Funding opportunities

Covid – 19 specific funding opportunities

UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund
Type of project: SCCF welcomes applications for projects working towards addressing the Global Goals to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalised. It will be prioritising applications that can demonstrate that they are responding to longer term impacts of COVID-19.  The fund remains open for applications addressing a wide range of Global Goals in a variety of contexts.  However, we will expect all applicants to be able to explain: how their project will address anticipated longer term impacts of the virus and outline how the risks of COVID-19 to project delivery could be mitigated as part of their application. We appreciate the crisis is developing rapidly and that accurately predicting how COVID-19 will impact the specific context you work in will be challenging.
Location: Projects are only eligible if they are set up in a country that is ranked in the bottom 50 of the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or if it is considered of high or moderate fragility by the UK government. Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria are the exceptions to this rule and are not eligible. See a full list here. The fund receives a particularly high volume of proposals for projects in Kenya. For Kenya, priority will be given to projects delivering in areas with high levels of poverty (for example, the North, East and urban slums) and those addressing issues like basic health, girls’ education, family planning and youth employment.
Eligibility: The Fund is open to any small, UK-registered charity or not-for-profit organisation, with an annual income of £250,000 or less. Your organisation or your downstream partner will also need to be registered in the country of delivery for your application to be eligible.
Grant size: Up to £50,000 for up to 2 years. UK Aid Direct does not specify how much of the budget should go to capital expenditure, monitoring and evaluation activities or UK costs. It is up to the organisation to make the determination appropriate to the project.
Deadline: 25 February 2021


Shift Power for Peace Digital Fund
Type of project: This fund is designed to support access the digital tools needed to continue peace building work, even remotely, during the period of lockdown and restrictions brought about by COVID-19. This fund is primarily for the purchase of phone credit, basic equipment, software and other communications tools.
Location: selection is based on the 2019 Fragile State Index
Eligibility: Any individual, group or organization that meets the following criteria can apply: must be carrying out peace building work in a fragile or conflict affected country for a minimum of six months, defined as any activities that have a strong direct impact on peaceful outcomes in a community; must refuse to use violence or weapons in their work, and embraces the concept of non-violence, is engaging in locally or nationally focused work and must not be a branch of an international organization.
Grant size: Between $50 and $750. Total fund value is $100,000

The Global Resilience Fund for Girls and Young Women 
Type of project: Resourcing girls’ and young women’s activism through the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund is prioritizing applications from girls and young women with disabilities, girls and young women of colour, LGBTQIA2S youth, afro-descendant, indigenous and immigrant girls and young women, as well as those living in urban slum areas, rural areas, refugee camps, occupied territories and in conflict affected settings.
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: Registered and unregistered community organisations led by girls, young women and/or trans and intersex youth with incomes of below $50,000 per year may apply.
Applicants must have previously received funding from one of the following organizations: Central American Women’s Fund, Central America and Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund), Disability Rights Fund, Filia, FIMI – The International Indigenous Women’s Fund, Fondo Semillas, Ford Foundation, FRIDA I The Young Feminist Fund, Global Fund for Children, Global Fund for Women, MADRE, Mama Cash, Plan International, Purposeful, Ukrainian Women’s Fund, UNICEF, With and for Girls Collective, Women Enabled International, Women’s Fund Asia, Women Win.
Grant size: up to $5,000 – Grants are fully flexible
Closing date: N/A

GlobalGiving Microgrants
Type of project: These microgrants are focused on funding immediate and urgent needs that your organization foresees in the next 30-60 days as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: Your organization must have Partner, Leader, or Superstar status, up-to-date due diligence, and at least one active project. GlobalGiving must be able to disburse funds to your organization.
Grant size: $1,000

National Institute for Health Research Travel and subsistence funding 
Type of project: Travel and subsistence funding to appropriately qualified public health professionals, clinicians and academics who wish to offer science and technical advice to support the immediate response to COVID-19. Applicants are required to ensure appropriate duty of care, insurance, safeguarding and all other liabilities are in place and that they have the support of their institution for any travel, as well as appropriate institutional support in the destination country.
Location: Low- and middle-income countries
Eligibility: The awards are open to applicants who have a substantive position at a UK higher education institution or research organisation.
Deadline: Applications should ideally be submitted at least 2 weeks before the planned travel.

USAID USAID/Bangladesh and the Private Sector: Partnering to Fight COVID-19
Type of project: The goal of the USAID Bangladesh and the Private Sector: Partnering to Fight COVID-19 program is to provide a medium through which organizations can work with USAID and the private sector to build Global Development Alliances that will: a) respond to the current outbreak of COVID-19 in Bangladesh; b) address important business interests and objectives; and c) advance USAID’s strategic priorities and objectives.
Location: Bangladesh
Eligibility: USAID Bangladesh is particularly interested in working with the Bangladeshi private sector. This includes non-traditional development partners such as private businesses, business and trade associations, chambers of commerce foundations, and financial institutions, in addition to traditional non-profit NGOs and for-profit development firms. An INGO can be either the resource partner or the implementing partner, but the consortium should include a private sector partner, preferably from the business community.
Grant size:  between $900,000 and $10,000,000
Closing date:  29 April 2021

UKRI / Newton Fund Agile Response call to address COVID-19
Type of project:  Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. UKRI will support excellent proposals which meet at least one of the following: New research or innovation with a clear pathway to impact on policy or practice that has the potential , within the period of the award, to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, response to, and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in a developing country context; Supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential for impact in developing countries; Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use.
Location: Low- and Middle-Income Countries identified on the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients.
Eligibility: Both UK and overseas applicants may apply. Both have separate eligibility criteria. Click on ‘apply’ to read full details.
Grant size:   There is no specific budget for this call. We are interested in funding research of any scale that can demonstrate it will deliver impact during the lifetime of the project.
Closing date: Rolling

UKRI repurposing existing grants for Covid-19 
Type of project:  Apply to switch your existing grant to UKRI GCRF grant to Covid-19 priority areas: New research or innovation with a clear pathway to impact on policy or practice that has the potential , within the period of the award, to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, response to, and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in a developing country context; Supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential for impact in developing countries; Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use.
Researchers must provide a good case for why their original project should be repurposed.
Location: Low- and Middle-Income Countries identified on the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients.
Eligibility: This is process is not available for either: Companies and organisations being funded by Innovate UK or Applicants holding a Newton Fund grant.
Grant size:   Please note that no subsequent extension to the grant or additional costs will be allowed in order to meet the original objectives where these were altered to permit new COVID-19 research.

The Aids Foundation of South Africa – Small Project & Support Fund 
Type of project: Activities that provide an immediate response to Human Rights violations with a social emphasis on mitigating the effects of COVID 19. The activities will have the overall aim of empowering vulnerable communities, especially during this unfortunate time. Recognising that the current global COVID-19 crisis is not just a health crisis but also a socioeconomic crisis, its impact is cross cutting and raises a number of diverse human rights concerns. Therefore, it is encouraged to consider activities that are not only implementable during the current shifting restrictions but also address issues such as access for basic needs, access to education and mental health etc.
Location: South Africa
Eligibility: Applications may be submitted by individuals, non-governmental organisations, faith-based organisations, groups/collectives working with in human rights with annual budgets under R1.5m. Current grantees from the AFSA or Bread for the World are ineligible for this call.
Grant size:   Up to R75,000 ZAR

Women’s Voice & Leadership Fund – Rapid Response Grants 
Type of project: The Fund has a special emphasis on mitigating the effect of COVID 19 on Women’s Rights. More information on the gender dimensions of COVID can be found here. The funding comes from Global Affairs Canada and is being augmented by funds from UK Aid.
Location: South Africa
Grant size:  R20,000 – R50,000 South African Rand
Closing date: Rolling

National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists
Type of project:  This fund places particular emphasis on delivering news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a dearth of evidence-based information getting to those who need it. We are interested in local and even hyper-local distribution models. Priority communities include: Those at high risk or hit especially hard by the virus, indigenous communities, immigrant or refugee communities, underserved, urban, rural, elderly populations, and children. Reporting may cover any aspect of the virus and its fallout, including but not limited to: Social consequences of COVID-19 and measures to contain it, particularly related to equity—such as its impact on immigrant communities, domestic violence, and early childhood education. Stories of resilience and solutions that could be applied on a regional or global scale. Novel forms of data visualization or science communication to help communities better understand how to protect themselves.
Lessons learned from local response(s) to COVID-19 that could be applied to other large-scale challenges, such as climate change or the refugee crisis. Best practices of how educators, students, and schools are reacting to this crisis, particularly as they illuminate under-resourced schools.
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: We seek writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts to apply for this funding.
Grant size:  US$1,000–8,000. Applicants may use up to 100 percent of their budget as personal reimbursement for their reporting time
Closing date:  Rolling

Outright Action International LGBTIQ Emergency Fund
Type of project: The grants can be used for any emergency that has occurred as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis by organisations working directly with and for the LGBTIQ community. The funds may be used for immediate support to community members to buy food or medicines, or for your organization to pay rent and utilities.
Location: Any country outside the USA, Canada, the European Economic Area, Switzerland, Australia or New Zealand
Grant size: $2,500 – $10,000
Eligibility: Your organization must work directly with and for LGBTIQ people; Your organization must be based outside the USA, Canada, the European Economic Area, Switzerland, Australia or New Zealand
Closing date: Rolling

Omidyar Network India Rapid Response Funding 
Type of project: funding to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 situation including. Proposals are welcomed across the following themes: Data, apps and other technology-led initiatives; Community outreach and mobilisation campaigns; Initiatives that improve economic resilience of workers and small businesses; Fact-based inputs that can inform the thinking of decision-makers in crisis response (e.g. actionable research, narrative building, storytelling, and community campaigns); Collaborative efforts amongst funders and solution providers.
Location: India
Grant size:  500,000 – 20m Indian Rupees
Eligibility: NGOs, research organisations and for-profit businesses registered as Indian entities, seeking to implement their project on a no-profit basis.
Closing date: Rolling. If you do not hear from the Network in 10 days, you should assume your proposal has not made it past the initial screening.

The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation
Type of project: Projects which mobilize civic initiatives meant to help limit the coronavirus crisis and counter its negative impact on society, good governance, democracy, rule of law, and access to free media.
Location: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine
Grant size:  Proposals should be under $25,000. Management costs and administrative costs are limited to 25% of the overall award.
Eligibility: Civil society organizations legally registered in one of the aforementioned countries
Closing date: Rolling

Open Road Alliance
Type of project:  Charitable Grants will only be offered to organizations responding directly to COVID-19 that are also demonstrating how their intervention moves towards longer term adaptation and systemic/sustainable impact beyond the immediate outbreak. Proposals must be for projects which are: Mid-implementation – programs that are otherwise fully funded (not pilot projects); One-time cash need – well-defined discrete funding need (not pooled funds); Prioritizing clear, demonstrable, and deep impact that Can demonstrate clear potential to ‘flatten the curve’; AND Supports longer-term societal and economic adaptation beyond the immediate outbreak.
Location: Worldwide
Eligibility: Eligible organizations must be one of the following: A US-registered 501c3 non-profit in good standing; A for-profit social enterprise or foreign charity with a US-registered charitable fiscal sponsor/partner organization in good standing (501c3, Private Foundation, DAF, etc.); A foreign-registered charity able to successfully complete an equivalency determination (ED) process. (Note: Disbursement of funds may be delayed until the ED process is complete)
Grant size:  Up to $100,000 USD

The Noel Buxton Trust’s African Grants
Covid 19 update: We are now ready to accept new applications within our existing programmes.  We understand that applications may include work responding to the Covid-19 crisis.  We will listen carefully to applicants and offer flexible and timely support as best we can.
Type of project: Trustees favour work such as small business support and training and microfinance in both urban and rural settings. Applications in support of initiatives that are building sustainable futures in the semi-arid areas of Africa are especially welcome. Trustees also welcome appeals that support and protect street children and help them find safe and sustainable livelihoods.
Location: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan. Within these areas, priority will be given to work with communities living in urban slums and semi-arid regions where economic hardship is most extreme.
Eligibility: Trustees tend to offer grants to smaller, grass-roots organisations and do not generally respond to appeals from large and well-supported charities. The Trustees welcome applications from Diaspora led organisations based and registered in the UK and is also willing to consider direct applications from registered civil society organisations in Africa.
Grant size:  The maximum grant is £5,000 per year for up to three years.

The Fore – Rapid Action by The Fore and Trusts (RAFT Fund)
Type of project: RAFT Fund offers unrestricted grants to organisations that are able to demonstrate the impact of their mission and offer creative solutions to getting through the current crisis and building for delivery beyond the acute phase of the crisis.
Location: UK & Overseas
Grant size: Up to £5,000
Eligibility: any small charity or social enterprise in the UK with turnover of under £500,000. This includes organisations who work overseas.
Closing date: At the time of writing, the fun is spent out. However, it is planning to reopen when more funds are raised.

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