GrantStation International Insider - December 2021

International Insider
Volume XII | Issue 10

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COVID-19 Related Funding

 

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

 

Global Funding Opportunities

Prize Funds Climate Solutions From Across the Globe
Keeling Curve Prize

The Keeling Curve Prize, an initiative of the Global Warming Mitigation Project, seeks to locate and fund the best climate solutions the world has to offer. The Prize funds current projects with a proven track record of taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. Each year, $25,000 will be awarded to two projects in each of the five following categories: Carbon Sinks (Natural and Engineered), Energy, Finance, Social and Cultural Pathways, and Transport and Mobility. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, universities, research groups, government agencies, companies, and individuals. The 2022 application period will close on February 10, 2022, or when 500 applications are received. Visit the Global Warming Mitigation Project’s website to access details on each Prize category as well as the online application form.

Grants Enable the Documentation of Material Knowledge Systems
Endangered Material Knowledge Programme

The Endangered Material Knowledge Programme (EMKP), funded by Arcadia and hosted by the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the British Museum, gives grants to support the documentation of material knowledge systems that are under threat and in danger of disappearing. Knowledge holders, practitioners, and scholars can apply for small or large grants to support work that explores knowledge systems associated with the making, use, repair, and re-purposing of material objects, spaces, architecture, performances, and environments. In order to qualify, these knowledge systems must still be actively pursued, or at least practiced within living memory of the knowledge holders. Individuals worldwide who are affiliated with a non-governmental or community organization, university, museum, gallery, or library are eligible to apply. Priority is given to applications from source communities or knowledge holders, or projects which show an emphasis on co-production and ownership of knowledge. The deadline to apply is January 17, 2022. Visit the EMKP website to review the application guidelines and FAQs.

Support for Innovations That Advance Human Agency
The Agency Fund

The Agency Fund invests in ideas and organizations that leverage data, science, and technology to support people in poverty in the navigation of economic and life choices. Funding is provided for projects that pilot, experimentally test, scale, or improve specific innovations that advance human agency. The Fund’s Open Window supports research and innovation projects. Funding is phased by round. Pilot rounds are suitable for untested proofs-of-concept. Advanced funding rounds are suitable for ideas with a degree of existing evidence or scale, with the intended outcomes of greater evidence and greater scale. Strong applications will demonstrate the following: 1) direct relevance to the planning and decision challenges of individuals, households, or communities in poverty; 2) a compelling hypothesis about specific informational or psychosocial barriers that can keep people from realizing their full potential; 3) a team that works at the cutting edge of social or technological innovation, follows an evidence-based approach, and has a deep understanding of the context it operates in; and 4) a path to scale, a framework for measuring cost and benefits at scale, and ambitious timelines. Applications for the Open Window are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly; the next review date cut-off is February 14, 2022. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the Open Window and other calls for proposals.

Award Honors Documentary Filmmakers Worldwide
The Whickers: Film and TV Funding Award

The Whickers seek to fund and recognize original and innovative documentary. The Film and TV Funding Award is presented annually to an emerging filmmaker from anywhere in the world with the most promising pitch for a director-led documentary. The documentary must be the filmmaker's first 50+ minute documentary film where they own the director or co-director credit. Projects must be at the late development to early production stage at the time of applying. In 2022, a main award worth £100,000 and a runner-up contribution of £20,000 will be granted. (Award money cannot be paid to an individual. See the website for details.) The deadline to apply is January 31, 2022. Visit The Whickers website to review the guidelines and register an account to start the online application process.

Regional Funding Opportunities

Challenge Seeks Solutions to Neglected Tropical Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems. The Innovations in Eliminating Neglected Tropical Diseases request for proposals (RFP) aims to identify and demonstrate feasibility of innovative solutions and new applications of existing technologies to address the challenges faced by national neglected tropical diseases (NTD) programs in mapping, targeting, disease and vector surveillance, and other endgame strategies. Grants ranging up to $200,000 for up to 18 months support initiatives that are led by institutions (including ministries of health) based in sub-Saharan Africa, demonstrate partnership with national NTD programs, and propose innovations and applications that are scalable. Applications must be submitted by January 13, 2022. The RFP and supporting materials may be downloaded from the Grand Challenges website.

Support for K-12 Programs in Company Communities
MONAT Gratitude Grants Program

The MONAT Gratitude Grants Program supports education programs in the areas of the arts, music, entrepreneurship, and athletics in communities around the world where MONAT does business. Countries where MONAT does business include the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., Ireland, Spain, Poland, and Lithuania. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 are provided for music and arts education programs for children in grades K-12, youth sports programs in grades K-12 that inspire engagement and positively impact children in underserved communities, and programs focused on providing opportunities for youth to explore entrepreneurship in K-12 after-school programs. All organizations must be registered as nonprofit organizations or charitable entities in the countries where they provide programming and services. Applications will be accepted from January 20 to February 28 and May 4 to June 8, 2022. Details on the eligibility requirements and application process are available on the funder’s website.

Grants Available for Bird Conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean
Neotropical Bird Club Conservation Awards Programme

The Neotropical Bird Club Conservation Awards Programme supports the conservation of birds in the Neotropics, including South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Small grants of up to $1,500 and medium grants of up to $3,000 are available for direct conservation actions or conservation research. In order to be eligible, projects should target globally threatened species or globally important sites. Projects should also be likely to achieve constructive local engagement in some form, such as environmental education in local communities, working with local decision-making or land-management organizations, or local or international publicity. Nationals or residents of the Neotropics are eligible to apply. Applications are assessed twice yearly, with deadlines on January 1 and July 1. Visit the Neotropical Bird Club’s website to review the advice for applicants and download the application form.

Funding Targets Marginalized Groups in Indonesia and Laos
Voice

Voice, an initiative of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs executed by a consortium between Oxfam Novib and Hivos, is a grant facility that supports rightsholders and groups facing marginalization or discrimination in their efforts to exert influence in accessing productive and social services and political participation. Voice is currently accepting applications through the following calls for proposals: In Laos, the Your Voice Matters! call supports innovative ideas where rightsholder groups are able to have improved access to productive resources (finance, land, and water) and employment and improved access to social services, in particular health and education. The application deadline for this call is December 17, 2021. In Indonesia, the Power in Artivism call funds creative projects that will encourage artists and rightsholders to use arts as a tool for activism or to create pieces that will respond to the ongoing struggle and inequality of marginalized groups. The closing date to apply for this call is December 31, 2021. Visit the Voice website to review the individual calls for proposals.

 

Government Funding Opportunities

Support for Efforts to Promote Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Turkey
Embassy of the Netherlands - Turkey

The MATRA Social Transformation Programme supports initiatives in Turkey in the areas of human rights and the rule of law. Eligible organizations include Turkish civil society, nonprofit educational institutions, semi-governmental organizations, and municipalities. The deadline for the current call for proposals is December 31, 2021.

Funding Bolsters Higher Education in Kosovo
USAID

The Private Sector Partnerships to Strengthen Higher Education program aims to strengthen partnerships between the private sector and academic institutions and support development of market-oriented and experiential learning approaches in Kosovo. Applications must be submitted by January 5, 2022.

 

 

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

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Are you a nonprofit professional looking for new career opportunities? Are you a nonprofit leader looking to fill a position at your organization? If you answered yes to either of these questions, NonProfit Times CareerMatch may just help you to achieve your goals. This tool enables nonprofit organizations to post job openings and connects job seekers to opportunities in the nonprofit sector.

 

 

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.

Proposal Writing 101
If you are new to proposal writing, this webinar is for you! During this 90-minute webinar, Alice Ruhnke, founder and owner of the Grant Advantage, will teach you how to use a Program Planning Framework to plan your grant applications so they tell a strong, consistent story. As we go through the Framework, each section of a typical grant application will be highlighted with information on what funders are looking for and tips on how to write that section. By the time the webinar is over, you will: understand what funders are looking for in grant applications; be able to decipher confusing grant-related terminology; have a usable system to connect all the pieces of an application together; and have strategies to infuse your organization's strengths in your proposal to make it strong and competitive. This webinar will take place on Wednesday, January 12.

Growing Your Grant Readiness
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”! This webinar will take place on Thursday, January 13.

12 Ways to Attract & Grow Major Donor Gifts
In this 90-minute webinar, Stephanie Sample will introduce the concept of futures thinking: How to examine potential outcomes by identifying trends and increasing our ability to adapt quickly in the present. Stephanie will then explore how futures thinking can help your organization prepare to identify and receive support from major donors. She will also discuss how your nonprofit storytelling, digital footprint, and donor communications can attract and retain major donor funding. Topics covered include: how futures thinking applies to increasing major donor revenue streams; signals of the future: major donors giving six and seven figure gifts to nonprofits; and, communication with major donors in the COVID-19 era. You will walk away with: real time exercises to expand innovative thinking; examples of nonprofits that attracted major donor gifts in the pandemic; examples of current wealth identification platforms and tools to locate major donors; and, an increased ability to identify new signals and trends in the realm of major donor giving. This training will benefit executive directors, development directors, or major gifts officers who are charged with soliciting from high net worth individuals. This webinar will take place on Wednesday, January 19.

 

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Go Right to the Source
So you found a great grant opportunity! You fully researched it by reviewing the funder’s website, annual report, and tax forms. But you still have questions. You can ask the funder directly—there’s no need to be intimidated! But you want to make a good first impression. What are the smart questions to ask? How should you approach them in your email or phone call, or face-to-face? You can learn the dos and don’ts in Ask the Funder, our guide that is available to Members of GrantStation.

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Editor: Diana Holder
Contributing Writer: Ashlyn Simmons

Global Funding Opportunities
Prize Funds Climate Solutions From Across the Globe
Grants Enable the Documentation of Material Knowledge Systems
Support for Innovations That Advance Human Agency
Award Honors Documentary Filmmakers Worldwide

Regional Funding Opportunities 
Challenge Seeks Solutions to Neglected Tropical Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa
Support for K-12 Programs in Company Communities
Grants Available for Bird Conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean
Funding Targets Marginalized Groups in Indonesia and Laos

Government Funding Opportunities
Support for Efforts to Promote Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Turkey
Funding Bolsters Higher Education in Kosovo