Friday, 31 October 2014

The Clim-Dev Special Fund of EUR400,000 to address the Challenges Associated with Climate Data and Information

Deadline: 30 November 2014
The Clim-Dev Africa is inviting grant applications ranging between EUR200,000 and EUR400,000 under its Clim-Dev Special Fund (CDSF). The Fund addresses the challenges associated with climate data and information.
Areas of Intervention
  1. Generation, wide dissemination and use of reliable and high quality climate information.
  2. Capacity enhancement of policy makers and policy support institutions through the generation of quality analysis and evidence on climate change.
  3. Implementation of pilot adaptation practices that demonstrate the value of mainstreaming climate information in development planning.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants must be dedicated institutions, organizations, agencies undertaking activities in the territory of African countries.
  • Applicant can be NGO (non-government organization), CSO (civil society organization) and CBO (community based organization) that demonstrate their credibility and track record in the CDSF areas of intervention.
  • Proposed projects and activities must fall into one or more of the following areas -
  • Generation and wide dissemination of reliable and high quality climate Information in Africa
  • Capacity enhancement of policy makers and policy support institutions to integrate climate change information into development programs; and
  • Implementation of pilot adaptation practices that demonstrate the value in mainstreaming climate information into development
For more information, please visit CDSF Call for Proposals.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The Global Resilience Challenge for Building Resilience to Acute Shocks and Chronic Stresses in Select Regions: A call by the Rockefeller Foundation and USAID

Deadline: 21 November 2014
The Rockefeller Foundation and the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) invite proposals from organizations to participate in the Global Resilience Challenge for Building Resilience to Acute Shocks and Chronic Stresses in the Sahel, Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. The primary objectives are to promote resilience to a range of shocks and stresses by developing and testing novel solutions that address local contexts; and then, with dedicated public and private sector funding, to implement and scale the most promising solutions in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.
The challenge intends to improve our understanding of regional vulnerabilities, strengths, and interdependencies, while fostering collaboration, increasing capacity, and building resilience on a large scale.
  1. Teams for Resilience – interdisciplinary teams will self-organize and apply to the Challenge with a list of Resilience Team members and their qualifications, and a Pre-Proposal that describes the direction the Resilience Team will take in their Stage Two Problem Statement.
  2. Problems and Solutions for Resilience – grounded, problem diagnosis and solution development stage. Finalist Resilience Teams will be awarded up to $200,000 USD to participate in this stage.
  3. Action for Resilience – Implementation of Solution Proposals and Solution Implementation Plans – evaluation of solution proposals and solution implementation plans. The winning Resilience Teams will be given a monetary award, of up to $1.0 million USD, for implementation of their Solution proposal and Solution Implementation Plan to be used for building resilience to the identified problem.
Team lead organizations must obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and registered with the System for Award Management (SAM). They will have to provide DUNS number and proof of SAM registration upon notification of selection for funding.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants (team lead organizations) can be US and non-US foundations, NGOs, faith based organizations, colleges and universities, civic groups and private businesses, business and trade associations.
  • Foreign governments, non-incorporated entities, and individuals are not eligible to apply. Colleges, universities, and research facilities that are funded by, and/or affiliated with, a foreign government are not considered a foreign government.
  • All Resilience Teams must demonstrate experience in interdisciplinary problem analysis and program implementation related to the region and topics.
  • All teams must include at least one local organization whose operations are primarily located in the team’s selected region.
  • At least one team member should have experience working on publicly funded projects.
  • All teams selected in Stage One to participate in the Challenge must continue to meet these requirements in each Stage in order to be eligible for any awards and for participation in subsequent Stages.
  • Each Resilience Team must identify specific needs to improve resilience and demonstrate the commitment, creativity, and capacity of its members to address resilience needs.
Note: Awards may not be made if any Team Member is on the USG Excluded Parties List, or that is from, or with a principal place of business in, a country subject to trade and economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of Treasury or to any individual or entity subject to targeted trade and economic sanctions administered by OFAC. Check here for more details.
For more information, please visit Global Resilience Partnership.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) Competitive Research Grants for Researchers around the world

Deadline: 21 November 2014
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) invites grant applications from researchers and institutions in low-and middle-income countries (as well as the developed countries) to apply for the Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) Competitive Research Grants. These grants are aimed to speed up the development of innovative and interdisciplinary methods, metrics and tools to advance the scientific understanding of the linkages between agriculture and food systems and health and nutrition outcomes, in order to better inform policy and programmatic actions to improve nutrition outcomes in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Approximately seven to eight grants will be awarded. Maximum grants amount for the first round is up to £250,000 for each research. Research duration can be two to three years depending on the nature and scope of the proposed research.
Note the Key Dates
  1. 21 November 2014 – Concept Memos submission deadline
  2. 10 December 2014 – Selected applications invited to submit full proposals
  3. 20 February 2014 – Full proposal submission deadline
  4. 15 May 2015 – Awards notification
  5. 1 September – 31 December 2015 – Grants dissemination start period
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants can be researchers and institutions from low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) as well as the developed countries.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated the ability to conduct research of international standards of excellence in the topic proposed.
  • Proposal must demonstrate strong partnerships, the added value that would be created by the proposed partnership, and the contribution it would make to enhance the scientific capacity of Southern partners.
  • Applicants may submit more than one application, provided each application is scientifically distinct.
For more information, please visit IMMANA Call for Applications.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Tim Hetherington Grant is now open for entries

Deadline: 31 October 2014

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch have jointly announced a call for applications for the Fourth Tim Hetherington Grant. Photojournalists, documentary photographers and multimedia producers around the world are invited to apply for it.
The grant, worth 20,000 euro, is intended for the support of a visual storyteller in completing an existing project on a human rights theme.
The grant celebrates the legacy of photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed when a group of journalists came under fire during fighting between rebels and General Gaddafi’s forces in Misrata, Libya in April 2011. Tim Hetherington was committed to finding new ways to tell compelling stories about politics, conflict and the human experience, and to relay these stories to a wide audience.
A panel of judges reviews the applications for qualities that defined Tim’s career. Successful candidates present work on a human rights theme that operates on multiple platforms and in a variety of formats; that crosses boundaries between breaking news and longer-term investigation; and that demonstrates a consistent moral commitment to the lives and stories of the subjects. The Tim Hetherington Grant is a joint initiative of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch, with the support of Tim’s parents, Alastair and Judith Hetherington.
For more information, visit this link.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Participate in the 14th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues with UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous People

Deadline: 1 November 2014
Do you represent an indigenous peoples’ organization? Do you want to participate in the 14th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to be held in United Nations (UN) Headquarters, New York from 20 April to 1 May 2015? Apply for the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples and participate in the Permanent Forum!
Selected applicants will be provided with a travel grant to participate in the forum. Indigenous women, youth and indigenous persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply for the fund.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants must be representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations and communities who are so considered by the Board of Trustees.
  • The representative will not be able to attend meetings without the assistance provided by the Fund, in the opinion of the Board.
  • Applicants must be able to contribute to a deeper knowledge on these mechanisms and bodies of the problems affecting indigenous peoples and who would secure a broad geographical representation.
  • The representatives and the organizations applying for a grant should be indigenous.
  • Application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation signed by an executive of their indigenous organization.
  • Only two individuals from an organization can apply.
  • Applications and recommendations can be submitted in English, French or Spanish language.
  • Applicants can be an individual who has never participated in the session of the Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues or the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and representatives who already participated and could develop specialized capacity and strengthen the core group of participants in the Permanent Forum or the Expert Mechanism.
  • Priority will be given to applicants living in their own community and country.
  • Applications from indigenous representatives and their nominating organizations that have been beneficiaries of the Fund and failed to submit their evaluation forms will not be considered.
For more information, please visit 14th Session of the Permanent Forum.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The GDN International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) for Research Evaluation Organizations

Deadline: 22 October 2014
The Global Development Network (GDN) International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) invites research or evaluation organizations or consortia to submit qualifications for a proposal preparation grant under its Transparency and Accountability Thematic Window grant program. The proposal will be prepared for a rigorous impact evaluations of completed, ongoing or planned initiatives aiming at improving the transparency and accountability of governance of natural resources (especially in the extractive sector of commodities such as oil, gas and minerals.
The selected research teams will use the proposal preparation process to identify questions and develop proposals for rigorous and policy-relevant impact evaluation of the transparency and accountability in governance of natural resources projects, programs, initiatives and policies.
The chosen study team will have to hold at least two capacity-building workshops to build capacities of the implementing agencies to generate wider discussion about and understanding of impact evaluation amongst the staff of the implementing agency during the preparation grant period.
Six to eight proposals will be funded with different grant amounts depending on the number of proposals  the teams submit.
Workshop presentations and discussions with the implementing agency staff should have the following components:
  1. Identify programs to be evaluated;
  2. Determine evaluation questions and time-frames for evaluation;
  3. Discuss a feasible evaluation design including identification methods;
  4. Discuss data collection methods; and
  5. Carry out scoping and other background information needed to develop a policy engagement and research communication plan, using 3ie guidance and templates.
The purpose of this workshop is to ensure coordination between program implementers and the evaluation study team. The aim of these inception workshops will be to discuss the evaluation questions, to articulate and have a common understanding of the program’s theory of change and to discuss the most appropriate methods for impact evaluations to be used depending on specific program components and geographic locations.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants can be legally registered organizations, and consortia of registered organizations. Individuals can not apply.
  • The lead organization and principal investigators (PIs) may be located anywhere. However, it is necessary to include PIs that are residents of the country in which the program or initiative is being implemented.
  • A research or academic organization based in the country of the program or initiative being evaluated and one that will have clear, on-going and substantive implementing roles in the study, including for design, analysis, policy engagement and research communication for uptake into policy and practice need to be part of the team.
  • The research team is required to have at least one PI that is directly involved with the implementing agency of the study country.

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Ashden International Award in Sustainable Energy for Agriculture Open for Applications

Deadline: 4 November 2014
The Ashden International Award Sustainable Energy for Agriculture  and more categories is accepting award applications from organizations around the world to compete for Prize money of £20,000. The International Gold Award to one organization is £40,000.
  1. Sustainable energy for agriculture
  2. Innovative financial mechanisms or business models for delivering sustainable energy
  3. Increasing energy access
  4. Sustainable energy for women and girls
  5. Sustainable buildings
Total Six (6) Winners will
  1. Participate in final interview (in London, all expense covered by Ashden) to choose the Gold Award winner.
  2. Take part in International Conference, Awards ceremony and other activities
  3. Make agreement with the International Program Manager on what the winner will sepnd the prize money on and any business support s/he may require.
  4. Provide and update monitoring data about the progress of the work after six months, one year, two years and three years.
Note the Key Dates
  • 4 November 2014 – Application deadline
  • 30 November 2014 – Selection of up to 30 applicants to provide additional information
  • 12 December 2014 – Deadline for receipt of additional information
  • February 2015 – Selection of 12 shortlisted participants
  • February & March 2015 – Visit to the shortlisted applicants
  • Late March 2015 – Selection of up to 6 winners
  • April to June 2015 – Preparation of publicity materials about all shortlisted applicants
  • 7-12 June 2015 – Awards Week (winners to London for interviews, international conference, publicity activities and awards ceremony)
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants can be NGOs, social enterprises, government organizations or business.
  • Application can be for a specific renewable energy or energy efficiency program or enterprise or building or for a specific product or service. This may be the whole work of an organization or part of it.
  • The work must be proven on the market and have been delivered for at least one year.
  • The work must be delivered in at least one of the UN’s developing regions of Africa, Caribbean, Central America, South America, Asia (excluding Japan) and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand) and can be in rural or urban areas.
  • High-income countries in the regions mentioned above, as defined by the World Bank, are not eligible to apply.
  • Awards are not made to start-up, pilot or demonstration projects.
  • Organizations in UK, Belgium or France should check if they are eligible for UK, School or Sustainable Travel Awards in the Ashden website.
For more information, please visit Apply for an Ashden International Award.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The USAID Fighting Ebola Broad Agency Announcement : Partnership call for Ebola Challenge Addenda

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) the Global Health Bureau and the US Global Development Lab have jointly announced grant funding entitled USAID Fighting Ebola BAA (Broad Agency Announcement). This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the development, testing, and scaling of practical and cost-effective innovations that can help healthcare workers on the front lines provide better care and stop the spread of Ebola.
The USAID will issue Addenda to this BAA that will present specific Ebola Challenges. The Ebola Challenge Addenda will focus on identified problem s, solutions, scalability opportunities, feasibility studies, and other research and development initiatives addressing the problem and challenge statements.  Potential partners will have to respond to individual Ebola Challenge Addenda, not to this BAA.
Public, private, for-profit, and non-profit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, public international organizations, non-governmental organizations, US and non-US government organizations, and international donor organizations are encouraged to partner to address Ebola. Depending on the stage of development, USAID will consider different levels of risk, evidence, and data on the potential for impact and scale.
Eligibility Criteria
Each individual BAA Addendum will specify the criteria for selection and proposals will be evaluated against the BAA evaluation criteria and applicable BAA Addendum.
  • Proposals must allow USAID to reach out to potential partners with recognized expertise in relevant areas; and to co-create, co-design, co-invest and collaborate with partners.
  • All organizations must be determined to be responsive to this BAA and sufficiently responsible to perform or participate in the final award type.
  • At the initial stage of sourcing, prototype or proof of concept, the design of the innovation should be a new or dramatically improved approach with the potential for significant impact at a lower cost and without any reduction in efficacy as compared to the current standard.
  • At the piloting stage, the product or service must be viable and demonstrate significant impact, behavioral change, and customer demand.
  • At the transitioning to scale stage, data and evidence must indicate that significant impact can be achieved at a lower price point, a business or other implementation model is being tested and sustain ability demonstrated, any legal or regulatory challenges are understood as part of a market strategy, and the quality of the impact, product, or service will not be significantly affected by expansion or widespread adoption.
  • Innovations that demonstrate such evidence will be reviewed for endorsement to scale across multiple countries.
  • The reputations of organizations, their past performance, and the managerial and technical ability of the person or team of people engaged in the endeavor are always significant considerations in assessing the potential and the risks associated with each award.
For more information, please visit and search for funding opportunity number BAA-EBOLA-2014.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Submit Letter of Intent for Research Project on Global Health Preventing Preterm Birth Initiative

Deadline: 1 December 2014
The Family Health Grand Challenges in Global Health Preventing Preterm Birth Initiative: A systems biology approach to pregnancy and prematurity is open for Letter of Intent from non-profit organizations or other recognized institutions. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children’s, partner  to fund the research project.
Fund will be made available to conduct pilot studies to access the feasibility of applying multi-omics high-throughput systems biology. The call aims to bring new investigators, novel technologies, and global attention to the field of maternal, neonatal, and child health through the application of systems biology and computational analysis to pregnancy.
The project objective is to assess methods to explore gestational origins and biological mechanisms that support normal pregnancy and perturbations that contribute to preterm birth, using well-characterized specimens collected throughout the course of pregnancy and by utilizing a broad range of high-throughput systems biology approaches from a variety of biologic samples.
Studies will
  1. Strive to understand the biological mechanisms which control pregnancy
  2. Identify underlying mechanisms responsible for adverse outcomes, utilizing data and specimens collected from pregnant women over the course of gestation that are analyzed by high dimensional systems biology techniques
The intent of these experiments is to ultimately exploit their findings for development of biomarkers, and new prevention and treatment strategies that will address the burden of preterm birth around the globe.
Grant request can be made for maximum $500,000 (including indirect costs).
Note the Key Dates
  1. 1 December 2014 – Letter of Intent Submission Deadline
  2. 15 January 2015 – Full Application invitation
  3. 16 March 2015 – Application submission deadline
  4. 1 May 2015 – Scientific Merit/ Executive Committee Review
  5. 15 June 2015 – Earliest start date of the project
Eligibility Criteria
  • Proposals should address investigational approaches to identify biomarkers, pathways, or mechanisms directed towards prevention or early diagnosis of disease, as opposed to treatment of established disease.
  • The proposed studies should be relevant to large at-risk populations within affected low-and middle-income countries, enhancing the potential for translational solutions.
  • Applicant organizations must be individual non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, or other recognized institutions that can successfully execute the activities in their respective topic areas.
To be successful, proposals may include one or more of the following components, or Aims:
  1. Identification of a prospective cohort of pregnant women with at minimum blood, urine, stool, and vaginal samples collected at a minimum of two time points during gestation and at delivery. Fetal cord blood and placenta should be collected at delivery.
  2. Utilization of high-throughput platforms for analysis of samples obtained from patients enrolled in Aim 1, above. These analyses may include one or more of the following and utilize one or more biologic fluids – Genomics, transcriptomics, ad micro-RNA; Proteomics; Metabolomics; Lipidomics; Metagenomics.
  3. Computational analysis of meta-data from multiple platforms (both within and across platforms) above to identify pathways and biomarkers. This may be performed by an independent subcontractor or service, or may be included in individual proposals.
For more information, please visit Request for Proposals.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Global Innovation Fund – £30,000 to £10 million Project Grants to invest in Developing Countries

Deadline: Ongoing

Funders around the world are worried about the humanitarian problems in developing countries. Non-profit organizations, social enterprises, for-profit firms, researchers and government agencies around the world who have best approaches to solve any major development problem in low-or middle-income countries are invited to apply for the Global Innovation Fund.

The Global Innovation Fund invests in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. The Fund encourages Solutions that can scale up commercially, through the public/philanthropic sector, or through a combination of both in order to achieve widespread adoption.

The Global Innovation Fund offers financing from £30,000 to £10 million, with the largest funding amounts reserved for innovations that can demonstrate evidence of success and that have potential to spread across multiple developing countries.

Application Process

  • Initial Application – Send a summary business plan or project proposal, coupled with an explanation of how the innovation creates social impact. Include – organization’s mission, team, problem being addressed, solution, funding/business model, growth strategy, key risks and the planned uses of the funding requested along with an approach for tracking results and social impact.
  • Notification of Selection – Promising applicants will be invited to submit full application.
  • Full Application – This application requires a more detailed description of the applicant’s innovation and plan, team composition, and supporting research/evidence with quantitative estimates along with detailed budgetary projections and financial plans.
  • Grant Agreement – Once an application has been conditionally approved through GIF’s review process, GIF will negotiate a funding agreement with the applicant.

Following are the points initial application should answer

  1. What is the problem or global development challenge the innovation addresses.
  2. How he innovation will address the problem.
  3. How the approach is better than current ways of solving the problem.
  4. If applicable, describe the business model that will be used to commercialize the innovation.
  5. How the fund provided by GIF will be used.

What the key risks to the success of proposed innovation are and how the applicant will try to address these risks.

Eligibility criteria to acquire the Global Innovation Fund

Following are the criteria to acquire the Global Innovation Fund and make your proposed solution to major global problem a success:
  • The innovations should benefit people living on less than the equivalent of $5 per day (PPP) in developing countries, especially the people living on less than $2 per day (PPP).
  • Innovations that benefit vulnerable groups such as women and girls, the disabled, minority or indigenous groups, refugees or displaced communities, or other vulnerable populations are also eligible.
  • Innovations should have potential to achieve significantly better results for lower cost than existing solutions.
  • Proposal should clearly state what the problem is, how it affects poor and vulnerable groups in developing countries, and how the proposed innovation provides a solution.
  • The proposed project must have an implementation approach that is well designed, and reflect a clear understanding of existing efforts to address similar problems and the barriers to success.
  • Applicants must have relevant expertise and capabilities to achieve success, with clear roles, responsibilities, and time commitments needed to be successful.
  • Applying teams must demonstrate the ability to identify and respond to risks and changes that are likely to arise as growth is achieved.
  • Applicants must have the ability to engage effectively with partners in government, private sector, and/or community leaders.
  • At the Pilot stage, applicants must provide evidence of promising ideas and capable teams.
  • At the Test & Transition stage, innovations should have already demonstrated some initial evidence of success through early pilot-testing. During this stage, innovation teams should propose an appropriate strategy to track and rigorously assess social impacts, cost-effectiveness, and/or commercial viability if relevant. All teams should have clear understanding about specific partners, team member capabilities, or other requirements that will be needed to bring the innovation to larger scale, with plans for attracting other sources of financing or support from partners as needed.
  • At the Scaling Up stage, innovations should have already demonstrated clear evidence of their effectiveness and potential. The innovation team should be taking clear steps to build management and operational capacity, partnerships, and financial support as needed to drive the innovation toward sustainability and scale. There should also be a commitment to continued monitoring of social outcomes and implementation costs to ensure ongoing learning and improvement.
  • For innovations with scaling up pathways that require sustained long-term public or philanthropic support, rigorous evidence of social impact and cost-effectiveness relative to alternative approaches is required at this stage.
  • Innovations scaling up through commercialization should be able to demonstrate that their innovation has passed a market test, meaning that revenues exceed costs and/or the innovation has attracted further growth capital from the market.
For more information, please visit Global Innovation Fund.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The IPPF Small Grants Facility for Middle East and North Africa

Deadline: 12 October 2014
The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) calls civil society organizations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that work at national or regional levels to apply for the Small Grants Facility: Taking the ICPD beyond 2014, to position SRHR and the priorities of the ICPD in the next development framework.
The primary objective of the IPPF small grants facility is to position SRHR and the unfinished business of the ICPD (International Conference on Population and Development) PoA (program of activities) as a government priority for the next development framework.
The grant will fund national and international advocacy aimed influencing national government’s SRHR position in post- 2015; and awareness rising to influence national policy makers’ position in post-2015. Grant award will be made up to maximum $9,500. All grantees must provide 10% match funding.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants must have a clear plan to communicate positive messages about SRHR to governments who are sending delegations to global policy events.
  • Applicants must have a clear plan to participate in government delegations at global policy events and do follow up advocacy at the national level to ensure national follow up of global policy debates.
  • Applicants must have a clear plan for follow up work on accountability and transparency over the following 12 months, at national level.
  • Applicants must be working at the national or regional level in the Middle East and North Africa only.
  • The organization must demonstrate its commitment to increasing political and financial commitment for sexual and reproductive health and rights, and in particular the ICPD Program of Action.
  • Applications cannot be made by IPPF Member Associations.
  • Joint (multi-partner) applications are considered for funding.
  • Applications must be submitted in English or French.
Complete application materials include – completed application form, latest audited accounts, NGO certification (NGOs that are not registered can apply with a registered NGO that will act as fiduciary).
For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Are you into Commodity Development Activities? Apply for the Common Fund for Commodities

Deadline: 24 October 2014
The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) is accepting applications from the organizations that are implementing Commodity Development Activities in the member countries. The Common Fund aims to realize the potential of commodity production, processing, manufacturing, and trade for the benefit of the poor. The Fund supports commodity based activities along the entire commodity value chain which extend across local, national, regional and international markets.
Target Areas
  1. Production, productivity and quality improvements
  2. Processing and value addition
  3. Product differentiation
  4. Diversification
  5. Marketing
  6. Technology transfer and up gradation
  7. Introduction of measures to minimize the physical marketing and trading risks
  8. Facilitation of trade finance
  9. Risk Management
The CFC supports activities that promote the development of commodity sector and contribute to sustainability in terms of social, economic and environmental development.
Grant support will range between USD250,000 and 1,500,000 to carry out the proposed intervention. The CFC will provide funding for up to 7 years in which the first 2 years is the time for disbursement of funds and next five years are for repayment of debt/loans/repayable grants etc.). Successful applicants will be notified by 8 May 2015.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants can be public and private institutions, bilateral and multi-lateral development institutions, cooperatives, producer organizations, small and medium enterprises, processing and trading companies, and local financial institutions.
  • Applicants must operate in commodity value chains or provide financial services to small business operators, SMEs, cooperatives, producer organizations.
  • Applicants must have a proven track record in the proposed activities; and the technical, managerial and financial capacity to effectively and efficiently implement its activities.
  • Proposed intervention must accelerate growth and/or, increase employment, enhance livelihood opportunities and income and reduce poverty.
  • The application must clearly state the essential development impact indicators (beneficiaries and incomes; and impact on the environment) and additional development impact indicators as applicable for the proposed activity (impact on value chain; and impact on the market system).
  • Proposed activities should have the objectives that are achievable within a specified period of time.
  • The applicant organization must provide matching funds from their own resources (and those of their partners or third parties, e.g. bank loans) at least equal to, or greater than, 50% of the total cost of the project.
  • Proposed activities must be innovative targeting new opportunities in commodity markets leading to commodity based growth, employment generation, increase in household incomes, reduction in poverty, and enhancement of food security.
  • Proposed activities must have a potential measurable positive socio-economic and environmental impact on the stakeholders in commodity value chains as compared to the prevailing baseline situation.
  • The completed application form may not exceed 20 pages (single spacing, font size 12) excluding tables and annexes.
  • Application must be submitted in English language.
For more information, please visit CFC Call for Proposal.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Making All Voices Count the Global Innovation Competition of £300,000

Deadline: 15 October 2014
The Making All Voices Count invites applications from around the world for the Global Innovation Competition (GIC). The competition that can save £300,000 grant awards for the winners invites inspiring ideas, either proven or to be developed to enter. The public votes will determine the entries progress in the competition.
  1. Legislative Openness
  2. Sub-national Governance
  3. Gender Equality
  4. Building Resilience and Response to Humanitarian Crisis
Awards: £300,000 to Competition Winners
How to Submit an Idea?
  • To submit an idea, you must first register an account.
  • Once you confirm your email, you can submit your idea.
Required fields for idea submission
  1. Idea title (50 characters)
  2. Pitch visible to voters (250 characters)
  3. Theme that best fits your idea
  4. The innovation idea/concept (750 characters)
  5. Reason why you believe that your idea fits in the theme you have selected (250 characters)
  6. How your idea promotes better governance, transparency, accountability or decreased corruption. (500 characters)
  7. How you intend to engage government. (500 characters)
  8. How you idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups. (500 characters)
  9. Why you should win. (250 characters)
  10. And organizational and some other details.
Competition Proceedings
  • Finalists will attend the Global Innovation Week in Jakarta, Indonesia. The week will conclude with the Global Innovation Gala, at which contestants make their final pitch followed by the Global Innovation Jury’s announcement of the winners.
  • Winners will receive grants to support their projects, plus expert mentorship.
For more information, please visit The Global Innovation Competition.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Documentation and Advocacy Fund for European Organizations working on LGBTI Issues

Deadline: 20 October 2014
The ILGA-Europe working for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people in Europe invites applications from organizations in European countries to apply for the Documentation and Advocacy Fund. The primary aim of the fund is to address discrimination at schools, school bullying and gender stereotypes and to work for inclusion and equality in educational contexts.
Grant may be allocated to one or more of the following
  1. Collect data on school bullying (this topic should only be explored by organizations operating in countries where there is a proven gap of information in this area
  2. Exploring the specific barriers faced by trans and/or intersex children and youth in the education system and identifying needs in this area
  3. Collecting and analyzing data on teachers’ and administrative staff’s competence and attitudes in the field of LGBTI issues
  4. Identify how curricula and textbooks refer to LGBTI issues
  5. Explore how the school environment is inclusive of LGBTI students and teachers’ needs
The ILGA-Europe will make maximum 7 awards of maximum €6000-€7000 each.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants must be LGBT organizations officially registered with local authorities or unregistered initiative groups.
  • Applications must provide a clear methodology and outline what the objectives, added-value and expected outcomes are.
  • Applications must allow for the documentation of new evidence on discriminatory practices and barriers in access to education of LGBTI people.
  • Applications must enhance data collection skills in the area of education.
  • Applications providing an opportunity for joint work (peer-learning and/or coaching) between different civil society organizations are encouraged.
For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.
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