Funding opportunities

Deadline: November 2018

Arts and Humanities Research Council
Type of project: collaborative UK-Jordan research projects exploring the role of cultural heritage in delivering sustainable economic growth and social welfare in Jordan. Research Themes: Re-writing the History of Jordan through script analysis, historical documents and archaeological discoveries; Digitisation and the use of technology in the interpretation, presentation and restoration of cultural heritage; Cultural heritage and sustainable growth; Museums and community engagement
Location: Jordan
Eligibility: Proposals must be collaborative, involving researchers from both the UK and Jordan. A Principal Investigator must be named in both the UK and Jordan for each project and it is expected that projects will involve a wider research team including, for example, co-investigators, research assistants, creative/cultural practitioners and/or non-academic project partners from the heritage / cultural sector (e.g. from museums, archives, NGOs, community groups) in both countries as appropriate to the proposal.
Grant size: up to £250,000 on the UK side, plus matched resource from Jordanian partners, is available for projects of 24-36 months duration.
Closing date: 8 November

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The British Council's Dice Fund - Collaboration Grants
Type of project: supporting the development of creative and social enterprises which tackle entrenched issues of unemployment and unequal economic growth through partnerships between UK organisations and counterparts across the world. The partners draw on the grants to co-design and co-deliver interventions that specifically aim to: empower women and girls; foster youth employment; and/or promote the inclusion and economic empowerment of disabled people or other marginalised groups.
Location: Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan or South Africa
Eligibility: Each proposal must have one Principal Applicant from the UK and one Principal Applicant from at least one of the DICE countries. Projects must take place between the UK and at least one DICE country, with impact designed to primarily take place in the DICE country. The majority of the project’s development and delivery should take place in the DICE country.
Grant size: £20,000 - £85,000 with the amount jointly awarded to the two organisations.
Closing date: 11 November for Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia & Pakistan. 25 November for South Africa  

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Lacoste Save our Species Fund
Type of project:
conservation of selected threatened species. Funding will go to CSOs carrying out sustainable survival measures at local level to protect the species, their habitat and to improve the livelihoods of the people who depend on them
Location: Gulf of California, Myanmar, Northern Madagascar, Indonesia, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, Vietnam, Laos British Virgin Island of Anegada
Eligibility: non-profit-making civil society entities or local or international non-governmental organisations. Projects presented by local and national CSOs including indigenous Community Based Organisations will be favourably considered. International CSOs are eligible but it is essential that they work with local and national CSOs as well as the local communities
Grant size: total fund value is $55,000
Closing date: 11 November

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United Nations Population Fund 
Type of projects: promoting adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence
Location: Namibia
Closing date: 12 November

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration Round 22
Type of project: applications are welcomed for the following 6 calls for proposals: 

  1. Increasing Demand for Vaccination Services 
  2. New Approaches for Manufacturing Gut Microbial Bio therapeutics
  3. Innovation for WASH in Urban Settings
  4. New Approaches for Strategic Prioritization of Agricultural Development Policies
  5. Tools and Technologies for Broad-Scale Pest and Disease Surveillance of Crop Plants in Low-Income Countries
  6. Innovations Driving Programmatic Performance in Immunization: Service Experience and Data Use + Measurement

Location: worldwide
Eligibility: applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any type of organisation, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organisations and for-profit companies
Grant size: initial grants are for $100,000 and successful projects are eligible to receive follow-on funding of up to $1 million
Closing date: 14 November 

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Nesta
Type of project:
 developing digital ideas that generate social impact. Existing digital projects will also be considered if they require further development and can demonstrate impact at scale that is clearly aligned with a beneficiary group
Location: can be at local or global level
Eligibility: Cultural or creative organisations, trading for a minimum of 3 years in the UK. Collaborations with other organisations both inside and outside of the creative industries (e.g. third sector or public services) are encouraged, however it must be clear in your application that the creative/cultural organisation is the lead organisation
Closing date: 14 November

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Nahrein Network Research Grant Awards 
Type of project: the sustainable development of antiquity, heritage and the humanities in the post-conflict Middle East. Applications are encouraged that support the “Revive the Spirit of Mosul” initiative, a UNESCO initiative for the reconstruction of the Old City of Mosul. Particularly welcome are applications for projects that contribute to sustainable development through: a fuller understanding of Mosul's social and/or intellectual history and heritage and reconciliation between communities through the documentation, safeguarding and enhancement of cultural heritage, broadly defined.
Location: Mosul, Iraq
Eligibility: applications are invited from postdoctoral researchers (or equivalent) who are employed by, or have an official connection with: a UK or Iraqi Higher Education Institution (i.e., a university or similar organisation), or: a non-academic organisation (e.g. cultural heritage organisation, NGO, community group) in the UK or Iraq, with a demonstrated capacity to conduct research. Applications for small grants must be led by an Iraqi researcher and do not need UK collaborators. Applications for large grants must be made jointly by researchers in the UK and Iraq who each fulfil these eligibility criteria. Large grants may also involve researchers from other countries.
Grant size: Small grants up to £30,000. Large grants up to £100,000.
Closing date: 15 November

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The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
Type of projects: 
the causes, circumstances and consequences of violence
Location: Switzerland, the UK, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Angola, Central African Republic, Chad, Myanmar, Yemen and Syria
Eligibility: UK and Swiss non-profits working in the above countries
Closing date: 15 November

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Voice Innovate and Learn Grants
Type of projects: 
innovative ideas to address the marginalisation and discrimination experienced by women facing exploitation, abuse and violence; LGBTQI groups; and persons with disability. Thematic areas include: 1) Improving access to (productive) resources (finance, land and water) and employment in particular; 2) Improving access to social services, health and education; 3) Fostering space for political participation
Location: the Philippines
Eligibility: the lead party must be a legally registered not-for- profit civil society or community-based organisation, preferably based in the Philippines  
Grant size: €5,000 - €200,000 over 12 - 24 months
Closing date: 15 November

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DFID and Innovate UK's Agri-tech Catalyst competition
Type of project: increasing the pace of development and scale of uptake of agricultural and food systems technology and innovation in Africa by farmers or other food systems actors. There is funding available under three streams: 
early-stage feasibility studies; mid stage industrial research and late-stage experimental development 
Location: various countries in Africa
Eligibility: projects must: be collaborative; include a partner from an eligible African country who can be the technical lead; include a UK-based administrative lead; be carried out in the UK or an eligible African country or both
Grant size: early stage feasibility studies: £100,000 to £500,000, 12 to 18 months. Mid stage industrial research: £250,000 to £1 million, up to 3 years. Late stage experimental development: £150,000 to £800,000, up to 18 months. Projects must start by 1 April 2019. At least 70% of total eligible project costs should be incurred by commercial organisations; a maximum of 30% of total eligible project costs are available to research participants. If there is more than one research participant, this amount will be shared between them.
Closing date: 21 November 

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British Council #IdeasChangeLives 
Type of projects: digital solutions for six of the SDGs, specifically SDG 4 - Quality education; SDG 5 - Gender equality; SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth; SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities; SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities and; SDG 16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions. 
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: #IdeasChangeLives is open to individuals and companies of any size based anywhere in the world
Grant size: up to two winning entries will receive prizes of £20,000 each. In addition, each winner will have the chance to work collaboratively with the British Council’s Digital, Partnerships and Innovation team to develop a minimum viable product based on their idea.
Closing date: 23 November

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Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust
Type of projects: 
projects that seek to advance the inclusion, engagement and retention of girls and women in education and onwards through to employment, generating change beyond individual benefit and creating a legacy for the benefit of future generations
Location: South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa
Eligibility: UK-registered charities
Grant size: between £300k - £400k over three to four years
Closing date: 30 November for Stage One applications (Concept Notes), Stage Two will be by invitation and close 30 April 2019

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Deadline: December 2018

The Waterloo Foundation - Tropical rainforests
Type of projects: 
tropical rainforest conservation; prevention of deforestation
Eligibility: UK-based charities, many of whom work in close partnership with smaller local NGOs based in the countries in which they operate. Non-UK CSOs need a UK reference to apply
Grant size: £50,000 - £100,000
Closing date: 1 December

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UNHCR Youth Initiative Fund
Type of projects: community-based protection projects imagined, designed and led by young people
Location: Kosovo
Eligibility: pojects that have been previously funded may apply but must demonstrate how continued funding will add value to their current project
Grant size:  up to US$10,000
Closing date: 3 December

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Comic Relief Power Up fund
Type of projects: women’s rights organisations fighting against systems which perpetuate the injustices they encounter in their daily lives
Location: UK, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, India, Nepal, Bangladesh
Eligibility: this fund is for locally rooted women and girl-led organisations only. Applications may be made by single organisations, in partnership or consortia or by sub-granting funds focusing on the same issues
Grant size: single organisations: £150,000 - £300,000; two or more organisations: up to £500,000. Funding can be used to cover the core costs / overheads of an organisation / partnerships, or specific projects and activities or a mixture of the two
Closing date: 7 December

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BBC Radio 4 Appeal 
Type of projects: medical research; hospitals/hospices; other medical/health/sickness; disability; housing/homelessness; social welfare and services; humanitarian aid/famine; disaster relief; human rights; education/training; ats/culture; amateur sports/recreation; environment/wildlife; conservation/ heritage.
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: a charity can only have an appeal broadcast on the BBC once every three years. UK registered charities whose work has an impact at UK or international level are eligible. Priority will be given to UK charities that deliver activities for beneficiaries located in more than one of the nations of the UK. Priority will be given to international charities that deliver activities for beneficiaries located across several regions within a country or across countries.
Grant size: on average charities raise between £5,000 and £20,000
Closing date: 10 December

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UK Aid Match
Type of projects: 
this round of UK Aid Match will be a £20million fund for charities working addressing the SDGs. Applications that support the development objectives associated with ending the illegal wildlife trade are particularly welcomed. For every £1 given by the public to a UK Aid Match charity appeal, the government adds £1 from the UK’s international development budget
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: UK-based, non-government, not-for-profit organisations working to reduce poverty in up to two of DFID's eligible countries
Grant size: each charity appeal must run for up to three months and raise up a maximum of £2million
Closing date: 13 December for concept notes. If your proposal is shortlisted in the concept note stage, you’ll be invited to submit a full proposal. Full application will be open from 11 February 2019 and close on 21 March 2019

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Chrysalis Trust
Type of projects:
relief of poverty and disability; provision of access to shelter, education, healthcare and water
Eligibility: charities registered in the UK
Grant size: £1000 - £10,000
Closing date: 15 December

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Friends of Malawi Association
Type of projects: 
usually oriented toward social, educational and healthcare projects but will consider any project that will improve the welfare of Malawians 
Location: Malawi
Eligibility: normally require the organisation to be a registered charity or NGO in Malawi
Grant size: up to £1000
Closing date: 15 December

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Gray Matters Capital coLABS
Type of projects: 
bold, innovative, and widely scalable social enterprises that have the potential to dramatically improve the lives of women and girls around the world
Location: primarily in South Asia, Africa, and Latin America
Eligibility: social enterprises
Grant size: maximum $250,000
Closing date: 15 December

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Hilden Charitable Trust 
Type of projects: community level projects which address disadvantages, especially those which are less likely to raise funds from public subscriptions. Overseas priorities are projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health. Trustees will particularly welcome projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women 
Location: UK and developing countries
Grant size: average grants are £5,000
Closing date: 19 December

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KR Foundation 
Type of project: addressing the root causes of climate change, with two programme focus areas: "Sustainable Behaviour Catalysts for Change" and "Sustainable Finance - keeping fossil fuels in the ground".
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: registered organisations with not-for-profit status
Grant size: from DKK 2m to DKK 5m with a duration of up to approximately 3 years.
Closing date: 22 December

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Donald Forrester Trust
Type of projects: 
a broad remit including in particular the relief of poverty and the advancement of education and religion
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: UK registered CSOs. The trust prefers to support small charities
Grant size: average grant of £5000
Closing date: 31 December

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The Edith M Ellis 1985 Charitable Trust 
Type of project: Quaker work and witness; Peace-building and conflict resolution; Interfaith and ecumenical understanding; Community development work in the UK and overseas; Work with forced migrants, including internally displaced people; Sustainable development.
Location: UK and overseas
Eligibility: UK registered charities, NGOs, public bodies and social enterprises with a turnover of less than c. £350,000 may apply
Grant size: small grants of up to £3,000; Interest free loans of up to £5,000 repayable over 5 years. In exceptional circumstances larger grants may be given.
Closing date: end of December

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The Jana Robeyst Trust Fund
Type of project: wildlife conservation 
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: individuals or organisations based anywhere in the world.
Grant size: up to €1,500    
Closing date: 31 December

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Voice Sudden Opportunity Grants - Indonesia
Type of projects: addressing specific, unanticipated opportunities to influence policy in Laos, especially those that could have a ripple effect or that can impact one or more of Voice target groups: Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities; Age-discriminated vulnerable groups, notably the young and the elderly; Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people; People living with disabilities; Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence)
Location: Indonesia
Eligibility: the lead applicant must be a locally registered organisation which is fully independent from a Global North-based headquarters. International organisations can apply as a co-applicant.
Grant size: €5,000 to €200,000 for an intervention that will last between 6 and 12 months
Closing date: 31 December

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Voice Sudden Opportunity Grants - Laos
Type of projects: addressing specific, unanticipated opportunities to influence policy in Laos, especially those that could have a ripple effect or that can impact one or more of Voice target groups: Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities; Age-discriminated vulnerable groups, notably the young and the elderly; Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people; People living with disabilities; Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence)
Location: Laos
Eligibility: the lead applicant must be a locally registered organisation which is fully independent from a Global North-based headquarters. International organisations can apply as a co-applicant. 
Grant size:  €5,000 to €200,000 for an intervention that will last between 6 and 12 months
Closing date: 31 December

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Voice Sudden Opportunities Grant - Philippines
Type of project: collective action aimed at preventing the unanticipated closure of civic space, or the widening of civic space, where there is a time-bound opportunity to influence policy on criminalisation, marginalisation, discrimination, and/or exclusion. These unexpected moments have to greatly impact at least one or more of Voice the target groups who need to be involved in the collective action being proposed. These groups are: Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities; Age-discriminated vulnerable groups, notably the young and the elderly and Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people; People living with disabilities; Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence
Location: Philippines
Eligibility: not-for-profit civil society or community-based organisation
Grant size: €5,000 to €200,000 for an intervention that will last between 6 and 12 months
Closing date: 31 December

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Deadline: January 2019

Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship (CwPAMS) programme
Type of projects: improving the detection and monitoring of resistant infections at the hospital level, taking measures to reduce infection and ensuring antibiotics' effective use
Location: Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia
Grant size: £10,000 – £30,000 for new partnerships, £30,000 – £75,000 for established partnerships
Closing date: 4 January

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Commonwealth Foundation
Type of projects: supporting innovative projects that strengthen civic voice so that it is more effective in holding governance institutions to account, enhances involvement in policy processes and shapes public discourse
Location: worldwide 
Eligibility: registered non-for-profit Civil Society Organisations may apply. The applicant’s average of total income over the last two years must be less than £3m
Grant size: up to £50,000 per year for a maximum of £200,000 over four years. 
Closing date: 7 January

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Google.org AI for Social Good
Type of projects: 
using AI to address social challenges
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: any non-profit organisation, public charity, or for-profit, provided that the project has a charitable purpose
Grant size: from a pool of $25m, plus coaching and credit
Closing date: 22 January

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Embassy of Japan in Uganda
Type of projects: 
particular attention will be given to projects designed to assist the most vulnerable groups such as women, children and the physically disabled. Focus areas are: Primary/secondary education; Vocational training; Primary health care, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS; Water and sanitation; Reconstruction for disaster areas; Agricultural development
Location: Uganda
Eligibility: any non-profit organisation which has been registered with the National Board of NGOs or local governments and has a minimum of two years’ experience implementing development projects at a grassroots level, and which has full-time paid staff and track record in handling at least 50 % of the requested fund is eligible to apply
Grant size: approximately USD$100,000 per project. Items which cannot be financed include: consumables (except in case of emergency or humanitarian relief); running and maintenance costs of facilities and equipment; and recipient administrative costs
Closing date: 31 January

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Southall Trust Overseas Development Fund
Type of projects: 
improving the life chances for the next generation of children born into war-torn nations and/or those in the Global South, as well as those born into nations with poor access to education
Location: the Global South
Eligibility: UK-registered charities
Grant size: average grant is £1800
Closing date: 31 January - requests over £3,000 must be submitted by this deadline. Lower requests can be submitted at any time

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Deadline: February 2019

Danida Fellowship Centre
Type of projects: development research activities designed to further the SDGs, focusing on the following five themes: Sustainable economic development; Gender equality and development; Humanitarian assistance and development; Climate change resilience; State building and governance
Location: a Danida priority country: currently Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Palestine, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Eligibility: applications can only be submitted by universities or by a research-based institution (public and private, nationally registered institutions) in Denmark, Ghana, or Tanzania, which will be responsible for the grant
Grant size: a maximum grant of DKK 12 million (c. £1.4m) for each project over a maximum of five years. 
Closing date: 1 February

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The Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation
Type of projects: projects that seek to influence values and attitudes, promote equity and social justice, and develop radical alternatives to current economic and social structures under two priority areas: 1) Peace & Sustainable Security and; 2) Environmental Sustainability.
Location: UK and overseas
Eligibility: UK registered charitable NGOs. UK registered charities may also be supported if they can indicate a UK registered charity that is able to receive funds on their behalf. Organisations that are new to PPCF are encouraged to get in touch with the trust secretary for an informal discussion about your work prior to submitting an application. 
Grant size: between £5,000 and £15,000 per year, for up to three years
Closing date: 8 February

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Ernst Kleinwort Medium Grants Programme
Type of project: wildlife and environmental conservation. Grants will be considered for start-up costs, core costs or for a specific project for which applicants have requested support. This could include a contribution towards a building/refurbishment project, purchase of specialist equipment or other similar capital expenditure, or assistance with running costs
Location: UK and overseas
Eligibility: UK registered charities
Grant size: £5,001 – £10,000
Closing date: 11 February 

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Deadline: March 2019

Palliative Care Development in Africa: Small Grants Programme
Type of project: hospices and palliative care providers across Africa which directly improve the patient experience and the standard of palliative care services for people of all ages.  Funding is primarily for one-off projects, with a duration of one year
Location: Africa
Eligibility: only registered hospices and/or palliative care providers in any setting of care can apply. All work supported by this programme must adhere to the WHO definition of palliative care. 
Grant size: £500 - £5,000
Closing date: 1 March

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Ernst Kleinwort Large Grants Programme
Type of project: wildlife and environmental conservation. Grants will be considered for start-up costs, core costs or for a specific project for which applicants have requested support. This could include a contribution towards a building/refurbishment project, purchase of specialist equipment or other similar capital expenditure, or assistance with running costs.
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: UK-registered charities
Grant size: £10,001 and over
Closing date: 4 March (opens 4 January) 

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BBC Radio 4 Appeal 
Type of project: activities that fall within the following categories will be considered eligible for an appeal: Medical research; Hospitals/hospices; Other medical/health/sickness; Disability; Housing/homelessness; Social welfare and services; Humanitarian aid/famine; disaster relief; Human rights; Education/training; Arts/culture; Amateur sports/recreation; Environment/wildlife; conservation/ heritage.
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: a charity can only have an appeal broadcast on the BBC once every three years. UK-registered charities whose work has an impact at UK or international level are eligible. Priority will be given to international charities that deliver activities for beneficiaries located across several regions within a country or across countries.
Grant size: on average charities raise between £5,000 and £20,000
Closing date: 19 March 

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US Embassy in Burkina Faso Self-Help Programme
Type of project: community groups carrying out small development projects. The projects must be initiated by and benefit the community by increasing income or improving living conditions. If the project is designed to generate income, it must be truly community-based and not a for-profit enterprise or sole proprietorship.
Location: Burkina Faso
Eligibility: local community organisations or NGOs. The Self-Help Programme cannot fund political, religious, military, or recreational activities. Funds cannot be used for administrative costs, transportation, training, scholarships, consumable items, vehicles, or to finance repairs
Grant size: the maximum grant is $10,000 over 1 year. 
Closing date: 31 March 

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Contracting opportunities

Find out more about contracting opportunities and how to apply in our Bidding for a DFID contract guide.

DFID Multi-Disciplinary Programme Framework Agreement
DFID is seeking to appoint suppliers to an International Multi-Disciplinary Programme Framework Agreement (IMDP), which will enable DFID to access advice and expertise in a cost efficient and effective manner across eleven thematic areas -provided by multi-disciplinary teams of quality professionals to design, manage and deliver international development programme services with agility and innovation whilst maintaining fair competition, in response to the dynamic and challenging needs of working in complex and fragile contexts. 

Deadline: 9 November

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Better Aid in Conflict (BAC) South Sudan 
The Better Aid in Conflict programme will support the international aid effort in South Sudan to be "conflict sensitive", minimizing the negative effects and maximizing the positive effects of all forms of aid, so as to contribute towards peace and stability whenever possible. The UK will provide funds towards the establishment of a multi-donor Better Aid in Conflict programme in South Sudan from 2018-2023.

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Delivering sustainable and equitable increases in family planning in Kenya 
The programme is expected to ensure that women and couples in Kenya can plan their pregnancies and improve their sexual and reproductive health, with a particular focus on adolescents, the poor and the most marginalized, including promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities.

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Health Research Programme Consortia (RPCs)
DFID has committed to the production and use of high quality evidence, data and innovation to accelerate progress towards the Global Goals. Following extensive internal and global consultation, the following areas were identified as being gaps and an opportunity for the UK to intervene: (i) Building stronger and more resilient health systems;  (ii) Improving the health of the world’s most vulnerable, including sexual and reproductive health, mental healthand maternal, newborn and child health; (iii) Tackling infectious diseases 

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Investing in Adolescent Girls in Rwanda (IAG-R) 
DFID is seeking partner(s) to deliver a 5 year programme to enable adolescent girls in Rwanda to have the capabilities for a safe, healthy, educated and empowered transition to adulthood.

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Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture in Recurrent and Protracted Crises (SPARC)
This multi-country research programme intends to generate operationally-relevant evidence on how to design, fund and better support pastoralism and agriculture in recurrent and protracted crises. The programme will build on the limited evidence on how agriculture and livestock services can better respond to recurrent and protracted crisis in a variety of contexts.

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Ongoing grant opportunities

Abilis Foundation
Type of projects: supporting people with disabilities to implement their own projects in developing countries
Location: developing countries
Eligibility: Disabled People's Organisations from developing countries

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The Al Fayed Foundation 
Type of project: relieving the plight of orphans, refugees and street children abroad
Location: worldwide

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AngloAmerican Group Foundation
Type of projects:
environment, education and training; community development; HIV/AIDS and welfare
Countries: UK, Chile, Peru, India, Mozambique, Brazil, Colombia, China, Mongolia, Zimbabwe
Grant range: unspecified

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The Ashworth Charitable Trust 
Type of project: humanitarian causes operating locally, nationally and internationally. The underlying principals are: justice; education for all; the need to address the situation of the very poor and of those at the margins of society; that all people everywhere should be able to share the fruits of and be empowered to participate in the construction of a just, prosperous and sustainable society; and that to achieve these aims, it is necessary to build the capacity of individuals, communities and institutions
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: UK-registered charities whose turnover is under £1 million. 
Grant size: not usually exceeding £3,000 

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The Blackwood Engineering Trust
Type of projects: 
education or projects which generally benefit children and young people in need due to poverty, bereavement, sickness or disability which have little funding from statutory bodies are a largely run by voluntary organisations
Location: locations where Blackwood Engineering operates, including the UK, China and around the world
Grant size: £500 - £2000. Larger grants may be considered in exceptional circumstances

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The C&A Foundation
Type of projects: 
accelerating sustainable cotton, improving working conditions, eradicating forced labour, and enabling circular fashion
Location: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Turkey, Tanzania, Indonesia
Grant size: proposals for under €100,000 can be reviewed by a programme manager. Those that are over €500,000 are reviewed by the Board of Directors who meet twice a year in June and December

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The Catriona Hargreaves Charitable Trust 
Type of project: transforming the lives of deprived people all over the world where disease and poverty meet. Disease focus areas include, but are not limited to, leprosy, TB and Buruli Ulcer. The Trust’s overall focus is on project which provided food, shelter, medical treatment and health education in the most vulnerable communities
Location: worldwide
Grant size: sample grants range from £500 - £2,000

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Charles Hayward Foundation
Type of projects:
clean water and sanitation; basic health programmes; self-sustainability through training in farming skills and income generation activities
Countries: Commonwealth countries of Africa
Grant range: up to £15,000

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Charles Steward Mott Foundation
Type of projects:
strengthening philanthropy and the nonprofit sector as vital vehicles for increasing civic engagement and improving communities and societies
Countries: South Africa
Grant range: $15,000 to $250,000

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Cisco Foundation Global Impact Cash Grants 
Type of projects: innovative approaches to critical social challenges. Organisations and programmes must focus on at least one of the following areas: access to education; economic empowerment; critical human needs. Programmes must serve the underserved, and leverage technology to improve the reach and efficiency of services. 
Location: worldwide
Grant size: the maximum request amount for first-time grant recipients is US$75,000

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De la Rue Charitable Trust
Type of projects: educational projects at home and abroad which promote relevant skills, international understanding and bring relief from suffering
Location: the UK and under-developed communities where De la Rue does business
Eligibility: UK registered charities
Grant size: approximate annual fund value is £60,000 with 10-12 charities supported in 2016/17

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The Dorfred Charitable Trust 
Type of project: relief of third world poverty
Location: developing countries
Eligibility: UK registered charities only
Grant size: £18,000 of grants were awarded in 2016/7

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Dubai Cares
Type of projects:
school infrastructure; school health; nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools; quality of education
Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Chad, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Jordan , Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia
Grant range: unspecified
Overhead recovery: this donor limits overhead recovery to no more than 7% of donations

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Dulverton Charitable Trust 
Type of projects:  1) Community Development which covers the provision of water and power, the encouragement of farming, enterprise, wildlife conservation. 2)  Peace & Humanitarian Support including disaster relief. 
Location: Kenya and Uganda
Eligibility: UK charities and charitable incorporated organisations may apply. 
Grant size: between £25,000 and £35,000 per year. 

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Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust
Type of projects: 
benefit women or orphaned children; demonstrate local involvement in scoping and delivery, except where skills required are not currently available e.g. eye surgeons in remote rural areas; repair damages in post-conflict countries; deliver clean water and sanitation
Location: sub-Saharan Africa, Indian sub-continent including Afghanistan, and projects in Palestine or those supporting Palestinian refugees
Eligibility: UK CSOs may apply
Grant size: £1000 - £3000

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Elton John AIDS Foundation
Type of projects: 
Projects providing tangible impacts on individuals living with and communities affected by HIV Aids   
Location: Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Russian Federation, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Eligibility: UK and Southern CSOs can apply
Grant range: £10,000 - £15,000

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F G CHARITABLE TRUST 
Type of project: supporting groups who are victims of either: breaches of human rights; any public calamity (including famine earthquake or pestilence); war or civil disturbance; the immediate or continuing effects of lack of natural or other resources; or any other cause of poverty distress or suffering.
Location: Any part of the world but with a particular focus on Africa, South America, the Indian sub-continent and Eastern Europe. 
Eligibility: faith-based organisations only
Grant size: £450,000 worth of grants and legacies were disbursed in 2016/7

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Ford Foundation
Type of projects:
educational opportunity and scholarship; sustainable development; freedom of expression; gender; sexuality and reproductive justice; human rights; economic fairness
Countries: worldwide
Grant range: unspecified

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Ford Foundation's JustFilms Grant
Type of projects: 
artist-driven film and new media projects, and other forms of creative visual storytelling, that explore the rich diversity of the human experience. These stories inspire imaginations, disrupt stereotypes, and help transform attitudes that perpetuate injustice.
Location: worldwide
Grant range: unspecified

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FP2020 Rapid Response Mechanism
Type of project: family planning
Eligibility: Registered NGOs, CSOs and INGOs, governments, private and UN organisations are eligible
Grant size: up to US$ 250,000. The vast majority of projects receive less than US$100,000. Please note grants cannot be used to fund: Purchase of contraceptives; Government staff salaries or honorariums; Scholarships to individuals; Fees to attend a conference; Basic research, academic studies or surveys; Capital equipment (such as machinery, vehicles, IT equipment, and office furniture)

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The Gibbs Trust
Type of projects: 
innovative undertakings by Methodist churches and organisations, other Christian Causes, especially of an ecumenical nature, and a wider category in the fields of the creative arts, education, social and international concern
Location: Wales and overseas
Eligiblity: UK-registered charities
Grant size: grants totalling £43,250 were made to international causes in 2016/7. This figure included one £9,000 donation. The remainder were between £1,000 - £3,000
Deadline: the pattern is for the Trustees to meet three times during the financial year: around Easter, in late summer, and after Christmas

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The Girl Generation’s End FGM Grassroots Fund 
Type of project: supporting local, grassroots organisations in some of the countries most affected by FGM. Projects funded include: educating people about the harmful effects of FGM; promoting community dialogue on and offline; training teachers and healthcare workers, or building a new generation of youth activists to tackle FGM
Location: current grantees are working in Nigeria, Kenya, Somaliland, Sudan, The Gambia, Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso
Eligibility: local, grassroots organisations in some of the countries most affected by FGM
Grant size: an average of $10,500 per grant

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Global Fund for Children
Type of projects: 
innovative, locally-led projects where all children and young people enjoy equal resources and opportunities in society and can live to their full potential
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: legally registered as a local organisation in the country where you operate with youth or child-focused programmes. Most new partners have budgets under $100,000

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Global Fund for Women
Type of projects: 
gender equality and human rights
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: local organisations working directly in their communities, which are led by historically marginalised groups such as women, girls, or trans people

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Global security challenges
Type of projects: 
combatting global security challenges, with particular focus on countries affected by conflict and fragility and to support relevant analyses and the development of situational awareness
Location: regions in North Africa, the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia
Eligibility: NGOs (Norwegian, international and local, including non-commercial foundations), the UN system and other multinational organisations

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Her Voice
Type of projects: 
meaningful engagement of adolescent girls and young women in national youth related policy and program processes supported by or linked to the Global Fund
Location: Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Eligibility: registered or unregistered group, network or community-based organisation of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) or young people; or a community-based organisation implementing programs for AGYW and/or youth
Grant size: £2000

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The International HIV/Aids Alliance Challenge Response Grant 
Type of project: projects impacting both of the following: 1) the people/person you intend to help is/are experiencing discrimination or threats to their health, life or security that impact their access to HIV services and; 2) it is critical that activities take place within the next few months to address barriers that prevent them accessing HIV services
Location: various countries in Africa, Latin American and the Caribbean
Eligibility: Civil society organisations that are led by, or work with, LGBT people or MSM. Organisations can apply to support individuals whose situation meets the criteria stated above
Grant size: up to $20,000

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The International HIV/Aids Alliance Emergency Response Grant 
Type of project: urgent situations where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) and men who have sex with men (MSM) are facing stigma, discrimination and threats of violence that impact their access to HIV services
Location: various countries in Africa, Latin American and the Caribbean. 
Eligibility: Civil society organisations that are led by, or work with, LGBT people or MSM. Organisations can apply to support individuals whose situation meets the criteria stated above
Grant size: up to $20,000

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Jana Robeyst small conservation grants
Type of projects: 
the study and protection of endangered species with a specific focus on elephants 
Location: sub-Saharan Africa
Eligibility: early career scientists, conservationists and non-profit organisations based anywhere in the world
Grant size: €1500

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The Jephcott Charitable Trust 
Type of project: four main areas of funding: population control, the natural environment, education and health.
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: a registered charity or properly constituted organisation whose administrative expenses do not form more than 15% of their annual income
Grant size: £2,000 to £10,000, and in exceptional cases only, up to £20,000

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The Joffe Charitable Trust
Type of projects: 
the underlying causes of poverty and the advancement of human rights. The fund work in two areas: (a) building a fairer economy, with a focus on fighting corruption and promoting tax justice, and (b) strengthening small charities that have great potential
Location: Anglophone Africa
Eligibility: normally only UK-based charities but in exceptional circumstances will fund non-charities
Grant size: £5,000 to £30,000 per year for up to three years 

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John Ellerman Foundation
Type of projects: 
advancing the wellbeing of people, society and the natural world by focusing on the arts, environment and social action. The fund is willing to be flexible, and may venture outside it funding criteria if a different approach would be more effective
Location: UK and UK Overseas Territories
Eligibility: UK CSOs with an income between £100,000 and £10m
Grant size: up to £100,000

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The John Lewis Foundation
Type of projects:  investing in disadvantaged communities that support the John Lewis business throughout the world to acquire the relevant skills required for meaningful employment and improve social inclusion
Location: the project must benefit communities in which there is a John Lewis store, supplier, manufacturer, distribution hub, call centre etc.
Eligibility: groups and organisations that are registered with the appropriate Charity Commission or where the grant is for an exclusively charitable purpose.  Funding cannot support building renovation or other capital expenditure or consumables

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The Oak Foundation
Type of projects: there are six main programmes are: Environment, Child Abuse, Housing and Homelessness, International Human Rights, Issues Affecting Women and Learning Differences. There are four national programmes: Brazil, Denmark, India and Zimbabwe
Location: worldwide
Grant size: there is an annual grant-making budget of more than $200m. Except in special circumstances or in Zimbabwe, the foundation generally does not provide programme grants under US$25,000

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The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)    
Type of projects: 
those which enhance livelihoods by addressing challenges in areas such as education, energy poverty, food security, public health, water supply and sanitation, which may not be directly funded through other financing windows. Projects supported include technical assistance for small-scale social schemes, research, and humanitarian aid. In addition, OFID runs special programs for health, Palestine and energy poverty
Location: priority is given to low-income, least-developed countries
Eligibility: intergovernmental organisations such as UN agencies and international, national, regional and non-governmental organisations. Individuals, private entities and OFID Member States -Algeria, Ecuador, Gabon, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela - are not eligible to apply for assistance. 
Grant size: unspecified. In 2016, OFID funded to US$11.7m over 42 projects. Half of all its commitments went to African countries in 2016

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Open Society Initiative for East Africa
Type of projects:
health and rights; freedom of expression and information; justice and human rights
Countries: East African countries
Grant range: $10,000 to $200,000

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The Marr Manning Trust
Type of projects: 
two focus areas: 1) education, including access to education by marginalised groups; Quality of teaching; equality for female and disabled students and; 2) Livelihoods projects including secure employment; Access to finance, support to entrepreneurs; market access
Location: sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian Sub-Continent and South East Asia
Eligibility: registered, independent charitable organisations and NGOs with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1m
Grant size: 14 grants were supported in 2017/8 with a total value of £372,888

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Michael and Susan Dell Foundation 
Type of project: serving children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, family economic stability (including microfinance) and childhood health.
Location: USA, India, South Africa
Eligibility: generally, the foundation does not provide grants to support: individuals, medical research projects, event fundraisers or sponsorships, lobbying of any kind or endowments
Grant size: the foundation generally will not fund more than 25 percent of a project’s budget or more than 10 percent of an organisation’s total annual operating expenses

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The Noel Buxton Trust's African Grants
Type of projects: 
hard-to-fund community-led organisations working to build local sustainable livelihoods, such as small business support and training and microfinance in both urban and rural settings
Location: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan
Eligibility: trustees tend to offer grants to smaller, grass-roots organisations. The trustees welcome applications from diaspora-led organisations based and registered in the UK. The trust is also considers direct applications from registered civil society organisations in Africa
Grant size: maximum grant is £5000 per year for up to three years

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Patagonia world trout grants programme
Type of projects: working to restore and protect wild, self-sustainable trout, salmon and other fish species within their native range. This includes both indigenous freshwater and saltwater fish
Location: United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, Australia, Chile, Argentina, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Belgium, Austria and the Czech Republic
Eligibility: small, grassroots, activist organisations with charitable status (or with a fiscal sponsor with such status)
Grant range: $5000 - $15,000

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Paul Hamlyn Trust Lost Childhood Fund
Type of projects: 
Lost Childhoods is concerned with the many thousands of children and young people who run away from home and gravitate towards railways, where they are vulnerable to many forms of exploitation, trafficking, drugs and crime
Location: India
Eligibility: local Indian NGOs with Foreign Contribution Regulation Act registration
Grant size: There is no minimum or maximum grant size. The funder does not usually fund 100% of the amount requested. They can support overheads and running costs; applicants must be able to explain how these costs are calculated

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Paul Hamlyn Trust Open Grants Fund, India
Type of projects: 
health, education, governance, livelihoods, and empowerment. The fund assists NGOs to consciously design and develop programmes which assist communities to build on their strengths, ensure that their rights and entitlements are not usurped and help them deal with the critical factors that make them vulnerable. Such groups might include: Ultra poor families in mixed communities; Dalit communities; Tribal communities fighting for or dispossessed of their land and resources; Women; Disabled people, particularly children; Communities with little or no access to health services or education; Unorganised labour
Location: only in the Indian states of: Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal & Assam
Eligibility: organisations supported must be local Indian NGOs with Foreign Contribution Regulation Act registration. Non-Indian organisations or locally registered branches of non-Indian organisations are not supported
Grant size: There is no minimum or maximum grant size. The funder does not usually fund 100% of the amount requested. They can support overheads and running costs; applicants must be able to explain how these costs are calculated

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Pollination Project and Levi Strauss Company
Type of projects:
grassroots environmental projects; conserving, protecting, restoring and/or advocating for the ecosystems upon which our civilisation depends
Countries: worldwide
Grant range: $1,000 to $5,000

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The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation
Type of projects: 
the primary areas of interest are the built environment, responsible business and enterprise, young people and education, and global sustainability
Location: UK and overseas
Eligibility: UK registered not-for-profit organisations that support grassroots community-based projects
Grant size: average £1500, maximum £5000

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Pro Victimis Foundation
Type of projects: 
bringing about lasting changes in the lives of the most vulnerable communities by supporting primarily the victims of forgotten or unrecognised disasters, including extreme forms of exploitation, chronic consequences of armed conflict, natural or industrial disasters, etc. Priority is given to issues which receive little or no international attention and innovative approaches
Location: Africa: Algeria; Burundi; Liberia; Morocco; Rwanda; Sierra Leone. Asia: Cambodia; Laos; Nepal. America: El Salvador; Guatemala; Nicaragua; El Salvador; Guatemala; Nicaragua
Eligibility: hard to fund national or international NGOs with recognized expertise and a proven track record 

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The Queen Anne's Gate Foundation
Type of projects: making potentially unproductive lives productive
Location: predominantly the UK and Asia
Grant size: total grant funding for 2017 was £204,049

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Saga Charitable Trust
Type of projects: 
education, training, healthcare and income generation
Location: developing countries that host Saga holidaymakers
Grant range: up to £20,000

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The Said Foundation
Type of projects: 
the Foundation has a long-term commitment to supporting the needs of children and young people with disabilities. The current priority is supporting Syrian children in Jordan and Lebanon, and the host communities that support them
Location: Jordan and Lebanon
Eligibility: the Foundation welcomes new proposal applications, however the humanitarian crisis in Syria has resulted in resources being heavily committed to existing partners and projects. Before submitting a grant application they recommend that you contact them for the most up to date information about funding priorities

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Tanzania Development Trust
Type of projects: 
combating poverty and disease among the people of Tanzania by the development of education, health and other social services, the improvement of water supplies, other  communal facilities, and the promotion of self-help activities
Location: Tanzania. Priority is given to projects in these regions: Dodoma, Kagera, Kigoma, Lindi, Mara, Mtwara, Pemba North, Pwani, Shinyanga, Singida, Simiyu and Tabora
Eligibility: the Trust does not fund grants to:  individuals; purchase, maintenance and running costs of transport; salaries, allowances, per diems; or running costs of an organisation. However, it may consider training costs in order to develop and assist a project in its implementation and sustainability
Grant size: less than £6000

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The True Colours Trust Small Grants Programme Africa
Type of projects:
 promoting and developing palliative care for adults and children in Africa, including improving access to appropriate pain relief
Location: Africa
Eligibility: local African and UK organisations may apply
Grant size: £500 - £5000

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THINK Foundation 
Type of project: supporting the understanding and development of fundraising skills in the not-for-profit sector around the world, including developing fundraising and resource mobilisation skills, research/studies or training resources on specific aspects of fundraising
Location: applications are prioritised from South Asia, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and Eastern Europe 
Eligibility: applications from smaller organisations will be given priority
Grant size: average level of grants will be £500 to £1000. The usual maximum for a single grant is £2,500

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UBS Optimus Foundation
Type of projects: 
child health, education, child protection and/or early child development
Location: Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, South Africa, Bangladesh, China (including Hong Kong), India, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom

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UNDP Small Grants Programme
Type of projects: biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation, land degradation and sustainable forest management, international waters and chemicals
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: local communities including indigenous people, community-based organizations and other non-governmental groups may apply
Grant size: the programme provides grants of up to $50,000

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The Urgent Action Fund Asia and the Pacific's rapid response grant-making programme 
Type of project: protection and support to women, non-binary (e.g., lesbian, Trans) human rights defenders or organisations that face urgent risk in their advocacy to uphold women’s human rights and human rights. There are two funding streams: 1) Security and Well-being Grants and 2) Resourcing Resilience Grants.
Location: Asia and the Pacific
Eligibility: women/non-binary people must be the primary beneficiaries of the grant, preferably channelled via a women’s rights organisation
Grant size: up to USD $5,000

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Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights
Type of project: responding to security threats or unexpected advocacy opportunities experienced by women, transgender, or gender non-conforming, activists and human rights defenders
Location: Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the South Caucuses, and the following countries: Canada, Turkey, United States, and Russia. There are separate Urgent Action Funds for Africa and Latin America
Eligibility: applications must be Women/Trans-led. Women/Trans people must be the primary decision-makers in the organisation, group, or action. 
Grant size: applicants for Security Grants can request up to $8,000 USD for immediate needs (for use within 3 months). Applicants for Opportunity Grants can request up to $8,000 USD for activities that will be carried out within the next 6 months

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USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures fund 
Type of project: DIV is USAID’s open innovation programme that tests and scales creative solutions to any global development challenge, funding products, technologies, services, or applications that can scale breakthrough solutions to critical global development challenges
Location: any country in which USAID operates
Eligibility: DIV accepts applications from U.S. and non-U.S. organisations, non-profit and for-profit entities  
Grant size: three tiers of start-up financing: Stage 1: Proof of Concept ideas can receive up to $200,000 in seed funding over 3 years. Stage 2: Testing and Positioning for Scale applicants can get $200,000 to $1,500,000 in supporting grants for 3 years. Stage 3: Scaling solutions can ask for $1,500,000 to $5,000,000 in investments over 5 years

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Vitamin Angels
Type of projects: Vitamin Angels gives grants of selected micronutrient commodities, especially vitamin A, to non-profit organizations working with underserved populations globally
Grant range: gift-in-kind

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The Waterloo Foundation world development main grants programme
Type of projects: 
sexual and reproductive health, nutrition
Location: developing countries
Eligibility: UK-based charities prioritised, many of whom work in close partnership with smaller local NGOs based in the countries in which they operate. The funder can consider providing some support towards the capacity-building of local NGO partners as part of a grant to support project delivery. Local CSOs will need to provide a reference
Grant size: £50,000 - £100,000 over 1-3 years

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The Waterloo Foundation world development small grants programme
Type of projects: 
nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, education and WASH
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: grants will be prioritised for small UK charities led by committed individuals, especially those based in Wales, which are working to deliver projects in developing countries
Grant size: under £10,000 over a one to two year period

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