GrantStation International Insider - October 2019

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International Funding Opportunities

Grants Aim to Improve Health Campaigns
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges

Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems. The “Innovations for Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns” request for proposals seeks innovative solutions that accelerate the improvement of coverage, reach, efficiency, and effectiveness of health campaigns. Specifically, the Foundation is looking for innovations in approaches, practices, or tools that dramatically improve the planning and microplanning, implementation and operations, and monitoring and evaluation that will lead to improved effectiveness of campaigns. Applications must be submitted by November 13, 2019. Visit the Grand Challenges website to download the Health Campaigns RFP in one of several languages.

Support for Social and Environmental Justice Initiatives
Het X-Y Actiefonds (The X-Y Action Fund)

Het X-Y Actiefonds (The X-Y Action Fund) supports the struggle for a sustainable and socially just world in which people’s lives and the environment are more important than economic interests. The Fund provides support to groups, organizations, and social movements who are fighting for an honest, just, and ecologically sound society. Grants ranging up to 3,000 euros fund projects that aim to mobilize and inspire individuals and groups and that go beyond specific individual or ethnic interests. Priority is given to demonstrations, blockades, occupations, direct actions, revolts, revolutions, and other creative forms of confrontational action. The Fund prefers to support grassroots organizations, politically controversial projects that have difficulty finding financial support elsewhere, projects that lead to political actions, and projects that are part of a long-term strategy. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Het X-Y Actiefonds website to download the application form in one of six languages or to apply online.

Program Fosters School-Based Businesses Worldwide
School Enterprise Challenge

The School Enterprise Challenge is an educational program that teaches business and life skills by supporting teachers and students to set up a real business at their school. Supported businesses should be owned by the school and staffed, operated, and managed by students with the support of their teachers; teach essential skills and create young entrepreneurs; be sustainable, growing year on year; and generate real profits for the school or important causes in the community. The Challenge is open to all schools worldwide, including primary schools, secondary schools, and technical/vocational colleges. A total of $50,000 in prizes will be awarded. The deadline to register for the Challenge is October 31, 2019. Once registered, schools will have access to all the educational materials (guides, lesson plans, templates, and videos) to advance through the program at their own pace. Submission dates are scattered throughout the end of 2019 and 2020 to suit all school calendars. Visit the Challenge's website to find out more and register for free.

Awards Honor Contemporary Photographers
Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards, produced by the World Photography Organisation, honor artists working in contemporary photography. The Awards consist of four competitions: Student, for photography students; Youth, for 12 to 19 year olds; Open, for a single image; and Professional, for a body of work. In the Open and Professional competitions, examples of eligible themes include architecture, creative, discovery, environment, documentary, landscape, the natural world and wildlife, portraiture, sports, and still life. A total prize fund of $60,000 plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment will be shared between the winning photographers. The application deadline for the Student competition is November 29, 2019. In the Youth category, monthly competitions with a changing theme will run until December 31, 2019. Applications for the Open competition must be submitted by January 7, 2020. The deadline to apply for the Professional competition is January 14, 2020. Visit the World Photography Organisation’s website to learn more about each competition.

 

 

Regional Funding Opportunities

Funding Strengthens Good Governance and Human Rights in Eastern Africa
Open Society Foundations: Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa seeks to support and amplify the voices of pro-democracy organizations and individuals in the region and to strengthen their capacity to hold their governments accountable. Funding is provided for projects in the following programmatic areas: democratic governance and rule of law, economic governance, health and rights, and equality and non-discrimination. Pro-democracy organizations in the Eastern Africa region are eligible to apply. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Open Society Foundations website to download the Grants Concept Template.

Wildlife Conservation Projects Supported
Conservation Leadership Programme: Future Conservationist Award

The Conservation Leadership Programme is an international capacity building program supporting young conservationists to undertake applied biodiversity projects in less developed countries. The Future Conservationist Award supports projects in low- and middle-income countries and some high-income islands in the Caribbean and Pacific. Funding is provided to teams of early-career conservationists to conduct scientific research, encourage and promote pro-conservation attitudes, and deliver tangible results to better conserve and manage the natural world. Awards of $15,000 support projects on target species that are listed as Data Deficient, Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Projects must be led or co-led by a national in an eligible country. The deadline to apply is November 24, 2019. Visit the Conservation Leadership Programme’s website to download the 2020 Future Conservationist Award Guidelines.

Funds for Cultural Groups and Organizations in the Arab Region
Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy (Culture Resource)

Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy (Culture Resource) is a regional nonprofit organization that seeks to support artistic creativity in the Arab region and to encourage cultural exchange within the region and beyond. The Abbara program was launched in 2011 in response to the sociopolitical events that swept many countries in the Arab region and with the intent to support independent cultural groups and organizations as key actors in the processes of societal transformation. The program offers independent cultural groups and organizations the following types of support: core funding of up to $25,000, training in cultural management, technical support, and networking opportunities. Applications must be submitted in Arabic by November 11, 2019. Visit Culture Resource’s website to review the guidelines and access the online application platform.

Grants Advance Democracy in the European Neighborhood
European Endowment for Democracy

The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is an independent grantmaking organization that supports people striving for democracy in the European Neighborhood—the Eastern Partnership, the Middle East and North Africa, the Western Balkans, and beyond. EED supports civil society organizations, pro-democracy movements, civic and political activists, and independent media platforms and journalists working towards a pluralistic, democratic political system. Applicants can also include newly created or non-registered organizations, informal platforms, youth groups, and individuals. Thematic areas of interest consist of civic activism and participation, anti-corruption and public accountability, independent and social media platforms, human rights activism and monitoring, women’s civic and political participation, sexual orientation and gender identity, youth, and arts and culture. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the EED website to apply online in English, Arabic, French, Russian, Turkish, or one of the languages of the Western Balkans.

 

 

Government Funding Opportunities

Program Supports Female Labor Union Leaders in Argentina
Department of State

The Empowering Women Leaders in Argentine Labor Unions program seeks to work with recognized women leaders in Argentine labor unions who are laying the groundwork for more active political and economic participation of women in Argentina. These women will serve as mentors for young female union delegates from across the country, who will receive training from local and U.S. experts and will potentially travel to the U.S. to talk to peers, build networks, and learn of successful business models to advance the economic prosperity of the country. Applications for this program must be submitted by November 17, 2019.

Funding Available for Bird Conservation Initiatives in the Americas
Department of the Interior

The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grants program supports projects that promote the conservation of neotropical migratory birds and their habitats in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The application deadline is November 5, 2019.

 

 

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

Social Compact in a Changing World: How Philanthropies Are Grappling with Growing Scrutiny and Critique
In recent years, philanthropic institutions have increasingly come under fire. A new report by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors entitled “Social Compact in a Changing World: How Philanthropies Are Grappling with Growing Scrutiny and Critique” discusses the “social compact” of foundations, defined as an entity’s explicit or implicit agreement with society about the value it creates. It explores the response of private philanthropy to the rising tide of scrutiny, how foundations have adjusted their social compact as a result, and strategies foundations have adopted over time to become more responsive and accountable in fulfilling social compact.

 

 

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.

How to Know if Your Grant Program Is Working
Building a grants program is both high-stakes and time-intensive. But how can you tell if your grants program is working and raising as much money as it can? In this webinar, Alayna Buckner, a grantwriting expert at Elevate, will teach you how to measure the success of your grant strategy and help you avoid inadvertently leaving money on the table. In this webinar we’ll show you how to establish the right timeline and goals for measuring progress; weigh opportunity costs and know which opportunities are worth pursuing; and measure and interpret returns from grants. This training is ideal for grantwriters, development professionals, and other nonprofit leaders who want a better understanding of how to develop a grant strategy, measure grant program outcomes, and set attainable fundraising goals. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

Writing Federal Grants
The federal government is increasingly interested in funding the important work done by community and faith-based groups throughout the country. Every year the government releases millions of dollars to help nonprofit organizations serve their communities. During this webinar, Alice Ruhnke will talk about how to identify federal grant opportunities, and she’ll outline the major elements of grant applications required by most federal agencies. Resources to help your organization through the government grantseeking process will also be discussed. The webinar will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019.

LIVE Workshop: Downloading Transactions from Your Bank into QuickBooks (NEW)
When it comes to streamlining your accounting process, utilizing the download feature in QuickBooks is a huge game changer and will literally cut the time you spend dealing with your books in half. We are very excited to have Gregg Bossen, a CPA specializing in nonprofits and president of QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits, present this one of a kind and highly requested webinar. In this session, Gregg will cover how to connect your bank and credit card accounts to your QuickBooks; downloading of transactions for free; pointing downloaded transactions to accounts, programs, and grants; creating “rules” in QuickBooks so that the downloaded transactions are preassigned to the correct categories; matching downloaded transactions that have already been entered manually to avoid double entry; and matching downloaded deposits (bank accounts only) to existing items in QuickBooks. There will also be time for your questions. The webinar for people who use the DESKTOP version of QuickBooks will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. The webinar for people who use the ONLINE version of QuickBooks will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

 

 

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Editor: Diana Holder
Contributing Writer: Ashlyn Simmons

Global Funding Opportunities
Grants Aim to Improve Health Campaigns
Support for Social and Environmental Justice Initiatives
Program Fosters School-Based Businesses Worldwide
Awards Honor Contemporary Photographers

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funding Strengthens Good Governance and Human Rights in Eastern Africa
Wildlife Conservation Projects Supported
Funds for Cultural Groups and Organizations in the Arab Region
Grants Advance Democracy in the European Neighborhood

Government Funding Opportunities
Program Supports Female Labor Union Leaders in Argentina
Funding Available for Bird Conservation Initiatives in the Americas