Funding opportunities

Donor updates re Covid-19

DFID: DFID have updated their guidance on coronavirus  and Supplier Partner FAQs for implementing partners with contracts, MOUs and accountable grants and set up a contact email for questions: [email protected]  They have also set up a £46 million fund to fight the spread of the virus. 
Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission has postponed its single year grant application around which usually has a deadline in July. This was announced in an e-mailing: “the launch of the funding round for single-year grant aid award applications for projects in 2021 has been postponed”  due to staff being reassigned due to COVID-19. Its new multiyear funding around (which closed this month) is unaffected. Its Disaster and Emergency Relief Awards stream is still open but not available for COVID-19 related projects: “We will be looking to use our best endeavours to allow charities to continue to apply for Disaster and Emergency Relief Awards provided the applications comply with our specific policies and guidelines for these type of awards, as normal.

USAID has created this landing page with guidance for its implementing partners. Existing USAID partners may submit unsolicited proposals to [email protected]

Covid – 19 specific funding opportunities 

Spencer Foundation COVID -19 Research Grants 
Type of project:  The COVID-19 Related Research Grants support education research projects that will contribute to understanding the rapid shifts in education in this time of crisis and change. We are especially interested in supporting two primary categories of projects. First, we are interested in supporting studies that aim to understand and disrupt the reproduction and deepening of educational inequality caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Second, we also recognize that in times of great disruption and change, there may be opportunities to remake and imagine new forms of equitable education. Thus, we are also interested in research projects that are working to reimagine educational opportunities in these times.
Location: Worldwide 
Eligibility: Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs must have a doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. They must also be affiliated with a non-profit organization that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. Examples include non-profit colleges, universities, school districts, and research facilities, as well as other non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS. Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally, however, all proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.
Grant size:   $50,000 over 1 – 3 years. This cannot include indirect cost charges. 
Closing date: 8 June 
APPLY HERE

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Urgent Response Initiative
Type of project:  As part of a time-limited special initiative, DRK is actively soliciting proposals for quickly deployable fundable solutions that can immediately provide relief for issues created by the current Covid-19 pandemic. DRK is ready to find, fund and support the people and ideas that are tackling the most acute and time-critical social problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic right now. We want to help jumpstart projects that can realistically deploy within 30 days. We are best positioned to help work on the social problems caused by the pandemic versus direct mitigation via medical and scientific efforts – we are grateful to our peer funders in those sectors who are investing in therapeutics, PPE, testing and the like. We anticipate the range of missions to be broad and are open to what those look like.
Location: Worldwide 
Eligibility: Applications are accepted for organisations based anywhere in the world.  
Closing date: June 15th 
Grant size: Unrestricted capital in the $50k-100k range. Our hope is to find 8-10 great opportunities in the next 60-90 days, to deploy capital through May, June and July. 
Closing date:  Rolling
APPLY HERE

COVID-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund
Type of project:  Funding for researchers across Africa to look at prevention, diagnostics and treatments of COVID-19. The £3.8M fund includes an innovative component to bolster science and health in efforts to produce and disseminate accurate and timely information about COVID-19 for the public. The call covers three strands: i) research, ii) science engagement: call to science and health journalists and communicators, and iii) science engagement: call to science advisers.
Location: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and in the context of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Nigeria and South Africa
Eligibility: Researchers and science engagement practitioners from the above-mentioned countries are eligible to apply. The research strand, applicable only to Nigeria and South Africa, only ARUA member universities will be eligible to participate. For the two strands on science engagement, practitioners across all the countries, including Nigeria and South Africa, may apply. Applications from women, people living with disabilities and first responders to COVID-19 as principal investigators are encouraged. 
Grant size:  Up to US$100 000 over 24 months
Closing date:  17 June 
APPLY HERE

Global Effort on COVID-19 (GECO) Health Research
Type of project:  GECO is a new cross UK government funding call aiming to support applied health research that will address COVID-19 knowledge gaps. The focus is on understanding the pandemic and mitigating its health impacts. The call prioritises epidemiology, clinical management, infection control and health system responses.
Location: Low and middle-income countries (LMIC) 
Eligibility: Applications will be accepted from eligible institutions based in the UK or in LMICs. Restrictions apply, please refer to the Eligibility section for full information.
Grant size:  Up to £1m per award
Closing date:  Round 1 - 22 June; Round 2 – 10 August; Round 3 – 28 September

APPLY HERE

UK Aid Direct Community Partnerships and Impact Grants 
Type of project: This round will support organisations which can demonstrate how they will help to achieve the Global Goals, whilst considering the longer term impact of COVID-19.Those helping to tackle coronavirus or its impact on some of the world’s poorest people will be given priority. All applicants will need to demonstrate how they are working with national level implementing partners to create and build partnerships that can drive relevant sustainable development results. 
Location: Projects can be set up in one or more project country made up of the lowest 50 countries in the UN HDI or in one of DFID’s priority countries. Full list here. 
Eligibility: Applicants must be based either in the UK, OR in one of the lowest countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI), OR in one of DFID’s priority countries. Impact grant applicants must have an annual income of under £10 million. Community Partnership grant applicants must have an average annual income of less than £1 million for the past three years. 
Grant size: up to £4m per applicant for Impact Grants. Applicants must provide 25% of the funds per project as match funding. Up to £250,000 for Community Partnership Grants. 
Deadline: 30 June at 17.00 (UK time). 
APPLY HERE

GlobalGiving Microgrants
Type of project: These microgrants are focused on funding immediate and urgent needs that your organization foresees in the next 30-60 days as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: Your organization must have Partner, Leader, or Superstar status, up-to-date due diligence, and at least one active project. GlobalGiving must be able to disburse funds to your organization. 
Grant size: $1,000
APPLY HERE

National Institute for Health Research Travel and subsistence funding 
Type of project: Travel and subsistence funding to appropriately qualified public health professionals, clinicians and academics who wish to offer science and technical advice to support the immediate response to COVID-19. Applicants are required to ensure appropriate duty of care, insurance, safeguarding and all other liabilities are in place and that they have the support of their institution for any travel, as well as appropriate institutional support in the destination country.
Location: Low- and middle-income countries
Eligibility: The awards are open to applicants who have a substantive position at a UK higher education institution or research organisation.
Deadline: Applications should ideally be submitted at least 2 weeks before the planned travel. 
APPLY HERE

Dubai Cares and INEE’s E-Cubed Research Fund 
Type of project: The Fund aims to generate and disseminate relevant and usable research to support evidence for education during crises and large-scale disruptions. We call on applicants to share proposals that address the gaps in evidence for education that have been further highlighted as a result of this global emergency. We ask you to consider preventative solutions as well as immediate responses to addressing education needs during large-scale disruptions. Please note that while this call for proposals encourages research in response to current COVID-19 large-scale education disruptions, proposals are not limited to this crisis. 
Eligibility: Academic institutions, research institutions, private and non-profit organizations
un agencies, governmental agencies and private companies are eligible. 
Grant size:  £100,000 - $1m. The Fund will cover up to 15% of indirect costs.
Closing date: 7 July 
APPLY HERE

Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge
Type of project:  The challenge is an open call for breakthrough ideas that harness the power of data science to help people and communities thrive, especially in the wake of COVID-19’s economic impact. The challenge seeks inclusive growth proposals. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, jobs of tomorrow - leave no worker behind; access to capital - leave no entrepreneur behind; and cities and towns - leave no place behind.
Location: Worldwide excluding North Korea, Sudan, Iran, Crimea, Syria, and Cuba.
Eligibility: The Challenge is open to any individual, organization, or collaboration from anywhere in the world, including non-profits, for-profits, individuals 18+ and above, and governments and U.N. agencies. All entries must have a charitable purpose and accrue no private benefit.
Award: up to ten winners will receive US$10,000 to $10 million in a mix of grant-funding, technical support & consulting, media production, marketing and promotional outreach, and software & infrastructure licenses.   
Closing date: 17 July 
APPLY HERE

UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
Type of project:  The Prize is to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations in promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities through the application of digital solutions, resources and technologies. The Prize builds on three thematic axes of importance in UNESCO’s work with persons with disabilities, including an immediate response to the COVID-19 outbreak. These are: Formulating policy, advocacy, co-operation and partnerships; Creating and developing digital solutions, enabling environments and processes, including tools and resources; Building and strengthening the capacities of people to create, adapt and use digital solutions in a cost efficient and sustainable manner.
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: Government departments, non-governmental organizations (including charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, research and educational organizations, trade unions, professional associations and foundations) and companies (both for-profit and social enterprises) may all apply.  Applicants must specify their formal registration details, and applications from informal groupings of people will not be considered. 
Grant size:  US$40,000
Closing date:  2 September
APPLY HERE

Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity 
Type of project:  The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity honours humanitarians who go to extreme lengths to save the lives of others, including those fighting the global outbreak of Covid-19. A special nomination form is available to nominate an individual or a group of people for their exemplary response to the Covid-19 pandemic in any professional or personal capacity.
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: Individuals or groups of individuals can be nominated 
Award: $1m shared between laureates.    
Closing date:  31 October
APPLY HERE

UKRI / Newton Fund Agile Response call to address COVID-19
Type of project:  Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. UKRI will support excellent proposals which meet at least one of the following: New research or innovation with a clear pathway to impact on policy or practice that has the potential , within the period of the award, to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, response to, and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in a developing country context; Supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential for impact in developing countries; Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use.
Location: Low- and Middle-Income Countries identified on the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients.
Eligibility: Both UK and overseas applicants may apply. Both have separate eligibility criteria. Click on 'apply' to read full details.
Grant size:   There is no specific budget for this call. We are interested in funding research of any scale that can demonstrate it will deliver impact during the lifetime of the project.
Closing date: Rolling 
APPLY HERE

UKRI repurposing existing grants for Covid-19 
Type of project:  Apply to switch your existing grant to UKRI GCRF grant to Covid-19 priority areas: New research or innovation with a clear pathway to impact on policy or practice that has the potential , within the period of the award, to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, response to, and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in a developing country context; Supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential for impact in developing countries; Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use.
Researchers must provide a good case for why their original project should be repurposed.
Location: Low- and Middle-Income Countries identified on the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients.
Eligibility: This is process is not available for either: Companies and organisations being funded by Innovate UK or Applicants holding a Newton Fund grant.
Grant size:   Please note that no subsequent extension to the grant or additional costs will be allowed in order to meet the original objectives where these were altered to permit new COVID-19 research.
APPLY HERE

The Aids Foundation of South Africa – Small Project & Support Fund 
Type of project: Activities that provide an immediate response to Human Rights violations with a social emphasis on mitigating the effects of COVID 19. The activities will have the overall aim of empowering vulnerable communities, especially during this unfortunate time. Recognising that the current global COVID-19 crisis is not just a health crisis but also a socioeconomic crisis, its impact is cross cutting and raises a number of diverse human rights concerns. Therefore, it is encouraged to consider activities that are not only implementable during the current shifting restrictions but also address issues such as access for basic needs, access to education and mental health etc. 
Location: South Africa
Eligibility: Applications may be submitted by individuals, non-governmental organisations, faith-based organisations, groups/collectives working with in human rights with annual budgets under R1.5m. Current grantees from the AFSA or Bread for the World are ineligible for this call.  
Grant size:   Up to R75,000 ZAR 
APPLY HERE

THET Health Worker Action Fund 
Type of project: The Fund aims to support established Health Partnerships to protect the physical and mental health of LMIC health workers who are engaged or preparing to be engaged in the frontline treatment of Covid-19. Examples of approaches that funding can be used to support can be seen here. 
Location: Ethiopia, Myanmar, Somalia/Somaliland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Grant size:  £5,000
Eligibility: To be eligible you must be an established Health Partnership, that has been in receipt of THET funding since 2011
Closing date: Rolling 
APPLY HERE

Women's Voice & Leadership Fund – Rapid Response Grants 
Type of project: The Fund has a special emphasis on mitigating the effect of COVID 19 on Women’s Rights. More information on the gender dimensions of COVID can be found here. The funding comes from Global Affairs Canada and is being augmented by funds from UK Aid. 
Location: South Africa
Grant size:  R20,000 – R50,000 South African Rand 
Closing date: Rolling 
APPLY HERE

National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists
Type of project:  This fund places particular emphasis on delivering news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a dearth of evidence-based information getting to those who need it. We are interested in local and even hyper-local distribution models. Priority communities include: Those at high risk or hit especially hard by the virus, indigenous communities, immigrant or refugee communities, underserved, urban, rural, elderly populations, and children. Reporting may cover any aspect of the virus and its fallout, including but not limited to: Social consequences of COVID-19 and measures to contain it, particularly related to equity—such as its impact on immigrant communities, domestic violence, and early childhood education. Stories of resilience and solutions that could be applied on a regional or global scale. Novel forms of data visualization or science communication to help communities better understand how to protect themselves.
Lessons learned from local response(s) to COVID-19 that could be applied to other large-scale challenges, such as climate change or the refugee crisis. Best practices of how educators, students, and schools are reacting to this crisis, particularly as they illuminate under-resourced schools.
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: We seek writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts to apply for this funding. 
Grant size:  US$1,000–8,000. Applicants may use up to 100 percent of their budget as personal reimbursement for their reporting time
Closing date:  Rolling 
APPLY HERE

Outright Action International LGBTIQ Emergency Fund  
Type of project: The grants can be used for any emergency that has occurred as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis by organisations working directly with and for the LGBTIQ community. The funds may be used for immediate support to community members to buy food or medicines, or for your organization to pay rent and utilities.
Location: Any country outside the USA, Canada, the European Economic Area, Switzerland, Australia or New Zealand
Grant size: $2,500 - $10,000
Eligibility: Your organization must work directly with and for LGBTIQ people; Your organization must be based outside the USA, Canada, the European Economic Area, Switzerland, Australia or New Zealand
Closing date: Rolling
APPLY HERE

Omidyar Network India Rapid Response Funding 
Type of project: funding to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 situation including. Proposals are welcomed across the following themes: Data, apps and other technology-led initiatives; Community outreach and mobilisation campaigns; Initiatives that improve economic resilience of workers and small businesses; Fact-based inputs that can inform the thinking of decision-makers in crisis response (e.g. actionable research, narrative building, storytelling, and community campaigns); Collaborative efforts amongst funders and solution providers.
Location: India 
Grant size:  500,000 – 20m Indian Rupees  
Eligibility: NGOs, research organisations and for-profit businesses registered as Indian entities, seeking to implement their project on a no-profit basis. 
Closing date: Rolling. If you do not hear from the Network in 10 days, you should assume your proposal has not made it past the initial screening.
APPLY HERE

The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation
Type of project: Projects which mobilize civic initiatives meant to help limit the coronavirus crisis and counter its negative impact on society, good governance, democracy, rule of law, and access to free media.
Location: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine 
Grant size:  Proposals should be under $25,000. Management costs and administrative costs are limited to 25% of the overall award.
Eligibility: Civil society organizations legally registered in one of the aforementioned countries
Closing date: Rolling 
APPLY HERE

Open Road Alliance
Type of project:  Charitable Grants will only be offered to organizations responding directly to COVID-19 that are also demonstrating how their intervention moves towards longer term adaptation and systemic/sustainable impact beyond the immediate outbreak. Proposals must be for projects which are: Mid-implementation – programs that are otherwise fully funded (not pilot projects); One-time cash need – well-defined discrete funding need (not pooled funds); Prioritizing clear, demonstrable, and deep impact that Can demonstrate clear potential to ‘flatten the curve’; AND Supports longer-term societal and economic adaptation beyond the immediate outbreak.
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: Eligible organizations must be one of the following: A US-registered 501c3 non-profit in good standing; A for-profit social enterprise or foreign charity with a US-registered charitable fiscal sponsor/partner organization in good standing (501c3, Private Foundation, DAF, etc.); A foreign-registered charity able to successfully complete an equivalency determination (ED) process. (Note: Disbursement of funds may be delayed until the ED process is complete)
Grant size:  Up to $100,000 USD  
APPLY HERE

The Fore - Rapid Action by The Fore and Trusts (RAFT Fund)  
Type of project: RAFT Fund offers unrestricted grants to organisations that are able to demonstrate the impact of their mission and offer creative solutions to getting through the current crisis and building for delivery beyond the acute phase of the crisis. 
Location: UK & Overseas 
Grant size: Up to £5,000 
Eligibility: any small charity or social enterprise in the UK with turnover of under £500,000. This includes organisations who work overseas.
Closing date: At the time of writing, the fun is spent out. However, it is planning to reopen when more funds are raised. 
APPLY HERE

Deadline: June 2020

The Waterloo Foundation Tropical Rainforests grants
Type of project: Tropical Rainforest: support for projects protecting tropical rain forest, principally through avoided deforestation
Location: Tropical forests. We are unlikely to support projects in conflict-affected areas.
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: The majority of grants are for a total of £50,000 - £100,000.
Closing date: 1 June
APPLY HERE

U.S Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor 
Type of project: Projects to support the eradication of descent-based slavery and assist with the full integration of victims into society. Projects should focus on efforts to eradicate descent-based slavery as well as efforts to address the economic, legal, and social exclusion faced by those impacted by slavery, and should include systematic documentation of identified cases of slavery and the follow-up and monitoring actions taken for each case.
Location: Up to two countries in West Africa. Countries may include, but are not limited to, Mauritania, Niger, and Mali.
Eligibility: Preference will be given to applicants who include partnerships with and/or sub-grants to local civil society organizations or who form a consortium with other implementers. Applications are welcomed from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses.  The preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.
Grant size:  1 award of up to $900,000 is anticipated over 24-48 months 
Closing date: 5 June 
APPLY HERE

Women's Peace and Humanitarian Fund
Type of project: WPHF seeks to fund qualifying projects in Uganda that are high impact, innovative, and contribute directly to the following objectives: Enhancing women’s meaningful participation in conflict prevention, including through promoting favourable attitudes of parties to conflict & communities towards women’s participation in conflict prevention, increasing the capacity of local women’s organizations to identify and respond to threats by establishing networks, early-warning systems and mechanisms that offer opportunities for dialogue and peaceful engagement, and connecting women’s conflict prevention mechanisms to national and international reporting and response systems.
Location: Uganda
Eligibility: National and local civil society organizations are eligible to apply. Women’s grassroots/local/community-based organizations are particularly encouraged to apply. Joint CSOs projects are allowed and encouraged. 
Grant size:  Individual organisations: $20,000 - $100,000. Consortiums: $100,000 - $250,000
Closing date: 6 June

APPLY HERE

U.S Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor 
Type of project: Projects that support democracy, human rights, and rule of law in Syria. The fund’s objective is to prevent intercommunal conflict; protect civic space; and promote justice and accountability efforts through targeted engagement with Syrian civil society. Proposals should also recognize, as a foundational tenet, the importance of a pluralistic, rights-respecting Syrian national identity, inclusive of all religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Location: Syria
Eligibility: Applications are welcomed from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses.  DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.
Grant size:  $750,000 - $1.5m
Closing date: 9 June 
APPLY HERE

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives - ASEAN
Type of project: The CFLI is a program designed to support small-scale, high-impact projects in developing countries, which align with Global Affairs Canada’s thematic priority areas for engagement: gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; peace and security, with a focus on conflict prevention and building peace; human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition.
Location: South East Asia 
Eligibility: Eligible recipients include: Local, national or community-based organization (non-governmental and not-for-profit); Local municipal, regional or national government institution or agency of the recipient country; Local academic institution; Canadian organization (non-governmental or not-for-profit) that is working on local development activities; International or regional organization (non-governmental or not-for-profit) that is working on local development activities; Intergovernmental or multilateral institution, organization or agency working on local development activities. The majority of funding is to be directed toward local civil society organizations, including non-governmental organizations. International, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional organizations may be eligible for funding, provided they are working with local partners and on local projects that are consistent with the objectives of the CFLI.
Grant size:  The average grant is $10,000 - $40,000 CAD. Overhead should not exceed 15% of total CFLI contribution. 
Closing date: 12 June 

APPLY HERE

MIT 2020 Global Challenges
Type of project: Tech-based solutions to solve any of the following global challenges: Sustainable Food Systems: How can we produce and consume low-carbon, resilient, and nutritious food?; Learning for Girls & Women: How can marginalized girls and young women access quality learning opportunities to succeed?; Maternal & New-born Health: How can every pregnant woman, new mother, and new born access the care they need to survive and thrive? Good Jobs & Inclusive Entrepreneurship: How can marginalized populations access and create good jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves?
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: You can be an individual, a team, or an organization. You can be an applicant from previous years or already part of our community. 
Grant size: over $1 million in prize funding is available as well as mentorship and strategic advice
Closing date: 18 June
APPLY HERE

Global Partnership for Education - Education Out Loud 
Type of project: Education Out Loud supports civil society organizations to effectively advocate for education on behalf of the public interest, by funding adaptive and learning-oriented practices to strengthen transparency, accountability and civic participation in education. It will provide funding for projects with activities seeking to: improve the transparency, participation, and accountability of education sector policy dialogue; increase the availability, sources and variety of information to formulate and act on relevant policy solutions; mobilize citizens as right holders to play an active role in monitoring implementation of education policies and finance and use this information to hold duty bearers at all levels accountable. 
Location: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Dem. Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Eswatini, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea- Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe. 
Eligibility: Eligible organizations include trade unions, women’s groups, youth groups, minority groups, school management committees etc. The organizations must be formally registered in an eligible country and established for at least 2 years in order to apply. Other types of civil society entities without formal registration status can participate in the project but must be working with a formally registered lead organization in order to access funds. National chapters of international NGOs are not eligible. This includes the country offices of INGOs, affiliate members, federation or confederation members and organisations that may have independent registration but are significantly supported by an INGO through an affiliate or association arrangement. 
Grant size:  US$450,000 to US$1.2 million over up to three years. 
Closing date: 19 June 
APPLY HERE

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
Type of project: Promote civic education, strengthen civil society organizations, promote independent media, Promote and defend human rights and the rule of law, strengthen democratic ideas and values, strengthen democratic political processes and institutions, strengthen a broad-based market economy. 
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: UK and Southern CSOs which may include civic organisations, associations, independent media, and other similar organisations can apply.
Grant size: average $50,000 over 12 months
Closing date: 19 June 
APPLY HERE

The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
Type of project: Conflict resolution. 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 may apply. 
Grant size: Recent grants have been between 5,000 – 100,000 CHF
Closing date: 30 June  
APPLY HERE

The Maypole Fund 
Type of project: Anti-militarism, Action against the arms trade, Action against nuclear weapons and weapons systems, creating a culture of peace and the prevention of conflict and war, Action to support disarmament policies, processes and related initiatives.
Location: Worldwide 
Eligibility: We do not give grants for individual women living in the global North to attend courses/conferences or to travel for personal interest. We only fund women, women's groups and lesbian groups/individuals. 
Grant size:  up to £750. We do not make contributions to general funding
Closing date: 30 June 
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U.S. Embassy in Tanzania
Type of project: Initiatives that promote educational and cultural engagement and foster mutual understanding between the United States and Tanzania.  The Embassy seeks projects designed to further the development of Tanzania’s future leaders, build the capacity of Tanzanian institutions, and promote awareness and understanding of shared U.S. and Tanzanian values. Possible topics include but are not limited to: Promoting democratic governance; Promoting Broad-Based Economic Growth; Improving Health and Education especially Among Women and Youth; Advancing Regional and Domestic Security. 
Location: Tanzania
Eligibility: Applicants may be individuals or representatives of civil society and non-governmental organizations, cultural organizations, or research and academic institutions
Grant size:  $2,000 to $25,000 per award. Total funding available is $50,000. 
Closing date: 30 June 
APPLY HERE

Civitates
Type of project: Strengthening independent, public interest journalism in Europe. Civitates aims to establish a strong cohort of independent, public interest journalism organisations which defend democracy in Europe by covering stories of societal importance, e.g. by exposing abuses of power and drivers of polarization and defending a space in which all voices are heard. The fund will provide multi-year commitments for general operating support and the institutional strengthening of its grantee partners to build more durable, more resilient, more networked, and more impactful public interest journalism organisations in Europe.
Location: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. 
Eligibility: Civitates accepts applications from organisations registered as not-for-profit organisations or have a constitution that stipulates that all profits are retained for journalism and not shared as dividends. Applicants can be registered in any of the above-mentioned countries.
Grant size: Organisations with an annual budget up to €100k can apply for funds up to 50% of their annual budget; Organisations with an annual budget up to €200k can apply for funds up to 40% of their annual budget; Organisations with an annual budget above €200k can apply for funds up to 30% of their annual budget (with a maximum of 200K EUR per year over 3 years). 
Closing date: 30 June 
APPLY HERE

U.S. Embassy Managua
Type of project: Innovative projects focused on empowering Nicaraguans through educational and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Location: Nicaragua
Eligibility: U.S. and Nicaraguan individuals and non-profit and non-governmental organizations with legal status may apply. 
Grant size: up to $50,000 
Deadline: 30 June  
APPLY HERE

Deadline: July 2020

Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants 
Type of project: The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education. 
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. The PI must be affiliated with a non-profit organization that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. Examples include non-profit colleges, universities, school districts, and research facilities, as well as other non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS. Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally, however, all proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.
Grant size:  up to $50,000
Closing date: July 1 
APPLY HERE

Goethe Institute’s Burden of Memory Project Fund 
Type of project: The Burden of Memory is a platform for cultural practitioners from Africa who work on the confrontation with German colonial past in their countries in various artistic forms. The fund offers to artists of all genres the possibility to cooperate across borders on new formats and create visions how to deal with the entanglements and tragedies caused by German colonialism in Africa.
Location: Burundi, Cameroon, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Togo
Eligibility: Artists and cultural practitioners of all art genres from the above-mentioned countries with collaborations between at least 2 countries. 
Grant size:  €5,000 - €20.000
Closing date: 11 July 
APPLY HERE

British & Foreign School Society (BFSS) (UK registered organisations only)
Type of project: Projects should be for the purposes of education or training for young people up to the age of 25 and should be in pilot phase. the Society currently has three priority areas for which it particularly welcomes applications: Conflict or natural disaster: Projects designed to address the need for re-establishing and renewing education where the provision of education has suffered from conflict or natural disaster; Girls education: Projects which focus on enhancing the opportunities and reducing barriers for girls to access education; Looked after children: Looked after children have significantly poorer educational outcomes than children not in care. BFSS welcomes projects which pilot approaches to improving the educational attainment of looked after children so that in time they are able to take advantage of opportunities afforded by tertiary education and employment.
Location: There is no geographical preference. 
Eligibility: Organisations applying for funding should have UK charitable status or, in the case of schools, colleges, universities and Churches, “exempt charity” status. We do not fund non-UK based organisations, Community Interest Companies (CICs) or individuals.. The Funder requires continuous UK accounts for at least three years and does not usually fund charities with an average annual income above £2.5 million or below £5,000, except in exceptional circumstances. 
Grant size: £5,000 to £60,000 over 1 - 3 years, with a maximum of £20,000 per year.  
Closing date: 14 July  
APPLY HERE

Grand Challenges Canada - Global Mental Health 
Type of project: The Global Mental Health program will be awarding proof-of-concept grants for innovations that focus on the mental well-being of youth (10 – 24-year olds). They are specifically seeking culturally sensitive, community driven, innovative approaches to enhance mental health literacy and/or provide youth-friendly services that account for the complex social and environmental factors contributing to young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Grande Challenges Canada will not fund projects that do not demonstrate meaningful involvement of young people in their design, testing and evaluation.
Location: Low- and middle-income countries as outlined in this link.
Eligibility: Applicants from the list of countries and /or applicants from the
United Kingdom or Canada implementing in the countries listed are eligible to apply. If your international NGO has local offices/branches that are legally incorporated in eligible countries, you are also eligible to apply. 
Grant size:  $250,000
Deadline: 17 July 
APPLY HERE

GlobalGiving Accelerator

Type of project: The GlobalGiving Accelerator is a virtual training program and crowdfunding campaign that will help you take your fundraising to the next level. All themes and all sizes are welcomed. You are enrolled into a campaign to assist you in raising at least £4000 from 40 donors over 3 weeks, with bonus prizes and matching funds available.
Location: Online/ Global
Eligibilty: Must have charity registration in your host country.
Grant size: Minimum total fundraised to join the GlobalGiving platform through the Accelerator is £4000 from 40 donors to become a partner. We've assessed that 87% of nonprofits receive funds driven by GlobalGiving as well as their own donors, upon becoming a full partner of GlobalGiving.                                                     Closing date: September 2020 deadline - July 31st

APPLY HERE

Deadline: August 2020

Ernest Kleinwort Medium Grants Programme 

Type of project: The Trust has 3 focus areas: 1) Charitable work in the County of Sussex; 2) Wildlife & Environmental Conservation (UK and International) and 3) Reproductive Health and Family Planning (International). Applications within this category will only be considered for family planning projects delivering in Africa and Asia, and preferably in areas where there is clear impact on the environment. 
Location: UK and overseas  

Eligibility: UK registered charities 

Grant size: Medium Grants (£5,001 – £10,000) 

Closing date: 20 August  

APPLY HERE

Deadline: September 2020

Green Hall Foundation 

Type of project: The objective of the Green Hall Foundation is to sustainably improve lives among the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged provided that the applicant charity is registered in the UK. Preference is given to appeals where the Foundation can meet a significant proportion of the funding required and to appeals where permanent equipment or building is required as opposed to funding salaries or the charity running costs. 

Location: Particularly in the UK however, overseas projects are also supported. 

Eligibility: UK registered charities may apply. The September round is open to charities with an annual income of £250,000 or less. The process opens 9am UK time on September 1st and closes when 100 applications have been received.  

Grant size: £1,000 to £10,000. 

Closing date: 1 September 

APPLY HERE

Ernest Kleinwort Large Grants Programme 

Type of project: The Trust has 3 focus areas: 1) Charitable work in the County of Sussex; 2) Wildlife & Environmental Conservation (UK and International) and 3) Reproductive Health and Family Planning (International). Grants will be considered for start-up costs, core costs or for a specific project for which applicants have requested support. This could include a contribution towards a building/refurbishment project, purchase of specialist equipment or other similar capital expenditure, or assistance with running costs. 
Location: UK and overseas 

Eligibility: UK registered charities may apply. Please call the Director to discuss eligibility for a large grant. 

Grant size: £10,000 and over 

Closing date: 10 September 

APPLY HERE

DFID Small Charities Challenge Fund
Type of project: SCCF welcomes applications for projects working towards addressing the Global Goals to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalised
Location: DFID's project countries can be seen here. 
Eligibility: The Fund is open to any small, UK-registered charity or not-for-profit organisation, with an annual income of £250,000 or less. Your organisation or your downstream partner will also need to be registered in the country of delivery for your application to be eligible.
Grant size: Grants of up to £50,000 for up to 2 years. UK Aid Direct does not specify how much of the budget should go to capital expenditure, monitoring and evaluation activities or UK costs. It is up to the organisation to make the determination appropriate to the project. 
Closing date: 24 September 
APPLY HERE

USAID & IADB Better Together Challenge 

Type of project: The BetterTogether challenge will: elevate Venezuelan voices and ingenuity to convey and answer their needs across the region; connect Venezuelans, host communities, and the world’s collective genius to develop innovative solutions; expand networks across communities and countries to promote relationships and collaboration; fund, test, and scale solutions; and build a marketplace of tested, market-ready solutions. It is a global initiative to crowdsource, fund, and scale innovative solutions from Venezuelans, wherever they are, and innovators worldwide to support Venezuelans and host communities affected by the migration. 

Location: Proposed solutions must be implemented in one or more of the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, or Venezuela.  

Eligibility: Eligible organizations for the Challenge include: National, regional, and local organizations; NGOs (U.S. and non-U.S.); Indigenous organizations and community-based entities; Foundations; Private enterprises or firms, including start-ups; Business associations; Faith-based organizations; Women-owned/women-led enterprises; and Universities, academia and think tanks. 

Grant size: Tier 1: Ideas - Up to USD $25,000 to develop and test an early-stage idea. Tier 2: Prototype - Up to USD $250,000 to pilot and assess an existing prototype in the regional crisis context. Tier 3: Validation - Up to USD $500,000 to test  broader market readiness for successfully piloted solutions. Tier 4: Scaling - Up to USD $1.5 million for solutions with demonstrated commercial viability or public sector partnerships in the regional crisis context. 

Closing date: 30 September  

APPLY HERE

Deadline: October 2020

The Laederal Foundation 
Type of project: The support will be focused on practically oriented projects helping achieve the UN Sustainability Goal no 3 (that in 2015 replaced the previous MDGs 4 and 5), aiming at Reducing infant and child mortality by 2/3 from 2010 to 2030 Reducing maternal deaths by 2/3 from 2010 to 2030
Location: Developing countries with specific focus on Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Bangladesh, India, Nepal
Grant size:  up to 20 projects per year, with up to USD $50,000
Closing date: 1 October

APPLY HERE

Deadline: November 2020

Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants 
Type of project: The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education. 
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. The PI must be affiliated with a non-profit organization that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. Examples include non-profit colleges, universities, school districts, and research facilities, as well as other non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS. Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally, however, all proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.
Grant size:  up to $50,000
Closing date: 3 November 
APPLY HERE

Contracting opportunities

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

The Department for International Development (DFID) now spends 14% of its total budget (£1.4 billion) through commercial contracts, all of which are open tenders and which any organisation can apply for, including NGOs and local organisations. The formal route for DFID to inform suppliers about new opportunities is through the DFID supplier portal

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

APPLY HERE

African Women's Development Fund 

COVID-19 update to current grantees
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

APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

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 

APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

The Becht Family Trust
Type of project: The Trust's main focus area is the preservation and restoration of biodiversity. It is planning to allocate the largest part of its annual donations to this area. It also supports humanitarian aid including the case of Environmental Disasters as well as efforts to structurally help children with medical, educational or other programmes both in developing and developed countries. It also supports educational programmes within both these key areas.
Location: Worldwide 
Grant size: £2.7m granted in 2018. Both restricted and unrestricted grants can be made. 
APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

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 

APPLY HERE

Bread for the World – Partnership opportunities
Type of project: Bread for the World works with more than 2,000 partner organisations for peace, justice and the preservation of creation. Partners are expected to share the funders underlying ethical values. Bread for the World needs to examine the organisational capacity of the partner organisations to conduct a project as well as the reasonability of a planned project.
Location: Countries of the Global South, as well as in Germany and across Europe.
Eligibility:  Registered organisations may apply. They must provide proof of registration and a copy of their statues and a letter of recommendation that shows that actions do not take place in isolation, but that they are integrated into the local development policy or church policy landscape.
Grant size: As a rule, all expenses directly related to the project can be funded.
However, Bread for the World avoids 100 % funding of projects. Partner organisations must secure other sources of financing (e.g. own funds, third-party financing). Project proposals which exceed €200,000 are also assessed by the Development Service and Humanitarian Aid Committee of Bread for the World. 
APPLY HERE

The Bromley Trust 
Type of project: There are two focus areas: 1. Human Rights - trafficking & Slavery; Torture & Abuse and Persecution. Within this stream, the Trust does not support international development work, disaster relief, organisations working wholly outside of the UK, domestic abuse or Female Genital Mutilation; 2. Prison reform – this is for projects working in the UK only. The Trust tends to provide unrestricted support (core funding) to specialist organisations. If your overall work does not entirely fit within the focus areas but you wish to apply for a specific project or element of your work that does fit, contact the Trust to discuss. 
Location: UK and overseas
Eligibility: Any UK-registered charity, including those who undertake work internationally may apply. Grantees usually have an annual income of between £100,000 and £1.5m
Grant size: between £5,000 and £20,000 per year for up to 3 years

APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

Civicus Crisis Response Fund  
Type of projects: CSOs facing new restrictions on their work can apply for funding for emergency advocacy actions to defend civic freedoms and democratic values. The Fund provides grants to mobilise quick, principled and effective advocacy responses to events that threaten fundamental rights to associate and assemble freely. The fund also supports civil society through resiliency grants, designed to ensure that organisations have greater flexibility and creativity to proactively prevent and mitigate threats against their organizations. Funds are provided where immediate action is required, either to forestall imminent threats or to address new restrictions.
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility:  National CSOs                                                                                                                                        Grant size: 10,000 USD for projects lasting up to 6 months

APPLY HERE

Cumbria Overseas Aid Trust
Type of project: Projects which contribute in some way to the relief of poverty and which will have some long-term and sustainable benefits to a local community. Trustees also prefer a connection to Cumbria either through individuals involved or the origins of the organisation.
Location: developing countries
Eligibility: UK NGOs may apply
Grant size: usually under £1,000 but can be up to £2,000

APPLY HERE

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

APPLY HERE

Draper Richards Kaplan 
Type of project:  Innovative strategies, systems changing approaches, and disrupting technologies seeking to dramatically improve the lives of people and the world. Our goal is to find social entrepreneurs with dynamic ideas and nurture them at the early stages with maximum leverage and total commitment. We concentrate our selection on the capabilities of the founder, the scalability of the model, and the potential impact of the organization on the world. 
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: Individual leaders, domestic (U.S.) and international organizations, non-profit, for-profit and hybrid social enterprises may apply. 
Grant size: 3 years of unrestricted capital totalling $300,000 

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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

Apply here

Dulverton Charitable Trust 

Covid- 19 update: We have now made the decision that for the immediate future (and including our June and October Board meetings), our grant-making will be focused on: (a) charities that are well-placed to support vulnerable communities through this crisis (previous grant recipients will be prioritised, but we may consider new charities to us as an exception) (b) supporting charities with which we have an existing relationship to overcome funding challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

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. 

Apply here

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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European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM)
Type of project: EPIM is seeking to support transnational partnerships of civil society organisations active at EU, national, bilateral, regional and/or local levels to advise European asylum policies and practices. Projects should aim to: promote feasible, evidence-based alternatives; and/or put forward thought-provoking ideas, and/or react to policy proposals and practices to safeguard the right to asylum and prevent backtracking. Projects must be advocacy-focused, i.e. are seeking to bring about a change in existing and/or future policies and practices. Supported activities could include, among others: power mapping and analysis, joint transnational civil society strategizing, policy roundtables, bilateral advocacy meetings, legislative lobbying, strategic litigation, and development of advocacy
Tools. 
Location: Projects should be implemented in the European Union. Projects implemented in non-EU countries (e.g. Turkey, the UK) could also be considered eligible if of EU relevance. 
Eligibility: Non-profit organisations registered in the European Union are eligible. Non-EU based non-profit organisations can apply as partners. EPIM will only consider applications that are based on a partnership of at least 2 civil society organisations. Transnational partnerships are encouraged but not required. The involvement of other types of actors, such as international organisations, academic institutions and/or public bodies is optional. 
Grant size: up to €40,000 over 18 months
Apply here

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

Apply here

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

APPLY HERE

Front Line Defenders Protection Grants 
Type of projects:  
Rapid and practical financial support to improve the security and protection of human rights defenders (HRD) and their organisations improving physical security of an organisation or individual, digital security and communication security;  supporting legal fees for HRDs who are being judicially harassed; paying for medical fees for HRDs who have been attacked or who have suffered a medical condition as a result of their peaceful human rights activities; providing family assistance for imprisoned HRDs or family members who are at risk because of a HRD's activities.
Location: Worldwide                                                                                                  Eligibility: local organisations and individuals may apply
Grant range: $7,500

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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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Green Climate Fund
Project:  The Green Climate Fund is a global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. GCF helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.  
Location: Developing countries
Eligibility: To implement projects funded by GCF, applicants must become Accredited Entities. These entities can be private, public, non-governmental, sub-national, national, regional or international bodies and are responsible for presenting funding applications to GCF, and then overseeing, supervising, managing and monitoring approved projects and programmes. Non-Accredited Entities can also engage with the fund via: partnering with an Accredited Entity on implementing its approved GCF project; co-financing projects with an already Accredited Entity; and as a readiness delivery partner, provided that the entity can demonstrate relevant expertise, experience and ability to implement projects.
Grant size: The Fund utilizes a variety of financial instruments to realise projects. These include grants, concessional debt financing, equity and guarantees. 
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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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IUCN's Save Our Species Rapid Action Grants  
Type of project: Projects which enable and support conservation of threatened species across Africa requiring urgent measures and rapid action at the local level to protect the species and their habitat.
Location: Sub-Saharan continental Africa, not including South Africa
Eligibility: Legally registered non-profit making organisations may apply, including local or international non-governmental organisations. Local and national CSOs , including indigenous or community-based organizations, will be favourably considered. International NGOs will be required to work closely with national stakeholders, local communities and with the consent and all required authorizations from the government. 
Grant size: €25,000

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Izumi Foundation 
Type of project:  The Foundation only consider Letters of Inquiry (LOI) within its current geographic focus or five health areas : Maternal & Neonatal Health, Nutrition, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Infectious Disease and Healthcare System Infrastructure. Please note, only a small handful of organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal. The time between LOI submission and a possible invitation to submit a full proposal varies between 6 to 12+ months. 
Location: Africa and Latin American & the Caribbean. A full list can be seen here.  
Eligibility:  All organizations must be legally registered for at least one year in order to be eligible for funding. Organizations within the United States must have IRS designated tax-exempt status; Organizations and agencies outside of the United States must have legally recognized non-profit status; All organizations must be able to provide their most recent audited or reviewed financial statements as well as the amount of their overall operating budget.
Grant size: $50,000 - $100,000 over 2 years. New partners often start with a $50,000 grant over two-years. Grants rarely exceed 50% of the organization’s overall operating budget. 
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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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JTI Foundation 
Type of project: The Foundation's main focus area is disaster risk reduction. It helps less privileged people and victims of natural or man-made disasters improve their quality of life by supporting organizations that implement programs it believes are relevant and appropriate. If your organisation meets this mission you may apply. 
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: Registered organisations may apply. 
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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 Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe & Asia
Type of project:  (1) conservation of the environment, (2) education of the public in environmental conservation and (3) relief of poverty in any part of the world. Within these broad objectives, the Fund gives particular consideration to any grants for projects that also support the economic and social development of local communities in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Location:  Europe and Africa especially where the Fund has a presence. 
Eligibility: The Fund does not make grants to individuals or for religious, political or lobbying purposes. It does not support any organisation that discriminates based on race, colour, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status or handicap, and only makes direct grants and donations to charitable or non-profit organizations or academic institutions.
Grant size: Total grant funding of between £200,000 - £300,000 per annum
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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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Nestle Foundation 
Type of project: The Foundation's work is primarily concerned with human nutrition research issues dealing with 1) maternal and child nutrition, including breastfeeding and complementary feeding; 2) macro- and micronutrient deficiencies and imbalances; 3) interactions between infection and nutrition, and 4) nutrition education and health promotion. Projects which have strong capacity building elements, and the implementation of the results of a research project will be considered favourably. 
Location: The developing world 
Eligibility: Eligible institutions are departments or institutes from universities, hospitals other institutions of higher education in low- or lower middle-income countries. Joint applications from more than once institution (especially South-South) are welcomed. Joint applications from more than one institution involving a North South collaboration may also be considered. For project applications demonstrating North-South collaboration, it is important that the following criteria are fulfilled: (i) the Principal Investigator is from the South and the proposal has relevance to nutritional problems of the South, and (ii) the majority of the budget is earmarked for the South, and (iii) demonstration on the completion of the project of institution and capacity building in a sustainable manner in the South.
Grant size: up to US$100,000 per year or up to US$300,000 over 3 years.  

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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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Open Technology Fund - Rapid Response Fund 
Type of project:  The Rapid Response Fund aims to facilitate the digital emergency response community to resolve threats in a timely and comprehensive manner for individuals, communities, and organizations whose free expression has recently been repressed. To resolve digital emergencies, OTF offers both direct financial support as well as technical services from trusted partners to high-risk people and organizations, such as bloggers, cyber activists, journalists, and human rights defenders. 
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: Any organization or person within OTF’s remit who requires urgent assistance related to a digital emergency can apply
Grant size:   Average grants are between US$5,000 and $25,000. Grants cannot exceed $50,000 
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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

COVID-19 update to current grantees
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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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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Rhododendron Trust
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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Rivers Foundation
Type of projects: Social welfare and humanitarian aid projects both in the developing world
and the UK.  The Trust prefers to support charities which benefit people affected by multiple factors of inequality including poverty, disability, age, gender, ethnic status, or the poor medical, welfare or educational infrastructure in their country. 
Eligibility: Charities registered in the UK may apply
Grant size: £500 - £1,500. In 2017-18, grants totalled £58,000. £27,000 went to charities which work in the developing world. 

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The Robert Bosch Stiftung 
Type of projects: The Foundation is open to receiving short summaries of new project ideas, provided they are in line with their strategic and funding principles. These are: Education; Society (including Civil Society; Migration; Youth & Democracy); Health (including chronic disease care); International Relations; Science & Research. 
Application procedure: The procedure is a two-stage process. Firstly, you submit your project idea. The idea summarizes the content and financing of the envisaged project. The Foundation will contact you to confirm whether they can pursue your idea further and if so, you will be invited to submit a comprehensive project application.
Location: Worldwide
Type of projects: The Foundation does not accept proposals for building projects, investments, manufacturing facilities, ongoing infrastructure costs, projects that have been proposed in the past, Printing costs, Evaluation measures outside the scope of projects carried out or supported by the Foundation.  

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Sabancı Foundation Open Call Grant Programme 
Type of project: The grant program supports education projects working to promote equal access to opportunities for women, youth and persons with disabilities. The projects should cover at least one of the aspects below: Supporting Quality Education; Securing Access to Education and Retention; Supporting Rights Based Non-Formal Education.
Location: Turkey
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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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Southern Africa Trust
Type of project: Projects with a poverty reduction agenda. Grant support has been allocated towards food security, governance for development, trade with focus on informal cross border trade, migration and socio protection and capacity building of civil society. We accept unsolicited proposals from organisations that believe that their programmes will add value to the mission and objectives of the Trust.
Location: The Trust works within the Southern African Development Community, comprised of 16 Member States; Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa,  Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Eligibility: Most grantees are national network associations that implement projects with a regional reach and grants are also allocated to regional networks, regional apex organisations, social movements and media houses.
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Tahir Foundation 
Type of project
: The Foundation funds a variety of time-bound projects and collaborative activities that promote the core aim of improving access to adequate healthcare and education especially for disadvantaged, marginalized populations facing the greatest barriers to the advancement of their quality of life. They also provide free heart surgeries and cancer treatments for children. 
Location: Indonesia
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The Generations Trust 
Type of project: Projects which aim to provide a better quality of life for children who need it the most; those who are disabled, disadvantaged, or struggle with ill health. The Trust also supports environmental protection and conservation projects. 
Location: UK & developing countries
Eligibility: Before applying, applicants are advised to contact the Trust before applying.-
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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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Trafigura Foundation 
Type of project: Programmes that achieve effective and lasting impact in the Foundation’s two focus areas: Fair and Sustainable Employment and Clean and Safe Supply Chains. Programmes must contribute to our commitment to help people reach their full potential. As such, we favour programmes that demonstrate strong ownership, build local capacities and clearly articulate how to increase the autonomy of beneficiaries.
Location: Countries where Trafigura Group has operations. For the full list please see here.  
Eligibility: Small- to medium-sized NGOs or small projects within larger NGOs are eligible.

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The United Nations Fund for Victims of Torture Emergency Grants 
Type of project: The Fund may, on an exceptional basis, consider emergency requests for projects that provide direct medical, psychological, social, economic, legal, educational or other forms of assistance to torture victims and members of their family. Emergency grants may be awarded to projects operating in exceptional circumstances such as a sudden increase in the number of victims of torture to be assisted due to human rights and/or humanitarian crisis, or other circumstances, which prompt the need for urgent assistance to victims of torture and their family members.
Grant size: No more than $100,000
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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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UNICEF Innovation Fund
Project:  The Innovation Fund allows UNICEF to quickly assess, fund and grow open-source solutions that can improve children’s lives. Financial and technological support is available for companies that are using technology in innovative ways to improve the world
Location: UNICEF programme countries. 
Eligibility: Applications must come from private companies registered in eligible countries. NGOs can be listed as partners; however, the company must bear all the contractual responsibilities. 
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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

Covid-19 update
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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Urgent Action Fund – Africa 
Type of project: Strategic interventions that take advantage of opportunities to advance women’s human rights. Such opportunities arise when an unexpected event – positive or negative – creates a situation in which rapid intervention can have a significant impact. Grants are made in 5 categories: Defending the defenders; Protecting women’s individual dignity, safety and autonomy; Justice and the rule of law; Economic Justice; Natural Resource Governance & Climate Change. Fund-Africa is not able to make grants for humanitarian efforts, general programme activities, or individual participation in conferences.
Location: Africa
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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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