Top 15 Funding Opportunities for Small NGOs from Small Grant-making Foundations

Small NGOs in developing countries struggle to identify resources which match up to their capacities and needs. Many large and known funding opportunities pose high-level competition and their eligibility criteria to apply can be so tough that most small NGOs fail to even submit their funding applications.

However, there are a few, little known grant-making foundations that issue grant opportunities from time to time for such small NGOs which are not able to source funding from other sources easily. We have developed a list of such opportunities below:

Muste Institute’s Social Justice Fund: Supporting Grassroots Activist Projects
The A.J. Muste Memorial Institute is seeking applications for its Social Justice Fund to support grassroots activist projects in the US and around the world, giving priority to those with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources…[more]

International Peacemakers’ Fund for Grassroots Initiatives
Applicants are invited to apply for International Peacemakers’ Fund to provide financial support to grassroots initiatives that work towards peace and reconciliation in war torn communities around the globe…[more]

Downloadable PDF Ebooks on How to Raise Funds and more
fundsforNGOs Premium Members can download PDF Ebooks on how to raise funds, how to write proposals, how to identify and contact relevant donor agencies, how to undertake strategic planning and many other topics. Join Premium Today!…[more]

Fonds SUEZ for Improving the Living Conditions of Persons in Developing Countries
Applicants are invited to apply for the Fonds SUEZ grant program to combat exclusion by favouring inclusion and consequently sustainably improving the living conditions and autonomy of persons via access to essential services, social insertion and social harmony…[more]

Japan Fund for Global Environment
pan Fund for Global Environment (JFGE), a division of the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency of Japan (ERCA) sponsors the Japan Fund for Global Environment provide grants for grassroots projects to expand…[more]

Reaching All Children Challenge: Harnessing Social Protection for Vulnerable Children
The Positive Action Challenges in partnership with The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS is currently inviting applicants for its Reaching All Children Challenge…[more]

Get Early Funding Grant Alerts
Join fundsforNGOs Premium Member and get early funding grant alerts by email. With early grant alerts, you can prepare yourself better to submit a winning proposal. Early grant alerts empower you with special intelligence to apply for the best opportunities. Join Premium Today…[more]

Crowder-Messersmith Fund to Support Conservation and Education Projects
The Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund, together with the Audubon Naturalist Society, helps fund small, local conservation and education projects in developing countries by providing seed money to communities and individuals whose projects have not attracted major support from other sources…[more]

The Karl Kahane Foundation’s Grant Program
The Karl Kahane Foundation is accepting applications for its grant program to help people to create a dignified and peaceful living environment for themselves and their neighbors…[more]

Fondation de France/CFSI: 2019 Call for Projects “Promotion of Family Farming in West Africa”
The Fondation de France and the French Committee for International Solidarity (CFSI) have launched a 2019 Call for Projects “Promotion of Family Farming in West Africa” to promote local initiatives to increase access to food…[more]

Sample Proposals from Successful Grantees
As a fundsforNGOs Premium Member, you can view hundreds of sample proposals from successful grantees from around the world. Learn about new project ideas, success stories and lessons learned from other NGOs. Join Premium Today…[more]

OSME: Seeking Applications for Conservation Fund (Select Countries)
The Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME) is seeking applications for its “Conservation Fund”, which is small grants programme that supports bird conservation projects in the OSME region…[more]

FineReads 2018 $15K Grant Program
FineReads is incredibly passionate about increasing literacy rates for children around the world. FineReads is currently seeking applications from organizations for its 2018 $15K Grant Program…[more]

DISCO Call for Proposals Micro-Grants to Support Small-scale Activities
The EU/Council of Europe Joint Programme “Democratic and Inclusive School Culture in Operation” (DISCO) is currently accepting applications for project proposals for the next cycle of the Programme…[more]

Filter Funding Opportunities by Country and Areas of Interest
As a fundsforNGOs Premium Member, you can filter funding opportunities by country and area/s of interest. You can also set email alerts based on your country of preference. Plus all other relevant global opportunities displayed to you in a calendar overview. Join Premium Today…[more]

Maecenia Foundation Grant Program: Promoting Pioneering Projects of Women
The Maecenia Foundation is seeking applications for its grant program to promote pioneering projects of women in all areas of science, art and culture…[more]

Spencer Foundation’s Small Research Grants
The Spencer Foundation is seeking applications for its Small Research Grants Program that supports education research projects. The program’s aim is to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived…[more]

Girls First Fund Grants to Prevent and Respond to Child Marriage and Early Unions
The Girls First Fund is seeking applications for grants to prevent and respond to child marriage and early unions. The Girls First Fund is committed to reaching new and emerging organizations, as well as organizations with little or no access to larger donors…[more]

Downloadable PDF Ebooks on How to Raise Funds and more
fundsforNGOs Premium Members can download PDF Ebooks on how to raise funds, how to write proposals, how to identify and contact relevant donor agencies, how to undertake strategic planning and many other topics. Join Premium Today!…[more]

Fondation Mérieux’s Small Grant Program
Fondation Mérieux’s grants program to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. The projects including as beneficiaries mothers and children will be given priority…[more]

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  • Khurshid Ali khan says:

    Application for Grants

    • Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Khurshid Ali khan,

      You can apply for these opportunity if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

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    I’m in the process of registring for my NGO, what advice can you give as a starter?

    • Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi there,

      FundsforNGOs Premium is an annual individual membership plan. Our discount pricing is US$99 per year for members in Developing countries and US$199 per year for members in Developed countries. I would like to inform you that we are currently offering 50% off on premium membership for a limited time only. To avail 50% discount please visit-

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  • Mr carl Ime Godwin says:

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    • Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Mr carl Ime Godwin,

      You can apply for these opportunity if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the each post.

      Good luck!

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        Thank you for your interest in our premium membership service.

        Unfortunately, we are unable to offer you FundsforNGOs premium for free, but you may try the premium membership service for 14 days and if not satisfied, we will issue a refund (if payment is made by card only).

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  • Youssef says:

    Veru useful indeed. Do you reconnend any book or reference in fundraising and proposal writing for small NGOs
    Refards. Youssef

  • Bright Simbi says:

    I’m interested for this program

  • Mahendra says:

    G’t mission….

  • Elungat David says:

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    • Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Elungat David,

      You are welcome to sign up for the 50% Discount offer. While the offer is not available online on our website but, you can contact us at [email protected] to get detailed information about the offer.

      Good luck!

  • Palash Mitra says:

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    Palash Mitra

  • Asiimwe james says:

    am Asiimwe James work with sovcorgniation found in Mubende District Uganda am happy to appear on apage my comment is how can I get opportunity a grant? in order to support ovcof my area of service since am new.

  • Asiimwe james says:

    Thanx very much we are happy for opportunity.

  • Asiimwe james says:

    Is it essay to get that opportunity of as anew mber?

    • Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Asiimwe james,

      FundsforNGOs does not guarantee funding success. Our objective is to increase the capacity of NGOs to raise funds by providing skills and knowledge. Our members use these resources to fundraise more efficiently.

      Good luck!

  • U.S. Department of Justice, OVW: Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program

    Righteous Persons Foundations: Supporting Jewish Community in United States

    EU Call for Proposals: Enhancing CSOs’ Contribution to Governance and Development Process in Vietnam

    Rise Against Hunger: Seeking Applications for Nourishing Lives Partnership (NLP) Program

    Apply for Russell Sage Foundation’s Grant Program!

    U.S. Department of State: Countering Violent Extremism in the Philippines through Targeted, Networked, and Effective Initiatives

    3ie Request for Proposals: Qualitative Evaluation of the Impact of Self-Help Groups on Women’s Economic and Social Empowerment in India

    Global Affairs Canada Call for Proposals: Dismantling Barriers & Improving the Quality of Education for Women and Girls

    National Geographic Society: Documenting Human Migrations Program

    Embassy of the Netherlands in Turkey: Seeking Proposals for Matra Programme

    U.S. Department of State, Bureau of INL: Eastern Caribbean Organized Crime Investigation Program

    Call for Applications: Sky Ranch Foundation’s Grant Program

    Embassy of the Netherlands: Inviting Turkish Organisations for Human Rights Fund

    U.S. Department of Justice: 2019 Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program

    2019 Resist Grant: Supporting People’s Movements for Justice and Liberation in U.S.

    IOOF Foundation’s Grant: Inviting Applicants from Australia

    GCERF Call for Concept Notes: Strengthening Community Resilience to Violent Extremism in Tunisia

    U.S. Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina: Seeking Applications for Interethnic Reconciliation and Youth Program

    Canadian Women’s Foundation: Seeking Proposals for Annual Violence Prevention Grants 2019

    National Endowment for the Arts: Seeking Applications for Challenge America Grants Program

    NEA: Seeking Applications for “NEA Art Works 1” Grants Program

    CMA CGM Foundation 2019 Call for Proposals: Promoting Access to Education for Children in Difficulty

    British Council: Inviting Applicants for Sub-Saharan Africa Research Grants

    EU-Paraguay Call for Proposals: 2018-2019 European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Country Support Scheme