The Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants Program of Waitt Foundation (Up to $10,000)

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The Waitt Foundation invites grant applications for Small Grants to implement big ocean conservation issues. The grant opportunity is entitled the Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants Program that offers grants up to $10,000.
The ROC Grants will serve as an innovative solution catalyst by rapidly responding to urgent needs in ocean conservation with a focus on marine protected areas and sustainable fishing. The grants aim to support higher-risk ideas on a global scale.
  1. Scientific Research
  2. Policy
  3. Management
  4. Communications
Eligibility Criteria
  • International applicants must provide proof and documentation of charitable status (examples: articles of incorporation, charter, certificate of registered charity).
  • US applicants must have a U.S. tax identification number and be able to provide a current copy of their IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter.
  • Project must support sustainable fishing and/or MPAs as elaborated in the program focus section.
  • Applicants need not hold advanced degrees, but must demonstrate an equivalent experience and expertise with respect to the proposed project.
  • Applicants must have and maintain legitimate affiliation with an academic institution or NGO for the duration of the grant project.
  • Grants should constitute the sole or primary source of funding for the proposed project.
  • Spending of grant funds must commence within 1 month of granting, and be completed within 6.
  • Funds cannot be used for event sponsorships (e.g. conferences, workshops).
  • Applicants must submit a project specific budget explaining how the funds would be used.
  • Applications must be submitted via website (online application system).
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United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) 2014

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The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) 2013 Call for Project Proposals is now open for NGOs to apply. The Fund provides financial support to projects around the world for strengthening the voice of civil society, promoting human rights and encouraging the participation of all groups in the democratic processes. The main areas of funding are Community Development, Media, Rule of Law and Human Rights, Tools for Democratization, Women and Youth.

For NGOs to win funding, it is very important to submit a strong application especially because there is huge competition for seeking grants from UNDEF. As a worldwide opportunity, NGOs need to consider some important elements that matter in the application form. Keeping in view of the challenges faced by organizations in developing countries, we have developed a guide that can assist them in writing an effective proposal.

Disclaimer: This guide is intended to help NGOs apply to the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) grant program. This is an unofficial guide that does not guarantee funding or support to applicants. The guide is intended to provide NGOs with suggestions. Readers are advised to use the guide at their own discretion.

The following information is included in this guide:

  1. Before You Apply: Learning About the United Nations Democracy Fund:  About the Fund, Purpose of the Fund, Types of Projects Fundable, Funding Available, Where Does Funding Come From? Length of Projects, Application Dates, How to Apply, Where to Apply, Who Can Apply
  2. Steps to Completing the UNDEF Application Form: Applicant Information, Project Information, Project Description, Partners and Sponsors, Budget, Commitments,
  3. Submitting Your Application On-line.
  4. Best Practices for Creating a Successful Application

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