions, and private sector organizations with a demonstrated interest and commitment to improving food and nutrition security in LMIC are eligible to apply.
  • All recipients must have prior experience conducting relevant nutrition, food systems, or agricultural research, and must demonstrate prior experience in efficient and effective fiscal management.
  • In the case of partnerships, a lead organization should be identified that meets these criteria and can submit the concept memo as the prime applicant.

Application Process

  • Applicants can apply through two-step application process:
    • Submission of a concept memo. Selected applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal.
    • Submission of a full proposal. Selection of full proposals for grant award will be made.
  • Concept memos and cover sheets must be submitted by email.

For more information, please visit DFC Grants program.



Small Grant Facility for Gender Equality and Energy in West Africa

Deadline: 31 December 2015

A small grant facility has just opened up to provide three types of funds to NGOs and other agencies in parts of the West African region for the promotion of gender and improving women’s access to energy leading to alleviation of poverty and empowerment of poor rural women in the area.

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Global Innovation Fund of USD $15 Million: Seeking Innovative Solutions to Global Challenges- Especially for Poor and Vulnerable groups in Developing World

Applications are accepted on rolling basis

The Global Innovation Fund (GIF) is currently accepting applications from social enterprises, for-profit companies, non-profit organisations, government agencies, international organisations, and researchers in any country to apply for funding. GIF welcomes applicants to propose innovative, cost-effective solutions that address any major development challenge in any country (or in multiple countries) in the developing world.

GIF is nonprofit innovation fund headquartered in London. The Global Innovation Fund invests in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. The fund look for innovative solutions to global development challenges with the potential for substantially greater impact than existing approaches, especially for poor and vulnerable groups.

What the Fund seeks?

  • Innovation and Impact: GIF supports innovations that benefit people living on less than the equivalent of $5 per day (PPP) in developing countries, and we are especially interested in innovations that impact people living on less than $2 per day (PPP). We are also seeking innovations that benefit vulnerable groups such as women and girls, the disabled, minority or indigenous groups, refugees or displaced communities, or other vulnerable populations.
  • Potential to Scale: It seeks innovations that have potential to eventually scale up and meaningfully improve the lives of millions of people living in developing countries.
  • Team: It looks for innovators with the relevant expertise and capabilities to achieve success, with clear roles, responsibilities, and time commitments needed to be successful. Teams should be able to demonstrate strong knowledge of the problems they are addressing and what approaches are likely to work in the local environment surrounding their innovation.

What does GIF offer to innovators?

  1. Flexible range of financing options. GIF offers grants, loans (including convertible debt), and equity investments ranging from $50,000 to $15 million USD.
  2. Access to vast global network. The innovators gain access to GIF’s growing network of innovators, experts, and funders around the world.
  3. Venture and technical assistance. GIF can help to connect innovators with assistance based on their needs.
  4. Bridge to follow-on funding. GIF helps to connect the innovators to other donors and investors.

Check the eligibility criteria and application information in the Next page.


Do you Have an Innovative Solution to the Current Global Challenges? Apply for the GIF Grants of $15 Million-Check your Eligibility!

Do you have an Innovative Solution to the Current Global Challenges? If yes, then submit your applications for the GIF Grants of $15 Million. Before proceeding, please check your Eligibility and application process below.

Eligibility Information

  • Anyone can apply, including teams from social enterprises, for-profit companies, non-profit organisations, government agencies, international organisations, and researchers in any country.
  • The team may involve a coalition of organisations if this is helpful to bring in the skills needed to develop, test and scale your innovation. In such cases, the lead organisation that will be responsible for managing funds from GIF should apply.
  • GIF does not typically fund the following types of projects:
    • Traditional development projects or approaches that are similar to current practices (e.g. building schools, drilling wells, or delivering other goods and services to the poor through commonly used methods)
    • Innovations that are applicable to very specific, narrow contexts and/or lack potential to have meaningful social impacts on a large scale (e.g. potential to reach millions of people)
    • Basic scientific research (e.g. laboratory research)
    • Plans to expand private businesses in developing countries without demonstrable potential to achieve significant social impacts (e.g. reducing poverty)
    • Religious activities (e.g., building a church). Note: Religious organizations conducting activities with broader development goals are welcome to apply, however.

Application Process

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis, with no specific deadline to apply.
  • All applicants must begin the application process by submitting an Initial Application through GIF’s online Application Portal.
  • Initial Application includes a short online form and either a document (2-4 pages) OR a slide deck (8-12 slides e.g. in Powerpoint). Applicants are also welcome to submit a video (maximum 8 minutes) as an optional addition to the application.
  • Initial applications will be reviewed by GIF staff and the most promising applicants will be invited to move on to the next phase.

For more information, please visit GIF Applications.


USAID/Indonesia: eMpowering Access to Justice to Strengthen Democratic Governance

Deadline: 20 November 2015

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Indonesia is seeking applications for funding from qualified U.S. and Non-U.S. organizations to fund a program entitled eMpowering Access to Justice (MAJU) in order to strengthen democratic governance in Indonesia by enhancing the ability of poor and marginalized Indonesians to access justice, and increasing the ability of the government of Indonesia (GOI) to protect their rights consistent with Indonesia’s constitution and long-standing international commitments.

The goal of the strategy is “A stronger Indonesia advancing national and global development”.


The objectives identified to achieve the stronger Indonesia goals are:

  • Democratic governance strengthened
  • Essential human services for poorest and most vulnerable improved
  • Global development priorities of mutual interest advanced
  • Collaborative achievement in science, technology and innovation increased

Award Information

  • USAID/INDONESIA intends to provide $8,400,000 in total USAID funding over a five year period.
  • $1.5 million must be allocated for forest dependent indigenous communities living in or around high biodiversity forests within LESTARI landscapes in Papua across three outcomes.
  • In additional, $500,000 should be made available for Technical Assistance activities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. and non-U.S., non-government organizations (NGOs) are eligible to apply.
  • USAID encourages applications from potential new partners, which have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
  • Applicants must have established financial management, monitoring and evaluation processes, internal control systems, and policies and procedures that comply with established U.S. Government standards, laws, and regulations.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their applications electronically at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit and download the full announcement of the opportunity.