Funding opportunities

Deadline: May 2019

USAID Islamabad 
Type of project: women’s economic and social empowerment
Location: Pakistan
Eligibility: US and non-US organisations are eligible to apply
Grant size: total budget is $19,800,000
Closing date: 27 May  

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Australian Government's Pacific Infectious Disease Prevention programme
Type of project: promoting avoidance and containment of infectious disease threats with the potential to cause social and economic harm on a national, regional or global scale. The key objective is to mitigate infectious disease threats by supporting infection prevention and control; vector control; and surveillance of infectious diseases, immunisation coverage and treatment-resistance in pathogens and vectors
Location: Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and priority Pacific island countries (any of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and Niue
Eligibility: public, private, academic and research, and non-governmental organisations may apply. Regional and international organisations may participate via consortia
Grant size: projects of $2 million or more are preferred but high-quality smaller projects may be considered
Closing date: 31 May 

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Code - Context Matters Research Grants 
Type of project: the fund's 2019 theme is "Empowering Girls through Language and Literacy to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and salience of education programming in Africa"
Location: Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Tanzania, Mali, Mozambique, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Zambia
Eligibility: researchers, academics, and educators who are resident and working in the education sector in the above-named countries
Grant size: up to five research awards of CAD$ 10,000 each
Closing date: 31 May 

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Comic Relief Ahead of the Game: Sport and Mental Health 
Type of project: the call has two aims: 1) support new or existing work that combines sports-based approaches with quality mental health support to reduce distress and/or improve mental wellbeing; 2) contribute to the growing body of evidence by learning from projects about what approaches are effective for whom, in what contexts
Location: United Kingdom, Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda
Eligibility: organisations registered in one of the project countries may apply. Priority is given to applications made directly from in-country delivery organisations. Applicants must have an annual income between £75,000 and £10 million
Grant size: minimum of £150,000 and a maximum of £450,000 over 3 – 5 years. Organisations cannot apply for more than 40% of their total income in any one year and cannot request capital costs representing more than 25% of the total funding
Closing date: 31 May

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Convergence Design Funding 
Type of project: designing any blended finance vehicle that aims to use public or philanthropic capital to attract private sector investment to address global development challenges at scale. New applicants can apply for Feasibility Study grants to explore the ability to attract private investors
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: proposals are only accepted from organisations or consortiums of organisations. The lead organization must be able to provide 1) proof of incorporation, and 2) audited financial statements for the previous fiscal year
Grant size: $50,000 and $200,000
Closing date: 31 May

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USAID Dakar
Type of project: prevention of child early and forced marriage
Location: Niger
Eligibility: US and non-US organisations are eligible to apply. USAID welcomes applications from organisations who have not received financial support from USAID before
Grant size: USAID intends to make two awards totalling no more than $2.3m
Closing date: 31 May 

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Deadline: June 2019

The Waterloo Foundation Tropical Rainforests
Type of project: protecting tropical rain forest, principally through avoiding deforestation
Location: tropical forests
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.
Deadline: 1 June 

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D Prize 
Type of project: new entrepreneurs increasing access to proven poverty interventions in the following areas: girls' education; agriculture; energy; global health; education; governance and infrastructure
Location: any region where extreme poverty exists
Eligibility: any aspiring entrepreneurs of any age and background. Existing organisations may apply only if you are piloting a new distribution-focused initiative, and you need high risk capital
Grant size: $20,000
Closing date: 2 June 

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Global Education Network Europe - Global Education Ideas Award 
Type of project: new and non-traditional approaches to addressing formal and nonformal educational challenges
Location: worldwide
Award size: up to €10,000
Closing date: 4 June

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The Minor Foundation for Major Challenges
Type of project: innovative communication projects which aim to influence public opinion and increase political support for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and man-made climate change 
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: registered CSOs
Closing date: 7 June 

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The Toyota Foundation International Grant Programme
Type of project: deepening mutual understanding and knowledge-sharing among people in Asia
Location: projects must be conducted in two or more of the target countries: China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Mongolia, Japan, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
Eligibility: applications require a diverse team based in multiple target countries. Team members could include those with practical experience and knowledge on addressing issues in the target countries, such as practitioners, researchers, creators, policy makers, and journalists and other media representatives
Grant size: up to $89,000 for 2-year projects. Note this donor does not cover any overhead and administrative expenses
Closing date: 8 June 

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Norman Borlaug Field Award
Type of project: exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under the age of 40
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: nominations can be from any individual or organisation. Self-nominations are not allowed
Grant size: $10,000 prize
Closing date: 15 June

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The US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics Law Enforcement
Type of project: countering wildlife trafficking. Activities will seek to (1) strengthen the security of the national parks and the ability of park rangers and police to deter and investigate wildlife crime, (2) build investigative and enforcement capacity (3) enhance prosecutorial and judicial capacity, and (4) enhance regional cooperation in Central Africa
Location: Central Africa including Angola, Chad, Cameroon, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon
Eligibility: NGOs and education institutions
Grant size: $100,000 - $2,800,000
Closing date: 17 June 

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The US Department of State's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Office of Assistance Coordination 
Type of project: strengthening women's contribution to the formal and informal economies, including how they are recruited, retained, and promoted in the formal sector and what role they play in the informal economy
Location: the Middle East and North Africa region
Eligibility: US or foreign non-profit organizations may apply. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit projects that include partnerships with local organisations that would work together on specific programmatic objectives or priorities and that utilise local expertise
Grant size: up to $6,000,000
Closing date: 20 June 

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National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
Type of project: promoting civic education, strengthening civil society organisations, promoting independent media, promoting and defending human rights and the rule of law, strengthening democratic ideas and values, strengthening democratic political processes and institutions, strengthening a broad-based market economy
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: UK and southern CSOs which may include civic organisations, associations, independent media, and other similar organisations
Grant size: average $50,000 over 12 months
Closing date: 21 June

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Open Societies Initiative for Europe 
Type of project: building the supporter base for CSOs (supporters, volunteers, activists, followers on social media etc). Proposals should show how applicants will reach, interact, and involve such groups
Location: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia
Eligibility: eligible CSOs include those working on human rights, including but not restricted to the rights of women, people who are LGBTI, minority populations, and other disadvantaged groups the rule of law; anticorruption and investigative journalism
Grant size: up to $70,000
Closing date: 23 June 

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The US Department of State's Office of Global Criminal Justice
Type of project: promoting accountability in Iraq and Syria for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Programmes should include components to develop local investigative and judicial skills; to collect and preserve evidence and maintain the chain of custody of evidence; provide information to national authorities with jurisdiction over crimes, and to conduct other activities that directly support investigations and prosecutions of perpetrators of atrocities in Iraq and Syria
Location: Iraq and Syria
Eligibility: US or foreign non-profit organisations; for-profit organisations; private institutions of higher education; public or state institutions of higher education; public international organizations
Grant size: $500,000 - $4,500,000
Closing date: 28 June   

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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 approximately £350,000 may apply. Those who can demonstrate other sources of funding for their project are prioritised as well as innovative projects not normally able to attract other funding
Grant size: up to £3,000. In exceptional circumstances larger grants may be given. Interest-free loans of up to £5,000 repayable over 5 years are also available. 
Deadline: 30 June

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Izumi Foundation 
Type of project: promising, practical innovations that reduce the burden of infectious disease while also strengthening the ability of communities to keep children and families healthy
Location: Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Paraguay
Eligibility: registered US non-profits or international equivalents may apply 
Grant size: £50,000 - $200,000 over 2 or more years
Closing date: LOIs are accepted until June 2019 

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
Type of project: species conservation work, recognising leaders in the field and elevating the importance of species in the broader conservation debate. The Fund gives priority to those species facing a high threat of extinction
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: anyone directly involved in species conservation can apply
Grant size: $25,000 per project. Note that this funder does not contribute to the core costs of an organisation or administrative overheads
Closing date: 30 June

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Deadline July 2019

U.S. Embassy’s Special Self-Help Fund 
Type of project: assisting community groups to develop lasting, self-sustainable projects that significantly impact communities by addressing critical health, social, and development concerns
Location: Benin
Eligibility: registered Beninese organisations or associations may apply. Projects must involve significant community contribution in the form of funding, materials, and/or labour. Applicants must have the ability to manage projects independently and complete their project within twelve months
Grant size: $2,500 - $10,000
Closing date: 1 July 

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A.J. Muste Institute 
Type of project: promoting nonviolent action for social justice. Focus areas include: ending border violence and the criminalisation of immigrants; abolishing the death penalty; redefining criminal justice; confronting institutionalised repression against racial, ethnic, gender-based, and LGBTQ communities; supporting progressive workers movements and the eradication of poverty; conflict resolution, ending state-sponsored terrorism
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: applications from grassroots activist organisations with annual income of less than $500,000 and little access to more mainstream funding sources are prioritised
Grant size: total project budgets should be under $50,000
Closing date: 8 July

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The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
Type of project: projects which deal primarily with the causes, circumstances and consequences of violence, and include: protection for civilians, especially displaced persons and refugees; psychosocial assistance and rehabilitation of the victims of war and conflict; projects to prevent and resolve conflicts for people affected by war
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 registered civilian non-profit organisations working in the above stated countries
Closing date: 12 July  

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USAID Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE)
Type of project: projects which engage with community initiatives and networks to: strengthen and promote social cohesion and reconciliation; reduce socio economic disparities and exclusions by supporting resettlement of conflict-affected populations; create economic opportunities for the most marginalised communities and strengthen local government bodies and CBOs to provide sustainable services to the most marginalised; enhance community resilience by providing access to psychosocial services and create opportunities for youth and women to exercise leadership in promoting responsible citizenship and reconciliation
Location: Sri Lanka
Eligibility: eligible organisations must be a registered in Sri Lanka
Grant size: typical awards range from US $50,000 - $100,000 for projects lasting 12 months
Closing date: 15 July 

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Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission 
Type of project: basic needs, including medical and health facilities, educational programmes and facilities, housing, water and sanitation provision and the means of sustaining a living, e.g. through agriculture, horticulture or through training in sustainable employment skills
Location: Countries in the lowest quartile of the UN HDI list
Eligibility: the following UK charities must pre-register by 12 noon Friday 26 May 2019 before being able to apply: 1) Any charity that has not previously applied for funding from the Commission; 2) Any charity that has previously applied for funding but has not been successful; or 3) Any charity that has not received an award from the Commission since the 2017 Grant Aid funding round. It will now only consider applications for funding from UK charitable incorporated organisations and charitable companies. Only one application per organisation is permitted
Grant size: up to £50,000
Closing date: 19 July (opens 3 June - pre-register by 26 May)

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Embassy of Japan in Uganda
Type of project: priority will be given to projects designed to assist vulnerable groups such as women, children and the physically disabled. Preferred projects 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 international or local non-profit organisation, community-based organisation, medical institution, educational institution or local authorities/governments which is registered with the National Board of NGOs or local governments and which has a minimum of two years’ experience in implementing development projects at a grassroots level may apply
Grant size: approximately $100,000. No administrative costs can be covered
Closing date: 31 July 

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USAID & FHI 360
Type of project: promoting advocacy, engagement, and awareness building focusing on at least one of the following: reform of laws and policies, and improved implementation of laws and policies; peace and national reconciliation; intercommunal harmony and religious freedom
Location: Myanmar
Eligibility: local CSOs, community-based organisations, civil society networks, consortiums and coalitions; non-governmental media organisations and associations; and non-governmental research and policy institutions working inside Myanmar. This call is not open to INGOs
Grant size: MMK 30,000,000 and MMK 155,000,000 over 12 months maximum. Grantees will also be eligible to receive capacity building assistance in the form of technical assistance, training or mentoring
Closing date: 31 July 

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US Embassy in Tanzania 
Type of project: development of women entrepreneurs; promotion of democratic governance; improving health and education especially among women and girls; promoting broad-based economic growth and investment; advancing regional and domestic security
Location: Tanzania
Eligibility: individuals, non-governmental organisations, think tanks, and academic institutions may apply  
Grant size: $1,000 - $25,000
Closing date: 31 July

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Deadline: August 2019

The MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition 
Type of project: the Challenge will fund one idea that proposes real and measurable progress into solving any critical problem of our time
Eligibility: organisations proposing to work in partnership must have signed MOUs. Single organisations who can receive and manage a $100 million grant may apply on their own. Large scale re-granting, investing or direct scholarships are activities unlikely to be eligible. Early stage solutions without an evidence base are also unlikely to be competitive. The fund considers applicants of any size, but has found that organisations often have trouble
absorbing and effectively deploying grants that are significantly larger than their current annual operating budgets
Grant size: a single $100 million grant. Runners up receive $15 million
Closing date: 6 August (register by 16 July) 

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Danida Market Development Partnerships
Type of project: to contribute to sustainable economic growth in developing countries within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 8
Location: Danida priority countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Palestine, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda. Other countries of interest: Egypt, India, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Ukraine, Indonesia, Georgia, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon
Eligibility: a consortium must as a minimum include a business partner (commercial partner) and a non-commercial partner (administrative partner). Consortia are encouraged to include other relevant partners, which could be a civil society organisation, business member organisation, employer association, public authorities and other public institutions, trade union, university college/business school, research institution, international organisation etc. A consortium must include at least one local partner from the partner country
Grant size: DKK 80 million in 2018 for between 10-12 partnerships over 3-5 years
Closing date: 9 August

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British & Foreign School Society (BFSS)
Type of project: maximising education for all: projects which will benefit children and young people suffering from the impact of poverty, community disadvantage, social exclusion, special educational needs which are not adequately met and/or who are living in areas that have suffered from conflict or natural disaster. BFSS would particularly welcome applications for projects designed to address the need for re-establishing and renewing education where the provision of education (including facilities, resources and teacher training) has suffered from conflict, natural disaster or neglect
Location: UK and worldwide. Examples of countries where projects have been funded are: Afghanistan, Burma, the DRC, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, the UK and Zambia
Eligibility: UK charitable organisations including Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO); UK schools, colleges or universities with charitable status or which is an "exempt charity". The funder requires continuous UK accounts for at least three years and can consider proposals for collaborative projects involving international partners and agencies
Grant size: £3,000 - £40,000 over 1-3 years
Closing date: 19 August  

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USAID Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE)
Type of project: engaging with community initiatives and networks to: strengthen and promote social cohesion and reconciliation; reduce socio economic disparities and exclusions by supporting resettlement of conflict-affected populations; create economic opportunities for the most marginalised communities and strengthen local government bodies and CBOs to provide sustainable services to the most marginalized; enhance community resilience by providing access to psychosocial services and create opportunities for youth and women to exercise leadership in promoting responsible citizenship and reconciliation
Location: Sri Lanka
Eligibility: eligible organisations must be a registered in Sri Lanka
Grant size: US $50,000 - $100,000 for projects lasting 12 months
Closing date: 28 August

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USAID & FHI 360 Public Information Fund 
Type of project: access to quality and accurate information, and awareness building in the following areas: high-quality reporting, media development, access to quality and accurate information, and awareness building in the following areas: reform of laws and policies, and improved implementation of laws and policies; peace & national reconciliation; intercommunal harmony & religious freedom
Location: Myanmar
Eligibility: local CSOs, community-based organisations, civil society networks, consortiums and coalitions; non-governmental media organisations and associations; and non-governmental research and policy institutions working inside Myanmar. This call is not open to international organisations
Grant size: MMK 16,000,000 and MMK 118,000,000
Closing date: 31 August 

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Deadline: September 2019

Jean Sainsbury Trust
Type of project: general running costs associated with the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing or release of domestic, wild and exotic animals. Charities that bring animals from overseas to the UK will not receive support unless they are also supporting ongoing work in the country of origin. 
Location: applicants can be working in the UK or overseas
Eligibility: the Trust favours applications from smaller charities registered in the UK
Grant size: £1,000 - £10,000
Closing date: 1 September

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The Fore
Type of project: development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises
Location: the UK and overseas
Eligibility: UK-registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and community benefit societies with annual income of less than £500,000. For work implemented overseas, the applicant must be registered in the UK
Grant size: £30,000 total over 1 - 3 years
Closing date: 2 September 

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BBC Radio 4 Appeal 
Type of project: 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 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: 9 September

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The Andrew Wainwright Trust 
Type of project: redressing political and social injustices
Location: usually UK but occasionally overseas
Eligibility: groups and organisations - but not registered charities
Grant size: £1,500 and £10,000
Closing date: 14 September

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Deadline: October 2019

The Laederal Foundation Saving Lives at Birth
Type of project: practically oriented projects helping achieve the SDG 3 - reducing infant and child mortality and maternal deaths
Location: developing countries with specific focus on Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Bangladesh, India, Nepal 
Grant size: up to $50,000
Closing date: 1 October 

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
Type of project: supporting species conservation work, recognising leaders in the field and elevating the importance of species in the broader conservation debate
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: anyone directly involved in species conservation can apply to the fund for a grant
Grant size: $25,000 per project. Note that this funder does not contribute to the core running costs of an organisation or administrative overheads
Closing date: 30 October  

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Deadline: December 2019

US Embassy's Humanitarian Assistance Programme
Type of project: averting humanitarian crises, promoting democratic development and regional stability, building local capacity, and enabling countries to begin to recover from conflicts
Location: Benin
Grant size: $500,000
Closing date: 15 December

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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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African Women's Development Fund 
Type of project: young women, women facing multiple discrimination, and approaches that include engaging the arts, culture, sports and technology. The fund focuses on the following themes: Body & Health Rights; Economic Security & Justice; Leadership, Participation & Peace. The fund also awards capacity building grants that focus on advancing organisational growth and development – for example strategic planning, developing fundraising and communications strategies, strengthening organisational governance systems and human resources management
Location: Africa 
Eligibility: applicants must be African women’s organisations which are led by a woman and which have a majority female staff and board. They must also be registered in an African country and have been in existence for at least 3 years. The fund will only consider grants that are less than 50% of an organisation’s annual income

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The Alan & Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund
Type of project: education and young people's employment and projects which promote freedom of speech or advance peace and reconciliation
Location: sub-Saharan Africa
Eligibility: registered charities may apply
Grant size: £5,000 - £25,000

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The Alborada Trust 
Type of project: medical and veterinary causes, research and education, welfare of animals and help with relief to disaster areas worldwide
Location: worldwide.
Eligibility: registered national and international charities may apply
Grant size: the Trust only awards grants of £25,000 or more

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The Alchemy Foundation 
Type of project: WASH, disability, social welfare, personal reform, medical research and aid especially in areas of blindness and disfigurement, individual enterprise and respite for carers. The Foundation can also fund the cost of fundraisers
Location: UK and Overseas
Grant size: total granting for 2018 totalled £448,925

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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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The American Express Foundation 
Type of project: unsolicited applications can be made under the areas: Developing Leaders within non-profit and social purpose organisations working to solve the world's biggest challenges; and Serving Communities by building the capacity of non-profits to develop, engage and retain community members as volunteers
Location: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Greater China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, UK, USA
Eligibility: non-profit organisations

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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 Austin Bailey Foundation
Type of project: the relief of poverty and ill-health, and the fostering of opportunities for young people in the developing world
Location: developing countries
Eligibility: registered UK charities only
Grant size: grants for new applicants rarely exceed £400. Grants for charities known to the Trust can reach approximately £4,000

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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 Bottle Top Foundation 
Type of project: poverty alleviation schemes and grass roots education initiatives that empower young people
Location: current grantees are working in Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa 
Eligibility: local offices or affiliates of national or international organisations cannot apply. In most cases grantees have budgets in the £5,000 – £50,000 range
Budget: £3,000 and £15,000 

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Britford Bridge Trust
Type of project: poverty relief; education; health and; the arts, culture, heritage or science
Location: UK and overseas
Eligibility: registered charities may apply
Grant size: £4,000 - £170,000. Most grants are for c. £10,000

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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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Chalk Cliff Trust 
Type of project: education, malnutrition or medical related. The grant need not be specifically tied to funding projects. The funding can be used as seed capital, to help with core administration costs, or to help an organisation through a difficult time
Eligibility: Organisations should be based in East Sussex, UK. Donations will normally be made to registered charities, however organisations pending registration or pressure groups will also be considered
Grant size: most grants are in the region of £3,000 - £5,000

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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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The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH)
Type of project: addressing the following themes: Good Governance & Regional Cooperation; Shared Ethics & Responsibility, including projects focused on conflict resolution and Sustainable Development, including supporting biodiversity
Location: worldwide

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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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Danson Foundation 
Type of project: education projects 
Location: developing countries
Eligibility: UK NGOs may apply
Grant size: various grants between £1,000 - £150,000

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Denise Coates Foundation 
Type of project: education and training; disaster recovery/emergency relief; community development; medical research and development
Location: UK and overseas
Eligibility: UK NGOs may apply
Grant size: in the 2016-17 financial year the Foundation committed to provide £5,964,536 of grants and donations to 21 charitable entities, 19 of which totalled more than £20,000

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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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Gisela Graham Foundation 
Type of project: alleviating poverty and deprivation among children in less developed countries through care, education, and family support
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: corporate bodies and registered charities
Grant size: grants awarded are normally for sums under £10,000, but most donations are for less than £5,000

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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 Community Foundations 
Type of project: strengthening community foundations and other local philanthropic institutions, including women's funds, human rights funds and other grassroots grant makers
Location: Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, East and Central Europe, and Central Asia. Applications from community philanthropy organisations representing disadvantaged communities in the global north will also be considered on a case-by-case basis
Eligibility: community philanthropy organisations, including community foundations, women's funds, environmental funds, national public foundations and other grassroots grant makers
Budget: US $7,000–$15,000

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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 Innovation Fund 
Type of project: social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people. There are three stages applicants can apply for:

  1. Pilot: Your innovation is still in an early phase. You are testing core assumptions around operational, social and financial viability. 
  2. Test and Transition: Your innovation has completed initial testing and is now transitioning to larger scale. You have some information on your operational, social and financial viability. You want to solidify this before you scale.
  3. Scale: Your innovation has solid operational, social and financial viability. You have strong evidence that my innovation improves the lives of those living on less than $5 PPP per day. Now you want to replicate your innovation in new countries and context, reaching millions of people. 

Location: developing countries. 
Eligibility: for-profit firms, non-profit organisations, researchers, and government agencies may apply. Less than 10% of applicants are invited to submit full proposals.
Grant size: 

  1. Pilot projects: The maximum per project is $230,000 USD. 
  2. Test and Transition: The maximum per project is $2.3 million, although the average investment size is smaller
  3. Scale: The maximum per project is $15 million, although the average investment size is much smaller

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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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Hazel’s Footprints Trust 
Type of project: improving the quality of education. Funding can be requested for capital expenditure and/or project running costs
Location: developing countries
Eligibility: Only UK registered charities may apply. Applications must be submitted by mid-February to be considered at the May meeting or by mid-August to be considered at the November meeting 
Grant size: £1,000 - £10,000

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The Headley Trust 
Type of project: access to safe water, promoting better use of water resources and sanitation projects; sustainable farming and livelihood development; helping girls to continue their education beyond primary school, students’ access to secondary and tertiary education and projects to improve the quality of teaching; trachoma prevention and treatment programmes in Ethiopia and care for mothers and infants in sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa; projects tackling the aftermath of conflict
Location: sub-Saharan Africa
Eligibility: registered charities may apply
Grant size: small grants of c £1,000 or larger grants of £20,000 - £60,000

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The Hemraj Goyal Foundation
Type of project: promoting education, women and children’s rights and putting an end to human trafficking
Location: UK and overseas with a focus on Asia

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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 JJ Charitable Trust 
Type of project: environmental projects, especially community-based agriculture initiatives, which aim to help people help themselves in an environmentally sustainable way
Location: sub-Saharan Africa
Eligibility: registered charities may apply
Grant size: in 2017, the trust made 4 grants totalling £179,000 in this category

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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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Just Trust 
Type of projects: addressing the difficulties of some of the most disadvantaged sections of society in some of the least advantaged parts of the world
Location: worldwide (not UK)
Eligibility: UK-registed charities
Grant size: in 2017, the trust made 45 grants ranging from £300 to £5,000 and totalling £62,800

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Kitchen Table Charities
Type of project: primary education; health, sanitation and clean drinking water; child and mother care, including street children and maternity services; poverty alleviation, especially revenue generating projects
Location: Africa
Eligibility: UK or locally registered CSOs may apply. No part of any grant should be spent in Britain on administration - including salaries and advertising campaigns.
Grant size: grants rarely exceed £10,000 

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Lennox Hannay Foundation
Type of project: health or the saving of lives; arts, culture or science; education; religion
Location: UK and overseas
Eligibility: only UK registered charities may apply
Grant size: most grants do not exceed £20,000 

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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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Medica Mondiale 
Type of project: combating and preventing sexualised and gender-based violence against women in war and conflict zones
Location: south-eastern Europe; the African Great Lakes Region; Iraq, especially Central Iraq; West Africa
Eligibility: women-led organisations working in collaboration with other human and women’s rights movements who are formally registered as non-governmental and non-profit organisations
Budget: €10,000 - €15,000 per year

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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 National Lottery Community Fund’s Digital Fund 
Type of project: the Fund is looking at how it can enable digital specialists to offer free assistance to small organisations
Location: the UK 
Eligibility: small voluntary sector organisations can get in touch to find out more about this initiative

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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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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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OCHA Fund for investigations into sexual exploitation, abuse, and sexual harassment
Type of projects: contract investigative staff or to commission an investigation by a qualified company; reimburse a provider of investigative services where investigation is provided by a partner organisation; fund auxiliary investigation costs including travel, translation services in country of investigation
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: IASC organisations and affiliated partners that do not have dedicated investigations capacity, or have limited investigations capacity
Grant size: expected between $30,000 and $60,000

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The Old Dart Foundation 
Type of project: initiatives to improve health, literacy, education and employment opportunities among impoverished women, children and young people
Location: Peru, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Chile
Grant size: grants ranged from £5,000 - £500,000 in 2017

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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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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 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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Paung Sie Facility
Type of project: responsive financial and technical support to demand-driven, catalytic initiatives which promote social cohesion in Myanmar
Location: Myanmar
Eligibility: local, national and international organisations are eligible but applications from local initiatives and organisations are particularly encouraged
Budget: $5,000 - $200,000

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The Peter Cundill Foundation
Type of project: projects which make a difference in the lives of young people up to the age of 25 in the areas of education, health, sport and the arts and humanities
Location: worldwide
Budget: one-off or multi-year funding. This donor funds their grantees' core costs

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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 Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF) - Grant Programme
Type of project: support for organisations working to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV
Location: special attention is given to Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola, Burundi, Tanzania and Kenya

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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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Rivers Foundation
Type of projects: the education, social development and medical well-being of young people
Location: UK and overseas
Eligibility: generally smaller charities
Grant size: grants totalled £123,000 in 2018

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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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Segal Family Foundation
Type of project: SRHR and secondary & tertiary education. 
Location: organisations are more likely to be considered for a grant if they: 1) Operate in a country where the foundation currently has several other grantee partners; 2) Operate in a country that is not currently involved in armed conflict and 3) Operate in countries where the foundation is actively growing our portfolio: Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, and Malawi. 
Eligibility: priority organisations are: small and early stage; have an annual budget ranging between $50,000 and $500,000; demonstrate at least two years of operations and successful fundraising to support such operations; have paid staff and a board of directors or advisory committee; are legally registered as a non-profit organisation in the country of operations. The foundation does not support local affiliates of international organisations

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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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Thackery Medical Research Trust 
Type of project:  supporting international charitable medical supply organisations. This may include establishing sustainable supply chains for the production, distribution and use of medical equipment in areas of the world that are poorly supplied. Projects which relieve and prevent disease and sickness in under-developed countries by supporting appropriate research and manufacture of medical products will also be considered
Location: UK and developing countries
Grant size: the Trust has an annual budget of £30,000 and aims to offer grants to more than one organisation

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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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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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USAID’s Engagement for Equity Programme
Type of project: conducting complex advocacy and awareness campaigns in cooperation with stakeholders from diverse segments of society and government; engaging in formulation of policy recommendations on select democracy and governance and economic empowerment issues, drawn from consultations with citizens and other stakeholders; monitoring and tracking the implementation of targeted legislation, reforms, and initiatives of high importance to vulnerable and marginalised groups. Awards will be made in five thematic areas: Women in Governance and Economy; Empowering Women through Enhanced Awareness of Women’s Property Rights; Increased protection and awareness of vulnerable populations’ rights; Expand Participation of Persons with Disabilities (PwD); and Expand Youth Participation
Location: Kosovo
Eligibility: legally registered Kosovo-based non-profit and non-governmental entities may apply. Public international organisations are ineligible
Grant size: up to $25,000

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ViiV Positive Action for Girls and Women Small Grants Programme [PDF]
Type of project: community-led interventions that address either: sexual violence; harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM); early and forced marriage; sexual and reproductive health and rights for underserved and vulnerable girls
Location: resource-limited settings
Eligibility: non-governmental and either not-for-profit or have a social purpose
Grant size: £5,000 - £25,000 per year for 2 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 Wallace Global Fund 
Type of project: priority areas: 1) challenge corporate power; 2) defend and renew democracy; 3) protect the environment; 4) promote truth & create freedom in the media; 5) advance women’s human rights and empowerment
Location: worldwide 
Eligibility: US and international organisations with or without a US fiscal sponsor may apply 

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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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The Watson Family Charitable Trust 
Type of project: medical and for humanitarian purposes
Location: Northern Ireland and Uganda
Grant size: £1,000 - £20,000

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The Weeden Foundation Quick Response Biodiversity Fund
Type of project: critical habitat acquisition projects 
Location: South America 
Eligibility: non-profit conservation organisations may apply 
Grant size: $10,000 - $50,000

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Wellcome Trust Innovator Awards
Type of project: Innovator Awards are open to researchers who are developing healthcare innovations that could have a major and measurable impact on human health working in any scientific discipline and on any type of technology
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: individuals and teams from not-for-profit and commercial organisations can apply. Collaborations are encouraged 
Deadline: apply online at any time. Shortlisting meetings happen every three months
Grant size: up to £500,000, or up to £750,000 for multidisciplinary collaborations

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