Europe for Citizens Programme: Operating Grants 2015

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Following the call for proposals COMM C2/01/2013 – aiming to support organisations with European outreach which, through their permanent, usual and regular activities, make a tangible contribution to the objectives of the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme – the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency selected in 2014 European public policy research and civil society organisations – based in the EU Member States – for a 4-year Framework Partnership Decision (2014-2017).

The Call mentions that Applications from other countries (namely the EFTA countries, the acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidate countries) are eligible for operating grants in 2015, provided that Memorandum of Understanding/International Agreements between those countries and the European Commission enter into force in 2014.

For the time being, no country is in such situation; however negotiations are advanced with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia.

Therefore, organizations established in those countries and respecting…

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Originalmente publicado en Science & Engineering @ Hull:

The University is now subscribing to the ‘GRANTfinder’ research funding search database. This allows customised definable (science area, date, amounts) searches of a host of funding opportunities (blue skies, applied, knowledge exchange/KTP and enterprise). The Research Office and Knowledge Exchange have been working with the FoSE to roll out the training for the database. A number of staff (e.g. Departmental/School Directors of Research) have trained thus far. Full roll-out across FoSE is underway and details of demos and training sessions will be circulated soon.  If you are interested please contact to your Director of Research in first instance.

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The USAID Powering Agriculture Grand Challenge: Up to $ 2M Grants for Clean Energy Solutions

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in cooperation with the Government of Sweden, Duke Energy Corporation, the Government of Germany, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) invite US and non-US organizations and institutions to submit Concept Note forPowering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). The call seeks to identify and support new and sustainable approaches to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy solutions for increasing agriculture productivity and/or value in developing countries.

The PAEGC is seeking innovative approaches to effectively integrate new CESs within the agriculture sectors of developing countries and emerging markets. Solutions should be within the clean energy-agriculture nexus that

  • Can achieve scale
  • Are adoptable within the context of emerging markets
  • Are sustainable, and can ultimately progress without outside assistance
  • Utilize modern, evidence-based science and technology approaches.

Funding Windows

  1. Clean Energy Solution Design: Grants up to $500,000. Cost share – 15%
  2. Clean Energy Solution Scale-up/Commercial Growth: Grants up to $2,000,000. Cost share – 35%

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants can be US and non-US educational, industrial, and not-forprofit and for-profit organizations, faith-based, foundations, academic institutions, civic groups, regional organizations, vendors, start-ups, and project developers.
  • Government entities and individuals are not eligible to apply for funding. Publicly-funded universities or universities with government affiliations are not considered government entities here.
  • Applicants must have a presence in the country(ies) in which they propose to work or at least one local partner in the country(ies).
  • Applicants can submit multiple applications to this call on behalf of the organization(s) that they represent.
  • Window 1 Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate a Cost-Share contribution of at least 15% of the total award value; Window 2 Applicants shall demonstrate a minimum Cost-Share contribution of 35% of the total award value.
  • In the proposals, applicants must
    • Be able to describe how their solutions will have an impact on both increasing use of clean energy/increasing energy efficiency & on increasing agriculture production and/or value.
    • Describe the specific developing country agricultural market they are targeting, and articulate how their solutions meet an existing market demand on the ground.
    • Describe how small-scale farmers and small to medium scale enterprises (SMEs)/operators along the agricultural value chain benefit from the proposed measures.
    • Describe how the solution/innovation supports low emissions economic growth and development amongst target end user groups.
    • Describe how the CES will support for gender equality.

Application Procedure

  1. Submit a 600-word concept note responding to two questions that relate to – innovation; and relevance to clean energy/agriculture nexus. Window 1 applicants should respond to third question that relates to market potential & window 2 applicants should respond to a third question that relates to potential to scale.
  2. Semi-finalists will be invited to submit full proposal (10 page) and supporting documents.
  3. Finalists will be invited to present their CES to an innovator evaluation board. This will either be in-person or via video teleconferencing.
  4. Selection of grantee.

Note: Application can be made from 8 December 2014. Applications must be submitted via online platform.

For more information, please visit and search for funding opportunity number AID-SOL-OAA-00005.

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund: Up to $25,000 to address Conservation Needs

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) is currently accepting letters of inquiry from NGOs around the globe. Besides being worldwide fund, the DWCF limits its fund transmission to the non-profits in USA only. Thus organizations outside USA, willing to secure the conservation grant should identify a US501(c)(3) organization who is willing to become an intermediary. The US organization should receive the fund and direct the funding to international organizations that have proposed to utilize it for conservation project.

Grant request should be made for holistic programs addressing a significant conservation need (or projects that are part of a program) which reflect education and community engagement; sustainable development programs directly connected to protecting species and habitat; and scientific field studies on species and habitats (ex-situ projects/project components are not funded). Preference is given to projects where there is a significant conservation action component. Continuar leyendo ‘The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund: Up to $25,000 to address Conservation Needs’

United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF): NGOs can get Project Funding for Democracy and Human Rights

The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) is accepting project proposals on democracy and human rights for its new round of funding. NGOs, civil society organizations, independent constitutional bodies, regional and international organizations can apply and receive grants between $100,000 to $300,000 to implement projects for a period of two years principally at country level and in least developed, low and middle income countries.

Proposals are subjected to a thorough process of assessment, quality control and due diligence. An initial examination by a team of independent assessors is conducted, a process in which all applications are judged on their inherent quality and scored according to the following criteria:

  • The project promotes the objectives of UNDEF
  • The project draws on the United Nations comparative advantage
  • The project will have a significant impact
  • The project will encourage inclusiveness
  • The project will enhance gender equality
  • The project has strong prospects for successful implementation
  • The applicant organization has a strong track record
  • The project is technically sound in conception and presentation
  • The project represents good value for money
  • The project has strong prospects of sustainability beyond the project duration.

The UNDEF team then narrows down the list to 200-300 of the highest scoring projects. In doing so, the global and regional projects are considered separately from the various national project proposals and are considered within the respective global and regional baskets.

The vast majority of UNDEF projects are delivered directly by civil society organizations (CSO). In this type of project the CSO is responsible for the overall management of the project and bears all substantive, financial, monitoring, and reporting and evaluation responsibilities.

United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) 2014: Learn How to Apply

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:

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President Obama and the First Lady Encourage Americans to Apply for 2015-2016 White House Fellows Program

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the-obamas-racist-tweet-puerto-ricoPresident Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are encouraging Americans to apply to the White House Fellows Program. The 2015-2016 application was launched on Nov. 1 and became accessible online. The program has become the nation’s leading fellowship for public service and leadership, gearing in exposing individuals to first-hand experience and a better understanding of operations performed in the Federal government. The White House Fellows Program consists of one working full-time in the offices of the Cabinet Secretaries, Senior White House staff, and other high-power Administration officials in Washington D.C.  This opportunity will provide a very exciting and rewarding year to the chosen candidates, showcasing a behind-the-scenes insight into the inner workings of how our government functions.

President Obama and his wife are quoted saying, “In the 50 years since its founding, the White House Fellows Program has helped prove that those who love their country, can change it…

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