GrantStation International Insider - December 2020

International Insider
Volume XII | Issue 10

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COVID-19 Related Funding

Support for Healthcare and Education Initiatives in Europe, India, and Singapore
King Badouin Foundation: Sofina Covid Solidarity Fund

The King Baudouin Foundation’s Sofina Covid Solidarity Fund seeks to address the adverse consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic on two specific issues: specific challenges in first line healthcare systems and services and the digital gap in education. The Fund will be active for two years and will fund projects which have 1) the potential of a stronger societal impact at a large scale; 2) a long-term impact that is tangible, scalable, and measurable; and 3) an innovative and creative character. Selected projects will receive a minimum amount of €500,000. Nonprofit organizations setting up a project in Western Europe, India, or Singapore are eligible to apply. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit Sofina’s or the Foundation’s website to download the Request for Projects form.

Funds for U.K. Organizations Addressing the Global Goals
UK Aid Direct: Small Charities Challenge Fund

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF), an initiative of UK Aid Direct, is a funding opportunity for small U.K.-registered charities and nonprofit organizations. Project grants of up to £50,000 for up to two years are provided to U.K.-registered organizations working towards addressing the Global Goals to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized. Priority is given to applications that can demonstrate that they are responding to longer-term impacts of COVID-19. Applying organizations or their downstream partners also need to be registered in the country of delivery. The next review date for applications is March 25, 2021. Visit the UK Aid Direct website to download the SCCF project grants guidance document.

Funding Fosters Health in Race Communities Worldwide
IRONMAN Foundation: IRONAID COVID-19 Support Fund

The mission of the IRONMAN Foundation is to create positive, tangible change in race communities through grant funding and volunteerism. The IRONAID COVID-19 Support Fund supports health-related nonprofit organizations around the world, with a focus on serving IRONMAN communities in the wake of COVID-19. Types of supported projects include providing personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, x-ray machines, etc.; supporting quarantined individuals; organizations working in areas with poor access to regular medical services; groups focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene; research into SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19; and programs in the areas of housing and homelessness, healthcare, nutrition and food support, mental health, domestic violence, and care for seniors. The upcoming deadline to apply is December 15, 2020.  Applications may be submitted online on the Foundation’s website.

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

 

Global Funding Opportunities

Awards Honor Education Projects
WISE Awards

WISE, an initiative of the Qatar Foundation, is an international, multi-sectoral platform that aims to promote innovation and building the future of education through collaboration. The WISE Awards recognize and promote innovative projects that are addressing global educational challenges. Six winners receive $20,000 and benefit from increased public interest through media exposure and other channels. Ongoing and existing education projects run by any type of organization such as colleges, universities, academic networks, school consortia, civil society and community organizations, governments, international agencies, and private-sector companies working in the field of education are invited to apply or nominate. The submission period is open until December 20, 2020. The WISE Awards guidelines and brochure may be downloaded from the WISE website. In addition, information on the WISE Prize for Education is also available on the WISE website.

Funding Available for Tree Planting Projects Worldwide
Jonas Philanthropies: Trees for Climate Health

Jonas Philanthropies' Trees for Climate Health initiative seeks to address the impact of climate change by growing over ten million trees by 2025. Funding is provided to tree growing projects all over the world. The program supports a diversity of tree-planting organizations, both domestic and global, that prioritize engagement with frontline communities; promote food security, biodiversity, and multi-functionality of species; and have a proven track record of high survival rates. The program also prioritizes growing species of trees with meaningful carbon sequestration rates to combat climate change. Please no direct emails. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Please review the online FAQs and apply by completing the online application form.

Grassroots Women’s Organizations Supported
MADRE

The mission of MADRE is to advance women’s human rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and building lasting solutions to the crises women face. MADRE funds community-based women's organizations to meet urgent needs and achieve their long-term goals. Funding enables life-sustaining and community-changing interventions in communities that war or disaster have rendered difficult to fund and challenging to reach. The focus is on supporting women-led organizations that prioritize the leadership of young women and girls, Indigenous women, Afro-descendant women, LGBTIQ people, and people with disabilities. Grants support convening and movement building, crisis response for human rights defenders, skills and leadership development, advocacy and policy change, and direct services, such as shelters for survivors of violence, health clinics, seed banks, and water conservation projects. In-kind humanitarian aid is also provided. Partnership or grant inquiries may be submitted via email at any time. Visit the MADRE website to learn more about their funding areas.

Conservation Efforts Funded
Prince Bernhard Nature Fund

The Prince Bernhard Nature Fund (PBNF) envisions a biodiverse world with healthy ecosystems and a sustainable, wise use thereof. The PBNF provides grants for small, preferably local initiatives worldwide towards the conservation of endangered species (flora and fauna), or initiatives that in other ways promote the conservation and wise use of nature and the natural resources base. Priority is given to projects in developing countries, with a special focus on the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Registered nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply; the PBNF favors smaller grassroots organizations over bigger international organizations. Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2021. Visit the Fund’s website to review the eligibility requirements and apply online.

 

Regional Funding Opportunities

Funding Targets People With Disabilities in Eligible Countries
Abilis Foundation

The Abilis Foundation supports people with disabilities to implement their own projects in developing countries. Funding is provided for initiatives that promote the human rights, participation, independent living, education, and employment of persons with disabilities. Special attention is given to girls and women with disabilities. Grants also support organizational capacity building. Disabled People’s Organizations based in an eligible focus country or fragile state are eligible to apply. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to review a list of eligible countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Challenge Seeks Smart Farming Solutions for African and Asian Countries
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges—Smart Farming Innovations for Small-Scale Producers

Grand Challenges, an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, fosters innovation to solve key global health and development problems. The Smart Farming Innovations for Small-Scale Producers request for proposals (RFP) seeks smart farming solutions that leverage digital technology innovations that have the potential to drive positive impact for small-scale producer (SSP) entrepreneurs delivered through bundled farmer services and enabled by scalable digital and data platforms. Solutions should address one or more challenges faced by small-scale crop and livestock producers in one or more areas of agricultural advisory, farm management decision support, input supply, finance, insurance, market access, and linkages. Solutions should use human-centered design to elucidate the barriers that prevent SSPs from improving productivity, profitability, and income—then propose smart farming solutions that can help elevate SSP entrepreneurs. Consortiums implementing projects in selected African and Asian countries are eligible to apply for seed grants or scale-up grants. The application deadline is February 25, 2021. Visit the Grand Challenges website to review the RFP, which details the eligible countries and guidelines for forming a consortium.

Funds to Protect Threatened Heritage in Several Regions
Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development: Cultural Emergency Response

The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, based in the Netherlands, seeks to create opportunities for connection and exchange and stimulate cultural expression. The Cultural Emergency Response program provides financial support to cultural heritage under threat, primarily in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. Proposals must refer to a man-made or natural disaster or a conflict situation which caused a cultural emergency situation that requires immediate action. Support is provided for concrete material needs, research missions for identifying cultural emergency relief actions, first aid training for salvaging culture, or raising awareness about the damage to culture and heritage in an ongoing crisis. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Fund’s website to download the Statement of Need form.

Grants to Strengthen the Cultural Ecosystem in the Arab Region
All-Around Culture programme

The All-Around Culture 4-year programme, co-funded by the European Union, aims to foster a vital cultural ecosystem as an enabling environment for social and economic inclusion of young people in seven countries across the Arab region including Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia, and the Libyan and Syrian communities in these countries. Several grants will be available throughout the programme. Two calls for applications are now open for cultural and artistic entities as well as individuals working in the aforementioned Arab countries: The ‘Youth-led Cultural and Civic Initiatives’ call supports young artists, collectives, researchers, civil society activists, and cultural operators interested in developing community-based and contextual projects in their territory. It provides a possibility to innovate, experiment, and engage in contextual creation process, exchanges, and collaborations. The deadline to apply for this call is December 25, 2020. The ‘Cultural Alliances’ call, which supports cultural alliances seeking to strengthen their adaptive capacities and to engage in setting up a collaboration within alliances, will offer a grant of up to €110,000 for each alliance as well as tailor-made learning modules and regional collaborations. Cultural Alliances applications must be submitted by January 7, 2021. Both calls aim to strengthen the cultural ecosystem and facilitate and increase access to culture within their contexts. Visit the All-Around Culture programme website to download the calls for application and stay updated with upcoming opportunities.

 

Government Funding Opportunities

Grants Promote Behavior Change Related to the European Green Deal
European Commission

The European Commission has issued a call for proposals titled, “Building a Low-Carbon, Climate-Resilient Future: Research and Innovation in Support of the European Green Deal.” This call supports actions that address behavioral change at individual and collective levels, including public and private organizations, as well as broader changes in social practices related to the European Green Deal. Actions should establish transnational and transdisciplinary networks of experts, researchers, practitioners, and relevant civil society organizations on behavioral, social, and cultural change that jointly analyze social practices and behavioral change processes; share good practice, tools, and resources; and implement relevant experimentation on priority issues to deliver on the European Green Deal. The deadline to apply is January 26, 2021.

Support to Facilitate a STEM Mentorship Program
Department of State

The TechWomen Program aims to empower, connect, and support the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The exchange program uses a mentorship model to support emerging STEM leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa. Organizations applying for this federal award should demonstrate the capacity to recruit, select, and place in mentorship experiences a total of approximately 100 to 110 women from selected countries in these regions to participate in a five- to six-week intensive peer-mentoring program in the United States. The deadline to apply is January 21, 2021.

 

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Upcoming Online Education Trainings
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The Power of 3—Jump-Start Your Grants Success With Maryn Boess (NEW)
Are you ready to jump-start your grants success in 2021 with fresh perspectives, brand-new tools, and powerful new ways of approaching familiar tasks and challenges? Ready to bust a few big myths and misunderstandings that may be sabotaging your success without your even knowing it? Join long-time grants professional and grantmaking program officer Maryn Boess for a Power of 3 series designed to get your new year of grantseeking off to a high-energy, practical, and inspiring start! In Power Writing for Grants...and More!, you'll fill your writing toolkit with a host of simple, powerful techniques that will have you writing more clearly, quickly, and confidently, right away—so you can get the results you want! In Building the "Total-Value" Proposal Budget, you'll learn step-by-step how to end the 'Nonprofit Starvation Cycle' and build budgets that clearly and compellingly show the total value of everything it takes to do your work successfully (with plenty of opportunity for hands-on practice). And in our ground-breaking final session, Inside the Grantmaker's Black Box, you'll travel with Maryn through a real-life grant review process, from start to finish, tracking proposals through the eight key "qualifying rounds" and busting some big myths about what really happens in the finals! Come with an open mind, and be ready for inspiration as well as great takeaways you and your team can put to work right away! Join us for all three workshops in the Power of 3 series or as stand-alone learning opportunities. The deadline to register for all three is Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Transformational Leadership: A Coached Seminar Experience (NEW)
As the current or future executive director or senior leadership team member of a nonprofit organization, the pressures you deal with are enormous. Every day you are called upon to create and sustain an environment that enables your staff to renew their commitment and refine their skills. But where do you, the executive director or senior management team member, go to renew your commitment and refine your skills? Transformational Leadership: A Coached Seminar Experience, presented by Dr. Anthony Silard, CEO of The Global Leadership Institute and the President of The Center for Social Leadership, is a ten-part seminar series in transformational nonprofit leadership. In this interactive course you will learn 'transactional' skills such as how to manage your staff, how to cultivate donors, how to build your board of directors, and how to create a strategic plan—all through the lens of the transformational leader. There has been a recent surge in complex emotions such as loneliness, anxiety, and depression, which can easily destabilize nonprofit organizations. Transformational Leadership: A Coached Seminar Experience will cultivate nonprofit leaders with enhanced abilities in emotion management so they can transform these challenging emotions—within both themselves and their staff, board members, and donors—into empathy, passion, and a renewed commitment toward organizational goals. Both individuals and groups can participate in Transformational Leadership: A Coached Seminar Experience, either as a complete series to methodically build their leadership knowledge and skills, or as stand-alone (single session) learning opportunities. All participants who take the entire course will receive a certificate from The Center for Social Leadership. The deadline to register for the entire series is January 21, 2021; registration for individual seminars in the series will be open monthly through October 2021.

How to Use Storytelling & Virtual Donor Experiences to Raise More Money (NEW)
Donor stewardship has always been a time-consuming activity. Since these days nearly all meetings and gatherings are virtual for health safety, how are you keeping your donors engaged and ready to give? Holding virtual donor experiences that include sharing mission moment stories is an effective, time-saving, engaging, and inspiring way to tackle donor stewardship during the pandemic. In this session, Lori L. Jacobwith, Fundraising Culture Change Expert and Master Storyteller at IgnitedFundraising.com, will inspire your creativity for keeping your donors engaged throughout the year. During the webinar you will: learn the outline for crafting a powerful virtual donor experience; learn the specific messages that make your experience inspiring, engaging, and relevant—no matter your mission; and, receive a checklist to help plan your own knock-their-socks off experience. This session will benefit executive directors, fundraising and communication staff, and board members, and is relevant for small shops as well as organizations with a large fund development team. This webinar will take place Thursday, January 28, 2021

 

 

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Editor: Diana Holder
Contributing Writer: Ashlyn Simmons

COVID-19 Related Funding
Support for Healthcare and Education Initiatives in Europe, India, and Singapore
Funds for U.K. Organizations Addressing the Global Goals
Funding Fosters Health in Race Communities Worldwide

Global Funding Opportunities
Awards Honor Education Projects
Funding Available for Tree Planting Projects Worldwide
Grassroots Women’s Organizations Supported
Conservation Efforts Funded

Regional Funding Opportunities 
Funding Targets People With Disabilities in Eligible Countries
Challenge Seeks Smart Farming Solutions for African and Asian Countries
Funds to Protect Threatened Heritage in Several Regions
Grants to Strengthen the Cultural Ecosystem in the Arab Region

Government Funding Opportunities
Grants Promote Behavior Change Related to the European Green Deal
Support to Facilitate a STEM Mentorship Program