GrantStation International Insider - April 2021

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Volume XIII | Issue 3

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COVID-19 Related Funding

 

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

 

Global Funding Opportunities

Challenge Aims to Improve Education Through Technology
MIT Solve: Equitable Classrooms Challenge

MIT Solve is a marketplace for social impact innovation with a mission to solve world challenges. Through the Equitable Classrooms Challenge, MIT Solve is looking for technology-based solutions that ensure all primary and secondary school learners have access to quality, safe, and equitable learning environments. To that end, Solve seeks solutions that 1) increase the engagement of learners in remote, hybrid, and physical environments; 2) enable access to quality learning experiences in low-connectivity settings; 3) ensure the physical safety and mental health of learners; and 4) support teachers to adapt their pedagogy, facilitate personalized instruction, and communicate with students and their families in remote and hybrid settings. Selected solutions will join the Solve community of social impact innovators, receive access to over $1.5 million in grant and investment funding, as well as mentorship and media exposure. The application deadline is June 16, 2021. Visit the MIT Solve website to explore the Equitable Classrooms challenge and submit a solution.

Award Celebrates Environmental Communication Projects
BBVA Foundation: Biophilia Award for Environmental Communication

The Biophilia Award for Environmental Communication, an initiative of the BBVA Foundation, recognizes the work of professionals and organizations in any country that have contributed exceptionally to improving public understanding and awareness of ecological issues, through the dissemination of scientific knowledge and by opening up new perspectives on nature from any disciplinary angle. The Award recognizes contributions in any aspect of environmental communication, especially in the areas of biodiversity conservation and climate change, characterized by a particularly innovative approach. These contributions may encompass a wide spectrum of formats, styles, and channels. Communication activities should preferably be directed at a global audience; those with a more limited focus (regional or national) should have achieved a broad impact. The nomination deadline is May 31, 2021. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the FAQs, the description of communication and dissemination activities, and submission forms.

Funding Available for Research on Nutrition, Healthy Living, and Alternative Medicine
Ekhagastiftelsen (Ekhaga Foundation)

The Ekhagastiftelsen (Ekhaga Foundation), based in Sweden, promotes human health by supporting the development of better food, natural medicines, and healing practices, and by supporting research for a healthier way of life, which in itself may have a disease-preventive effect. The Foundation funds research in the following areas: complementary and natural medicine, better and healthier food, and nutrition and way of life. Individuals and organizations throughout the world are eligible to apply. For applications that do not come from Europe or North America, the Foundation recommends that the project is performed in partnership with a Swedish institution. The application deadline is May 20, 2021. Details on the priority research areas are available in English and Swedish on the Foundation’s website.

Grants and Awards Support Human Rights Activists
Front Line Defenders

The mission of Front Line Defenders is to protect and support human rights defenders who are at risk as a result of their human rights work. Front Line Defenders offers Protection Grants to provide rapid and practical financial support to human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk and can be used to pay for provisions to improve the security and protection of HRDs and their organizations. Applications for this program may be submitted online at any time. The Front Line Defenders Award honors the work of HRDs who are courageously making outstanding contributions to the promotion and protection of the human rights of others, at great personal risk to themselves. Five award winners will be identified for the regions of Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa. The winner in each region receives a modest financial prize and a grant to improve their security measures. Nominations must be submitted by April 30, 2021. Visit the Front Line Defenders website to learn more about each program.

 

Regional Funding Opportunities

Funds to Bolster Civic Participation in Selected European Countries
Civic Europe: Idea Challenge

Civic Europe aims to strengthen civic cohesion and active citizenship in local communities in Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe. Through the Idea Challenge, Civic Europe supports civil society organizations to strengthen active citizenship at the local level in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. Project ideas should strengthen active citizenship at the local level, engage the community in dialogue around a locally relevant topic, be located in a region with low civic cohesion, and aim to impact the development of the community positively for the long term. Up to 20 ideas will receive funding of up to €35,000 and support to enhance capacities and to network. Registered nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply, including non-governmental organizations, cooperatives, collectives, associations, clubs, nonprofit public or private limited companies, and nonprofit corporations. Project ideas must be submitted by April 26, 2021. Visit the Civic Europe website to register on the online platform and create an idea in the idea space.

Support for Health Partnerships Between the U.K., Africa, and Asia
Tropical Health and Education Trust: Small Grants for U.K. Partnerships for Health Systems

The Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) supports health partnerships between U.K. and overseas health institutions such as hospitals, universities, and research centers. THET has issued a call for applications for the Small Grants for U.K. Partnerships for Health Systems program. Support is provided for health partnerships in any low- and lower middle-income country in Sub-Saharan Africa or Southeast Asia addressing specific clinical and health system challenges through one, or several, of the following themes: innovation, gender equality and/or social inclusion, climate change, and blended or remote learning. Grants of up to £50,000 are available. The application deadline is May 12, 2021, for established and new health partnerships. Visit the THET website to review the call, download the accompanying documents, and learn more about how to set up a health partnership or formalize an existing relationship.

Funding Available for Arab Artists
Arab Fund for Arts and Culture

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) strives to build a flourishing cultural and artistic scene across the Arab region that contributes to establishing open and vibrant societies. AFAC is currently offering funding through the following programs: The Visual Arts program supports painting, sculpting, photography, installations, audio-video arts, publications, and multi-media works of a contemporary and innovative nature. Funding is provided for exhibitions, visual arts book publications, and art production. The Creative and Critical Writings grant provides support to critical writings on the arts and culture, theatrical writings, literature for children and youth, graphic novels, short stories, and poetry, in addition to online publishing platforms. The final product should be in Arabic language. Both the Visual Arts and the Creative and Critical Writings programs are open to Arab individuals worldwide. The Arab Documentary Photography Program funds compelling non-stereotypical and unconventional visual documentation of important social issues and narratives relevant to the Arab region. This program is open primarily to Arab applicants who are living and working in the Arab region. The application deadline for all three programs is April 30, 2021. Visit the AFAC website to review the guidelines for each program.

Grants Target Vulnerable Populations in England and Wales
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales supports charities that help people overcome complex social issues across England and Wales. For 2021, the Foundation will offer around 190 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000. In order to be eligible, more than half of a charity’s work must address one of the following social issues: addiction and dependency, asylum seekers and refugees, care leavers, domestic abuse, homelessness and the vulnerably housed, learning disabilities, mental health, offenders and prisoners, sexual abuse and exploitation, trafficking and modern slavery, and young parents. Registered charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million and a proven track record of helping people on a journey of positive change through in-depth, holistic, and person-centered support are eligible to apply. Applications for the aforementioned social issues may be submitted at any time. In addition, applications for racial equity funding will open later in the spring. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the focus areas and application process.

 

Government Funding Opportunities

Funding Fosters the Creative Sector in Selected Developing Countries
UNESCO

UNESCO's International Fund for Cultural Diversity supports the emergence of dynamic cultural sectors in developing countries. Funding is provided for projects that aim to make strong contributions to the creative economy in developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention. Supported sectors include audio-visual/cinema, design, media arts, music, performing arts, publishing, and visual arts. Applications must be submitted by June 16, 2021.

Support for Wildlife Conservation Initiatives in Latin America
Fish and Wildlife Service

The Latin America Regional program seeks to conserve priority species, habitats, and ecological processes across landscapes with high biodiversity value in the region. Support is provided to reduce threats to key wildlife and ecosystems and to strengthen local individual and institutional capacity to sustain conservation processes for the long term. Proposed project activities that reduce the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on conservation goals and promote climate change adaptation and resilience are also welcome. The application deadline is April 30, 2021.

 

 

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

Fundraising Online
Are you looking to hone your digital fundraising skills? If so, you might want to attend Fundraising Online, which is an online conference from the Resource Alliance taking place from April 28 to 30, 2021. This conference helps participants with all their fundraising, changemaking, and innovating needs, with a strong focus on digital fundraising and engagement, how to harness emerging and disruptive tech trends, and what's coming next over the horizon.

 

 

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.

Growing Your Grants Readiness (NEW)
What does it take to be a successful grantseeking organization? Success in grantsmanship involves much more than being able to write a good proposal. As an organization, you must also have the right culture, the right values, the right tools, and the right resources in place to support your grantseeking process and manage your grant-funded programs and services well on behalf of your funder and the community you serve. In this lively, interactive session, Maryn Boess will explain how to lay the groundwork for effective grantsmanship in both your organization's culture and its practices. You'll understand the importance of mission-driven grantsmanship—and why its opposite will undermine your organization's health and success. You'll be able to identify your organization's needs and resources to support a systematic and strategic grantseeking process. You'll gain a clear, powerful, flexible framework for developing and strengthening financial and program accountability. BONUS: You'll be introduced to GrantsMagic U's exclusive Grants Readiness Assessment Checklist—a detailed tool to help you identify what vital grants-readiness resources and practices are already working well in your organization, and where changes and improvements need to be made in order to make sure your organization is truly "grants ready"! The webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

Trauma-Informed Nonprofit Leadership (NEW)
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. Based on Dr. Anthony Silard's research with over 150 secondary-trauma-affected nonprofit executive directors, staff, and volunteers, in this session you will learn how secondary trauma emerges in nonprofit organizations. You will then learn how you, as a nonprofit leader, can guide a high-performance organization into the future by interacting with secondary-trauma-affected team members so they can both make sense of and find meaning in their trauma and retain their productivity. Following this session, participants will be able to identify the role of secondary trauma in nonprofit organizations, understand how to manage secondary-trauma-affected staff and volunteers, distinguish the intrapersonal and organizational outcomes of secondary trauma in nonprofit organizations, develop strategies for detecting and responding to secondary trauma, and discuss the potential benefits of secondary trauma to individual and organizational development. The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

FREE Tour of the GrantStation Website
Join Jeremy Smith, Communications and Technology Director, and Kerry Glauser, Research Specialist, for a quick tour of the GrantStation website. This tour will cover all of the features in GrantStation.com, including navigation, search interfaces, and charitable database search criteria. This tour will provide tips on the most effective way to use all of the valuable resources the website offers, including the extensive funder databases that can help you identify the grantmakers most likely to fund your programs or projects. By using GrantStation's databases and resource tools, you can begin to develop a successful grantseeking strategy for the next 12 to 18 months. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

 

 

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Editor: Diana Holder
Contributing Writer: Ashlyn Simmons

Global Funding Opportunities
Challenge Aims to Improve Education Through Technology
Award Celebrates Environmental Communication Projects
Funding Available for Research on Nutrition, Healthy Living, and Alternative Medicine
Grants and Awards Support Human Rights Activists

Regional Funding Opportunities 
Funds to Bolster Civic Participation in Selected European Countries
Support for Health Partnerships Between the U.K., Africa, and Asia
Funding Available for Arab Artists
Grants Target Vulnerable Populations in England and Wales

Government Funding Opportunities
Funding Fosters the Creative Sector in Selected Developing Countries
Support for Wildlife Conservation Initiatives in Latin America