GrantStation International Insider - February 2022

International Insider
Volume XIII | Issue 1

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COVID-19 Related Funding

 

Current COVID-19 funding opportunities are available on our website.

 

Global Funding Opportunities

Funds to Preserve Islamic Arts and Cultural Heritage
Barakat Trust

The Barakat Trust supports the study and preservation of Islamic heritage, architecture, archaeology, art, and culture. The Trust makes grants worldwide for efforts to promote and preserve artistic culture and heritage related to the Islamic world. Support is provided for the following: 1) research into the history of the art, architecture, and the archaeology and material culture of Islamic societies; 2) the conservation, preservation, restoration, and presentation to the public of artifacts, buildings, and archaeological sites produced by Islamic societies; 3) the work of libraries, museums, and other public collections in the conservation, documentation, and presentation of artifacts and manuscripts produced by Islamic societies in their broadest sense; and 4) the organization of events intended to further research in the history of the art, architecture, archaeology, and material culture of Islamic societies. Eligible applicants include registered charities and nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, educational institutions, and individuals with the backing of an institution. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2022. Visit the Trust’s website to learn about the grant types and register for one of the online question and answer sessions.

Challenge Seeks Innovations in Healthy Aging
Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge

The Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge, founded by the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, aims to kickstart innovation to support healthy longevity through a series of monetary awards and prizes. The competition is open to innovators from any background and is available in over 50 countries and territories worldwide through a network of Global Collaborator organizations. Applicants may submit ideas related to basic science, medical treatments, commercial products, technologies, social sciences, architectural and community design, or any other field—as long as they are bold, new, and innovative ideas to extend health and function as people age. There are three phases to the competition: In the Catalyst Phase, up to 500 awards worth $50,000 each will be issued globally as seed funding to advance innovative ideas. In the Accelerator Phase, awards worth $185,000 to $1 million, or more, in financial or in-kind support will be issued to Catalyst Award winners who have made significant progress, preferably achieving proof of concept for their idea. In the Grand Prize Phase, one or more Grand Prizes of up to $5 million will be awarded for achievement of a breakthrough innovation that extends the human health span. Support is provided through a number of competitions posted on the websites of Global Collaborator organizations. Application deadlines vary by competition. Visit the Challenge website to access a list of open competitions.

Prize Honors Changemakers in Education
Yidan Prize

The Yidan Prize is an inclusive education accolade that recognizes individuals, or up to three-member teams, who have contributed significantly to the theory and practice of education. It consists of two prizes to recognize both researchers and practitioners: the Yidan Prize for Education Research and the Yidan Prize for Education Development. Yidan Prize laureates receive a gold medal, a HK$15 million (approximately US$1.9 million) cash prize*, and a HK$15 million project fund* distributed over three years, to scale up their education projects and support more learners globally (*shared equally between teams). The cash prize and project fund will be shared equally for teams. Nominations should be submitted before March 31, 2022, 12pm HKT (GMT +8). Visit the Prize’s website to download the nomination guide in English, French, Chinese, and Spanish. All nominations should be submitted in English.

Funding Targets Women, Girls, Trans People, and Intersex People Worldwide
Mama Cash: Resilience Fund

Mama Cash provides support to initiatives led by women, girls, trans people, and intersex people around the world. The Resilience Fund supports ambitious feminist and women’s, girls’, and trans people's and intersex people’s rights organizations and initiatives that 1) work from a feminist or women's rights perspective; 2) are self-led by the women, girls, intersex, or trans people they serve; 3) have the promotion of women’s, girls', intersex people's, or trans people’s human rights as their primary mission; 4) push for structural and fundamental change; and 5) focus on issues that are under-addressed or contested. The current emphasis is on organizations and initiatives that are resisting climate change and environmental injustices; implementing alternative, environmentally and climate just solutions; working towards reducing economic inequality; and addressing the systemic drivers of inequality, particularly as this relates to advancing the rights and lived equity of women, racialized communities, LBTQI people, and disabled people. Letters of Interest will be accepted from February 15 to March 15, 2022. Visit the Mama Cash website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.

 

Regional Funding Opportunities

Support for Environmental Initiatives Across the Americas
Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas

The mission of the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas is to promote environmental causes throughout the Americas in the broadest sense, which encompasses both physical and social environments. The Foundation provides grants in the following four categories: biodiversity conservation, environmental education, environmental justice, and sustainable development. Priority may be given to programs where the corporation has a strong presence, or where there is an opportunity for employee volunteerism. Eligible applicants include U.S. nonprofit organizations as well as organizations outside the U.S. with equivalent status. Requests for funding are accepted throughout the year; however, in order to be considered for approval at the annual board meeting held every fall, it is advisable to submit a request for funding no later than March of each year. Visit the Foundation’s website to read the funding guidelines and access the online application form.

Funding Available for Ecological Research in Africa
British Ecological Society: Ecologists in Africa

The British Ecological Society (BES) is dedicated to working towards a world in which nature and people thrive. The Ecologists in Africa program provides support of up to £8,000 for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. An additional sum up to £2,000 may be requested to fund travel to help develop connections with ecologists in the Global North. Applicants must be a scientist and a citizen of a country in Africa or its associated islands that is a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank’s categorization. In addition, applicants must have at least an MSc or equivalent degree and be working for a university or research institution in Africa (including field centers, non-governmental organizations, museums, etc.) that provides basic research facilities. The deadline to apply is March 18, 2022. Visit the BES website to view the example applications and to start the application process by registering online.

Grants Aim to Empower Rural Women in Developing Countries
Associated Country Women of the World

The Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) is an international non-governmental organization focused on supporting and advocating for women in rural communities around the world. ACWW invests in women's empowerment through funding small-scale, women-led projects in rural areas in less developed countries. Support is provided for small-scale development projects aiming to improve the living standards of women and their communities through education, training, or small capital investment and implemented by small, local women-led organizations. Funding priorities include education and capacity building; nutrition, good health, and well-being; income generation; sustainable agriculture, training, and development; and maternal and reproductive health. Small and medium-sized non-governmental organizations, women’s groups, educational institutions, and umbrella organizations registered in less developed countries are eligible to apply. Non-member pre-application questionnaires will be accepted until March 15, 2022. Visit the ACWW’s website to download the application guidelines and complete the online pre-application questionnaire.

Funds to Preserve Indigenous Culture in the Brazilian Amazon
Fundo Socioambiental CASA (CASA Socio-Environmental Fund): Amazon Program

Fundo Socioambiental CASA (CASA Socio-Environmental Fund) seeks to promote environmental conservation and sustainability, democracy, socio-environmental rights, and social justice by supporting and strengthening the capacities and initiatives of civil society in South America. Through its Amazon Program, the Fund has issued a call for proposals to support cultural initiatives carried out by Indigenous peoples in the Brazilian Amazon. Supported initiatives should be aimed at promoting, valuing, rescuing, recording, disseminating, and transmitting Indigenous cultures. Up to 16 projects will receive funding of up to R$25,000. Indigenous-led nonprofit community associations representing communities in the Brazilian Amazon are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2022. Visit the Fund’s website to review the call for proposals in Portuguese.

 

Government Funding Opportunities

Program Funds Solutions to Internet Censorship
Department of State

The Supporting Diverse Anti-Censorship Solutions program funds efforts to enable civil society actors to safely achieve access to the uncensored internet through a diverse ecosystem of censorship-circumvention applications and platforms, with strong consideration for new and emerging systems providing innovative approaches. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2022.

Support for Efforts to Aid Victims of Modern-Day Slavery
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery supports projects from all regions that provide direct assistance to victims of contemporary slavery and their family members. Such assistance may be in the form of medical, psychological, legal, social, humanitarian, and educational assistance; vocational or skills training; or other support to their independent livelihood. Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1, 2022.

 

PathFinder: Featured Resource
A library of quality resources designed to help you develop your career path as a grants professional

Instagram Fundraising Tools
Are you looking to leverage the power of social media to boost fundraising revenue in 2022? If so, Instagram fundraising tools may be just what you need. These tools allow eligible nonprofits and their supporters to raise money for charity directly on Instagram by adding a donation sticker in Instagram Stories and a donate button on an Instagram Business Account.

 

 

Upcoming Online Education Trainings
Live Webinars

Unless otherwise noted, all Online Education Trainings are webinars,
are 90 minutes in duration, and are scheduled to begin at 2 PM Eastern Time.

Power of Three: Get Organized. Get Funded.
Nonprofit organizations make significant impacts in their communities. Many grassroot nonprofits struggle with being heard and considered for support by public and private funders. A key to getting funding often lies in building a strong infrastructure. Through this Power of Three offering, Mindy Muller with Community Development Professionals will teach nonprofit professionals how to get organized and get funded. Join us for all three workshops in the Power of 3 series. (Each workshop may also be taken as a stand-alone learning opportunity.) In the first webinar, Back to Basics, participants will be introduced to the six components of organizational development and how the components integrate into creating a sustainable and healthy nonprofit organization. This session includes an assessment of organization health and offers an opportunity for participants to commit to action items to move the organization forward. In the second webinar, Putting Your Plan to Paper, nonprofit practitioners will learn how to create a culture of planning in order to create a sustainable and healthy nonprofit organization. This session provides a step-by-step guide to developing effective plans for a nonprofit. Whether the nonprofit needs a strategic plan, program impact plan, image management plan, or resource development plan, participants will discover how to pull a team together, brainstorm effectively, develop the vision, and articulate a plan that can be implemented. In the third webinar, Exploring Public Funding, nonprofits will explore opportunities to get the nonprofit funded through federal funding sources. This webinar will review the structure of public funding from the federal level to the state and local levels, as well as the process of considering the pros and cons of pursuing public funding. The deadline to register for the Power of Three is Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

Making Friends With Funders
Make no mistake about it: Grantseeking is a people-driven process. And key to your success is the grantmakers themselves—the people who make the decisions about awards from corporate, foundation, and government sources. But who are these people? How do we connect with them? And what do they want from us, anyway? Being a grantmaker isn't as easy as you might think. In this lively session, veteran grantmaker Maryn Boess pulls from her own grantmaking experience (and that of dozens of other private and public program officers, reviewers, and decision-makers) to give you a realistic, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create funder relationships that are authentic, high-integrity . . . and that work for you. We'll pull back the curtain on the realities of life as a grantmaker—and what your proposal is really up against "on the other side." You'll learn what grantmakers love, what makes them grumpy—and how you can be sure you're delivering what they really, really want, every time! The webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2022.

Trauma Informed Nonprofit Leadership: How Nonprofit Leaders Effectively Manage Trauma-Affected Organizations
While there is a thriving literature on “secondary trauma” in clinical psychology, social work, and stress management, little is still known about how secondary trauma emerges in nonprofit organizations. Also known as “vicarious trauma” or “compassion fatigue,” secondary trauma refers to an emotional state in which an individual (e.g., a staff person or volunteer) experiences the pain, sadness, distress, or other negative emotion of a second individual (e.g., an organizational client). For instance, a counselor listens to the reactions of a client to traumatic situations, which indirectly produce distress and traumatization in the counselor. Think second-hand smoke: the client transmits, through emotional contagion, their trauma to the nonprofit staff member. The staff member, in turn, experiences some of the same effects of trauma as the client: stress, burnout, difficulty trusting others, and disillusionment with society. In the case of the staff person, this erosion of trust and disillusionment can extend to the organization if secondary trauma is not carefully managed. This seminar will utilize break out rooms and other interactive features. Please be prepared and make sure your microphone and camera are in working order on Thursday, February 17, 2022.

 

 

GrantStation Announcements
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Level UP
"A week seldom goes by that I don't get a call for help from a proposal writer needing more information than an article or a webinar provides. The idea behind the Level UP series was born from these conversations. Because we limit the number of participants attending, the instructor can work with each person individually, so they walk away with exactly what they need to move their organizations forward." —Cynthia Adams, GrantStation Founder and CEO

Alice Ruhnke will lead a five-session course, Accelerate Your Proposal Writing Skills. Each participant will receive:

  • video documentation of the lectures;
  • expert feedback on a grant proposal;
  • an electronic copy of Mapping the Course: A Practical Approach to Grant Writing;
  • a one-year GrantStation Membership (or a one-year extension of a current Membership); and,
  • a certificate from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI).

Cynthia Adams will lead a four-session course, One Project: One Strategy. Each participant will receive:

  • one-on-one consulting with Cynthia Adams to help develop a funding strategy;
  • a polished letter of inquiry that can be modified for various funders;
  • video documentation of the lectures; and,
  • a one-year GrantStation Membership (or a one-year extension of a current Membership)

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Editor: Diana Holder
Contributing Writer: Ashlyn Simmons

Global Funding Opportunities
Funds to Preserve Islamic Arts and Cultural Heritage
Challenge Seeks Innovations in Healthy Aging
Prize Honors Changemakers in Education
Funding Targets Women, Girls, Trans People, and Intersex People Worldwide

Regional Funding Opportunities 
Support for Environmental Initiatives Across the Americas
Funding Available for Ecological Research in Africa
Grants Aim to Empower Rural Women in Developing Countries
Funds to Preserve Indigenous Culture in the Brazilian Amazon

Government Funding Opportunities
Program Funds Solutions to Internet Censorship
Support for Efforts to Aid Victims of Modern-Day Slavery