GrantStation International Insider - October 2020

International Insider
Volume XII | Issue 8

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COVID-19 Related Funding

Prize Honors Inspiring Acts of Humanity
Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity aims to recognize and support those who risk their own lives, health, or freedom to save the lives, health, or freedom of others suffering as a result of violent conflict, atrocity crimes, or other major human rights violations. Winners are selected based upon the extent to which their actions demonstrate courage, commitment, and impact. This year, nominations are also accepted for individuals or groups of people for their exemplary response to the COVID-19 pandemic in any professional or personal capacity. The Aurora Prize Laureate will be honored with a $1,000,000 award, which gives the Laureate an opportunity to continue the cycle of giving and support the organizations that have inspired humanitarian action. Nominations will close on October 31, 2020. The online nomination form is available on the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative website. Visit the Prize’s Facebook page to participate in their “Gratitude in Action” virtual event on October 19, 2020, at 7pm EST, which celebrates Aurora’s fifth anniversary by honoring the Aurora Prize Laureates and paying tribute to New York City COVID-19 heroes.

Programs Address Men’s Mental Health in Selected Countries
Movember

Movember is a charity dedicated to changing the face of men's health. Movember is currently offering two funding opportunities: Movember sees an opportunity within COVID-19 to tackle men’s mental health by launching the Social Connections Challenge in Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The Challenge seeks digital and technology-based solutions that are being utilized to maintain men’s social connections and manage their isolation while needing to be physically apart. Project ideas should be practical and new solutions to addressing the underlying causes of social isolation and loneliness. Entries close on October 15, 2020. The Veterans and First Responders Grants Program supports first responder initiatives in New Zealand, Ireland, the U.K., and the U.S. as well as veteran and first responder initiatives in Australia and Canada. A minimum of eight programs will be funded with a focus on those programs that have already shown promise in improving mental health or suicide prevention outcomes for these groups. The deadline to apply for this program is November 23, 2020. Visit the Movember website to learn more about the Social Connection Challenge and the Veterans and First Responders Grants Program.

Grants Utilize Technology to Aid Recovery in the U.K.
Nesta: Collective Intelligence Grants

Nesta is offering grants of up to £30,000 for practical experiments that use novel combinations of AI and crowd intelligence to contribute to the U.K.’s COVID-19 recovery. Supported experiments must test innovative solutions that could help create more equitable and sustainable futures as the U.K. recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Experiments should address pressing or emerging social and environmental issues such as reducing carbon emissions, preventing long-term unemployment, closing the school readiness and achievement gaps for disadvantaged children, and tackling health inequalities. Incorporated organizations from the public, private, and third sectors based anywhere in the U.K. are eligible to apply. The deadline for submissions of Expressions of Interest is November 4, 2020. The call for ideas is available on the Nesta website.  

Conservation Organizations Supported
Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund: COVID-19 Relief Grant

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund aims to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field of species conservation, and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate. The Fund is temporarily changing the focus of its small grants to support the core operational costs of local, grassroots, species conservation organizations which are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result face personnel or financial constraints in conducting species conservation work in 2021. Grants ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 are provided. The upcoming application deadlines are October 31, 2020 and February 28, 2021. Visit the Fund’s website to review the criteria and FAQs, and to submit an online application.

For more grant opportunities, visit our COVID-19 Related Funding page.

 

Global Funding Opportunities

Program Aims to Combat Fire Across the Globe
FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program

The FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program supports organizations working to combat fire worldwide. Fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local, and community organizations can apply for seed funding to support a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness, and control efforts, including pre-incident planning, fire prevention education and training programs, and arson prevention and fire investigation. The annual deadlines to submit an online application are March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. Visit the FM Global website to download the FAQs, which include details on eligibility requirements.

Funding Facilitates Sexual and Reproductive Health Education
The Lalor Foundation

The mission of the Lalor Foundation is to promote reproductive health through research and innovation. The Foundation’s Anna Lalor Burdick Program supports programs that offer sexual and reproductive health education to young women. The Foundation is interested in programs serving young women who are disadvantaged by poverty, discrimination, geographic isolation, lack of comprehensive sex education, hostile public policy, or other factors leading to inadequate sexual and reproductive health. Priority is given to new programs or initiatives, or innovations in successful programs. Programs at new or small organizations, including those with a grassroots base, will also be considered. While projects may take place outside the U.S., only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in the United States are eligible to apply. The upcoming deadline to submit a concept paper is November 1, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines.

Research Grants Address Internet-Related Topics
Internet Society Foundation: Research Grant Programme

The Internet Society Foundation promotes the development of the Internet as a global technical infrastructure, a resource to enrich people's lives, and a force for good in society. The Foundation’s Research Grant Programme supports global research collaborations that advance understanding of the Internet and its value for all. Projects should address topics related to one of the following thematic areas: Greening the Internet or The Internet Economy. (Future thematic areas to be launched in 2021 include The Digital Divide and A Trustworthy Internet.) Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded for research lasting up to two years. Eligible applicants include nonprofit research institutions and individual researchers with a post-graduate degree and publications/patents in the relevant area. Statements of interest may be submitted online at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the thematic areas and application process.

Funds for BIPOC Youth Activists Fighting Injustice
We Are Family Foundation: Youth to the Front Fund

We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) seeks to create and support programs that promote cultural diversity while nurturing and mentoring the vision, talents, and ideas of young people who are positively changing the world. WAFF's Youth to the Front Fund supports and funds under 30-year-old BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) youth activists, youth-led organizations, projects, innovations, and creative solutions that are at the forefront of fighting systemic racism, inequality, inequity, and injustice in the United States and around the world. The application deadline is October 30, 2020. Visit the WAFF website to access the online application form.

 

Regional Funding Opportunities

Funding Empowers LGBTIQ+ Youth in the Asia-Pacific Region
Youth Voices Count

Youth Voices Count is a regional network of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex individuals in Asia-Pacific. Through the Ignite! Empowerment Grants program, Youth Voices Count supports LGBTIQ youth-led initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. Grants focus on the following themes of youth empowerment advocacy for LGBTIQ+ populations: 1) inclusive and youth-friendly health services and mental and physical health and well-being; 2) creating inclusive educational spaces; 3) comprehensive sexuality education; 4) digital rights, online safety and security, and open technology; and 5) promoting human rights through culture, arts, and sports. Grants of up to $2,000 are provided. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Visit the Youth Voices Count Facebook page for information or contact Youth Voices Count at secretariat@yvc-asiapacific.org.

Prize Scales Poverty Interventions in Developing Countries
D-Prize

D-Prize supports new entrepreneurs who can distribute proven poverty interventions. The Prize supports ventures that scale distribution of an already proven poverty intervention in the developing world. Challenges focus on the themes of girls’ education, agriculture, energy, global health, education, good governance and infrastructure, and water, sanitation, and hygiene. Winners will receive up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists. Up to 20 of the most promising proposals will be selected for funding awards, regardless of which challenge track was selected. Aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply. D-Prize is open to any business model (for-profit, nonprofit, and everything in between). The deadline to apply for the early decision round is October 18, 2020; the regular submission deadline is November 8, 2020. Applications submitted by the early decision deadline are more likely to make it to the next round. Visit the D-Prize website to download the application packet as well as information on the individual challenges.

Support for African Documentary Filmmakers
Hot Docs: Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund

Hot Docs is dedicated to advancing and celebrating the art of documentary. The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund aims to enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell their stories and contribute to the next generation of African documentary talent. The Fund provides development grants of up to $10,000 CAD and production grants of up to $40,000 CAD to four to ten projects annually. Up to five funded projects will be invited to participate in a year-long mentorship program. Professional filmmakers who are citizens and residents of continental Africa and who also live and work in the region are eligible to apply. The application deadline is November 30, 2020. Visit the Hot Docs website to learn more about the Fund.

Funds Available to Bolster Women’s Safety and Rights in Afghanistan
Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund

The Women's Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) is a partnership between the United Nations and civil society empowering local women to be a force for crisis response and lasting peace. WPHF has issued a call for proposals to fund projects in Afghanistan that contribute directly to the following objectives: 1) influence and advance progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment and on ending violence against women and girls, including sexual and gender based violence/harmful practices and domestic violence; and 2) protect women and girls’ safety, security, and human rights. Local civil society organizations based in Afghanistan are eligible to apply for institutional funding ranging from $2,500 to $30,000 or programmatic funding of $30,000 to $200,000. The deadline to apply is November 6, 2020. Visit the WPHF website to review the call.

 

Government Funding Opportunities

Grants Foster Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe
Council of Europe

The Democratic and Inclusive School Culture in Operation (DISCO) call for proposals will fund projects designed to contribute to building democratic and inclusive societies through helping develop a culture of democracy by promoting education for democratic citizenship and human rights education in states party to the European Cultural Convention. This call will focus on activities related to further development and dissemination of the resources produced in the previous cycle of the program. Any public organization or nonprofit entity active in the field of education for democratic citizenship and human rights education can apply for the call. Applications must be submitted by November 11, 2020.

Funding Targets Religious and Ethnic Minorities in the Middle East and North Africa
USAID

USAID has issued the Call for Partnership Concept Papers for Religious and Ethnic Freedom and Inclusion in the Middle East and North Africa. Support is provided for grassroots local initiatives that will have sustainable and long-term impact on addressing government, social, economic, and health constraints on religious or ethnic minorities or preserving/rehabilitating cultural heritage sites of religious or ethnic minorities. The closing date for applications is November 4, 2020.

 

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

International Fundraising Congress (IFC) Online 2020
Are you a changemaker looking for new ideas? If so, you might consider attending the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) Online 2020, which is hosted by The Resource Alliance. Held online from October 13 to 16, 2020, this conference aims to be a laboratory of knowledge sharing, learning, and great ideas. Under the theme of "Accelerating Change," topics covered include reflections on crisis, tools and tactics for becoming an agent of change, digital innovation and social activism, and building a new normal together.

 

 

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.

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, October 20, 2020.

LIVE Workshop: Dashboard Design—Build Easy-to-Follow Dashboards for Your Nonprofit's Leaders
In this 90-minute live training with Ann K. Emery, you'll see sample dashboards from a dozen organizations like yours. You'll hear the story behind each dashboard so that you can learn about the dashboard's audience and goals. For example, some of the dashboards were designed to track progress towards goals. Other dashboards were designed to help organizations compare their different program areas. Then, we'll create a static dashboard together in Excel. The completed dashboards get shared with your audiences as PDFs. Your dashboards will make outstanding printouts for your staff meetings, board meetings, and conference sessions. You can also share your polished masterpieces as email attachments. Here's everything that’s included with this live workshop: 90 minutes of live instruction in a small group setting, a link to stream the recording so you can re-watch your favorite techniques again, examples specific to our grantmaker/grantee setting, a PDF’d copy of the slides to use as a reference guide, and an Excel file to follow along with the live demos. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

The Change Map and Bottom-Up Logic Model: Mapping and Managing Impact in a Challenging Environment (NEW)
In this workshop, Maryn Boess, Founder of GrantsMagic U, will offer a powerful way of thinking about and assessing the work your organization does—and a simple, step-by-step process for communicating the impact of your work to funders, partners, and the community at large. The Change Map and Bottom-Up Logic Model are two powerful, practical tools that help community agencies organize resources toward change and diagnose misalignments between action and impact. Using these tools together, we can create a visual framework for meaningful, measurable collective impact in a challenging and changing environment and organize our resources to achieve it. The webinar will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

 

 

GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation

New Benefit for Members
R3: Revenue Review and Report

Your guide for diversifying your portfolio of grants and other income sources

Are you looking to grow your grant revenue and broaden your mix of funding? Do you need a report for your leadership that is easy to read, accurate, and visually appealing? You can use this Members-only tool to help realize the grants potential of your organization by:

  • reviewing where your funding is coming from today;
  • projecting where your funding will come from in the future; and,
  • receiving recommendations on next steps for exploring funding sources.

Want to try it out? Log in to GS and go to the Build Strategy area. Questions? Contact us at info@grantstation.com.



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Editor: Diana Holder
Contributing Writer: Ashlyn Simmons

COVID-19 Related Funding
Prize Honors Inspiring Acts of Humanity
Programs Address Men’s Mental Health in Selected Countries
Grants Utilize Technology to Aid Recovery in the U.K. 
Conservation Organizations Supported

Global Funding Opportunities
Program Aims to Combat Fire Across the Globe
Funding Facilitates Sexual and Reproductive Health Education
Research Grants Address Internet-Related Topics
Funds for BIPOC Youth Activists Fighting Injustice

Regional Funding Opportunities 
Funding Empowers LGBTIQ+ Youth in the Asia-Pacific Region
Prize Scales Poverty Interventions in Developing Countries
Support for African Documentary Filmmakers
Funds Available to Bolster Women’s Safety and Rights in Afghanistan

Government Funding Opportunities
Grants Foster Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe
Funding Targets Religious and Ethnic Minorities in the Middle East and North Africa