The Digicel Foundation has launched the Leadership for Change Community Grants program to support local organizations with community grants of up to K50,000 to deliver projects that provide local solutions to local problems.
As an organization, Digicel Foundation PNG looks for partner organizations that work in line with their development priorities. The Foundation provides support to the partners through grants and capacity building. The Foundation then works together to monitor and evaluate the success of its programs and projects and provide a platform to share its collective story of change.
In the Strategic Plan 2019-2022 Foundation has a goal of creating a connected, educated, safe and healthy PNG. The mission is to work in partnership with others to deliver vital infrastructure and social programs to connect Papua New Guineans and their communities to opportunities for sustainable development.
Digicel’s strategy focuses on three objectives:
- Improve the lives of people in rural-urban communities through quality health and education programs;
- Strengthen innovative partnerships and communications for change;
- Build a smart and sustainable organization;
The Foundation prioritizes funding for projects and programs, which are in line with foundation’s development outcomes, outlined in the results framework, in foundation’s Strategic Plan. The focus areas for organizations to apply for funding include:
- Education and Literacy
- Projects that help to improve the educational outcomes for disadvantaged communities. Proposals can include support for community libraries, literacy programs for children and adults, support for resource centres, inclusive education for people living with disabilities, innovative ways to unlock digital learning, support for STEM education in schools, teacher training etc.
- Projects that help communities improve health outcomes. This can range from health awareness to service delivery projects. Particular focus is given to projects that address maternal mortality, community based rehabilitation for people living with disabilities, water sanitation hygiene (WASH) Programs, Feminine Hygiene projects etc.
- Peace Building
- Projects that assist anti-violence advocates and human rights defenders in communities and increases access to services for victims of violence. These projects can include assistance to safe houses, peace-building initiatives through sports, conflict resolution training. Particular focus will be given to projects that emphasis working with men on violence prevention programs in line with the Men of Honour Campaign run by Digicel Foundation.
- Leadership and Sustainable Livelihoods
- Projects that assist with civic engagement and leadership development. Projects can include leadership skills training, civic engagement, strengthening local governance, sustainable livelihoods, nutrition and agricultural projects.
- Community grants of up to K50, 000 is avalilable.
In order to engender community ownership and participation, the Foundation may place pre-determined limits, as a percentage of total costs, on funding to specific kinds of projects. That is, specific projects may be assisted with varying levels of assistance, relative to what must be invested by the community. This investment may take the form of finance, capital or “sweat equity” in the form of labour.
In general, Digicel Foundation does not provide funding for the following:
- Organizations and programs designed to influence legislation or elected officials to public offices;
- Sectarian or religious organizations whose services are limited to members of one religious group;
- Religious programs;
- Endowment funds, development campaigns, or funds directed towards deficit reduction or operating reserves;
- Fundraising events or sponsorships (walk/runs, golf tournaments, sports teams, tickets, tables, benefits, raffles, souvenir programmes, advertising, fundraising dinners etc.);
- Trips, conferences, seminars, festivals, one day events (unless they are a part of an approved program activity);
- Documentaries, videos or research projects/programs;
- Private Foundations;
- Trust Funds; and
- Organizations that channel the funds received to third parties.
Basic eligibility criteria for program funding:
- Organisations must be not-for-profit and have all statutory documentation in place For example; IPA certification, Constitution, Tax Identification Number etc.
- Organisations must serve the majority of people in their respective communities;
- Organisations must have and display the leadership, financial management, experience, expertise and capacity to effectively carry out the proposed program activities;
- Program proposals must support Digicel Foundation goals;
For more information, visit https://www.digicelfoundation.org/png/en/home/apply-for-funding/funding-guidelines.html