Donors and Foundations

Additional donors, apart from the ones at

ABILIS Foundation

ABILIS Foundation gives small grants ranging from 500 to 10.000 Euros to projects initiated by disabled persons. ABILIS Foundation is a development fund, founded by people with disabilities in Finland in 1998. Its mandate is to support the activities empowerment of disabled persons in the Global South (developing countries).

ABILIS Foundation supports activities that contribute toward equal opportunities for disabled people in society through human rights, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency. Special priority is given to activities developed and implemented by disabled women

If you live in one of the following countries

please contact our partner organisations for an application form. (

If you live in a country not mentioned above, please contact our office. (E-mail: )

Who can apply for a grant by Abilis?
They support organizations that include persons with disabilities in their leadership. They support organisations of people with mobility, visual, hearing or any other type of disability. They can also support organisations that are run by parents of children with disabilities.

You can apply for a grant from Abilis if the following is true for you:

You live in a country which the United Nations and the OECD have defined as qualifying for Official Development Assistance. See list of countries
Your organisation has a certificate of registration. (If your group is not registered, please contact our office (E-mail: ) as sometimes they are able to make exceptions to this rule.)
A minimum of 10 % of the project budget should be a contribution of time, money or other resources from the applicant group.

If you wish to apply for funding, call a meeting of your friends and colleagues. Then think carefully about your current priorities and take time to make a good plan. They encourage you to use the Abilis manual designed to assist you in this process.

E-mail and they can send you the Abilis application form and guidelines for letters of recommendation. Please read them through carefully before applying.

Partner in India:

Mobility India MI
Mailing Address:
Post Box 7812, Bangalore - 560 078

Visiting Address:
1st &1st ‘A’ Cross J.P.Nagar 2nd Phase
Bangalore - 560 078

Tel. +91-080-6492222
Fax +91-080-6494444

Abilis Facilitator
Mr. Mahesh,

Aid to Artisans

Aid to Artisans

Funding Statement:
We create opportunities for low-income artisans around the world to build profitable businesses inspired by handmade traditions.

1030 New Britain Ave,
West Hartford, 0
United States 06110

Phone: 1-860-756-5550

Fax: 1-860-756-5558



Contact Division: Aid to Artisans

Contact Person: Clare Brett Smith, President

Aide Médicale Internationale

Aide Médicale Internationale

Funding Statement:
Aide Médicale Internationale is a humanitarian and apolitical public French association created in 1979. It works to restore the access to the care of the population excluded from any system of health.

1, rue Pré Saint Gervais
France 93500

Phone: 33-41-50-5990

Fax: 33-57-42-5377



Contact Division: Aide Médicale Internationale

Contact Person: Dr Danielle Faure-Imbert, President

Annenberg Foundation

DONOR - The Annenberg Foundation

The Annenberg Foundation was established in 1989 by Walter H. Annenberg and provides funding and support to nonprofit organisations in the United States and globally.

Its major programme areas are education and youth development; arts, culture and humanities; civic and community; health and human services; and animal services and the environment. The Annenberg Foundation exists to advance public wellbeing through improved communication and encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.

For additional information,

Arca Foundation

The Arca Foundation

The Arca Foundation was established in 1952 as the Nancy Reynolds Bagley Foundation. It is dedicated to the pursuit of social equity and justice, particularly given the growing disparities in today’s world. Moreover, it has been said before that a vibrant democracy requires speaking Truth to Power. The Foundation supports a new strategic focus on media and democracy, expected to comprise one third of the grant making for the next three to five years. The Foundation continues to fund both media policy and content projects. In addition, the foundation works with colleagues in the philanthropic world to further expand the pool of available funding for media policy and content.

For more information on The Arca Foundation, see

Asian Cultural Council

Rockefeller Brothers Fund: Asian Cultural Council

Funding Statement:
The Asian Cultural Council is a foundation supporting cultural exchange in the visual and performing arts between the United States and Asia, and between the countries of Asia.

6 West 48th Street, 12th FLoor, United States 10036-1802

Phone: 1-212-843-0403

Fax: 1-212-843-0343



Contact Division: Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Association for International Cancer Research

Association for International Cancer Research

Funding Statement:
The Association for International Cancer Research (AICR) is an independent charity whose aim is to support fundamental research by eminent and promising scientists throughout the world, into the causes and prevention of cancer.

Madras House, South Street, St Andrews, United Kingdom KY16 9EH

Phone: 44-1334-477910

Fax: 44-1334-478667



Contact Division: Association for International Cancer Research

Contact Person: Mr J F Matthews Chairman

Baxter International Foundation

The Baxter International Foundation

Baxter International Foundation, established by the Baxter International Inc. in 1981, began to focus exclusively on increasing access to healthcare in 2002 - particularly for the disadvantaged and underserved - in and near communities where Baxter employees live and work, world wide. It provides grants to NGOs to undertake programs that help communities to have quality healthcare in an affordable manner. Grants are made in different countries of the world where Baxter International Inc. has an office. The Foundation covers areas of dental, mental health, substance abuse and health services to those suffering from disability, domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. It also offers prizes to recognised community services through its Foster G. McGraw Prize. In most cases, the Foundation extends grants to those NGOs recommended by the local facility of the Baxter International Inc. Proposals are accepted round the year, but there are submission deadlines for each quarter and NGOs can submit proposals accordingly. . /

For details,
click here /.

Bernard van Leer Foundation

The Bernard van Leer Foundation funds and shares knowledge about work in early childhood development and child rights.
About the work we fund
We work primarily by supporting programmes implemented by partners in the field. These include public, private and community-based organisations. Our strategy of working through partnerships is intended to build local capacity, promote innovation and flexibility, and help to ensure that the work we fund is culturally and contextually appropriate.

We currently support about 140 major projects. We focus our grantmaking on 21 countries in which we have built up experience over the years. These include both developing and industrialised countries and represent a geographical range that encompasses Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

We work in three issue areas:

Through “Strengthening the care environment” we aim to build the capacity of vulnerable parents, families and communities to care for their children.
Through “Successful transitions” we aim to help young children make the transition from their home environment to daycare, preschool and school.
Through “Social inclusion and respect for diversity” we aim to promote equal opportunities and skills that will help children to live in diverse societies.
Also central to our work is the ongoing effort to document and analyse the projects we support, with the twin aims of learning lessons for our future grantmaking activities and generating knowledge we can share. Through our evidence-based advocacy and publications, we aim to inform and influence policy and practice both in the countries where we operate and beyond.

About the foundation

We very rarely consider unsolicited proposals. The vast majority of our new projects are undertaken with organisations we ourselves have identified through our existing partners and work in the field.

Because we very rarely consider unsolicited proposals, we do not have specific grant guidelines or application forms. If you would like to apply for funding, please read about the foundation and the work we fund and consider carefully whether your project is a good fit for us.

Please note that we do not provide grants for the following:

applications for support to individual children
projects that concentrate solely on one aspect of children's development or learning, such as health care or special educational needs
proposals for the construction and maintenance of buildings, or the purchase of equipment and materials
requests for scholarships, conferences, media or theatre events
general organisational support or requests to cover recurrent costs or deficits
Please note also that we do not consider proposals for any country which is not on the list of eligible countries, as determined periodically by meetings of the foundation's board of trustees. NB: the list of countries in which we have current projects is not the same as the list of countries eligible for future grants.

Eligible countries for future grants currently are Brazil, Colombia, the East Caribbean region, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United States of America and Zimbabwe. We will not consider your application if it has nothing to do with any of these countries. The foundation has no plans to expand the list of eligible countries.

If you would like to enquire about funding for a project, please do not prepare a detailed submission - instead email a brief outline of your organisation and proposal to or use the form on the contact page. Please do not contact us by telephone; we will contact you if we require further information.

In your email, please state which of our eligible countries you will work in, and explain why you think you are a good fit for BvLF support, with reference to our programme areas and existing work. We will always reply to applicants who have taken the trouble to personalise their enquiry to us. We regret that we cannot guarantee to reply to standardised appeals for funds.

Bridge to Asia

Bridge to Asia

Funding Statement:
Bridge to Asia is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that supports the modernization of higher education in developing countries in Asia, principally China.

665 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, 0
United States 94108-2430

Phone: 1-415-6782990

Fax: 1-415-6782996



Contact Division: Bridge to Asia

British Executive Service Overseas

British Executive Service Overseas

Funding Statement:
Our work revolves around six development goals, linked to the priorities of our partner agencies overseas, international development targets and our distinctive areas of expertise – for example, in education or working with grassroots groups.

164 Vauxhall Bridge Road, United Kingdom SW1V 2RB

Phone: 44-20-76300644

Fax: 44-20-76300624



Contact Division: British Executive Service Overseas

Charles Lafitte Foundation: Education, Children's Advocacy, Medical Research and the Arts

Charles Lafitte Foundation: Education, Children's Advocacy, Medical Research and the Arts

The Charles Lafitte Foundation is a private family foundation founded in 1999 by Suzanne and Jeffrey Citron (and named for one of the family dogs!). The Foundation is committed to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement on the human condition by providing support to education, children's advocacy, medical research and the arts. Recent grants have gone to programs working on cancer, women's issues, and learning disabilities.

The Charles Lafitte Foundation is a private family foundation founded in 1999 by Suzanne and Jeffrey Citron.

Suzanne is the Co-Founder and past CEO of New World Aviation; a private aviation company owned by the Citrons whose mission is to provide world-class flight services. In addition to her role with the foundation, she is a board member for the American Cancer Society and a former member of the Peer Review Committee for Institutional Research Grants (IRC) for the American Cancer Society. Suzanne has been honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts in 2006.

Jeffrey is a career entrepreneur with a history of bringing efficiency and innovation to large, vertical industries through the application of advanced technologies. Jeffrey is known as both a pioneer and visionary in the financial and telecommunications industries. Jeffrey is currently the Co-Founder and Chairman of Vonage. Vonage is a leading provider of SIP-based, VoIP communications services. He is the founder and former CEO of Datek Online Holdings, which was the fourth largest online brokerage company and the Founder of Island ECN, the second largest global financial exchange. Jeffrey and Suzanne have two young children and reside in Brielle , NJ.

The Charles Lafitte Foundation believes:

Guiding Principles

Education provides the tools for individuals to create their own unique and positive solutions.
Innovation, creativity, initiative and risk-taking are essential to success.
Diversity and inclusively are essential for creativity and innovation.
A society's future is dependent upon the quality of nurturance and investment in its children.
The arts are a vital part of expressing our culture.
The human condition can be improved by the appropriate use of education, the arts, science and technology.
Giving Preferences

They prefer projects/programs that make a big difference to some individual's critical needs over a project that will make a small difference to many individual's minor needs.
They like our grants to make a big difference to the project or program being funded.
They prefer projects/programs that provide a permanent solution rather than a temporary bandage. The Foundation will support one-time events aimed at bettering a person's quality of life.
They believe in each individual's ability to make a difference and contribute to society. We prefer to fund projects that remove barriers to full economic and social participation in society.
They do not support studies by groups advocating for a political or public policy perspective; or fund projects whose purpose would benefit principally the members of sectarian or religious organizations.
They believe that those arts are a vital part of expressing our culture. We prefer funding projects that allow access to the arts to all members of society.
Grants are made by the Charles Lafitte Trustees, who meet several times a year. Grant proposals are normally sent to the President of the Foundation and include, in addition to details about the applicant and the proposed project, information on the cost and duration of the work. Overhead for these grants can be budgeted at no more than fifteen percent of direct project costs.

In addition to grants made by the Trustees during these meetings, Trustees can make grants at any time for the Foundation. If you have any questions regarding the process please contact Jennifer Vertetis, President at .

The Foundation will reply to your inquiry/proposal if it fits within the current goals and budget for the Foundation. Due to the large number of inquiries, the Foundation does not reply to each inquiry but will contact those that are of interest to the Foundation.

The Foundation has no deadlines or standard forms. They prefer concise, well-organized proposals. In no case should the body of the proposal exceed 10 double-spaced pages. The Foundation prefers proposals sent by e-mail. A brief letter of inquiry, rather than a fully developed proposal, is an advisable first step for an applicant, conserving his or her time and allowing for a preliminary response regarding the possibility of support. The Foundation will contact you if they desire a full proposal. Due to the large number of inquiries they are unable to respond to all requests.

Child Care International

Child Care International

Funding Statement:
At Childcare Worldwide, our unique programs not only help feed hungry children and their families, they also help children receive an education that leads to employment. Our goal is to help children survive and succeed.

1971 Midway Lane, Ste N
Bellingham, 0
United States 98226

Phone: 1-360-6472283

Fax: 1-360-6472392



Contact Division: Child Care International

Contact Person: Dr. G M Lange, President and Founder

Child Health Foundation Innovative Small Grants Program

Innovative Small Grants Program

Letter of Intent

Before we will consider a grant proposal for funding, we need to receive a one-page “letter of intent” which describes the project that you will be proposing. It need not be in great detail, but it should indicate the “innovative” nature of your work. (Please see the definition of “innovative” below.) Please send it by e-mail, FAX or regular mail before the specified deadline for the letter of intent in the information below. After reviewing it, we will notify you as to whether we will accept a full proposal. Please do not send a proposal until we ask you to do so. We will not consider proposals unless they have been requested. The information for making the full proposal is given below.


New biomedical and social technologies have led to the development or successful application of products and approaches that can be used globally. These products and innovative approaches have brought dramatic improvements in infant and child health over the past 50 years. For example, research studies led to the development of oral rehydration therapy (ORT) for diarrhea in the 1960's in Bangladesh and India. This therapy has saved millions of lives in the developing world every year and more recent studies have demonstrated that ORT can be effectively applied in any country in the world, including the U.S. The Child Health Foundation has supported innovative approaches to adapting ORT to the health care and social situations in urban Baltimore and Boston as well as rural Mississippi.
Small innovative projects can make a major impact on child health in diverse settings, and show concerned health workers, community organizations and/or government policy-makers that answers to some persistent health problems are available.
Child Health Foundation wishes to receive proposals from interested health workers, investigators, or community organizations for innovative research or innovative service projects directed at improving the health of infants and young children. Proposals may be submitted by individuals or groups.

Areas of priority include:

* development of biomedical and social technologies; and
* adaptation and implementation of technologies in local situations that may have widespread applications.

Projects that involve only general medical care of children but without innovative aspects will not be considered. To see a summary of projects CHF has funded, click here

The projects should be for no more than one year and should be able to document measurable results. The projects may address child health issues in a developing country or in the United States. Budgets should not exceed US$5,00O. The projects will be reviewed by the Program Committee of the Child Health Foundation. Outside reviewers will be used if necessary. The number of projects approved depends on the amount of funding available.

Deadline for Letter of Intent in 2008 is April 30th; The 2008 Deadline for the Proposal is September 30th.


Child Hope

Child Hope

Funding Statement:
We support projects in ten countries in Africa, Asia and South America that challenge the many forms of violence suffered by children and young people.The projects we support give priority to prevention, finding long lasting solutions and tackling the underlying causes of poverty and violence.

56/64 Leonard Street, United Kingdom EC2A 4LT

Phone: 44-207 065 0950

Fax: 44-207 065 0951



Child-To-Child Trust

Child-To-Child Trust

Funding Statement:
To enable and empower children and young people worldwide to reach their full potential and achieve their rights by promoting the holistic health, well-being and development of themselves, their families and their communities.

Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, United Kingdom WC1H 0AL

Phone: 44-207-6126649

Fax: 44-207-6126645



Contact Division: Child-To-Child Trust

Contact Person: Christiana Brown

Children International

Children International

Funding Statement:
Children International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to bettering the lives of impoverished children, their families and communities.

P.O. Box 219055
Kansas City, 0
United States 64121

Phone: 1-816-9422000



Contact Division: Children International

Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

Children Investment Fund Foundation is an independent, non-profit, philanthropic organisation formally linked to an investment fund, which contributes a portion of its management fees and profits to the Foundation. CIFF aims to deliver large-scale, long-term transformational advances for children as evidenced by clear indicators for children to survive, thrive and mature successfully into adulthood.

For details, click here.

Commonwealth Society for the Deaf

Commonwealth Society for the Deaf

Funding Statement:
Sound Seekers works in partnership with developing countries in the Commonwealth to increase awareness of, and assist in, the prevention and treatment of deafness among children.

34 Buckingham Palace Road, United Kingdom SW1W 0RE

Phone: 44-20-72335700

Fax: 44-20-72335800



Contact Division: Commonwealth Society for the Deaf

Contact Person: Sir Trevor McDonald, President

DKT International Inc.

DKT International Inc.

Funding Statement:
DKT's policies require that its contraceptives be easily affordable to low-income persons. In every country, DKT's family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention programs price at least one brand of each family planning method within traditional affordability guidelines.

1701 K Street, NW, Suite 900
Washington DC, 0
United States 20006

Phone: 1-202-2238780

Fax: 1-202-2238786



Contact Division: DKT International Inc.



Funding Statement:
DuPont is committed to improving the quality of life and enhancing the vitality of the communities in which it operates throughout the world. Through financial contributions and the volunteer efforts of its employees, DuPont supports programs and organizations that address social progress, economic success and environmental excellence - all vital components of community sustainability.


Corporate Contributions Office, DuPont Public Affairs, 1007 Market Street
Wilmington, 0
United States 19898


Contact Division: DuPoint

Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship

The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship Programme

The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship Programme aims to support individuals who are deeply committed to conserving biodiversity, protecting habitats, and keeping in check the exploitation of nature and natural resources. Registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950, the Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Trust supports activities that contribute to sustaining and enhancing India's Ecological Security, particularly its basic life support systems, through protecting, restoring and enriching India’s natural ecosystems including conservation of the endangered and endemic species as well as restoration of fragile ecosystems. The fellowship programme would be administered by the Foundation for Ecological Security (

About the Fellowship
The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship programme would support initiatives that contribute to sustaining and enhancing India’s ecological security by protecting, restoring and enriching India’s forest cover, conserving endemic and endangered plant and animal species and their habitats, and restoring fragile ecosystems. The activities that would receive support under the programme will be action-oriented and could include efforts which:

1. Conserve and restore landscapes, habitats, species and natural resources.
2. Highlight the ecological significance of lesser known biodiversity and biodiversity-rich areas.
3. Conserve critical wildlife habitats and ecologically sensitive areas from interventions that could potentially have an adverse effect on the environment, communities and their livelihoods.
4. Promote judicious land-use practises in human dominated landscapes; promote innovative approaches towards environmental problems, concerns and environmental decision-making.
5. Work for the improvement of environmental governance
6. Mobilise public opinion for better environmental legislation and effective implementation.

Initiatives that seek to highlight and revitalize key ecological processes, conserve endemic and endangered biodiversity and their habitats; and address specific threats to ecosystems and landscapes will especially be encouraged through the Fellowship Programme. Proposals that have an explicitly stated geographic and thematic focus stand a better chance of being selected for the Fellowship Programme.

The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship Programme will be open to Indian citizens with relevant experience. Individuals employed or associated with an organisation may also apply. The fellowship will be for a maximum period of two years and selected Fellows will receive an allowance, up to Rs. 2.5 lakhs per annum, the exact amount depending on the Fellow's plan of action and budget proposed.

The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellows may be required to attend periodic events, workshops and visit the work of the other Fellows to share their experiences, and garner support for their work. The selected Fellows should be open to guidance and assistance from a peer organization or individual.

Application Details

Applications are open until 31st October 2012.

Applications may be emailed to the Hard copies may be mailed by post to: Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship, C/o, Foundation for Ecological Security, A-1 Madhuram Park, Near Shrinathji Society, Ganesh Crossing, Anand – 388 001, Gujarat. Each application received would be duly acknowledged.

Applications should include –

1. A proposal (within 2000 words) that clearly articulates the problem, analysis and proposed course of action, a tentative time-frame, a tentative budget and a section on links/references, if any. Importantly,, the applicants should not only explain how they would spend the two years, but also what they hope to achieve through the fellowship.

2. Curriculum vitae of the applicant. The CV should also include three references (other than relatives) and their complete mailing address with phone number, email and skype address (if available).

3. A letter of support from the organisation and a brief outline of the organization including its aims, legal status, governance, and staff size in case the applicant is employed/ associated with an organization. A copy of the annual report and financial statements of the organisation may be enclosed.

A selection committee will conduct an initial screening of the proposals received. Shortlisted applicants would then be invited for personal interviews in December 2012.

For more information, please write to:

The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship Programme 2016

The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship Programme 2016

The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship Programme aims to support individuals who are deeply committed to conserving biodiversity, protecting habitats, and keeping in check the exploitation of nature and natural resources. Registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950, the Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Trust (DMNCT) supports work and activities that contribute to conserving and enhancing India's Ecological Security, particularly its basic life support systems, through protecting, restoring and enhancing the country’s natural ecosystems, especially fragile ecosystems, conservation of endemic and endangered plant and animal species and their habitats. The fellowship programme is administered by the Foundation for Ecological Security (

About the Fellowship
The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship programme supports initiatives that contribute to sustaining and enhancing India’s ecological security by protecting, restoring and enriching India’s forest cover, conserving endemic and endangered plant and animal species and their habitats, and restoring fragile ecosystems. In furtherance of its objectives, the DMNCT has instituted the Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship Programme to support initiatives of individuals who are committed to objectives similar to the Trust and are prepared to undertake action-oriented work within a given time-frame. This includes efforts to:

1.Conserve and restore natural landscapes and other biodiversity rich areas.

2.Conserve endemic and endangered plant and animal species and lesser known biodiversity.

3.Promote innovative approaches towards environmental problems, and environmental decision-making.

4. Work for strengthening environmental governance.

Initiatives that strengthen environmental governance and highlight and revitalize key ecological processes, conserve endemic and endangered biodiversity and their habitats, and address specific threats to ecosystems and landscapes will especially be encouraged through the Fellowship Programme. Proposals that have an explicitly stated geographic and thematic focus stand a better chance of being selected for the Fellowship Programme. Preference would be given to applicants who do not have any ongoing support.

The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship Programme is open to motivated Indian citizens, below 30 years of age, who demonstrate interest in the objective of the call. The fellowship will be for a maximum period of two years and selected Fellows will receive an allowance, up to INR 2.5 lakh per annum, the exact amount depending on the Fellow's plan of action and budget proposed.

The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellows may be required to attend periodic events, workshops and visit the work of the other Fellows to share their experiences, and garner support for their work. The selected Fellows should be open to guidance and assistance from a peer organisation or individual.

Application Details

Applications are open until 10th February 2016.

Applications may be emailed to the Hard copies may be mailed by post to: Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship, C/o, Foundation for Ecological Security, A-1 Madhuram Park, Near Shrinathji Society, Ganesh Crossing, Anand – 388001, Gujarat. Each application received would be duly acknowledged.

Applications should include:
1. A proposal (within 2000 words), that clearly articulates the problem, analysis and proposed course of action, a tentative time-frame, a tentative budget and a section on links/references, if any. Importantly, the applicants should not only explain how they would spend the two years, but also what they hope to achieve through the fellowship.

2. Curriculum vitae of the applicant.

3. Recommendation letter from three referees (other than relatives), along with their complete mailing address, phone number, email and Skype address (if available).

A selection committee will conduct an initial screening of the proposals received.
Shortlisted applicants would then be invited for personal interviews in April 2016.
For more information, please write to:

EMpower, Enriching lives in emerging markets

EMpower, Enriching lives in emerging markets

Founded in 2000 by financial professionals from the emerging markets community who were “doing well” and also wanted to “do good”, EMpower UK was formed in 2007 out of the interest of emerging markets professionals, from London and Continental Europe, to deploy resources in support of marginalised communities in Emerging (EM) countries.

EMpower provides funding and some technical support to community-based organizations in EM countries that are working to improve the lives of young people in the priority areas of
education ,
health ,
leadership and
livelihoods .

Countries of focus are Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, India (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal), Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

They support organisations with an annual budget that does not exceed US$ 1.5 million.

For details, click here

Elton John AIDS Foundation

Elton John AIDS Foundation

Established by Sir Elton John in 1992, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organisations supporting innovative HIV prevention programmes, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and direct care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

EJAF supports its work through proceeds from special events, cause-related marketing projects, and voluntary contributions (large and small) from individuals, corporations, and foundations. EJAF reviews and awards grants to worthy projects in the Americas and the Caribbean. The Foundation’s sister organisation in Great Britain, EJAF-UK, focuses its grant making on grassroots HIV prevention and care efforts in Africa, Asia and Europe.

For details, click here or click

Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights (KIOS)

The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights

The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights KIOS works to promote human rights in developing countries by granting funding to human rights projects. KIOS provides financial support to local civil society organisations that work for the promotion and protection of human rights in their own countries and regions. Our aim is to especially support the promotion of the human rights of the most disadvantaged groups of the societies. In Finland, KIOS aims at increasing the knowledge of Finnish civil society on the human rights situation in developing countries.

KIOS is an independent, non-political, non-religious and non-governmental foundation. The foundation was established in September 1998 by eleven Finnish NGOs working with human rights and development issues. The founder organisations are represented in the KIOS Executive Board, which is the supreme organ of KIOS and makes the final funding decisions.

KIOS receives financial support for its activities from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Typical projects funded by KIOS include:
* Human rights awareness raising and education
* Human rights campaigning, lobbying and advocacy
* Human rights monitoring and documentation
* Providing legal aid
* Capacity building

The thematic focus of KIOS funding is:
* Democratic Rights
* Gender Equality
* Right to Education

Geographically KIOS focuses its support primarily to:
* Eastern Africa
* South Asia

KIOS holds an open invitation for applicants. Local civil society organisations in developing countries are eligible for funding. Funding is granted upon applications, which are accepted throughout the year. Application forms and guides are available at KIOS website.

More information about KIOS can be found at

The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights KIOS
Haapaniemenkatu 7-9 B,
00530 Helsinki, Finland
Fax +358-9-6813 1531

Flextronics Foundation

The Flextronics Foundation invests globally and serves as a catalyst for positive change in communities around the world. The Foundation is focused on being an asset to these communities through educational programs, and disaster, community, and medical relief. Emphasis is placed on programs that serve the needs of people in communities where employees of Flextronics, and its suppliers and customers, live and work. Established in March of 2002, the Flextronics Foundation is operated as a private foundation, and its primary activity is to provide support, primarily through grant making.

Responding to Community Needs

Flextronics' social commitment to communities in need holds firm. Moreover, the Company recognizes that its employees are intimately familiar with both the needs of their communities, and the organizations that best address those needs. For this reason, Flextronics has expanded the responsibility of its senior management to identify projects and organizations that fit the criteria of the Foundation and will best serve communities in need throughout the world.

Community Responsibility

The Flextronics Foundation seeks to aid, enrich, engage, educate and empower the communities where Flextronics, and its suppliers and customers, have a business presence.

The Foundation supports a variety of comprehensive programs through direct grants. These grants serve as enablers in helping organizations fulfill their missions and expand their services to the community. The foundation focuses on supporting the following areas that are at the forefront of society's needs and Flextronics' corporate interests:

Disaster Relief

Contributions in times of need

The Flextronics Foundation provides aid to relieve human suffering that may be caused by a natural or civil disaster, or an emergency hardship. These disasters may be caused by floods, fires, riots, storms, earthquakes or similar large-scale adversities.

Medical Relief/Health Programs

The Foundation funds organizations that provide medical relief to communities where Flextronics employees live and work. We also support specific local health programs and organizations. Preference is given to those organizations where Flextronics employees volunteer their time.

Educational/Other Programs

The Flextronics Foundation sponsors educational programs and other charitable activities where Flextronics employees volunteer their time. We focus our efforts on those organizations distributing funds toward programs that benefit students with socioeconomic issues, learning disabilities or handicaps. We support academic programs in areas related to electronics manufacturing, and the betterment of disadvantaged students. We also support academic programs in areas related to electronics manufacturing, and the betterment of disadvantaged students. We focus our efforts on those organizations distributing funds toward programs that benefit students with socioeconomic issues, learning disabilities or handicaps.

The foundation also sponsors technical learning programs on its major manufacturing campuses offering computer based training, certified schooling and academic liaisons with local universities.

Each request will be evaluated on its own merits. In order to benefit from the Flextronics Foundation and its grant giving program, qualifying organizations must keep the following criteria in mind:

· The applicant must qualify as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization or exclusively public institution or comparable charitable organization.

· The applicant must submit a current financial statement and itemized budget for the project you would like the Flextronics Foundation to support.

· The applicant must be able to demonstrate that progress will result from the grant provided by the Flextronics Foundation.

· Grants are provided for services within the areas in which Flextronics' personnel live and work and/or where Flextronics' suppliers and customers live and work. Preference is given to those charitable organizations where Flextronics employees donate their time and are actively involved.

· The applicant must understand that grants are generally to be expended within one year, without expectation of further support.

· The applicant must be able to demonstrate competence in the sound financial management of the organization.

In Asia and Europe, grant applications are evaluated as they are received.

However please note that in the Americas, applications are evaluated on a quarterly basis at the end of March, June, September, and December of each year.

If you experience problems with the Flextronics Foundation online application, please contact them at:

Fondation Ensemble

Fondation Ensemble is a private foundation - recognized by the state as serving the public interest - created by Gérard Brémond and Jacqueline Délia-Brémond, who had long cherished the idea of being actively involved in public interest work.

Programme Fund (85% of the annual budget) covering:
- Water and sanitation in developing countries
- Sustainable development activities in developing countries

Small Grants Fund (15% of the annual budget)
Protecting species of animals that are under threat and/or about to become extinct represents nearly 50% of the small grants fund.

France Libertés - Fondation Danielle Mitterand

France Libertés - Fondation Danielle Mitterand

Since its creation in 1986, France Libertés- Fondation Danielle Mitterand has strived to promote active and responsible citizenship, human rights, peace, democracy and social development by encouraging grass-roots development, networking of all information relevant to sustainable development among NGOs and raising public and media awareness of successful development alternatives. The four areas of intervention of the foundation are: “For Water and for Life”, “Education”, “A Stable and Responsible Economy” and “Democratic Practices”. The foundation funds grass-roots initiatives worldwide.

For additional information,

Freudenberg Foundation

The Freudenberg Foundation was established in Germany in 1984 by members of the Freudenberg family.

The Foundation focuses on the following programme areas:
Firstly, the Foundation promotes the integration of migrants as well as cultural minorities, particularly in the face of the hostility and discrimination with which immigrants may be confronted.
Secondly, the Foundation is involved in helping young people from socially disadvantaged families when they run into difficulties at school and fail to obtain job qualifications.
Thirdly, the Foundation supports the promotion of democratic culture as a fundamental prerequisite for peaceful coexistence in society.
Fourthly, it supports occupational reintegration programmes for people with mental illnesses and projects aiming to increase public awareness of their specific problems.

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Global Forest Watch Small Grants Fund

The Small Grants Fund seeks to promote uptake of Global Forest Watch by civil society organizations to use in their research, advocacy, and fieldwork. The fund provides grants between US$10,000 and US$40,000 and technical support to civil society organizations for project implementation. Additionally, grant recipients have the opportunity to form part of a unique network of environmental organizations, working around the globe towards objectives like increasing women’s participation in land use decision-making in Indonesia, protecting jaguars in Nicaragua, mapping mangroves in Madagascar, monitoring the impact of mega-dam projects in Brazil, and more.

Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Forest management, monitoring and law enforcement - Use GFW’s near real-time alerts to monitor deforestation, notify authorities, target ranger patrols, or guide legal investigations.
  • Advocacy / campaigning - Use GFW data to generate evidence to campaign against illegal deforestation, land grabbing, and environmental injustice.
  • Journalism and storytelling - Raise public awareness about the threats to forests and forest-dependent communities by publishing stories or training local journalists using GFW data.
  • Data collection or generation - Contribute to GFW’s mission to increase forest transparency by promoting disclosure of geospatial data, aggregating and surfacing existing forest data, or developing new geospatial data, and making it publicly available.
  • Scientific or policy research - Use GFW data to generate original research or analysis discerning spatial or temporal trends in land use, forest change or drivers of deforestation to make forest policy recommendations.
  • Education and training / capacity building - Design training modules and create materials to further the understanding of how GFW can be used.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible, organizations must:

  • Be certified non-profit and non-governmental;
  • Implement projects at a regional, national or sub-national level;
  • Have an annual budget greater than $30,000 USD;
  • Possess a computerized financial system for tracking and recording expenses;
  • Perform an annual audit (NOTE: all grant recipients are required to undergo a grant-specific audit at the end of the project. GFW will cover the cost of this audit).
  • Be able to fill out an organizational assessment document (containing questions regarding organization finances) in fluent English.

The Small Grants Fund seeks applications for projects that clearly demonstrate how the organization intends to use Global Forest Watch to enhance achievement of their organizational objectives mentioned above.

Previous unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to apply. Previous winners are not eligible.

Special considerations will be given to projects that:

  • promote gender equity or benefit women
  • support social justice or poverty reduction
  • are from forest-rich, resource-constrained countries that have been geographically underrepresented in past cycle applicant pools (currently African countries)

How to Apply
The application contains three sections: basic information, financial information, and project information. You will also be required to upload a project budget, using a template that will be provided to you via the application software.

2016 Timeline
Call for applications: January 6
Application submission deadline: February 15
Winners announced: March 15
Project end date: December 31

For more information, please visit their website

Global Fund for Children

Global Fund for Children

The Global Fund for Children’s mission is to advance the dignity of children and youth around the world. GFC pursues its mission by making small grants to innovative community based organizations working with some of the worlds most vulnerable children and youth complemented by a dynamic media programme that through books documentary photography and filming, highlights the issues affecting children and celebrates the global society in which we live.

GFC made its first grants in 1997 using royalties from its children’s book publishing venture. Since then, GFC’s grant making capacity has grown dramatically, from $ 3,000 in 1997 to approximately $ 2 mn during the 2005-2006 fiscal year. To date, GFC has disbursed over $ 12 mn in 69 countries to 323 grantee partners.

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Grants for Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Awareness Caravan Program (Deadline: 22 July 2016)

The United States Embassy New Delhi is seeking applications from eligible organisations for a new program entitled “Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Awareness Caravan” with an aim to reduce the prevalence and severity of gender-based violence (GBV) in the North Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Haryana.

A mobile caravan that will travel to North Indian cities to raise awareness on GBV, gender sensitization trainings for the general public and local government members
A conclave for trainees to share lessons learned and best practices.

Funding Information
Any grant request under this call for proposals must fall between $250,000 and $275,000.
One grant in FY 2016 Diplomatic and Consular Program (D&CP Public Diplomacy) Funds will be awarded under this NOFO.
The initial period of performance will be for August 2016-August 2018.

Eligibility Criteria
Educational and research institutions, U.S. not-for-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code
Foreign not-for-profits/NGOs/social enterprises.
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

For more information, please visit the grants website or embassy website

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation sponsors scholarly research on problems of violence and aggression. The foundation provides both research grants to established scholars and dissertation fellowships to graduate students during the dissertation-writing year.

Research Grants
The research grants program welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. HFG awards research grants to individuals for individual projects and does not award grants to institutions for institutional programs. HFG ordinarily makes awards in the range of $15,000 to $40,000 a year each for periods of one or two years. The annual deadline for research grant applications is August 1 for a decision in December.

Dissertation Fellowships
Ten or more dissertation fellowships are awarded each year to individuals who will complete the writing of the dissertation within the award year. These fellowships of $20,000 each are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner. It is only appropriate to apply for support for the final year of Ph.D. work. Applicants may be citizens of any country and studying at colleges or universities in any country. The annual deadline for dissertation-writing applications is February 1, for support to begin September 1 of that calendar year.

Visit the foundation's website for program details and application guidelines.

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
25 West 53rd Street, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10019
(T) 646.428.0976
(F) 646.428.0981

Humanist Network and Development Programme Grants - 2009

Humanist Network and Development Programme Grants - 2009

APPLY NOW for IHEU-HIVOS 2009 grants

IHEU invites applications for funding in the IHEU-HIVOS Humanist Network and Development programme for 2009. The deadline for applications is 1 September 2009.

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is the world union of Humanist, rationalist, secularist and atheist organisations with over 100 member organizations in more than 40 countries. IHEU promotes and defends freedom of conscience and expression, and advocates for the separation of religion and state. IHEU co-ordinates the activities of its member organisations and offers them advice and guidance on policy issues and strategy. It fosters the growth of new Humanist groups, and represents Humanist interests at the UN, UNESCO, UNICEF and the Council of Europe. More information can be found on the website

HIVOS is the renowned Dutch Humanist funding agency, and a Specialist Member of IHEU, with headquarters in The Hague in the Netherlands, and regional offices in Bangalore, Harare and Costa Rica. More information can be found on the website

HIVOS logo

IHEU and HIVOS have been collaborating since 1988 to promote a Humanist oriented development, through human rights and Humanist networking oriented projects. All applications regarding this program should be directed to IHEU as specified below.

Who can apply for funding?
Humanist organizations in developing countries (according to the DAC list) can apply for grants. The organization does not necessarily have to be a member of IHEU, but must have objects that align with those required for membership of IHEU. A group of individuals who are seeking to establish a Humanist organization in those countries may also apply.

Grant criteria
The project should achieve specified goals in one or more of the following areas:

* promoting Humanism,
* promoting secularism,
* promoting human rights,
* promoting scientific method, or
* building competence and capacity of the organization itself.

Promoting Humanism: The project is promoting Humanism as a life-stance to politicians, media or the general public. The activities of such a project could include public meetings, seminars, advertizing, media coverage, publishing, articles in printed media, etc. The project will have to include an assessment of the effect of the activities on the target audience.

Promoting secularism: The project is promoting separation of state and religion and/or equal treatment of secular and religious life-stances to politicians, media or the general public. The activities of such a project could include public meetings, seminars, advertizing, media coverage, publishing, articles in printed media, etc. The project will have to include an assessment of the effect of the activities on the target audience.

Promoting Human Rights: The project is promoting the human rights of people with a secular life-stance, and/or supporting human rights of other specific groups suffering from discrimination based on religion, caste, descent, work or gender. The activities of such a project could include promotion of new legislature, exposing human rights violations of the government and advocacy towards politicians, media or the general public.

Promoting scientific method: The project is promoting critical thinking and scientific method as opposed to pseudo-science, superstition and alternative religions. The activities of such a project could include means to popularize science, propagating scientific method, producing information material, skeptical activities towards witchcraft, sorcery, astrology, etc.

Building organizational capacity: The project is strengthening the organization’s ability to reach out to new potential members, to grow and prosper. The activities of such a project could include training of staff, elected officers and other volunteers, sending representatives to meetings or conferences organized by IHEU or one of its Member Organizations, improving fundraising capabilities, or improving gender equality or youth participation in the organization.

Funding availability
Budgets in applications must be made in Euros and also indicate the local currency equivalent. Projects should preferably be completed within the year of 2010, but projects lasting up to three years can apply for funding for all three years from the start. A total of Euros 75,000 is available in 2009 and the maximum funding for a single project is Euro 10,000 per year. However, IHEU encourages smaller proposals from new Humanist groups. The project should be partly funded by the Humanist organization applying for grant, and not be solely reliant upon external funding.

Where travel funding is allocated, the cheapest economy class air fare / Apex air fare / cheapest train travel along with minimum living expenses only will be paid. The purpose of travel must be consistent with the projects that IHEU would normally support under this funding programme. The grant cannot be used for capital costs, e.g. equipment, computer, etc.

When approved, funding is guaranteed for only one year at a time. IHEU may increase or decrease the level of funding requested. Renewal of funding will depend on project performance, applicants’ compliance with IHEU's reporting and performance criteria (which will be strictly monitored), and of course, on other funding applications that IHEU is evaluating in that year. Where appropriate, IHEU will also consult with other Humanist organizations which may also be funding Humanist activities, to ensure there is no overlap in funding allocations.

All funding recipients will have to provide an interim report on the project by 31 July 2010 and a full report with detailed accounts by March 2011. Recipients who have received grants from IHEU for other projects in the last five years will have to have completed their reporting and accounting for those projects.

Funding recipients will be expected to acknowledge IHEU's assistance in their publications and project material.

Application Form
The application form, available here, must provide sufficient detail for your proposal to be evaluated without further reference to you.

The proposal must be realistic and clearly state the project activities and the practical results that are expected. It must clearly show the financial participation of the applicant, and specify if funding will be required for more than one year. Individuals applying for funding should state reasons why their proposal is not routed through a Humanist organisation.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to check their own eligibility and local legal position for receiving IHEU's funds. Usually, a Chartered Accountant, an advocate or your local Government Charity Commissioner's office can give you written advice on this matter. Please include such a certificate where such laws exist in your country.

Project Assessment and Monitoring
Once funds are allocated, disbursement will take place after IHEU enters into a contract with the recipient organisation. IHEU will monitor the project’s progress closely, and an external evaluation will be conducted in 2010. All fund recipients are expected to fully cooperate with IHEU and HIVOS and their representatives by providing information and ready access to records to enable evaluation of the projects.

Funding applications for 2009 must arrive at IHEU’s London office by email by 1 September 2009. All applicants will be informed about the result of their application in November 2009. Please do not ask for information about how your application is being processed before these dates.
Time Activity
1 September 2009 Application deadline
November 2009 IHEU will notify applicants of the result
December 2009 Recipients send in the Grants Acceptance Agreement
January 2010 IHEU will transfer 80% of the grant to recipient
March 2010 Recipient send project initiation report
July 2010 Recipient send interim report
August2010 IHEU will transfer 20% of grant to recipient
March 2011 Recipient send final report and accounts

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International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG)

International Human Rights Funders Group

The International Human Rights Funders Group is a global network of donors and grantmakers committed to advancing human rights around the world through effective philanthropy.

Directory of Human Rights Funders
IHRFG’s Directory of Human Rights Funders is designed to enable both grantmakers and grantseekers to search for human rights funders by several key criteria: areas of rights funding, activities supported and geographic focus.

For to search their database go to

International Youth Foundation

International Youth Foundation

Funding Statement:
International Youth Foundation prepares young people to be healthy, productive and engaged citizens.

32 South Street, Suite 500
Baltimore, 0
United States 21202

Phone: 1-410-3471500

Fax: 1-410-3471188



Contact Division: International Youth Foundation

Contact Person: Rick Little, President

Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation

DONOR - The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation
The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation promotes social justice and human rights through its five programme areas: Jewish life, strengthening Israeli democracy, educational opportunity, health and mental health, and human rights. The Human Rights programme currently focuses on women's and reproductive rights and the right to education, particularly for adolescents and adults.

The Foundation's work is primarily but not exclusively international, with a special interest in efforts that link domestic and international issues. In addition, the Foundation occasionally makes grants to organisations that work across a range of human rights issues, particularly to support capacity-building efforts and training.

For more information,

John Merck Fund

The John Merck Fund

Funding Statement:
The John Merck Fund fosters innovative advocacy and problem solving in the fields of Developmental Disabilities, Environment, Reproductive Health, Human Rights, Job Opportunities, and Civic Engagement/ Defense of the Public Interest. Our objective is to act as a catalyst, supporting organizations that can effect constructive and measurable change in each of these areas.

2 Oliver Street
8th FLoor, Boston, 0
United States 02109

Phone: 1-617-556.4120

Fax: 1-617-556-4130



Contact Division: The John Merck Fund

Contact Person: Ms. Ruth G. Hennig, Administrator

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will award a total of US$5 million to individuals, organizations or businesses from any country to implement a project that will transform community news. The Knight Foundation promotes journalism excellence worldwide and invests in the vitality of 26 communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. The Knight Foundation supports ideas and projects that create transformational change.

Anybody, anywhere in the world is eligible for funding — if the project meets all of the following criteria:

1. Use digital media.
2. Involve new forms of news in the public interest.
3. Focus on specific geographic community.

Applications for the “Knight News Challenge” can be submitted from July 1 – and only on or after July 1 - until December 31. Winners will be announced in the first half of 2008.

Kanthari - Scholarship for social change

Do you carry a plan for social change?

kanthari is an International Institute in Kerala, South India that provides a 7 month leadership training course for social visionaries who come from the margins of society.

Participants are equipped with necessary skills to start their own projects through a tailor-made, hands-on Curriculum. Over the past 7 years 141 participants from 37 countries were trained. This already resulted in many projects reaching thousands of beneficiaries.

Applications for the upcoming course which starts in May 2016 are accepted till the 15th of February 2015. Do you have the passion and the spice to make a difference? Then check out the website and apply!

Or if you know someone who would benefit from this course, pls forward this e-mail. You can also print the flyer that is available at:

Please do let us know ( if you have any questions or if you want to receive more information.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Kronenberg and Sabriye Tenberken

Braille Without Borders - kanthari
Trivandrum, 695020, Kerala, India,

Phone: +91 471 2395677

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Keepers of the Earth Fund (First Peoples Worldwide)

Keepers of the Earth Fund

Our goal through the Keepers of the Earth Fund is to increase access to funding for Indigenous communities and support Indigenous-led projects that create greater Indigenous control of Indigenous assets.

We support strategies that address culturally appropriate Indigenous development (e.g., land use and conservation, traditional decision-making, climate change, food security, etc.).


All applicants must:

be an Indigenous-led grassroots/local organization or group.
have an organizational bank account or access to a fiscal sponsor; copies of fiscal sponsor's terms and requirements will be requested.
ensure project activities will be completed outside of the United States.


Grant amounts range between $250 and $20,000 USD. First time awards generally range between US $2,500 to $5,000. Project timeframes are between six and 12 months. It can take up to eight weeks to review and process your request. First Peoples Worldwide may contact you for additional information.


Written Applications:
First Peoples Worldwide prefers to receive written funding requests by email ( or fax [(540) 899-6501]. You can also submit your application via postal service or other express delivery courier to Grants Coordinator, First Peoples Worldwide, 857 Leeland Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22405, USA.

Video Applications:
First Peoples Worldwide will accept grants in video format when community projects cannot complete a written application. Indigenous Peoples who submit their grant application in video format must depict the community issues and solutions through the eyes of the community and present the ways Indigenous Peoples are solving their problems.

If possible, a transcript of the video content should be provided so that we understand the video content. Your transcript should also include the amount of funding you are requesting, bearing in mind the limitations of the Fund, as well as the average grant amount for first-time applicants.

We encourage using multiple voices from many community members.

Please submit with your video the following information:

The name and location of the Indigenous Peoples submitting the video;
A description of the Indigenous-led entity (i.e., NGO, Tribe, CBO, fiscal agent or other entity);
A contact name and title for the person submitting the video;
The organization’s name, mailing address, country, email address, telephone, and fax.

Two ways to submit your video:

Upload the video to and send the link to
Send a DVD of the video by mail to:

Grants Coordinator
First Peoples Worldwide
857 Leeland Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

First Peoples Worldwide will not be able to access your taped version of the footage; digital format is preferred (YouTube or DVD). First Peoples Worldwide will only be able to return your video to your organization if a request is made at the time of submission.

First Peoples Worldwide may use pieces of video on our website, in funder materials, or in group presentations.

The annual deadline for written and video submissions is September 30.

Contact with any questions, concerns or for more information.

King Baudouin Foundation

The King Baudouin Foundation (KBF), named after Belgium 's late head of state, was established in 1976. KBF supports projects and citizens with a commitment to build a better society. Both a grant-making and an operating foundation, KBF aims to spur change. It looks for sustainable ways to bring about justice, democracy and respect for diversity. To optimise its impact and its visibility, KBF currently concentrates its unrestricted resources on four programmes: Social Justice, Civil Society, Health and Philanthropy. These programmes make use of a wide variety of methods: bringing together people from different backgrounds, funding research, organising conferences, networking, and offering both project support and structural financing for organisations.

Located in Brussels , the capital of the European Union and the site of NATO headquarters, KBF is mainly active at the Belgian and European levels. Through specific initiatives, such as the King Baudouin International Development Prize or its activities on HIV/AIDS in Central Africa , it is also present in the developing world.

For further details,

Leprosy Mission

The Leprosy Mission

Funding Statement:
To minister in the name of Jesus Christ to the physical, mental, social and spiritual needs of individuals and communities disadvantaged by leprosy; working with them to uphold human dignity and eradicate leprosy.

80 Windmill Road, Brentford Middlesex, United Kingdom TW8 0QH

Phone: 44 (0)20 83266767

Fax: 44 (0)20 83266777



Contact Division: The Leprosy Mission

Ludwick Family Foundation

The Ludwick Family Foundation awards grants for new vehicles or equipment, equipment replacement and modernization, improvements to facilities, and educational materials. They are interested in tangible items that tend to remain with an organization. Ludwick Family Foundation varies from many other foundations in that it tends to provide grants for tangible types of items that assist a program or project, rather than funding the program itself. The geographic areas of interest are throughout the United States (highest percentage in California) or U.S. based international organizations.

Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000 and are made for a single year.

The Foundation does not grant requests for:

* Salaries
* General Operating Expenses
* Travel Expenses
* Scholarships
* Endowment Funds
* Fundraising Events or Capital Campaigns
* Feasibility Studies or Consulting Fees
* Advertising
* Research
* Political Lobbying, Voter Registration or Political Campaigns
* Insurance or Maintenance Contracts
* Printing Expenses

No requests accepted from:

* Public/Private Schools (K-12)
* Universities/Colleges
* Child Day Care/Development Centers
* Fiscal Agents
* Libraries
* Hospitals
* Individuals
* Faith-based Organizations

It is their preference that organizations apply for a grant by using the INITIAL REQUEST FORM. If for some reason you are unable to send your request from our ON-LINE INITIAL REQUEST FORM please call the Ludwick Family Foundation (626-852-0092) office to make arrangements to send a request by mail. All requests must be authorized before they are accepted by mail.

Address requests to Program Officer, Deanna Monaghan,

Ludwick Family Foundation
PO Box 1796
Glendora, CA 91740

Phone: (626) 852-0092
Fax: (626) 852-0776

Any requests received after a deadline will be considered during the next grant cycle. Upon review of all requests, Board members will determine to which organizations invitations for full proposals will be sent. Applications will be mailed to those organizations by October 31 for the February grant cycle, or by May 31 for the October grant cycle.

Initial Requests are only accepted during these times:

July 1 - September 1 and January 1 - March 1

Full proposals are by invitation only.

Mcknight Foundation

The Mcknight Foundation

Funding Statement:
We seek to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Through grantmaking, coalition-building, and encouragement of strategic policy reform, we use our resources to attend, unite and empower those we serve.

710 South Second Street, Suite 400
Minneapolis, United States 55402

Phone: 1-612-3334220

Fax: 1-612-3323833


Contact Division: The Mcknight Foundation

National 4-H Council

National 4-H Council

Funding Statement:
4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chery Chase, 0 United States 20815

Phone: 1-301-9612800

Fax: (301) 961-2894



Contact Division: National 4-H Council

Contact Person: Lita Haarer

National Endowment for Democracy

National Endowment for Democracy

Funding Statement:
Our mission is to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts.

1025 F Street, NW, Suite 800, United States 20004

Phone: 1-202-378-9700

Fax: 1-202-378-9407



Contact Division: National Endowment for Democracy

New Field Foundation

New Field Foundation
The New Field Foundation contributes to the creation of a safe and sustainable world by supporting women and their families to overcome poverty, violence and injustice in their communities. Based in San Francisco , California, USA, New Field Foundation is newly established and operates in support of Tides Foundation's international grant making. The Foundation goal is to have long-term relationships with a variety of organisations that share similar values and vision.

For more information, please see

ORBIS International

ORBIS International

Funding Statement:
ORBIS is a nonprofit, global development organization whose mission is to eliminate avoidable blindness in developing countries. How do we do this? By strengthening the capacity of our local eye health partners to prevent and treat avoidable blindness.

520 8th Avenue, 11th Floor, United States NY 10018

Phone: 1.646.674.5500

Fax: 1.646.674.5599



Contact Division: ORBIS International

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The India Programme

India is the only country next to the UK that the Paul Hamlyn Foundation works and help to NGO for funding. The Foundation is providing grants of about 40 million rupees a year to local NGOs in area of health, education, disability, shelter and other social development activities. The organization supports about 20 organisations across the nation.

The aim of funding is to increase the access of disadvantaged communities, especially youth, to health, education, aid with disability, shelter and other social development activities.

Key areas of support work:
• Addresses a specific problem within a specific time frame
• Addresses gaps in larger initiatives
• Is innovative, challenging and interesting
• Is specific, and yet cuts across sectors and addresses larger issues
• Is a model intervention that can be replicated by others
• Scales up a model that is seen to work

Eligibility - local Indian NGOs with Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration.
The Foundation supports work across India, but particularly wants to support rural development activities in western (the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh) and eastern (the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh) India; and urban development activities in non-metro towns and cities.

The grant is provided fund specific activities. The costs of these may include running costs such as staff salaries and overheads such as stationary, rent, rates, utilities. The organization must clarify these costs calculation.

Amount - There is no minimum or maximum grant size. The amount you request should be the amount you need and justified. The foundation is unlikely to fund 100 per cent of the costs of the project. The foundation prefers to make grants where you and/or another funder are also contributing, preferably in cash, towards the cost of the activity you are asking us to fund. The length of grant period may be maximum three years.

Application can be made at any time. To apply, fill in the online application form.

The Foundation will make an initial assessment of the possibility of support on the basis of the outline application. If appropriate, one of the Indian advisers will be in touch and request a formal proposal or make arrangements to make an on-site assessment. Before an application is taken forward, the Advisers in India will have a discussion with the Foundation's Director in the UK.

The applications process takes at least four months from receipt of your Concept Note. Therefore, please do not apply for funding for work that is due to commence in less than four months, or for work that has already started.

Peace Stone Foundation

The Peace Stone Foundation
The ultimate goal of The Peace Stone Foundation is to bring the world peace. Improving educational opportunities so that children can learn and grow international understanding and harmonization is their mission .The Peace Stone Foundation activities incorporate providing assistance to educational projects for children such as; literacy training in developing countries and assisting NGOs and relevant organisations which are active in helping educational programs internationally.

The Foundation's focus is in Southeast Asia, Africa and other developing countries.

For more info on the Peace Stone Foundation please see

Presbyterian Hunger Program

Despite great efforts, nearly 870 million people still go to bed hungry each night, the vast majority of whom live in developing countries. Poverty, unjust economic systems, conflicts, and climate change are some of the primary causes of hunger today. In order to work toward ending hunger and poverty, we believe that not only is it necessary to respond to the immediate needs of people, but to also address the unjust structures and systems which contribute to their impoverishment.

General Criteria
The Presbyterian Hunger Program will consider proposals which meet the following requirements:

  1. The proposed activity shall fit into at least one of the five programmatic areas:
    • Direct Food Relief - the proposed activities will help make food available to people who cannot provide for themselves on a temporary basis or permanently. Relief programs should also include long-range solutions to the problems affecting such communities.
    • Development Assistance - The proposed activities should help bring about long-term improvements to the quality of life of poor people in more than one way. These activities should aim to increase self-reliance and empowerment of poor people.
    • Public Policy Advocacy - The proposed activities will advocate through just and peaceful means, political and/or economic policy changes which a) provide food for poor and hungry people; b) empower their self-development; or c) promote freedom from oppressive and unjust systems that fail to meet basic needs.
    • Lifestyle Integrity - The proposed activities will assist the church to move toward sustainable corporate and personal lifestyles sensitive to the reality of the earth’s limited resources and the critical needs of the poorest of the human family.
    • Education and Interpretation - The proposed activities will educate the church and the public at large about local and global root causes of hunger in a particular country and around the world. They shall prepare and motivate people to act and to educate others and provide opportunities for being in solidarity with and learning among poor communities.
  2. The proposal will work to lessen hunger and poverty and to address their causes.
  3. The proposed activity will come from an organization. Proposals will not be accepted if they come from private businesses or from individuals. The PHP will not accept applications from governmental structures.
  4. The proposed activity will benefit poor people, especially women, racial ethnic persons or other disadvantaged groups. Those benefitting will be involved in the planning and implementation of these activities.
  5. The proposed activities will promote a just sharing of the earth's resources and the protection of the environment.
  6. The organization which is applying will have good working relations in its own country with a national church body, whether or not it is a formal partner of the Presbyterian Church USA. It also may show existing relationships with community organizations, government agencies and other programs that share the same goals. In order to support local self-reliance, PHP will give priority to applications submitted by organizations in the geographic area of the proposed activities.

The application will propose activities for which there are

  • Clearly stated goals and objectives;
  • Feasible methods for attaining these goals and objectives;
  • A method of annual evaluation;
  • A clear and adequate budget, reflecting both expected income and expenditures;
  • A reasonable long range plan for self-sufficiency and/or increasing local support;
  • Sufficient staff and/or volunteers to accomplish its objectives; and
  • People, knowhow and equipment, that are appropriate to the local situation and need.

Application Process
International Applicants must follow these steps to submit a grant application to the Presbyterian Hunger Program:

  • Submit a Letter of Inquiry by email to Eileen Schuhmann by no later than April 30. See instruction below.
  • If your Letter of Inquiry results in an invitation to submit a proposal, you will complete the International Grant Application online by no later than June 30. Mailed or emailed proposals will not be accepted. Applications will only be accepted from groups invited to submit.
  • Ordinarily, the maximum level of grants approved by the Committee is $20,000, with the average grant being around $7,000.
  • Usually, our grants cover only parts of the total financial request and are given only for specific and measurable activities that can be completed within a twelve month period.
  • In order to support local self- reliance, PHP will give priority to applications submitted by organizations based in the geographic area of the proposed activities.
  • Await grant decisions following the Advisory Board meeting. Organizations will receive notification of the Board’s decision by email before the end of October.

Letter of Inquiry Instructions
The Letter of Inquiry should be no longer than 2 pages (8 1/2 x 11) in length with no additional attachments and should include:

  • Contact person and contact information.
  • Description of your organization.
  • Description of the project.
  • Description of the major activities and goals of the project.
  • Description of the project beneficiaries and the geographic area.
  • The total project costs and the requested grant amount.

When complete please submit your Letter of Inquiry to Eileen Schuhmann.

Go to their website: Presbyterian Hunger Program

Red Cross (UK)

Red Cross

Funding Statement:
We are a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are.

44 Moorfields, United Kingdom EC2Y 9AL

Phone: 44-844 871 11 11

Fax: 44-20 7562 2000



Contact Division: Red Cross

Contact Person: Philip Eckstein

Reef Ball Foundation

The Reef Ball Foundation

Funding Statement:
The natural reefs cannot rebuild themselves fast enough to meet human demands. Making long lasting artificial reefs are useful tools for restoring our reef systems to a natural and productive balance.

890 Hill Street
Athens, 0
United States 30606

Phone: 1-770-7520202

Fax: 1-770-3601328



Contact Division: The Reef Ball Foundation



Resist, founded in 1967, was originally formed to oppose the war
in Vietnam and to support draft resistance. By the 1970s, Resist
expanded its scope dramatically by making the connection between
the unequal distribution of power and money at home, and a system
of U.S. domination abroad. Today, Resist remains a political
organization committed to radical social change, and the activist
groups that are funded reflect Resists goal of an equitable
distribution of wealth and power. As such, Resist funds small
budget groups who struggle towards a broad vision of social
justice, while continuing to oppose political and institutional

Resist also funds local solidarity organizations for movements in
many different parts of the world.

Resist seeks to fund organizations that are actively part of a
movement for social change and that demonstrate an understanding
of the connections among oppressions. As part of the application
process, potential grantees must provide specific information
concerning their position, programs and coalition work on a range
of important issues. Resist seeks an honest evaluation from
organizations about their position, or lack of a position, on
issues of race, class, gender, reproductive rights, lesbian and
gay rights, age and disability. Resist believes that building a
movement for social change requires groups to discuss issues that
may not be central to their organization or work. For those
organizations who have not had the opportunity to address these
issues, they hope that their grant process will help to
facilitate such discussions.

Resist gives small but timely grants and loans to grassroots
groups engaged in activist organizing and educational work within
movements for social change. Resist defines organizing as
collective action to challenge the status quo, demand changes in
policy and practice, and educate communities about root causes
and just solutions. Resist recognizes that there are a variety of
stages and strategies that lead to community organizing.
Therefore, they support strategies that build community,
encourage collaborations with other organizations, increase
skills and/or access to resources, and produce leadership from
the constituency being most directly affected.

High priority is given to groups that fall outside of mainstream
funding sources because they are considered to be too "radical."

To this end, Resist supports both on-going or new projects that
address social and/or economic injustice. A sample of Resists
interests include: community organizing and anti-racism projects;
economic justice; environmental protection; the struggle for gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgendered rights; health, AIDS and
disability issues; labor; progressive media and culture
resources; Native Americans/native peoples;
peace/anti-militarism; prisoners; women; and youth. Resist also
funds local solidarity organizations for movements in many
different parts of the world.

Resist funds organizations that:

a.. organize or educate people to take action;
b.. encourage alliances and collaboration among social change
c.. promote innovative approaches to organizing; and
d.. promote organizational longevity (e.g. through development
of fund raising strategies, publicity and outreach campaigns)
As defined above, organizations with an annual budget of $125,000
or less may apply for a one-year grant with the maximum amount
requested not to exceed $3,000. Resist provides funds for general
support as a means of enabling grantees to build infrastructure
and capacity while engaged in on-going social justice activism. A
description of our tribute grants can be found here.

Multi-Year Grant Program
Grantees who have been funded by Resist at least two times during
the preceding five years may apply for a multi-year grant.
Multi-year grants will cover a three year period and are designed
to provide general support to eligible grantee organizations. All
multi-year applicants must: 1) submit answers to Resist's
Multi-Year Grant Questionnaire, and 2) be currently eligible to
receive grant awards under Resist's Funding Guidelines.

Technical Assistance:
Resist will provide small awards to enable existing grantees to
attend technical assistance opportunities. Grantees who have been
funded at least two times during the preceding five years may
apply for a Technical Assistance grant. Funds will be available
on a quarterly basis and will be dispersed on a first come-first
serve basis. Proposals are reviewed and grants awarded within a
two week time frame for trainings that will occur within 3-5
months of the award. Funding guidelines for technical assistance
grants can be found here.

Emergency grants of up to $300 are available on an as-needed
basis. These grants are designed to help groups respond quickly
to unexpected organizing needs. While it is impossible to
precisely define an emergency, these grants are generally given
to provide support for demonstrations or other events arising
from a political crisis. These grants are not intended to provide
a safety net for groups who have failed to adequately plan for
their financial needs, or who have missed the regular funding

Resist is committed to supporting projects that enable all people
to participate in the movement for social justice. Resist will
fund the additional costs of projects or events which will make
them accessible to people with disabilities (e.g. signers for
events, or wheelchair accessible venues) for amounts up to
$3,000. Application procedures are the same as for priority
grants and are considered at Resist board meetings. Decisions on
accessibility grants are based on the potential success of the
underlying project.

Resist has a revolving loan fund for groups that are planning
direct mailings, fund raising events, subscription campaigns and
other projects that are intended to raise money. Groups can also
apply to the Resist loan fund for advance payments on bus rentals
to transport members to marches or rallies. Loans are available
in increments of $500 up to $3,000. Loan recipients are expected
to repay the loan within six months unless a specific agreement
has been made to the contrary. Application procedures for loans
are the same as for grants and are considered at Resist board
meetings. Decisions on loans are based on the potential success
of the project, the group's ability to repay the loan, as well as
Resist's previously stated priorities for grantmaking.

Range of Grants: $300 - $3,000

Please feel free to call them at 617/623-5110 if you have any
questions about the application process or the suitability of
your project for funding.

Deadlines: 1 June, 1 August and 1 October

Royal Society (UK)

The Royal Society

Funding Statement:
We support many top young scientists, engineers and technologists, influence science policy, debate scientific issues with the public and much more. We are an independent, charitable body which derives our authoritative status from over 1400 Fellows and Foreign Members.

6-9 Carlton House Terrace, United Kingdom SW1Y 5AG

Phone: 44-20-78395561

Fax: 44-20-79302170



Contact Division: The Royal Society

STARS Foundation

Funding Statement:
The STARS Foundation works to improve the lives of disadvantaged children around the world. It does so by supporting organisations which achieve excellence in the provision of health, education and protection services for children and by encouraging the replication of effective approaches and practices.

Charles House, 4th Floor, 375 Kensington High Street, London,
United Kingdom W14 8AH

Phone: +448703349000
Fax: +448703348999
Contact Person: Zahra Thioune

Scholar Rescue Fund

Fellowships for Threatened Academics: Professors, Researchers and Lecturers
Application Deadline: 5 March 2008

The Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries.

These fellowships permit professors, researchers and other senior academics to find temporary refuge at universities and colleges anywhere in the world, enabling them to pursue their academic work and to continue to share their knowledge with students, colleagues and the community at large. When conditions improve, these scholars will return home to help rebuild universities and societies ravaged by fear, conflict and repression.

For more information,

Siemenpuu Foundation

DONOR - Siemenpuu Foundation
The Siemenpuu Foundation offers support for civil society organisations in developing countries working for ecological democracy, environmental protection and prevention of environmental threats. The Foundation believes in the protection of biological and cultural diversity, and for making societies and global decision-making structures more democratic.

The Siemenpuu Foundation supports people in the global South who give stronger voices to communities working for biological and cultural diversity. The Foundation gives priority to projects under two areas of funding: Activism, advocacy and lobbying connected to environmental issues and Projects promoting ecological democracy in forest and forest land issues.

For more information, see

South Asia Women’s Fund (1 May)

South Asia Women’s Fund

Call for Applications 2015-2016 – Phase 1
South Asia Women’s Fund is pleased to announce the call for applications for Phase 1 of 2015-2016

South Asia Women’s Fund is committed to supporting women’s organisations and activists working towards realising women’s human rights in the South Asian region. Through its grant making portfolios, SAWF provides access to resources for women-led interventions in Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with a special focus on critical issues, disadvantaged and marginalised women, and within difficult contexts and circumstances.

The common threads that run through all SAWF’s grant making programmes are:
- Promoting a rights based perspective and feminist principles in women’s rights work in the region, key components of which are women’s decision making, agency and voices
- Strengthening women’s leadership, especially young women’s leadership
- Networking and collaborations among and between women’s rights groups and activists at a sub national, national and regional level
The call for applications is open from 1st April - 1st May 2015. Applicants are invited to apply under any of our themes (details below). You can download our Letter of Interest (LoI) format from Completed LoIs should be emailed to no later than the 1st of May 2015.

SAWF accepts applications under the following themes:
1. Strengthening Feminist Voices, USD 1000-10,000: grants under this theme provide critical funding for institutional support, research, collaborations and travel (to conferences, meetings and critical spaces), on a wide cross section of issues and topics that relate to women’s human rights. SAWF is particularly interested in supporting initiatives which are innovative and cutting edge; promotes collaborations among women’s rights groups; or strengthen the women’s movement - locally, nationally or regionally. Priority will be given to applications from small community based women’s groups.
NB. SAWF accepts applications for travel grants throughout the year, for up to USD 1000; however, grants are very limited, and applicants are advised to apply at least two months in advance.
2. Right to Safe and Secure Mobility, USD 5000-10,000: this thematic supports interventions focused on women’s right to movement, livelihood and choice. The types of grants supported
under this thematic include (but are not limited to) strengthening networks, institutional support, collaborations and setting up new groups. More information on this thematic can be found here.
3. Right to Physical Integrity and Decision-making, USD 5000-10,000: this thematic supports initiatives that are led by young women or second line leaders of the women’s movement; or are aimed at promoting young women’s choice, sexuality and decision making on issues around forced marriage, right to choice and relationships etc. The types of grants supported under this thematic include (but are not limited to) strengthening networks, institutional support, collaborations and setting up new groups. More information on this thematic can be found here.
Please note that due to the large number of applications we receive, we will only follow up with the shortlisted applicants. We will update you on the status of your application by 20th May 2015.

Who can apply?
- Any woman’s organisation whose annual budget is under USD 50,000, located in the focal countries1 can apply
- At least 70% of its decision-making body and staff should be women, its team should be led by a woman, and at least 70% of its programmatic resources should be spent on working for women’s rights
- The organisation should be committed to feminist principles and rights based approaches
- A second-line woman leader of an organisation (which is not a women’s rights organisation) may apply for an individual grant
- Individual women activists or scholars may apply under the Small Grants Programme

Guidelines for the Letter of Interest
1. SAWF will accept LoIs in English and any of the regional languages (Bangla, Hindi, Nepali, Sinhalese, Tamil and Urdu)
2. All LoIs should state clearly:
- the goal towards which the project will contribute
- the immediate objectives of the project
1 Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
- the project design and main activities
- the outcomes and measurable indicators
- demonstrate the rights based approach in their methodology and process statement
- provide a detailed budget, outlining the expenditures per activity
3. Priority will be given to interventions that:
- show fresh and new thinking
- are innovative, build upon other ideas
- show ways in which they will sustain the gains of the project
- use the grant to leverage the gains from an on-going project
- show links between this project and other on-going tasks, in a way to add value and contribute to strengthen the human rights movements
- use this grant to link with other national or sub-national initiatives to ensure a regional resonance.

Required documentation, without which applications will not be accepted:
- An attested copy of the registration of the organisation
- List of its governing body and executive staff
- Tax exemption status
- Audited accounts of the previous financial year
- Annual report, or any other document in its stead that lays out the activities, achievements and challenges that the organisation undertook in the preceding year

For any questions or clarifications regarding the call for applications or the Letter of Interest format, please contact us at


Swallows India, Bangladesh is a nonprofit, politically and religiously independent organization for international solidarity and development. Swallows India, Bangladesh, has worked on poverty reduction, environmental issues, social mobilization and democratization issues for over 50 years.

Vision is a just world, free from poverty, where people with power to influence their own lives, live in solidarity with each other and in a more sustainable interaction with nature. We support and work with local organizations in India and Bangladesh who share our values ​​because we believe it leads to long-term sustainable change. Swallows as an organization does not start up their own programs or projects, but we partner with local organizations and runs with them.

The Swallows Partnership is characterized by mutual listening and learning process. We believe in supporting the existing efforts and voices in civil society to strengthen the poor and marginalized people's rights. The swallows have been working in India since 1962 and Bangladesh since 1973.

Svalorna is headquartered in Lund, while our branch offices located in Bangalore, India and Dhaka, Bangladesh.


The Elsevier Foundation: Grants for Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries

Grants for Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries

The Elsevier Foundation supports the efforts of libraries to enhance the quality of life in developing countries by advancing knowledge in science, the social sciences technology and medicine. The Foundation provides one, two and three year grants to libraries in the developing countries and supporting organisations:

  • Programs to enhance library infrastructure, technology or information services in ways that significantly expand their ability to make STM (scientific/social sciences, technical and medical) information available to those who need it — researchers, clinicians, students, policymakers and the wider public.
  • Programs that expand library information resources in the developing world through digitisation or preservation of information that advances science, health, the environment, and indigenous knowledge.
  • Training and education programs for library staff, students or researchers, contributing to sustainable improvements in the library’s capacity to provide STM information in the developing world.
  • Partnerships between libraries in the developing countries and institutions in the developed countries to provide technical assistance or training. Developed country partner organisations include libraries, learned societies, universities, intergovernmental organisations and other non-profit organisations.

Proposals are welcome for single-year grants in amounts between US$5,000 to US$50,000. Proposals will be accepted for multi-year programs (up to three years) for grant amounts of US$5,000 to US$50,000 per year. Grant proposals should be submitted online no later than September 15th 2011. Awards will be announced in December 2011.

For more details, see

UN Democracy Fund

Deadline: 31 December 2015
The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy during the annual proposal window, which opens 15 November. Grants are open to: Civil Society Organizations, NGOs, Independent and Constitutional Bodies, Global and Regional inter-government bodies.

The United Nations Democracy Fund was established by the UN Secretary-General in 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund to support democratization efforts around the world. UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations — both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization.

Grants Range
UNDEF projects are two years long with project grants ranging from $100,000 to $400,000.

Focus Areas

Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous and competitive selection process, with fewer than two per cent chosen for funding. Projects fall under one or more of seven main areas:

Community Activism
Rule of Law and Human Rights
Tools for Knowledge
Women’s Empowerment
Youth Engagement
Media and Freedom of Information
Strengthening Interaction with Government

Eligibility Criteria
The following institutions are eligible for UNDEF grant funding:
Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations, engaged in promoting democracy. These are anticipated to receive the bulk of the funding.
Independent and Constitutional Bodies, including Election Commissions, Ombudsman Institutions, National Human Rights Institutions and other independent governance bodies, for project proposals facilitating the inclusion of the voice of civil society.
Global and Regional inter-government bodies, organizations and associations other than the United Nations, for project proposals which strengthen the voice of civil society.

Application Process
The on-line project proposal system can be accessed through the website. Only on-line proposals, in either English or French, will be accepted.

For more information, and online submission please visit UN Democracy Fund:

Urgent Action Fund (UAF)

Urgent Action Fund (UAF)

Through its Global Rapid Response Grant-Making Programme, UAF collaborates with women activists in three primary contexts: peace building in situations of armed conflict, escalating violence, or politically volatile environments; potentially precedent-setting legal and legislative actions; and protection of women human rights defenders.

UAF grants are intended to enable short-term interventions in the course of long-term strategies for advancing women’s human rights.

All proposals must demonstrate the following criteria:
Strategic - the action is related to a pre-determined plan to create structural change that will advance women’s human rights;
Unanticipated and Time Urgent - the situation or opportunity is unanticipated and action must happen quickly to be effective;
Sustainable - the group is able to carry out the proposed action effectively and can secure funding for future work related to the strategy;
Supported - the group has the support of others involved in women’s human rights or related fields, locally or globally.

Proposals other than English, Spanish, French or Kiswahili may require more time for translation.

For additional information, click here.

Voluntary Service Overseas (Canada)

Voluntary Service Overseas

Funding Statement:
CUSO-VSO, as part of VSO International, promotes volunteering to fight poverty and disadvantage. We bring people together to share skills, creativity and learning to build a fairer world.

44 Eccles Street
Ottawa, 0
Canada K1P 5H3

Phone: 1-613-2341364

Fax: 1-613-2341444



Contact Division: Voluntary Service Overseas

Contact Person: Christine Nesrallah, Donor Development Officer

WINGS Global Fund for Community Foundations

WINGS Global Fund for Community Foundations

The Community foundations are grantmaking organisations of the WINGS Global Fund which seeks to improve the quality of life for all people in a defined geographic area that are independent from control or influence by other organisations, governments or donors.

Letters of intent can be received at any time and the Global Fund will respond to them within two weeks of receipt.

For Organisational Development and Challenge grants, eligible applicants will be invited to complete an application form.

For more information, see

Women's Funding Network

The Women's Funding Network is more than 130 organizations that fund women's solutions across the globe. We give women the money and tools to transform their ideas into lasting change -- in every critical area from combating poverty to achieving advances in healthcare, education and human rights.

From New York City to Nepal, and from Africa to Amsterdam, women's funds are proving the lasting power of investing in women.

We are tens of thousands of donors, community leaders and change-makers – all with a shared passion for bringing women’s ideas to the fore of global problem-solving. Together, we are transforming the lives of women and girls, as well as achieving lasting gains for communities across the world.

Women's Funding Network has received Charity Navigator's 4-star rating for sound fiscal management five years in a row. Only 4 percent of charities rated by Charity Navigator have received at least 5 consecutive 4-star ratings.

Womens funding network

World Education

World Education

Funding Statement:
World Education is well known for its work around the globe in environmental education, community development, maternal and child health, school governance, integrated literacy, small enterprise development, HIV and AIDS education and prevention and care, and refugee training. World Education also works to strengthen literacy and adult basic education programs in the United States. Projects are designed to contribute to individual growth, as well as to community and national development.

44 Farnsworth St
Boston, 0
United States 02210

Phone: 1-617-482-9485

Fax: 1-617-482-0617



Contact Division: World Education

World Resources Institute

Funding Statement:
Our mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

10 G Street, NE (Suite 800), 0 United States 20002

Phone: 1-202-7297600

Fax: 1-202-7297610



Contact Division: World Resources Institute

Contact Person: Matthew Arnold, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer