USDA/NIFA: Inviting Applicants for Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program

Deadline: 2 June 2016

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting applicants for Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program to support projects that encourage those from local communities, community based- and non-governmental organizations, universities, extension and state and federal agencies to develop and implement food safety outreach programs that facilitate the integration of Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) food safety guidelines into a variety of agricultural production and processing systems, including conventional, sustainable, and organic systems, among others.

Project Categories

  • Pilot Projects will support the development and implementation of new and potentially high risk, high-impact food safety education and outreach programs in local communities that address the needs of small, specialized audiences from among the various target groups.
  • Community Outreach Projects will support the growth and expansion of already-existing food safety education and outreach programs that are currently offered in local communities.
  • Multistate Education and Training Projects will support the development and implementation of multi-county, state-wide, or multi-state food safety education and outreach programs where there are common food safety concerns, but the counties and states are not necessarily located within the same regions.

Funding Information

The anticipated amount available for NIFA support of this grant in FY 2016 is approximately $4.7 million.

  • Pilot Projects (awards not to exceed $50,000);
  • Community Outreach Projects (awards not to exceed $150,000);
  • Multistate Education and Training Project (awards not to exceed $400,000)

Eligibility Criteria

Applications may only be submitted by:

  • The Cooperative Extension Service for a U.S. state or territory;
  • Non-government organizations and/or community based organizations representing owners and operators of farms, small food processors, or small fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers that has a commitment to public health and expertise in administering programs that contribute to food safety;
  • Federal, State, local, or tribal agencies;
  • An institution of higher education (as defined in Section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)) or a foundation maintained by an institution of higher education;
  • A collaboration of two or more eligible entities.
  • Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not directly eligible to apply

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their application packages electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grant Program.

ViiV Healthcare: Call for Proposals for Positive Actions for Girls and Women Funds

Deadline: 26 April 2016

ViiV Healthcare is seeking proposals from organisations for its Positive Actions for Girls and Women Fund with an aim to tackle the harmful practices and norms that limit the aspirations of girls and women and increase their vulnerability to HIV and to fund projects which focus on the reducing the commoditization of girls as well as supporting projects and organisations that advocate for girls and women.

Objectives

  • Reduce the commoditization of girls (e.g. sexual or gender-based violence, early marriage, forced sex work, inter-generational relationships)
  • Support existing projects, organisations and innovators that advocate for girls and women

Funding Information: The 2016 Call for Proposals is limited to applications of £50,000 over two years (about £25,000 per year).

Focus Areas

  • Community leadership to improve knowledge of and access to appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and services in early adolescence
  • Reducing incidence of and ending community acceptance of early marriage, forced marriage and relationships of power imbalance
  • Community interventions to end sexual and gender based violence, particularly amongst adolescent girls
  • Community initiatives that support HIV positive adolescent girls to access appropriate SRH information and services; and reduce HIV related stigma and discrimination that may lead to vulnerability for these girls
  • Community advocacy that address punitive laws and policies that put adolescent girls at risk of harassment, violence and/or arrest by the police, including girls in key populations

Selection Criteria

  • Addresses harmful practices that leads to health/HIV risk
  • Promoting rights, education and campaigning rights of girls
  • Build aspiration and opportunities to escape poverty for adolescent girls
  • Enhance information about and access to SRH services
  • Advocacy
  • Demonstrating Impact (Monitoring and Evaluation)
  • Addresses root causes
  • Assure sustainability

Eligibility Criteria

  • Non-governmental and community-based organisations that can deliver change at a community level
  • The PAGW does not have any specific restrictions, although it is expected to be focused on communities in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • The PAGW accepts applications in French.
  • The lead contact should be the person responsible for delivery of the project at a country level wherever possible.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit ViiV Healthcare.

USAID: Seeking Applications for Development Food Assistance Projects

Deadline: 13 June 2016

The U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP) is seeking applications from U.S. and non-U.S. nonprofit organizations for funding for program entitled “Development Food Assistance Projects” for Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Liberia.

Through FFP, USAID supports multi-year development food assistance projects to reduce hunger and extreme poverty in vulnerable populations by addressing the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity.  It also provides emergency food assistance to address needs arising from natural disasters and complex emergencies often characterized by insecurity and population displacement.

Objectives

  • To improve food access and incomes through agriculture and other livelihoods initiatives;
  • Enhance natural resource and environment management;
  • Combat under nutrition, especially for children under two and pregnant and lactating women;
  • Mitigate disaster impact through early warning and community preparedness activities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • To be considered for an award, the applicant must be a private voluntary organization (PVO) or cooperative that is, to the extent practicable, registered with the USAID Administrator, or an intergovernmental organization, such as the World Food Program.
  • This includes U.S. and non U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGO) as defined in Section 402 of the Food for Peace Act and as described on the USAID website under PVO Registration.
  • In the case of a consortium, the applicant must be the consortium lead and must identify any other members of the consortium or individuals tied to the implementation of the project as described in the application, along with all sub-awardees.
  • The respective roles of any other members of the consortium or individuals, including all sub-awardees, must be described and separate budgets must be attached for each.
  • USAID encourages applications from potential new partners and local organizations

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Development Food Assistance Projects.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Seeking Proposals for Youth Engagement, Education and Employment Programs

Deadline: 21 May 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS or Service) National Youth Development Program is seeking proposals from non-profit, state and local government youth-serving organizations with the interest and capacity to work cooperatively with the USFWS to develop and administer projects focused on providing employment, educational and public-service opportunities for U.S. citizens and legal residents.

Projects are developed based on needs identified by USFWS offices at the national, regional and local levels that will lead to the development of project scopes of work in consultation with the youth serving organizations selected as program partners

Focused Areas

  • Employment: Projects that provide participants with job skills training, education and professional development. These projects will engage youth crews, small teams and individuals
  • Education and Public Service: Projects that provide participants an opportunity to be exposed to civic engagement and collaborative, community-based stewardship of natural and cultural resources.

Funding Information: Contingent upon the availability of funds, the USFWS estimates having available a maximum of $10,000,000 this fiscal year nationwide for projects under this program

Eligibility Criteria

  • The opportunity is open to non-profit, state, county, city or township and special district government youth-serving organizations with the interest and capacity to work cooperatively with the USFWS to develop and administer projects focused on providing employment, educational, and public-service opportunities for U.S. citizens and legal residents between 15 and 25 years of age and veterans up to 35 years of age.
  • No other entities are eligible to respond.
  • All responding non-profit entities must provide a copy of their Section 501(c)(3) status determination letter received from the Internal Revenue Service.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment Programs.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Seeking Applications for Micronesian Mangrove Assessment Initiative

Deadline: 1 June 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region is seeking applications from organisations for a project entitled “Micronesian Mangrove Assessment” that will address the needs of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC).

The PICCC’s Micronesian Mangrove Adaptation Initiative (MMAI) involves multiple partners and several interrelated projects focused on improving coastal and community resilience to the impacts of climate change through improved management of mangrove ecosystems on the island of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Objectives

  • Coordination with initiative partners,
  • Stakeholder engagement during all stages of developing the Adaptation Plan,
  • An analysis of institutional decision-making and governmental processes,
  • Adaptation plan scoping, development, review, and finalization.
  • Public outreach and presentation of the final Plan for formal adoption by Pohnpei State

Funding Information

  • The Opportunity is for a single award of $120,000.
  • The approximate start date is September 1, 2016, and the anticipated end date for the project is September 30, 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

  • There are no restrictions on applicants for this announcement.
  • All potential applicants are eligible to apply.
  • U.S. non-profit, non-governmental organizations must provide a copy of their Section 501(c)(3) or (4) status determination letter received from the Internal Revenue Service.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can download the application forms via given website.

For more information, please visit Micronesian Mangrove Assessment.

Indo-U.S. Vaccine Action Program to Support Research Projects

Deadline: 7 May 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH) is inviting organizations/institutions for Vaccine Action Program (VAP) with an aim  to support collaborative vaccine-related research projects that ultimately reduce the burden of infectious diseases of importance in India, the U.S., the South Asian region and globally.

The program will conduct vaccine-related research through U.S.-Indo collaborations on a variety of infectious diseases, including immunologic characterization.

Priorities

  • Discovery, demonstration of the proof of principle, development of novel manufacturing processes, evaluation of the safety and efficacy and demonstration of the effectiveness of the use of new and improved vaccines to prevent:
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Tuberculosis
    • Pandemic and interpandemic influenza
    • Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF)
    • Malaria
    • Enteric diseases
  • Discovery and/or development of vaccine adjuvants promoting mucosal or systemic responses; analysis of their mechanism of action; optimization of vaccine adjuvants to increase efficacy while reducing reactogenicity; development of in vitro assays for evaluating adjuvanticity and/or reactogenicity; identification of correlates of adjuvanticity;
  • Characterization of local and/or systemic immune responses and regulatory mechanisms in infants, compared to older children or adults, to vaccines or natural exposure/illness due to infectious diseases;
  • Mechanisms of systemic or mucosal immune response across the lifespan to infection or vaccination, including characterization of mucosal vaccine immune responses, and correlates/surrogates of mucosal immune responses;
  • New manufacturing and vaccine delivery technology;
  • Effectiveness of the introduction of new and improved vaccines into public health immunization programs;
  • Epidemiology of infectious disease in the human population.

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Public Affairs Section: Strengthening Afghanistan National Strategic Communications

Deadline: 20 May 2016

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan is inviting all eligible organizations to submit a proposal for providing an advisory services to the Afghan Government’s Office of Public and Strategic Affairs to include a review of the government’s message dissemination and formulation structures, collection and analysis of citizens’ feedback, and production of content suitable for use by the media.

The project will strengthen the Afghan Government’s national strategic communications and will reinforce its efforts to be publicly accountable to its citizens by openly and transparently communicating the government’s achievements to the press and public.

Objectives

  • Support of Management Structures
  • Improvement of Message Dissemination
  • Analysis of Feedback
  • Media Production of Public Content

Proposal Priorities

  • A detailed implementation plan that shows a thorough understanding of the project’s objectives and the applicant’s approach to achieving them.
  • A detailed monitoring and evaluation plan including methodology, indicators and how activities, events or achievements will be recorded.
  • An outline of how the applicant will address the technical aspects of the objectives.

Funding Information

  • The award floor for the base period is set at $1,000,000. The award ceiling for the base period is set at $1,200,000.
  • PAS intends to award a grant for a period of 12 months (base period) with an option for one additional 12 month period (option year one).

Eligibility Criteria

  • This project will be funded by Economic Support Funds and authorized by the Foreign Assistance Act and is subject to the statutory limitations of such funding.
  • Eligibility is open to all types of applicants except for 1) individuals and 2) government entities.
  • Organizations may sub-contract with other entities, but only one entity can be the prime recipient of the award.
  • When sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their application material electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Afghanistan National Strategic Communications.

U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program: Fostering Greater Contacts between Americans & Russians

Deadline: 24 May 2016

The U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy Moscow is seeking proposals from U.S and Russian organisations for FY 2016 U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program with an aim to help foster greater contacts between Americans and Russians by supporting unique projects centered on Russian-American, peer-to-peer collaboration, including an exchange of best practices between Russians and Americans on a topic of mutual interest.

Projects must be non-political in nature and focus on Russian-American peer-to-peer dialogue or people-to-people engagement on themes of mutual interest that support greater understanding of shared values, institutional and professional development and strengthen the awareness of the merits of inclusive societies.

Funding Information: Availability of funds are up to $1,650,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Proposals may be accepted from U.S. or Russian organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. public and private non-profit organizations and academic institutions (both public and private) meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).;
  • Russian non-commercial organizations and academic institutions that are not owned, funded or controlled by the Government of the Russian Federation.
  • Any proposed sub-partners or sub-grantees must also meet the above parameters.
  • Commercial firms are not eligible to apply under this program.
  • Previous Peer-to-Peer grantees and sub-grantees/partners are not eligible to apply.
  • Peer-to-Peer projects may focus on any theme that is not political in nature, including, but not limited to higher education, cultural exchange, journalism, environment, community development, social services, public health, civil society, etc.
  • Projects should be original, creative, and dynamic and focus on sharing innovative practices unique to each country.
  • Potential activities may include but are not limited to short-term exchanges, web-chats, seminars, interactive training, the development of online resources, and classroom activities.
  • Potential applicants must ensure that program activities are directly tied to the goals of the project, and are encouraged to introduce new and unique approaches to facilitating peer-to-peer interaction and the exchange of best practices.
  • Successful projects will be results-driven and have a multiplier effect.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can request for application packages via given website.

For more information, please visit U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program.

Community of Democracies: Inviting Organisations for CD-UNITED Program!

Deadline: 31 December 2016

The Community of Democracies invites organizations to apply for funding through its CD-UNITED program entitled “Democracy in Action: Expanding Civil Society Space” which provides financial support to projects that support and strengthen democracy.

CD-UNITED is the Community’s flagship initiative that seeks to finance projects and initiatives that support and strengthen democracy, promote human rights and fundamental freedoms, and build civil society around the globe.

The Community of Democracies (CoD) is an international organization that drives the global democracy agenda through common action. It was established in 2000 to bring together governments, civil society and the private sector in the pursuit of a common goal of supporting democratic rules and strengthening democratic norms and institutions around the world.

Project Priorities

The project should:

  • be action-oriented with clear objectives and well-defined activities; innovative elements are introduced; the project brings added value;
  • define realistic indicators and targets;
  • have a realistic timeline – all activities are diligently planned;
  • identify potential obstacles for the project’s implementation and appropriate mitigation measures (risk analysis);
  • be a part of organization’s larger strategic plan.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applications may be submitted by: non-governmental organizations, nonprofit organizations, public institutions, private and public higher education entities, for profit organizations, unregistered organizations and public international organizations.
  • The inclusion of local civil society within the proposed initiatives is required.
  • Work with non-profit organizations is preferred; however, there may be occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.
  • Applications will be assessed on “first come, first served” basis.
  • Applications are completed in English.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can download the application forms via given website.

For more information, please visit Community of Democracies.

Law Foundation of Ontario: 2016 Access to Justice Fund

Deadline: 1 April 2016

The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) inviting non-profit organizations across Canada for its Access to Justice Fund (ATJF) for projects addressing legal needs.

The LFO was the third Canadian jurisdiction to create a law foundation. British Columbia was first in 1969, followed by Saskatchewan in 1971. As of 2001, all Canadian provinces and territories had law foundations in place. Through granting and collaboration foundation invest in knowledge and services that help people understand the law and use it to improve their lives.

Foundation’s Approach

  • Act with Fairness
  • Be Open and Supportive
  • Build Bridges
  • Expand Knowledge
  • Act as a Catalyst
  • Support Innovation

Priority Areas

  • Children and youth
  • Consumers
  • Public legal education, intake and referral
  • Racialized groups
  • Refugees

Grant Information

  • Foundation expects that most grant applications will not exceed $100,000 in total. Any applications for amounts of $100,000 or more will need to demonstrate significant benefit.
  • Applications can be for short-term or multi-year projects.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All non-profit organizations across Canada are eligible to apply.
  • Collaborations among organizations with different areas of expertise and from different areas of the country are encouraged.
  • The proposed program or project may be local, regional, provincial or national in scope.
  • In making grants from the ATJF, the Foundation wishes to support high-quality projects that have the potential to bring real improvements to the communities served.
  • To be eligible to apply to the ATJF, your proposal must support access to justice and:
    • Address the legal needs of or relate to the groups or areas.
    • Fit within the Foundation’s mandate and be consistent with the Foundation’s vision and mission and
    • Be from a not-for-profit venture

How to Apply

Interested applicants can download the application forms via given website.

For more information, please visit 2016 Access to Justice Fund.