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.

UN-shaking-hands

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.

Click on ‘Next’ below to start learning about the UN opportunities.

Next>>>

Minor Foundation for Major Challenges: Inviting Applications from all over the World

National Geographic Society: Request for Proposals on ‘Making the Case for Nature’

National Geographic Society RFPs: Recovery of Species on the Brink of Extinction

Rainforest Trust SAVES Challenge: Providing Funding to Species Protection Projects

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund: Addressing the Needs of Species Conservation Initiatives

BiodivERsA: Supporting Transnational Research Projects

Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund: Preserving Biodiversity Projects in the Asia-Pacific Region

Cleveland Zoological Society: Seeking Applications for Future for Wildlife Seed Grants

Safari Club International Foundation: Seeking Applications for Large Grants Program

Professional Development Grants: Providing Support for Mid-career Conservationists

National Geographic: Big Cats Initiative to Protect and Restore Big Cat Populations

Primate Conservation, Incorporated: Seeking Proposals to Support Conservation Programs for Wild Populations of Primates

Applications Open for NEF Commemorative Grant Fund for Capacity Building of Young Scientists (CGF)!

Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust: Grants to Individuals Undertaking Nature Conservation Projects

World Wildlife Fund: Seeking Applications for Reforestation Grants Program

Jana Robeyst Trust Fund: Seeking Applications for Small Conservation Grant Program

Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Product Grant: Supporting Efforts in Conservation and Environmental Stewardship

APN: Inviting Applicants for 2018 CRRP and CAPaBLE Programmes

Threatened Species Grants Program: Inviting CSOs Engaged in Conservation

National Geographic’s Conservation Technologies Grant: New Methods of Monitoring Ecosystem Health

Apply for Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot Large Grants Programme!

U.S. Mission to Moldova: Seeking Applications for AFCP 2019 Small Grants Competition

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation: Seeking Applications to Protect Natural Resources

U.S. Mission to South Africa: Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2019 Small Grants Program

>