International grants for nonprofit organizations (NPOs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have grown to be more challenging to receive. Apart from the long process, many also experience rejection. Rejection will incur a loss for an organization because the application process for grants also entails a huge cost. With that, several NGOs and NPOs have now considered seeking small grants. Although the grants they receive may not be as much, they're given more assurance and hence less wastage on their resources. Although not as challenging to obtain compared to full project funds, applying in an organization that supports the same types of projects are still necessary.
Below is a short list of a few foundations which your NGO can possibly benefit from.
For NGOs focused on healthcare, specifically HIV awareness and protection, ViiV Healthcare is the organization to partner with. They have divided themselves into three funding opportunities, each with a different focus area.
The first fund would be for organizations who have project proposals to improve the lives of those already suffering from HIV. They deliver grants to those who do researches to improve medicines and eventually find a cure to the incurable disease.
The second fund if focused mainly on the children born with the disease as it was transmitted to them from birth. Apart from dealing with the children, they're also working on the prevention of such occurrence.
Lastly, ViiV gives support to companies who have already been serving HIV communities, to help widen their reach, for both preventions to those who haven't caught the disease and aid to those already suffering.
Humanitarian Innovation Fund
The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) understands how many developing countries are left behind in terms of technology – which can potentially help them with many humanitarian issues.
A serious humanitarian issue many people face includes sicknesses due to the lack of proper hygiene. A lot of people do not prioritize personal hygiene as it has already been considered a luxury for their financial situations. For HIF, providing clean water can already help drastically, and can be the first of many steps in developing cleanliness for the future.
They have also a serious concern for Gender-Based Violence, where many are clueless about what they can do while experiencing sexual violence. Programs that help educate individuals who can potentially be victims will greatly be considered by the HIF.
Global GreenGrants Fund
NGOs who are also concerned with the environment may apply for a grant from Global GreenGrants Fund who recognize humanitarian issues that continue to plague the society and pose risk for future generations.
In the past, they have already been participating in projects that involve climate change, biodiversity, conservation, freshwater, indigenous rights, ocean and coastal conservation, and women's voices.
Because Global GreenGrants Fund value women and their voices, many of their projects have been led by them such as deforestation, mining, and unclean energy development.
Above all, Global GreenGrants Fund values their donors and always make sure everything goes smoothly without any disturbance towards the donor's side.
The Lantos Foundation is best known for the Lantos Human Rights Prize which is like a competition for those who seek to raise awareness about various human rights violations. It should be known, however, that the Lantos Foundation also has programs that give international grants for NGOs who contest the many wrongful acts of the world.
Child Health Foundation
The Child Health Foundation aims to depreciate preventable deaths concerning children and even infants. With a maximum budget of USD 5,000, they're open to receiving various proposals that are supposed to improve the health of children, infants, and even expecting moms.
Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund
With a maximum grant of USD 7,500, the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF) expects proposals that will help improve the education, health, economic empowerment, and human rights in developing countries where it is needed. Apart from that, they also highly encourage projects that inevitably empower women and girls all over the world.
International Visegrad Fund
The International Visegrad Fund (IVF) noticed how far behind developing countries are, and dedicated their work on lessening the gap between the developed and developing countries. With the small grants they provide, it is expected that the receiving organization focuses on areas like research and scientific exchange, education, youth exchanges, cultural cooperation, and promotion of tourism.
Grant applications are to be submitted online and those who have excellent proposals will get a response.
The Abilis Foundation supports projects that aid developing countries, though they do it with a twist. The grants they give are to organizations that are run by persons with disabilities. This way, PWDs are trained to be employed independently whilst also providing the aid needed by the developing world.
Arab Human Rights Fund
In the Arab Region, many human rights defenders risk their lives and are left with so little, which alarmed many including the Arab Human Rights Fund. NGOs who seek to apply for their grant can get up to as much as USD 40,000. With the amount given, NGOs are expected to give forms of protection for those who have no other access to funding and livelihood.
Above are just some of the many foundations that provide grants to NGOs. The most important thing to consider when applying for a grant is the connection of your project proposal to those of the grant providers, as well as the success of your project.
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