GrantStation International Insider - October 2021

International Insider
Volume XII | Issue 8

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COVID-19 Related Funding

 

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

 

Global Funding Opportunities

Funding Program Aims to Combat Climate Misinformation
Poynter Institute: Climate Misinformation Grant Program

The Climate Misinformation Grant program is an initiative to support organizations working to combat climate misinformation. Through this program, the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute will partner with Facebook to distribute $800,000 in grant support to fact-checkers, climate organizations, and solution providers working to combat false and misleading information about climate change. Organizations around the world may apply for grants of up to $100,000. The grant is structured to allow for applicant organizations with diverse backgrounds to participate in collaborative partnerships between fact-checkers, climate experts, and other organizations. Applications close on October 31, 2021. Visit the Poynter Institute’s website to review the eligibility criteria and apply online.

Prize Recognizes Efforts to Enhance Teacher Performance and Effectiveness
UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Teacher Development

The UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Teacher Development, awarded every two years, recognizes innovative practices that contribute to enhancing the quality of teaching and learning around the world, with priority given to developing countries and to marginalized and disadvantaged communities. $300,000 is equally divided between three winners whose projects aim to improve the performance and effectiveness of teachers worldwide. Candidates should be institutions, organizations, and educational or research institutes that are working to enhance the performance and effectiveness of teachers. Nominations may be submitted by governments of UNESCO Member States via their National Commissions to UNESCO and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO. Self-nominations are not accepted. (Candidates wishing to be nominated for the Prize may contact the National Commission for UNESCO of their country or an organization maintaining official relations with UNESCO to request a nomination letter.) The nomination deadline is October 31, 2021. Visit the UNESCO website for more information.

Tree Conservation Projects Supported
Fondation Franklinia (Franklinia Foundation)

The Fondation Franklinia (Franklinia Foundation), a Swiss private foundation, provides grants to support the preservation of threatened tree species throughout the world and improve their conservation status. The Foundation supports projects that focus on in-situ conservation of globally threatened trees listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, including species listed as critically endangered, endangered, and vulnerable. Funding is provided for projects implemented all over the world but priority is given to areas with high biological diversity, as well as areas where needs are important and funding opportunities are limited. Preference is given to projects of global relevance (globally threatened species) versus projects protecting species locally or regionally threatened. Any organization with well-established expertise and efficiency in plant conservation can apply. Applications must be submitted by October 24, 2021. The instructions for applicants and the application templates may be downloaded from the Foundation’s website in English or French.

Social Change Leaders Honored
Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize

The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize (the Grinnell Prize) honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Nominees should be forces for social justice who through their education, co-creative work, and dedication, have played an instrumental role in the following: 1) identifying a concrete social or environmental justice need; 2) designing and implementing an equitable and creative solution related to that need; 3) beginning to address the need’s systemic and root causes and transform the systems that undergird them; and 4) demonstrating a substantive and sustainable community or environmental impact now and in the future. Each prize carries an award of $50,000, half of which is awarded to the winning individual(s) and half to their related, nominated organization. Nominations for the 2022 Prize are due by October 31, 2021. Visit the Grinnell College website to review the nomination criteria and FAQs.

 

Regional Funding Opportunities

Support for Renewable Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa
Grüne Bürgerenergie für Afrika (Green People's Energy for Africa): Small Projects Fund

Grüne Bürgerenergie für Afrika (Green People's Energy for Africa), part of Germany’s Marshall Plan with Africa, aims to enable, expand, and secure the supply of sustainable energy in rural Africa. The Small Projects Fund offers financial support to initiatives in the field of decentralized renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa. Projects must focus on green energy technologies such as solar, wind, hydro, or biomass and should envision a sustainable solution for social, economic, or ecological questions. Priority is given to electricity-based solutions from within the following focal countries: Ethiopia, Benin, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia. Nonprofit organizations and cooperatives based in sub-Saharan Africa are eligible to apply. Project outlines may be submitted at any time and are reviewed quarterly; the upcoming—and likely final—review date is December 1, 2021. Proposals must be handed in four weeks prior to this date. Visit the funder’s website to review the FAQs and download the Conditions and Criteria.

Social Enterprises in Southeast Asia Funded
AirAsia Foundation

The AirAsia Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the AirAsia Group, seeks to help effect social change through entrepreneurship. The Foundation's grantmaking is aimed at helping social enterprises scale up as a way of empowering communities and enabling them to build sustainable livelihoods. Support is provided for new initiatives or the expansion of existing initiatives, including developing and marketing new products or services, training new community members, or purchasing new equipment for a planned expansion. Eligible applicants include social enterprises with a minimum two-year track record that are registered and based in ASEAN as well as non-governmental organizations looking to diversify funding sources through social enterprise. Priority is given to social enterprises that are based in a village/town/city that is within reasonable reach of an airport served by AirAsia in ASEAN. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to apply online.

Funding Fosters Jewish Communities in Europe
JDC Europe Community Initiative Fund

The JDC Europe Community Initiative Fund, a project of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), is designed to stimulate Jewish community development in Europe through the provision of grants. The mission of the Fund is to invigorate community life by encouraging new and grassroots programming, as well as to support key programmatic expansion and development. To achieve its mission, the Fund supports initiatives that bolster community development, especially grassroots community initiatives that promote inclusive, pluralist, and resilient Jewish communities. Grants focus on the following program areas: volunteerism and engagement, providing Jewish content to community members, leadership development, community outreach, resilience, and community planning. There is no deadline to apply. The application and budget forms may be downloaded from the Fund’s website.

Grants Strengthen Maternal Healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa and India
Merck for Mothers: Strengthening Systems for Safer Childbirth

Merck for Mothers is a global initiative to help create a world where no woman has to die while giving life. Strengthening Systems for Safer Childbirth aims to bring collective action to accelerate progress to end preventable maternal deaths with locally-led solutions. The initiative supports multi-sector coalitions in India, Kenya, Nigeria, and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa that identify the most serious gaps in the health system response that are preventing women from receiving safe, high-quality, coordinated, and respectful care and then implement tailored solutions to address them. Proposed solutions may involve high-quality integrated service delivery including family planning, strengthening networks of care, data connectivity and digital inclusion, client engagement and community support, and financing and affordability of care. Grants range up to $1 million per year, over three years. Applications are accepted from non-governmental organizations and for-profit entities with operations in an eligible country. Expressions of interest are due by November 15, 2021. Visit the Merck for Mothers website to download the call for expressions of interest and register for the upcoming FAQ calls.

Government Funding Opportunities

Funds for Bird Conservation in North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean
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 closing date for applications is November 4, 2021.

Support for Efforts to Improve Ukraine’s Health System
USAID

The primary goal of the Public Health System Recovery and Resilience Activity program is to strengthen the government of Ukraine’s capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats, sustain critical public health services during a crisis, and protect the health of all Ukrainians, including vulnerable and marginalized population groups. This activity will include a specific focus on expanding access to mental health services among veterans and conflict-affected populations, while building state capacity to sustain and extend such services to groups experiencing increased mental health needs related to the COVID pandemic. The deadline to apply is November 2, 2021.

 

 

PathFinder: Featured Resource
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Alliance Blog
Are you short on time, but looking to keep up on the latest trends in the realm of philanthropy? If so, you may want to bookmark the Alliance Blog. This blog provides a space for news, thinking, debate, and peer exchange among philanthropy practitioners worldwide.

 

 

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.

Successful Strategic Planning and Implementation
From fiscal sustainability to mission fulfillment, this webinar will equip you with best practices and empower you to achieve lasting social change. In this webinar, you will explore your ability to plan (and the discipline to stick to the plan) and the wisdom to know when to pivot. This session will delve into the importance of data-driven decision-making for long-term sustainability. In this webinar, you will learn where most strategic planning initiatives fall short, how to course-correct your implementation processes, and how to discern when a pivot is necessary. Not only will these insights promote individual professional development, leadership teams can also adopt these approaches to strategic planning to bring new energy and increased alignment to their organizations. With more than 12 years of social sector organizational development experience, Measurement Resources will speak to how this intense and sustained focus has paid off for many clients. This webinar will take place on Thursday, October 14.

FREE: Funders Discuss Award-Winning Proposals
This summer GrantStation ran its biannual Winning Grant Proposal Competition. With over 200 fabulous submittals, the judges narrowed it down to three, and from that small pool picked our winner—the Conservation Trust for North Carolina. Who penned this award-winning proposal? The Trust’s Executive Director, Chris Canfield. Join our host, Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation, and two of the judges: Fallon Peterson, Program Officer, Nord Family Fund, and Michael Renner, Strategist, Missouri Foundation for Health, in a lively discussion about why this particular proposal was selected as the winner. Specifics about the proposal, as well as the time and effort that Chris put into it, will be discussed. Learn what made this proposal stand out from the rest of the very well-written submittals. This webinar will take place on Tuesday, October 19.

Advanced Storytelling
We all know money talks. The important question is: HOW does YOUR organization talk about money? In this session, Lori L. Jacobwith will dive into the topic of talking about money as a fundraising strategy. You'll learn how to share "mission moment" stories that include your need for support, but don't sound like "begging" for money. The secret tool that makes this an advanced storytelling session is discovering how to share action-causing stories. During this webinar, you will 1) learn what your money story is; 2) learn how to talk about money so it inspires more giving; and 3) learn the best questions to ask so you can gather story nuggets to craft action-causing stories. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, and will benefit executive directors, and fundraising and communication staff, as well as board members.

 

GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation

The Winning Grant Proposal Competition Results Are In!
The 2021 "Grant" Prize winner is Chris Canfield of the Conservation Trust for North Carolina.

We received over 200 excellent entries that had already won a grant award. They reflected grant proposals with compelling narratives, succinct and engaging executive summaries, strong and workable plans, and well-defined budgets. We are appreciative of the work and efforts of each entrant.

A complete list of winners and many of the prize-winning grant proposals are available on the GrantStation website. Register to join us for the FREE webinar Funders Discuss Award Winning Proposal Writing From the Winning Grant Proposal Competition.

Funding Alerts
More funding opportunities are featured on the GrantStation homepage. Click here to see the grantmakers spotlighted this week!

 


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Editor: Diana Holder
Contributing Writer: Ashlyn Simmons

Global Funding Opportunities
Funding Program Aims to Combat Climate Misinformation
Prize Recognizes Efforts to Enhance Teacher Performance and Effectiveness
Tree Conservation Projects Supported
Social Change Leaders Honored

Regional Funding Opportunities 
Support for Renewable Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa
Social Enterprises in Southeast Asia Funded
Funding Fosters Jewish Communities in Europe
Grants Strengthen Maternal Healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa and India

Government Funding Opportunities
Funds for Bird Conservation in North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean
Support for Efforts to Improve Ukraine’s Health System