Celebrating International Youth Day with these Inspiring Grants for Youths and Youth-led NGOs

Today, August 12 is International Youth Day!

Youth Day

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Young people are the social actors of change and progress. They are a crucial segment of nation’s development, therefore, their contribution is highly needed. Young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow – they’re making huge changes to the world around them.

As youth are the leaders of tomorrow and is leading the change, they should be given a chance to take an active part in the decision-making of local, national and global levels. Understanding the fact that the young people can immensely contribute to the society, International Youth Day ensures that they have the ability, skill, motivation and recognition to continue to do so.

International Youth Day focuses on the rights of these young people to have full access to education, adequate healthcare, employment opportunities, financial services and full participation in public life. This year, the theme of International Youth Day, “Transforming education”, highlights efforts to make education more inclusive and accessible for all youth, including efforts by youth themselves.

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Education and Knowledge are central to the development and improvement of lives of young people globally. It is the medium for youth with the help of which they can easily realize their potentialities and thus can contribute effectively in the upliftment of society.

Not only this, proper attention must be given to the increased participation of marginalized youth to ensure that they acquire the knowledge, capacities, and skills needed to fulfil their role as agents of change.

To enhance the potential capacity of youth, several NGOs work on different youth development programs where they can use their creativity, knowledge, skills and potentialities. International Youth Day 2019 will examine how Governments, young people and youth-led and youth-focused organizations, as well as other stakeholders, are transforming education and how these efforts are contributing to the achievement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Therefore, to assist NGOs better, we have compiled some open opportunities for youth development below.

(August 2019)

Get a Chance to Explore planned Project with ZIS Foundation Travel Grant
Do you want to discover the world? if yes, then ZIS Foundation Travel grant is the right choice. ZIS Foundations is currently inviting applications for Young people across the world who want to go travelling off the beaten track with an independently planned project….[more]

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Arab Council for the Social Sciences inviting Applicants for Small Grants Program (SGP)
The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is seeking applications for the third round of its Small Grants Program (SGP) on the themes of “Youth” and “Urban Spatial Inequalities” that aims to support scholars and professionals in the Arab region…[more]

National Geographic Society announces Early Career Grants
The National Geographic Society’s Early Career Grants which are designed to offer less experienced individuals an opportunity to lead a project…[more]

Small Grant Programme for Inter Faith Week 2019 in the UK
The Inter Faith Youth Trust (Alma Royalton-Kisch Trust) is inviting applicants for its Small Grants Programme under Inter Faith Week 2019 to promote the education of children and young people about the religions of the world and funds projects that bring together young people of different faiths to improve collaboration and understanding…[more]

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Fellowship Program for the India’s Youth to make a Change in Educational Inequity
“Teach For India” Fellowship Program 2020-22 is now open for India’s brightest and most promising youth, from the nation’s best universities and workplaces, to serve as full-time teachers to children from low-income communities in some of the nation’s most under-resourced schools…[more]

U.S. Embassy Kathmandu announces Indo-Pacific Regional Model United Nations (MUN) Conference
The U.S. Embassy Kathmandu has announced an open competition for organizations interested in submitting proposals to organize a comprehensive Indo-Pacific Regional Model United Nations (MUN) conference. The conference will provide university level students from the Indo-Pacific region with skills and knowledge to become leaders in the region’s economic, political, and civic development…[more]

USAID-Philippines seeking Applications for “New Youth Activity”
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a Cooperative Agreement from qualified U.S. and Non-U.S. organizations to implement a project entitled “New Youth Activity” to strengthen institutions at the national level and in selected regions in the Philippines that will result in improved education, employment, and livelihood outcomes for youth, particularly marginalized youth who are out-of-school…[more]

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UNVIE inviting Organizations to Implement a Youth Exchange Program
The U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna (UNVIE) is inviting eligible organizations to submit proposals to implement a youth exchange program to promote U.S. leadership in outer space and build closer relationships between the United States and the peoples of participating countries…[more]

U.S. Mission to Kenya launches “5 Ws of Cybersecurity” Program
Public Affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi has announced an open competition for organizations to submit applications to design and implement a program to strengthen capacity to prevent and respond to cyber security threats…[more]

ecoSolution Grants for Building the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards in U.S.
The Captain Planet Foundation is accepting applications for its ecoSolution Grants to build the next generation of environmental stewards and change-agents…[more]

ecoTech Grants for addressing Environmental Problems in United States
The Captain Planet Foundation is accepting applications for “ecoTech Grants” to engage children in inquiry-based, STEM-related projects that leverage technology and/or use nature-based design to address environmental problems in local communities…[more]

Submit Proposals for Young Pacific Leaders Conference 2019/2020
U.S. Embassy New Zealand has announced an open competition for organizations interested in submitting proposals to organize a comprehensive program designed to provide emerging Pacific leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to become leaders in the region’s economic and civic development…[more]

Wolfson Foundation promoting special Educational Needs to Schools and Colleges in United Kingdom
The Wolfson Foundations is inviting applications for Schools and Colleges for children and young people with special educational needs. Grants are awarded for projects focused on helping pupils to develop skills which would help them to gain employment or live independently after leaving school or college…[more]

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Youth Scholarship Program for overcoming Homelessness through Education in United States
SchoolHouse Connection is currently inviting applications for youth Scholarship Program  for Children and  youth to overcome homelessness through education in United States…[more]

Applications Open for 3rd International Youth Summit Lahore 2019
Applications are now open for “3rd International Youth Summit Lahore 2019” with an aim to highlight how inclusive and sustainable economic growth is crucial in achieving the 2030 Agenda, to apperceive the systematic use of scientific and technical knowledge to meet specific objectives or requirements…[more]

Funding Call for ‘The Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program’ 2019 for Young Leaders
The Policy Center for the New South has currently announced the application for The Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program for young leaders to engage them in policy making and shaping narrative from the Atlantic basin and Africa…[more]

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2020 Gratitude Network Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs Serving Children and Youth
Applicants are invited to apply for the 2020 Gratitude Network Fellowship which is a 12-month leadership development program designed to help social entrepreneurs scale their organizations to the next level and therefore expand their impact…[more]

Eco-generation announces 23rd Eco-generation Regional Ambassadors Program
Eco-generation has announced a call for applications for the 23rd Eco-generation Regional Ambassadors Program. Eco-generation Regional Ambassador is an elite position awarded to youth aged between 13 and 24 qualified to represent Tunza Eco-generation…[more]

Applications Open for Vodafone Foundation Innovation Fund – New Zealand
Applicants are invited to submit applications for the Vodafone Foundation Innovation Fund which has been set up to support innovative work that aims to create better outcomes for most excluded and disadvantaged youth…[more]

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Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Youth Awards to honor Latino High School Seniors for their Excellence in various Categories
Hispanic Heritage Foundation has launched its Youth Awards to honor Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories…[more]

Froebel Trust Open Call Research Grant 2019
The Froebel Trust has announced an Open Call Research Grants 2019 to fund high quality research, which builds upon and contributes to knowledge and understanding of Froebelian philosophy, principles and approaches…[more]

Trieste Contemporanea’s Young European Artist Award 2019 is Now Open
Trieste Contemporanea is currently accepting applications or its Young European Artist Award 2019. Trieste Contemporanea presents this Award with the aim of promoting young artists from Central Eastern Europe on the international art scene. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Award…[more]

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DRRP Program: Independent Living Transition Services for Youth and Young Adults with Significant Disabilities from Minority Backgrounds
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is currently accepting applications for its program entitled “Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Independent Living Transition Services for Youth and Young Adults with Significant Disabilities from Minority Backgrounds”…[more]

Apply for Social Development Partnerships Program for Leadership of Youth with Disabilities
The Government of Canada is seeking applications for its program entitled “Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability: Building a stronger foundation for leadership of youth with disabilities”…[more]

Caucasus Research Resource Center announces 2nd Call for Youth Initiatives – Azerbaijan
Caucasus Research Resource Center – Georgia has announced the 2nd open solicitation process among youth groups in the framework of the program of strengthening good governance, accountability and public participation funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands…[more]

Government of Canada seeking Applications for Enabling Accessibility Fund
The Government of Canada is seeking applications for its Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) which is looking for dynamic youth who want to demonstrate leadership and their commitment to their communities by volunteering their time to build a more accessible Canada…[more]

Registration Open – Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2019 Feature Conference and Youth Agenda Forum
UNESCO has launched the annual Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2019 under the theme “MIL Citizens: Informed, Engaged, Empowered” which will be celebrated from 24 to 31 October this year…[more]

William T. Grant Foundation announces Institutional Challenge Grant in United States
William T. Grant Foundation has announced its Institutional Challenge Grant to encourage university-based research institutes, schools, and centers to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes…[more]

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grants to Support Community-based Organizations in the United States
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation is accepting applications for its grants program to support museums, cultural, and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs…[more]

World’s Most Prestigious Award for Sustainability- The Energy Globe Award 2020! Apply Now
Nominations are open for the world’s most prestigious award for sustainability- the Energy Globe Award 2020. The objective of the Energy Globe Award is to present successful sustainable projects to a global audience and to demonstrate that for many environmental problems feasible solutions already exist. Projects submitted from over 180 countries take part each year in the awards…[more]

NEF’s Research Grant Programme to Strengthen Research Capacity of Young Researchers in Asia-Pacific Region
The Nagao Natural Environment Foundation (NEF) is inviting applications for its Research Grant Programme to support academic and scientific research that will deepen knowledge of the nature conservation in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region…[more]

Small Grant Program for U.S. and Mexican Non-profit Institutions and Individuals
U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State has announced that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program…[more]

German Chancellor Fellowship opens for Tomorrow’s Leaders
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation  is looking for the leaders of tomorrow from Brazil, China, India, Russia, and the USA. This fellowship programme is under the patronage of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and is financed by the Federal Foreign Office. …[more]

Youth Forums Canada Program for Canadian Organizations
Government of Canada is inviting applications from Canadian organizations for its Youth Forums Canada Program to provide workshops and conferences that connect youth – generally between the ages of 14 and 25 – who share a passion for Canadian issues, institutions, history, official languages, sports or the arts…[more]

Call for Proposals: U.S. Embassy Valletta PAS Annual Program Statement
The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Valletta of the U.S. Department of State has announced that it will accept proposals for funding under the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Grants program…[more]

Weavers’ Company Benevolent Fund seeking Applications for Charitable Grants
The Worshipful Company of Weavers is seeking applications for its Benevolent Fund to support work in the following areas of interest…[more]

European Commission launches Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach
The European Commission has launched a call for proposal for the ‘Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach’, the prize rewards outstanding works that enhance citizens’ understanding of the EU, help broaden the ownership of the European project and develop a sense European identity…[more]

UNDP announces Gender Transformative Climate Smart Agriculture and Agri–Business Program
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is seeking proposals under the Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) Program of UN Women Ethiopia Country Office, the program on climate smart agriculture namely “Gender Transformative Climate Smart Agriculture and Agri-Business (CSAAB)” with an aim to…[more]

Eisenhower Fellowships Youth Leadership Network inviting Young leaders to make the World a Better Place
Application has been opened for Eisenhower Fellowships youth Leadership Network inviting young leaders for serving and leading communities and peers forward to make the world a better place…[more]

Third Human Rights Youth Challenge focuses on Private Sector Participation in Water and Sanitation Sector
The Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation is organizing the Third Human Rights Youth Challenge and invites youth aged between 24 and 32 years to submit a 2000 word essay on “private sector participation in the water and sanitation sector: a human rights perspective”…[more]

TRASC 2 – ‘Europe – What Next? Transformational Leadership and Confidence Building for Young Professionals
The Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (GISS) in cooperation with Collegium Civitas (Warsaw, Poland), with funding from Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation is inviting applications for implementing a project titled: “TRASC 2 – ‘Europe – What Next? Transformational Leadership and Confidence Building for Young Professionals’”…[more]

7th Euro-Arab Youth Forum – Youth Driving Dialogue for Peace and Security
The Euro-Arab Youth Forum is now open for applications with an aim to foster mutual cooperation and dialogue among European and Arab Youth leaders and representatives of youth associations on topics of shared concern within a framework of commitment to a culture of universal human rights and intercultural dialogue…[more]

Funding Call on Prevention of Human Trafficking and Protection of Victims – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Submit proposals for “Civil society initiatives to collect data, analyze and independently monitor the situation of trafficking in human beings in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BAN -PHASE III).”…[more]

Applications Open for ICYF Media Training Camp for Youth
The Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Turkey and Anadolu Agency, will organize an international youth media camp which will expose youth from OIC Member States to learning about ­­journalism, and current media global issues…[more]

U.S. Embassy in Norway launches Arctic Youth Entrepreneurship Program
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Oslo is seeking proposals for a project aimed at increasing prosperity in the Arctic through youth entrepreneurship….[more]

UN-Habitat’s Call for Innovative Solutions to Transform Waste to Wealth

Submit Your Applications for Yesod Professional Development Fund

Call for Mobility Grants 2019 for Legal Entities in Romania and Norway

Funding Call to boost Sustainable Tourism Development and Capacity of Tourism SMEs

Call for Participants- Seminar “Roma Youth Participation: What now?”

Calling CSOs to participate in “Rooting Democracy in Kenya through an Informed Citizenry” Programme

Grant Program on Mapping Illicit Supply Networks to Combat Conservation Crimes at their Convergence

Call for Applications for Radcliffe Fellowship Program

Mobilize Power Fund for Youth-led and Intergenerational Groups, and Nonprofits- United States

Australia: Grant of Up to $22,000 for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Applications Open for African Youth Ambassadors for Peace

IFAD’s Call for Proposals to improve Livelihoods, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Resilience (Malawi, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire)

UNESCO YouthMobile Seed-Grants to empower Girls with Digital Skills during Africa Code Week 2019

People’s Postcode Trust supporting Charities for their Good Causes in the UK

USAID-Kampala: Uganda Biodiversity for Resilience Activity Program

ACTION Call for Proposals to Support New and Ongoing Citizen Science Projects

Call for Proposal for Ensuring Sustainable Democratic Governance and Human Rights in Southern Mediterranean

ERBACHER Foundation Grant to Sponsor Charitable Projects

DMTFYP Central Grants Programme assiting Disadvantaged Young People in UK and Ireland

The Burns Price Foundation Grant to Promote Good Citizenship amongst Young People in the UK

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation accepting Applications for “Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program” in the U.S.

Program on Countering Unregulated Wild Plant Collection in Armenia

Small Grants for Interreligious Projects in the Central African Republic

Calling Serbian CSOs to Prevent and Fight against Trafficking in Human Beings