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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Eurasia Programme Call for Applications 2019: Two-Year Project Funding

AWGC Request for Proposals: 2019 Women, Arts & Progressive Social Change Program in United States

UNDP Call for Proposals: NGOs/CSOs for The Development of Social Enterprises and Employment Generation for Urban Youth and Women in Zimbabwe

Call for Proposals: ERA-NET BlueBio COFUND

ffotogallery Call for Proposals: A Woman’s Work

Freedom Fund RFPs: Feasibility Study for a Vocational Training and Formal Employment Scheme for Survivors of Slavery in Ethiopia

Mercy Foundation: Inviting Australian Not for Profit Organisations for 2019 Social Justice Small Grants Program

USAID Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Activity: Annual Program Statement

Health Systems Research Initiative: Providing Evidence to Strengthen Health Systems

U.S. Mission to Hungary: Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program

European Commission: Call for Proposals on Preventing and Countering Violent Radicalisation

UNDP/South Sudan: Small Grants to Conduct Public Outreach Awareness-Raising and Information Dissemination on Transitional Justice

U.S. Department of Justice, OVW: Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program

13th UNDEF Project Grant: Inviting CSOs & NGOs to Advance & Support Democracy

EU Call for Proposals: European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights Country Based Support Scheme (CBSS) for Sri Lanka 2018-2019

RWJF 2018 Call for Proposals: Health and Climate Solutions Program in United States

Woodward Charitable Trust: Providing Grants to Charitable Organisations in the United Kingdom

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of ECA: 2019 Youth Leadership Program with Burma

U.S. Mission to Israel: Promoting Cross-Cultural Cooperation

UNDP-South Sudan Call for Proposals: Inviting CSOs & NGOs for Small Grants to Establish and Operate Justice and Confidence Centers

DRL Evaluation Innovation Fund: Democratizing Learning and Evaluation- Supporting Evaluation Ecosystems and Opportunities for Contextualized Approaches

U.S. Embassy in Sierra Leone: Annual Program Statement 2019

U.S. Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire PAS: Seeking Proposals for 2019 Local Grants Program

Call for EOIs: Powering Opportunities Partnership (POP) – Productive Energy Use (PEU) Action Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

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