European Union/Lebanon Grants for Cultural Activities in 2014

Last date : May 22, 2014

Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon is inviting Concept Notes from eligible parties for Cultural Activities in 2014 grant program. The major objective of the grant program is to promote dialogue and exchange between cultural and civilization through mutual understanding and the rapprochements between people through cultural and artistic exchanges.

Types of Activities (but not limited to) :

  1. Activities and events, exhibitions, competitions, workshops, projects via new media aimed at promoting intercultural exchange and dialogue in particular between youths from different nationalities and Lebanese communities and capacity building in the cultural field.
  2. Actions aimed at boosting contacts and at networking between Lebanese artists on one side, and European artists and organizers of international fairs, biennales or cultural festivals on the other side, and/or enhancing knowledge about Lebanese cultural actors abroad through meetings and trainings organized in Lebanon.

Eligibility Criteria :

  • Applicants must be legal persons in non-profit making, specific types of organizations – non-governmental organizations, public sector operators, local authorities, international (inter-governmental) organizations as defined by Article 43 of the Implementing Rules to the EC Financial Regulation.
  • Applicants must be established in a Member State of the European Union or Neighborhood South zone as stipulated in the basic act of the ENPI Regulation. This obligation does not apply to international organizations.
  • It is highly recommended that the application or the partner in the contract be of Lebanese nationality.
  • Applicants must be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.
  • Actions must take place in Lebanon, ideally not only in Beirut, but also in other regions where the population has less access to cultural activities.

For more details : https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/online-services/index.cfm?do=publi.detPUB&aoref=135586

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Niwano Peace Foundation’s Activity Grant 2014

Last date : April 30, 2014

Niwano Peace Foundation is accepting applications for Activity Grant 2014 from individuals and/or organizations with social activities based on any religious spirit or grass-root activities deployed in a local community.  The major purpose of the grant is to support activities erupted from religious/spiritual conscience for peace and good of community.

Activities :

  1. Social Activities based on a Religious Spirit – Physical or spiritual activities for individual and community welfare and peace based on a religious spirit that emerges from reverence for God, Buddha, or other Universal Spiritual reality.
  2. Grass-roots Activities Deployed in a Local Community – Activities to vitalize local communities through interdisciplinary workshops and meetings with particular emphasis on collaboration by groups and individuals from diverse organizations and religious groups.

Timeline :

  1. Deadline for First Term Application – 30 April 2014
  2. Deadline for Second Term Application – 13 August 2014

The activities are supported for one year period. The maximum amount dispersed for an Activity is 1,000,000 yen.

Eligibility Criteria :

  • Applicant can be an individual or an organization from any nationality or established in any country.
  • Any group which has been in continuous existence for a reasonable length of time is eligible to apply, whether or not it is legally incorporated.
  • Activities undertaken for the benefit of particular religious group or based on or for the advancement of a specific political ideology are ineligible to apply.
  • Activities for profit are not eligible for the grant.
  • Hard copy of the completed application should be received by granters via mail by deadline to be considered for grant.

For more details : http://www.npf.or.jp/english_top/Grant/guideline_application.html

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The Humanitarian Innovation Fund’s Large Grant Facility

Last date : May 6, 2014

Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is accepting Expression of Interest (EoI) for Large Grants from non-profit institutions. The grant can be requested for innovative projects in development or implementation stage. Request can be made for grant size in between £75,000 and £150,000.

Steps of Innovation supported through Large Grants -

1.     Development

  • The development of an innovation by creating practical, actionable plans and guidelines.
  • Turning ideas into action, the development stage takes designs from the drawing board and transforms them into real-world solutions.

2.     Implementation

  • Implementation of an Innovation to produce real examples of changed practice, testing the innovation to see how it compares to existing solutions.
  • Often using pilot projects to move beyond proof of concept, this stage establishes how an Innovation performs in practice. Indicating whether it is successful and should be scaled-up.

Eligibility Criteria :

  • Lead applicants must be either a non-profit institution such as a non-governmental organization; or a public or governmental institution; or an academic or research institution.
  • The project may be located anywhere in the world and applicant organization can be registered/established anywhere in the world.
  • Proposed innovation can be both in the form of consortia application or a single organization.
  • One organization can submit up to 2 proposals but one organization can be lead (or single) applicant of only one innovation.
  • Proposed innovation must be in a humanitarian response setting as per the definition of humanitarian aid – Humanitarian aid is aid and action designed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of emergencies.
  • Applications must be submitted via online submission portal to be considered for funding.

Selection Criteria :

  • Potential impact and scalability
  • Methodology & approach
  • Project feasibility and effectiveness
  • Team composition and capacity to implement

For more details : http://www.humanitarianinnovation.org/funding/awards/large-grant

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Enter Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition with Best Ideas and Projects

Last date : June 30, 2014

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is the joint initiative of Stiftung Entrepreneurship, Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)  to empower young entrepreneurs and innovators for positive change.

Young people between the ages 15 and 30 from around the world are invited to enter the competition with their best ideas and/or projects. This is an opportunity for the youth to be a part of global community of creative youth entrepreneurs and peers who together are building a harmonious and sustainable society for all.

Winners of the competition will get opportunity to participate in the award ceremony and present their ideas and projects to an international audience. Award ceremony will be held at the Entrepreneural Summit in October 2014 in Berlin.

Categories :

  1. Best Ideas – New and original ideas and plans for an enterprise that still needs to be implemented.
  2. Best Projects – Existing enterprise that has demonstrated social impact.

Prizes :

  1. Grand, Second and Third Prize – in each category [Finalists will be 10 entries receiving most votes - in each of the two categories]
  2. People’s Choice Prize for the entry with largest number of votes – in each category
  3. Finalists not chosen as prize winners will receive honorable mention.

Eligibility Criteria :

  • Competitor must be between the age 15-30.
  • Youth should have an innovative idea for an enterprise which contributes to the sustainable development of your community, in a field such as – The Environment, Poverty Reduction. Education. Health. Peace Building. Sustainable Energy, Empowerment of Women and Youth, Food Security, Cultural Diversity, the Elderly. OR
  • The youth should be operating such enterprise in the form of a business, a non-profit organization, or an informal program.
  • Entry must be submitted for one of the categories.
  • Submissions can be made by team too but the idea must be submitted by one team member.
  • One entrant can submit more than one idea/project.
  • Ideas or projects that have won other prizes or competitions are also eligible to enter the competition.
  • Entries must be submitted in English and Presentation must also be made in English language.

Enter the Competition

  1. Register online
  2. Learn how to create an Idea/Project through free training at the online Entrepreneurship Campus
  3. Submit the best Ideas and/or Projects
  4. Enroll Friends and colleagues to vote and comment

Timeline :

  1. Entry Deadline: 30 June 2014
  2. Online Voting and Comments Deadline: 31 July 2014
  3. People’s Choice Prize Winners Announced – 1 August 2014
  4. Video Presentation to be submitted by the top 10 Entries – 15 August 2014
  5. 10 finalists announced in the Best Ideas Category and the Best Projects Category respectively – 20 August 2014
  6. Prize Announced – 15 September 2014
  7. Award Ceremony – October 2014

For more details : https://www.youth-competition.org/

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Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund by the US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Last date : April 23, 2014

The US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has launched the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2014 to to harness the leadership capacity of exchange program alumni worldwide. This is an opportunity for more than one million current alumni of United States government-sponsored exchange programs to form partnerships with one another and tackle a broad range of global issues at the local, national, regional, and international levels.

AEIF awards up to $25,000 to winning teams of alumni to fund their innovative projects based on issues such as education, gender, the environment, development, women’s training, entrepreneurship, interfaith understanding, and many more.

Alumni can request from $5,000 to $25,000 in support of their project.

Themes for AEIF 2014 :

  1. Empowering Women
  2. Outreach to Underserved Communities
  3. Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment
  4. Expanded Access to Education
  5. Environmental Protection
  6. Government Transparency
  7. Freedom of Expression
  8. Conflict Resolution
  9. Citizen Security
  10. Promoting Civil Society

Timeline :

  • 23 April – Application Deadline
  • 6 May – Finalists are announced, and alumni can log in to vote for their favorite projects
  • 27 May – Final Proposals Deadline
  • Last June – AEIF 2014 winners announcement

Eligibility Criteria :

  • Each team must have at least 5 members who are current or former participants of a U.S. government-sponsored exchange program.
  • U.S. citizens can be team members but, because awards are distributed through U.S. Embassies and activities must be carried out abroad, no U.S. citizen can serve as a team leader on any project.
  • Each team must have at least 3 non-U.S. citizen alumni team members.
  • Each team can have up to 2 U.S. alumni team members.
  • Each team must include at least one alumnus/na from a State Department-sponsored exchange program.
  • Multi-country alumni cooperation is encouraged where it serves the needs of a project. This is not a requirement.
  • An alumnus/na may not serve as a team leader on more than one project per category. An alumnus/na may, however, be a team member of several projects under the same category. An alumnus/na may serve as a team leader of multiple projects only if the projects fall under different project categories. No one may be a team leader or a team member for more than three projects.
  • Proposals must be submitted in English.

For more details : https://alumni.state.gov/aeif

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Project Inspire 2014: Grants to Inspire the Young People for Empowerment

Last date : June 30, 2014

The Singapore Committee for UN Women and the MasterCard Initiative are accepting applications for the ‘Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World‘. This is a grant opportunity that invites youths between 18-35 years around the world to submit their project ideas. The participants can be from NGOs, and social businesses, benefiting women and girls in Asia, the Middle East or Africa.

Each participant gets five-minutes time to present the inspiring story. This is an opportunity to win US$25,000. Project Inspire aims to inspire young people across the world to take action to empower disadvantaged women and girls in Asia/Pacific, the Middle East or Africa through entrepreneurship and business literacy.

Top 10 finalists will be flown to Singapore in August 2014. There, they will spend three days preparing the five-minutes pitch to present before the judging panel which will lead them to win a US$25,000. Project Inspire was launched in 2011 to mark the 100th International Women’s Day and the 25th anniversary of MasterCard Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

Prizes :

  1. Grand Prize – US$25,000
  2. Global Reach Award – US$10,000
  3. Inspirational Award – US$10,000
  4. People’s Choice Award to one of the finalists with maximum number of votes

Eligibility Criteria :

  • Entrant can be from anywhere in the world without restriction of nationality.
  • Entrant must be youth between the ages 18-35 at the time of submitting entry.
  • Entrant must be from non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and social businesses.
  • The project must show creativity and demonstrate the potential to make a sustainable impact on the empowerment of women.
  • The project must be designed to empower disadvantaged women and girls through entrepreneurship and business literacy.
  • The project must be based on an existing initiative.
  • The beneficiaries of the project must be women or girls in Asia/Pacific, Middle East or Africa.
  • Project can be submitted as an individual or a team of up to three. The team leader must be between the ages 18-35 and must commit to travel to Singapore and be present during the whole duration if chosen as finalist.
  • The proposed project must not propagate any political views or religious doctrines.
  • The project must be designed to be implemented with a budget of US$25,000.
  • The entrant must commit to commence the fieldwork for their project by 1 February 2015.

Last Year’s Award Winners were

  1. Protsahan – Project Inspire Grant
  2. Global Peace Institute – Global Reach Award
  3. Katutandike – Inspirational Award

The Singapore Committee for UN Women is an independent NGO in support of UN Women’s mission on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Established in 1999, the organization supports programs that provide women and girls with access to education, healthcare, economic independence and a life free of violence and abuse. Focus Area of the NGO are – Ending Violence Against Women, Economic Empowerment, and Governance & Leadership.

MasterCard is a technology company and payments industry leader who also invests in the lives of people to fulfill its social responsibility.

For more details : http://projinspire.com/about-us/

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AGFUND: Human Development Projects Grant for NGOs & Individuals


Last date : May 31, 2014

The Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) – a funding organization based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia works mainly in the field of development and growth at the international level through an effective partnership with the United Nations Organization, with regional and national development organizations, with public institutions, with the private sector, as well as with organizations of the civil society. Its major grant program is the AGFUND International Prize for Pioneering Human Development Projects.

The Prize has been set up with the aim of inciting and encouraging innovation and creativity in the areas of human development. The idea of the Prize was stemmed from AGFUND’s approach to enhance development performance and support key development projects in order to achieve the goal of sustainability and investment in people.

This year (2014), the prize will be offered in the field of “Marketing of Home Products.”

AGFUND invites the UN, International and regional organizations, ministries and public institutions, NGOs,universities and research centers and experts in the field all over the world to submit their nominations for the Prize, which is worth US $ 500,000 allocated for its four categories.

The Prize has four categories:

FIRST CATEGORY: (US$ 200,000)

The role of UN and international organizations in supporting the developing countries’ programs through marketing of homemade products (For projects implemented by UN, international or regional organizations).

SECOND CATEGORY: (US$ 150,000)

The role of NGOs in marketing of homemade products (For projects implemented by national NGOs).

THIRD CATEGORY: (US$ 100,000)

The role of governmental and public institutions in setting up policies and programs that are supportive to homemade products (For projects implemented by ministries and public institutions).

FOURTH CATEGORY: (US$ 50,000)

Individual-led initiatives for empowerment of woman through marketing of homemade products (For projects initiated, sponsored and/or implemented by individuals).

For more details : http://www.agfundprize.org/?page_id=190

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The Humanitarian Innovation Fund’s Large Grant Facility

Last date : May 6, 2014

Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is accepting Expression of Interest (EoI) for Large Grants from non-profit institutions. The grant can be requested for innovative projects in development or implementation stage. Request can be made for grant size in between £75,000 and £150,000.

Steps of Innovation supported through Large Grants -

1.     Development

  • The development of an innovation by creating practical, actionable plans and guidelines.
  • Turning ideas into action, the development stage takes designs from the drawing board and transforms them into real-world solutions.

2.     Implementation

  • Implementation of an Innovation to produce real examples of changed practice, testing the innovation to see how it compares to existing solutions.
  • Often using pilot projects to move beyond proof of concept, this stage establishes how an Innovation performs in practice. Indicating whether it is successful and should be scaled-up.

Eligibility :

  • Lead applicants must be either a non-profit institution such as a non-governmental organization; or a public or governmental institution; or an academic or research institution.
  • The project may be located anywhere in the world and applicant organization can be registered/established anywhere in the world.
  • Proposed innovation can be both in the form of consortia application or a single organization.
  • One organization can submit up to 2 proposals but one organization can be lead (or single) applicant of only one innovation.
  • Proposed innovation must be in a humanitarian response setting as per the definition of humanitarian aid – Humanitarian aid is aid and action designed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of emergencies.
  • Applications must be submitted via online submission portal to be considered for funding.

Selection Criteria:

  • Potential impact and scalability
  • Methodology & approach
  • Project feasibility and effectiveness
  • Team composition and capacity to implement

For more details : http://www.humanitarianinnovation.org/funding/apply

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Submit Short-Proposals for Swiss Re Foundation ReSource Awards 2015

Last date : April 30, 2014

Swiss Re Foundation is accepting short proposals from Non-government organizations, private, scientific or public institutions for ReSource Awards 2015. Projects which genuinely seek to contribute to raising awareness of the ecological, social and economic significance of water sources and watersheds in developing and emerging countries are prioritized for the award. Bodies with strong links to the local communities in regions where water sources are located are particularly encouraged to participate in the competition.

Total USD150,000 is granted to one or several projects to conduct Sustainable Watershed Management Program.

Selected organizations will be asked to submit full proposals.

Timeline :

  1. 30 April 2014: Deadline for Short Proposal Submission
  2. 26 May 2014: Invitation for Full Proposal
  3. 30 June 2014: Deadline for Full Proposal Submission
  4. March 2015: Announcement of ReSource Award 2015 Winner

Eligibility Criteria :

  • NGOs, private, scientific or public institutions and similar bodies are invited to participate in the tender for the International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management.
  • Projects comprising more than one institution (e.g. public-private partnerships) are also eligible.
  • Participants cannot submit more than one project each year.
  • Participants must provide a proven track record in sustainability and project planning and/or management in the specific field of water and source management.

For more details : https://www.resourceaward.org/award-application

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