20 Ways for You to engage with the United Nations: Grants, Conferences and Networking Opportunities

The United Nations (UN) refers to NGOs and the civil society as the ‘third sector’ after government and the private business. It has always given high importance to NGOs in research, policy-making and execution of programs worldwide. The UN believes in building partnerships with NGOs and supporting them in terms of grant opportunities, networking, conferences and capacity building.

UN offers a range of opportunities for NGOs to collaborate and address sustainable development challenges worldwide. One of its most important programs on civil society collaboration is the ECOSOC that offers you an opportunity to enter into its database of NGO partners and attain a consultative status. With this opportunity, you will also be able to attend various international conferences and events of the UN.

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Funding opportunities for NGOs at the UN are available every now on then. Some of the best funding programs are the UN Democracy Fund, UN Women grants, UN GEF Small Grants and UN-HABITAT Youth Grant. These opportunities are announced annually during different times of the year and there is a strong focus on funding small and medium-sized organizations in developing countries to address issues related to democracy, youth, good governance, environment, climate change and women empowerment.

Fellowship opportunities for NGO professionals are also announced from time to time. The OHCHR fellowships not only introduce selected fellows to human rights knowledge but they also provide an excellent understanding of the UN system and its approach towards sustainable development.

Apart from the above funding and fellowship opportunities, there are also dedicated channels opened up by the UN for NGOs to enter into partnerships. The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service and the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme are some of these programs that enable selected NGOs to participate in various conferences and events and ensure long-term benefits of capacity bulding and networking.

In this guide, we look at various channels, including funding and networking opportunities that offer NGOs the prospects of partnering with the UN for better delivery and sustainability. Please note that some of these programs are now closed and they are no longer accepting new applications until further notice. Nevertheless, we have listed them here so that you can prepare early as they open up for the next year. Also you will find out information about two upcoming conferences where NGOs are invited to attend them.

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Latest Funds for NGOs

Applications Open for NYCI’s Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme Programme!

British Embassy Montevideo Call for Bids: Montevideo Project Fund 2017

U.S. Mission to Saudi Arabia: Seeking Applications for Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program

USAID/Guinea Malaria Bilateral: Addressing Critical Malaria Prevention & Control Issues in Guinea

Swedish EPA Call for Proposals: Supporting Projects in the Field of Sustainable and Efficient Transport Systems

Resist Grant: Supporting People’s Movements for Justice and Liberation in the U.S.

Lipman-Miliband Trust:  Seeking Applications for The Southern Africa Fund

EU Call for Proposals: Innovative Approaches for Local Nutrition Governance Program in Bangladesh

Connecticut Health Foundation: Diverse Advocacy and Consumer Engagement in Health Reform

OSISA Call for Proposals: Youth, Arts and Culture Initiative

Department of Health and Human Services: Economic Studies of Immunization Policies and Practices Program

High Commission of Canada in Kenya: Canada Fund for Local Initiatives 2017-2018

The Department of Justice and Equality: Disability Awareness Raising Grant Scheme 2017

FRIDA Call for Proposals: Inviting Young Women-Led Groups for Climate and Environmental Justice Special Grants

ASEF Call for Proposals: 17th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights

High Commission of Canada in Jamaica: Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

Apply for the Jeremy Wilson Charitable Trust Grants for Young People!

Partnerships for International Development Fund: Seeking Applications from New Zealand

EJC’s European Publishers Longterm Reporting Grant: Raising Awareness of Sustainable Development Goals

European Journalism Centre: Innovation in Development Reporting Grant (IDR) Programme

Applications Open for EJC’s Global Health Journalism Grant Program for Germany!

The British Academy: Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business

USDA-FNS: Seeking Applications for Child and Adult Care Food Program Training Grant

Applications Open for U.S. Embassy Zagreb Small Grants Program 2017!

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