Funding opportunities

Deadline: September 2018

Grand Challenges Canada
Type of projects: 
improving the provision and use of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights services e.g. contraception; comprehensive sexuality education; safe abortion, where legal; and menstrual hygiene management. Of particular interest are innovations that improve the prevention of and response to sexual and gender-based violence, and to child, early, and forced marriage
Location: low-middle income countries and Canada
Grant size: up to CAD$100,000
Closing date: 25 September

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Czech Embassy Islamabad
Type of projects: 
variousm including projects to promote local development, improve health or medical care, eradicate poverty, make education available, educate people in rural areas, protect the environment, or improve the position of women in the society
Location: Pakistan
Eligibility: the project implementer must be a local entity registered in the country 
Grant size: around €18,500. Personal costs, including wage / fee, diet, accommodation, travel insurance, vaccination and other personnel costs must not exceed 25 % of the total budget. It is recommended that the contribution does not cover the overall budget of the project but to ensure its co-financing from other sources
Closing date: 27 September

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UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund
Type of projects: 
strengthening the capacity of grassroots development organisations working with the poor, vulnerable and most marginalised to carry out work in priority countries and work towards achieving the Global Goals
Location: the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index
Eligibility: UK-registered CSOs whose annual income is < £250,000
Grant size: £50,000 over maximum two years
Closing date: 27 September (applications can be made on a rolling basis, however the deadline for the third review of proposals is 27 September)

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Feminist Review Trust
Type of projects:
lesbian and transgender rights; violence against women and girls; disabled women and girls; refugee women and girls
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: UK and international organisations may apply
Grant size: up to £15,000
Closing date: 30 September

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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: 30 September - requests over £3,000 must be submitted by this deadline. Lower requests can be submitted at any time

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Southall Trust Peace and Reconciliation Fund
Type of projects: 
conflict resolution, peace and reconciliation
Location: worldwide
Eligibility: UK-registered charities
Grant size: up to £3000. Average grant is £1900
Closing date: 30 September - requests over £3,000 must be submitted by this deadline. Lower requests can be submitted at any time

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Deadline: October 2018

Comic Relief: Safe Place to Be
Type of projects: 
preventing homelessness and insecure shelter
Location: UK, India, South Africa, Zambia and Nigeria
Grant size: £150,000 - £300,000 for single applicants, up to £750,000 for consortia
Closing date: 1 October

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Embassy of the Czech Repulic in Nigeria
Type of projects: 
small-scale local development projects
Location: East Africa
Eligibility: locally-registered organisations
Grant size: €8000 - €20,000 over 12 months. Funding cannot be used for salaries or travel expenses
Closing date: 1 October

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Laederal Foundation's Saving Lives at Birth
Type of projects: 
practically oriented projects helping achieve the SDG 3 and specifically aiming to reduce infant and child mortality and maternal deaths by 2030
Location: Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Bangladesh, India, Nepal 
Grant size: up to $50,000. Note this funder does not cover general institutional overheads
Closing date: 1 October

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SDG Partnership facility
Type of projects:
food security and stimulating private sector development in developing countries through public-private partnerships (PPPs) which will impacts on the Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative must contribute to one or more of the following goals: reducing malnutrition; promoting growth in the agricultural and fisheries sector; creating sustainable and ecologically sound food chains; creating better labour conditions and efficient working procedures; causing an increase in private investments
Location: developing countries
Eligibility: companies, public institutions, NGOs or knowledge institutions may apply. Your PPP must consist of a maximum of 6 partners and include one 1 Dutch organisation, 1 local organisation, 1 NGO or knowledge institution, 1 company and 1 government organisation. A local government organisation is preferred
Grant size: €500,000 to € 3 million
Closing date: 1 October

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Visegrad Foundation
Type of projects: 
one of the seven focus areas: Culture and Common Identity; Education and Capacity Building; Innovation, R&D, Entrepreneurship; Democratic Values and the Media; Public Policy and Institutional Partnership; Regional Development, Environment and Tourism; Social Development
Location: Central and Eastern Europe
Grant size: not stated, however grants can cover up to 100% of project budget with 15% for overheads
Closing date: 1 October

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EDCTP - Diagnostic tools for poverty-related diseases
Type of projects: 
clinical research to accelerate the development of new or improved drugs, vaccines, microbicides and diagnostics against poverty-related infectious diseases
Location: sub-Saharan Africa
Eligibility: consortia comprising a minimum of three independent legal entities. Two shall be established in two different Participating States (European Partner States) and one must be in a sub-Saharan African country
Grant size: between €1 - 3 million over 24 and 48 months. 6-12 proposals are expected to be funded
Closing date: 11 October

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EDCTP - Capacity development to facilitate delivery and uptake of new or improved medical interventions in African health systems
Type of projects: 
the translation of research results of medical interventions into policies and practices for national health programmes and capacity development to facilitate delivery and uptake of new or improved medical interventions in African health systems
Location: sub-Saharan Africa
Eligibility: at least one legal entity must be established in a Participating State or a sub-Saharan African country. Applications must include at least one legal entity in sub-Saharan African countries
Grant size: up to €2.25m over a maximum of 60 months
Closing date: 11 October

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Embassy of the Czech Repulic in Mongolia
Type of projects: 
supporting development activities of local organisations or people whose work is in line with Development Strategy of Mongolia
Location: Mongolia
Eligibility: locally-registered NGOs
Grant size: €7000 - €18,000. The total percentage of the cost of personnel, per diems, accommodation, travel cost and any insurance shall not exceed 25% of the total cost funded by Czech Foreign Development Cooperation Assistance
Closing date: 15 October

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WHO/TDR Small Grants Scheme
Type of projects: 
research on infectious diseases of poverty that lead to health improvement, strengthen research capacity of individuals and institutions in developing countries and develop implementation strategies and solutions that respond to the health needs of these countries
Location: Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Federated states of Mongolia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam
Eligibility: individuals submitting proposals must be researchers or health professionals working in infectious disease programs of Ministries of Health, national universities, or research institutions; and who are from and are working in low- and middle-income countries
Grant size: up to $15,000 (exceptionally, larger grants of up to $20,000 may be considered)
Closing date: 15 October

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EDCTP - Advances in product development for effective prevention, treatment and management of co-infections and co-morbidities
Type of projects: 
as title
Location: sub-Saharan Africa
Eligibility: between €2-4m over 30 - 60 months. 4-7 proposals are expected to be funded
Closing date: 18 October

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EDCTP - Strategic action for overcoming drug resistance in malaria
Type of projects: supporting one large-scale strategic action that is part of a bigger portfolio of clinical trials with the capacity to develop new or improved antimalarial drugs
Location: sub-Saharan Africa
Eligibility: consortia comprising a minimum of three independent legal entities are eligible to apply. Two of the legal entities shall be established in two different Participating States
Grant size: 1 grant is expected to be made of no more than €22m. Matching funding equal to or greater than the amount requested is required 
Closing date: 30 October

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EDCTP - Vaccines for diarrhoeal diseases or lower respiratory tract infections
Type of projects: 
as title
Location: sub-Saharan Africa
Eligibility: consortia comprising a minimum of three independent legal entities are eligible to apply. Two of the legal entities shall be established in two different Participating States
Grant size: between €5-10m over 36 - 60 months. 2-4 proposals are expected to be funded 
Closing date: 30 October

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INSPIRE Fund
Type of projects: 
supporting efforts to prevent and respond to violence against children
Location: low and middle income countries (LMICs). 
Eligibility: priority will be given local NGOs/CSOs and consortia in LMICs. Submissions from International NGOs will be considered; however, they should clearly demonstrate how the proposed activities have been designed with local ownership in mind and how local actors will benefit directly
Grant size: $5000 - $30,000
Closing date: 31 October

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
Type of projects: 
supporting species conservation work and elevating the importance of species in the broader conservation debate
Location: worldwide
Grant size: $25,000. Note that this funder does not contribute to the core running costs of an organisation or administrative overheads
Closing date: 31 October

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Deadline: November 2018

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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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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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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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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INSPIRE Fund
Type of projects: 
supporting efforts to prevent and respond to violence against children
Location: low and middle income countries (LMICs). 
Eligibility: priority will be given local NGOs/CSOs and consortia in LMICs. Submissions from International NGOs will be considered; however, they should clearly demonstrate how the proposed activities have been designed with local ownership in mind and how local actors will benefit directly
Grant size: $5000 - $30,000
Closing date: 31 December

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Deadline: January 2018

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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Contracting opportunities

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

Breaking the Cycle of Hunger and Strengthening Resilience for the Poor in Malawi
The UK will provide up to £50 million (2018-2023) to this new resilience programme in Malawi. The goal of the programme is to strengthen resilience of poor and vulnerable households to shocks and stresses and to reduce annual dependence on humanitarian aid. The programme will support poor and vulnerable households and communities to manage their own risks, to reduce their exposure to shocks through better targeting and delivery of social protection, better land and water management for increased agricultural production, build a strong and sustainable natural resource base and to sustainably strengthen resilient livelihoods.

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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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Delivering Accelerated Family Planning in Pakistan Behaviour Change and Public Sector Service Delivery 
There are high levels of unintended pregnancies, induced abortions and maternal deaths in Pakistan. This tender is for the behaviour change and support to public sector service delivery components. The impact of the programme will be 2,405 fewer maternal deaths, 3.5 million fewer unintended pregnancies and 1.64 million fewer unsafe abortions. The outcome of the programme will be more women able to safely plan their pregnancies and improve their sexual and reproductive health. 

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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