Download! The FundsforNGOs Guide on Proposal Writing Basics: The Complete “How-To” for Everything Proposal-related

Donor proposal requirements have over time become more complex. This reflects increased competition and ever-larger resources available to the NGO sector. The enormous growth in funding opportunities as well as NGOs has also made fundraising more competitive and requiring higher-quality proposals. The following guide has been prepared to provide comprehensive information about basic proposal writing for local grassroots NGOs in developing countries and international development workers and … [Read more...]

Nominations Open for 2017 World of Children Awards!

Deadline: 1 April 2017 Nominations are open for World of Children Awards 2017 with an aim to provide funding and recognition to support life-changing work for children by discovering and elevating only the most effective change makers for children worldwide. World of Children Award was created to recognize and elevate those selfless individuals who make a difference in the lives of children across the globe, regardless of political, religious or geographical boundaries. These courageous … [Read more...]

Thomson Reuters Foundation’s TrustLaw: Free Legal Services for NGOs

TrustLaw is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal programme. It connects the best law firms and corporate legal teams around the world with high-impact NGOs and social enterprises working to create social and environmental change. It produces groundbreaking legal research, and offer innovative training courses worldwide. Through TrustLaw, over 100,000 lawyers offer their time and knowledge to help organisations achieve their social mission for free. This means NGOs and social … [Read more...]

How to develop a Budget for your Project Proposal?

Developing budgets for your project or for even your organization is one of the most time-consuming tasks. Often we think that a budget is a simple format attached to a project proposal and you need to fill it according to the activities and strategies proposed in the project. However, when you start opening up a proposal backwards, you will realize that the budget is a critical component of the project. We have decided to develop a project proposal because we have understood and realized that … [Read more...]

How can NGOs apply and get grants from Bilateral Donor Agencies?

Bilateral donor funding refers to the donor country’s Government aid to recipient country in a Government-to-Government or a Government-to-NGO/Civil Society partnership. It is part of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) policies of the member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which are working towards economic progress and trade. They play a major role in providing development funding to Governments and Civil Society mostly in developing … [Read more...]

Evergreen Grants: How to apply for funding without worrying about deadlines?

When we identify a funding opportunity and decide to apply for it, the single big factor that will most significantly influence us in the process is its deadline. A deadline that is close enough can be very disappointing. For example, if you come to know of a funding opportunity 3 days prior to its deadline, you will either give it up or you will put yourself under lot of pressure to complete the proposal and submit it within the given timeframe. Some donor agencies can be very rigid and … [Read more...]

Monitoring and Evaluation: Developing NGOs

If you have worked in the development field or with NGOs for a while, the abbreviation M&E definitely has come across your desk a couple of times. While you probably know that it means Monitoring and Evaluation, maybe you are not quite sure how to go about it and what the benefits are of having a good monitoring and evaluation scheme in place. Monitoring basically refers to the measuring and documenting of progress, achievements and results. The main goals of monitoring are to collect … [Read more...]

EKOenergy’s Climate Fund: Call for Climate Projects

Deadline: 30 September 2016 EKOenergy is network of environmental not-for-profit organisations and it promotes sustainable renewable energy. The network manages the EKOenergy label, the only international label for renewable electricity. For each MWh of EKOenergy-certified electricity, at least €0.10 goes to EKOenergy’s Climate Fund. EKOenergy wants to use the money of the Climate Fund to finance small renewable electricity projects aiming at alleviation of energy poverty in poor countries and … [Read more...]

Webinar Video: How to Raise Funds from USAID

The Webinar Video on "How to Raise Funds from USAID" is now available online. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is a major source of funds and partnership opportunities for NGOs around the world. Despite this, many NGOs often do not apply for funding with USAID because of the complexity and highly competitive nature of the USAID grant system. The funding guidelines can be difficult to understand, instructions are complicated, and the application form can be … [Read more...]

A List of Corporate Donors supporting NGOs

Download this resource guide on "A List of Corporate Donors supporting NGOs" available exclusively for our premium members. Poverty, lack of education, improper water and sanitation, human rights, violence against women etc have always been the issues that need to be emphasized for proper growth and development. Despite of various efforts that have been made to ameliorate these issues, our developing world still lacks in refining the growth and boosting the lives of people … [Read more...]

Global Affairs Canada Funding Programs on Development, Foreign Policy and Trade

Download this resource guide on “Global Affairs Canada Funding Programs on Development, Foreign Policy and Trade” available exclusively for our premium members. Global Affairs Canada is the Government of Canada's department that manages Canada's trade, diversity and more for international development and humanitarian assistance. Global Affairs Canada will focus on the following integrated priorities to advance the government’s international agenda in 2016-17: Advance Canada’s values and … [Read more...]

Webinar Video: New Donors Fundraising from South America to Asia and Beyond

The webinar video on "New Donors Fundraising from South America to Asia and Beyond" is now available online. As wealth spreads around the world and new, emerging economies are looking to increase their global standing, a number of them are establishing foreign aid programs. The new EU member states, the BRIC countries, new emerging economies, the Gulf states, and even some oil-producing states in Central Asia are all setting up foreign aid programs. Could you get a grant from the Azerbaijan … [Read more...]

Webinar Video: Grant Fundraising for International Human Rights

The Webinar Video on "Grant Fundraising for International Human Rights" is now available online. Fundraising for prospective institutional donors for human rights programs can be an overwhelming process and many NGOs don’t know where to start. This webinar will discuss some basic approaches to effectively target grant funding from foundations, governments, and multilateral donors. The viewers will gain basic knowledge and tools to develop strategies that lead to success in fundraising for … [Read more...]

Which Foreign Embassies you should approach to apply for grants?

Foreign embassies under various development cooperation programs organize small grants funding for NGOs in many countries. They can be a significant source of funding to address various socio-economic issues. Besides, their funding programs are usually small in scale but most flexible to implement. In this guide, we take a quick look at top foreign embassies and their grant programs and how your organization can learn more information on identifying and apply to such funding opportunities. US … [Read more...]

Donor Relation Management: Building long term relation with Donors

Donor Relation Management (DRM) is the process in which an organization strengthens the relationship with donors to enhance donor engagement and donor retention. Relationship building is a very important sector for business growth. Many people don't need much advice on personal and individual relationship management but learning the basics of improving business relations enhances the growth leading to the success of the business. With organizations (especially corporate and businesses) … [Read more...]

Webinar Video on Corporate Fundraising: Making an Effective Funding Case to Business

The webinar video on "Corporate Fundraising: Making an Effective Funding Case to Business" is now available online. Corporations are increasingly becoming important development actors.  They are providing funding, in-kind goods and services, as well as unique opportunities of leveraging their business models and value chains for social development.  NGOs seeking innovative approaches and effective programs must engage with them. However, it often seems that NGOs and corporations speak two … [Read more...]

Engaging Volunteers in your Fundraising Efforts

The trend of volunteering for social activities is on high peak in today's world. Volunteers are a great asset to any organization, as they bring with them energy, experience, knowledge, diverse skills and enthusiasm. They are an important human resource especially for smaller organizations with limited finances and limited staff. Even though volunteers are devoted for the enhancement of the society, they are considered as additional burden by many of the organizations. Organizations need to … [Read more...]

FIRE Africa Grants – Technical Innovation, Community Development, Education…

Deadline: 31 May 2016 The Fund for Internet Research and Development – FIRE Africa – is one of Africa’s leading Grants and Awards programmes designed to encourage, support and develop innovative online solutions to Africa’s education, information, infrastructure and communication needs. The 2016 Grant Application round is open until 31 May and, with over US$240,000 worth of funding to distribute, all Africa-based projects, organisations or start-ups whose work falls into the following … [Read more...]

Multilateral Donors: How NGOs can get involved and get support from them?

Multilateral agencies like the UN, the World Bank and others provide multilateral aid to developing countries. The significance of this type of aid is the very large scale under which it operates and provides support for addressing issues related to poverty, economic development, human rights, healthcare, peace and development and other areas. According to the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, “Working with multilateral organisations can bring…benefits” such as … [Read more...]

A Quick Guide on How to Write Powerful Concept Notes

In recent times, many donor agencies prefer their grant-seeking applicants to submit a comprehensive concept note about their proposed project before submitting a full project proposal. We have also observed this trend in many of the USAID and European Commission grant applications. In some cases, these concept notes can be highly structured requesting in-depth information about the project and in some other cases, it can just be an overview of the project idea. Nevertheless, the concept note … [Read more...]