Deadline: April 6, 2009 The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation ( ) has announced that online artist service community will now manage the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers program. The Artist Fellowships for Photographers support mid-career artists residing in Minnesota who use photo- graphy as a primary means of creative, personal expression. Four fellowships of $25,000 each will be awarded in June 2009 to en- able the recipient artists to study, reflect, experiment, and explore over a twelve-month period with the support and assis- tance from and the McKnight Foundation. In addition to the monetary award, each fellow’s work will appear in a public exhibition. The McKnight Artist Fellowships were created in 1981 to help art- ists set aside time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of opportunities; and work on new projects. McKnight contributes a total of nearly $1 million per year to individual artists through the twelve fellowship programs. The foundation delegates management of the fellowships to arts organizations that tailor programs to the unique challenges of different creative disciplines (ceramic artists, choreographers, composers, dancers, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, play- wrights, screenwriters, theater artists, visual artists, and writers). Complete application guidelines for the program are available at the Web site. RFP Link:


Deadlines: South America: 31 January. Central America & Dominican Republic: 14 February. Middle East: 16 February. Africa: 1 March

The Search and Selection process for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year was established to recognize outstanding social entrepreneurs around the globe, an initiative of The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is a not-for-profit, independent and neutral organization, founded in 1998, with the purpose to advance social entrepreneurship and to foster social entrepreneurs as an important catalyst for societal innovation and progress. The Foundation is under the legal supervision of the Swiss Federal Government and is headquartered in Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland.

The Foundation provides unparalleled platforms at the national, regional and global levels for leading social innovators that highlight social entrepreneurship as a key element to address social and ecological problems in an innovative, sustainable and effective way. The Schwab Foundation of Social Entrepreneurship focuses on three specific objectives:

1) to foster a community of leading social entrepreneurs around the world. The Foundation provides the platforms for this community to promote sustainable and innovative solutions through interaction with corporations and other stakeholders of global society. These platforms are provided in close partnership with the World Economic Forum and its series of regional and global events.

2) to contribute to the scaling of social innovations in the world by fostering a continuous dialogue among the key experts and practitioners.

3) to identify leading social entrepreneurs in their respective countries through the “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” awards, which will be run by key partners of the Foundation. The Social Entrepreneurs of the Year awards shall be at the center of an effort to promote social entrepreneurship on a national level, to familiarize the general public with social entrepreneurship and to highlight role models for others to follow.

4) to identify young social entrepreneurs of the next generation who often develop highly innovative and sustainable approaches. The Foundation nominates these entrepreneurs as Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum and offers them a unique multistakeholder network to advance their causes and ventures.

Deadlines to apply:

  • South America                                            deadline: 31 January
  • Central America and Dominican Republic   deadline: 14 February
  • Middle East                                                deadline: 16 February
  • Africa                                                         deadline: 1 March

Criteria can be found at
The benefits see

If you think you know someone who should be a candidate, please forward this information to them.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Skoll Foundation climate sanitation marine fisheries conflict resolution and peace pandemics March 3, 2009 is the next deadline. The Skoll Foundation announces that March 3, 2009 is the next deadline for receipt of applications for the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. As always, we are looking for social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential for large-scale positive change in the areas of tolerance and human rights, health, environmental sustainability, peace and security, institutional responsibility, and economic and social equity. Within these issues, we are particularly interested in applications from social entrepreneurs working in five critical sub-issue areas that threaten the survival of humanity – climate change, nuclear proliferation, global pandemics, conflict in the Middle East and water scarcity. Award winners are celebrated at the annual Skoll World Forum following their selection, at the end of March in Oxford, England. You can read the Award Guidelines, take our eligibility quiz and fill out an application on our Web site. Future deadlines will be posted to the Skoll Foundation website as they become available.


@ the C.O.C.O.  Center of Conscious Oneness Koa’e Ahupua’a, Kapoho , Hawaii Island


Join us as we dive deeply into practical sustainability with an emphasis on personal and cultural skills in community living at the C.O.C.O. (www.thehawaiiancoco .com) this Winter and Spring.


Tropical Permaculture at the C.O.C.O. – Daily Workshops with Robert Silber (M.S. Permaculture) and other Big Island teachers Observation/ Planning/ Design/Mapping, Biointensive Gardening, Orchards, Built systems, Nursery skills, Social/Legal/ Financial systems, Individual projects, and Perennial plant propagation with Wade Bauer.


Local Food Harvesting and Preparation – focus on harvesting and preparing healthy foods that grow abundantly at the C.O.C.O. and on the island.  Daily community meals with raw, vegan/vegetarian, fish options.  Traditional Hawaiian/Polynesian foods. Abundant fruit!


Yoga/Massage/ Dance/Movement/ Music/Artongoing classes include:  Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Jivamuki, Partner Yoga, Lomi and Thai Massage, Nia Dance, Contact Improv, Theater Improv, Chi Kung, Speakeasy, Kirtans, Drum Making, Ecstatic Dance, Live Concerts, more!


Emotional Awareness, Intimacy and Communication Skills –  Speakeasy w/Essensual Evolution, Co-Counseling, Forum, Pujas, Peer Support, and more!


Adventures visits to Permaculture sites, steam caves, crater lakes, black sand beaches, hidden swimming holes, hot ponds, ecstatic dance, molten lava hikes!


Contact us for a schedule and to Register:  robertjsilber@  808 936 8540

March 1-31 $750

Partial scholarships may be available


Robert Silber has a passion for building communities and empowering individuals.  Over the last 20 years, Robert has designed Permaculture landscapes in Hawaii , California , Pennsylvania , Texas , Virginia and Nicaragua .  He founded Lipp Homestead and co-founded La’akea Community.  His CV includes the Sierra Club, Clean Water Action and One Taste Community.  His experience extends  to work with the Green Party and Ralph Nader groups including the Center for Science in the Public Interest as well as Network for a New Culture.  He was appointed by Robert Kennedy, Jr. as Allegheny Riverkeeper. 


Training Opportunities

17. Local Democracy and Governance – February 2-13 2009 – Arusha, Tanzania

18. Climate Change and Development – September 2-15 2009 – Norwich, United Kingdom

19. Gender and Development (Gender & Organisational Change) April 20 – May 1 2009 – Norwich, United Kingdom

20. Call for Applications: Summer Program on Media, Democratization and Development – June 29 – July 15 2009 – Budapest, Hungary

21. The 2009 Summer Institute on Integrated Marketing Communication for Behavioral Impact in Health and Social Development – July 6-25 2009 – New York, NY, United States

22. Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Activities – July 20 – August 14 2009 – Multiple Locations

23. Management Information Systems for Monitoring and Evaluation – August 24 – September 5 2009 – Norwich, United Kingdom

24. The Overseas Development Group (ODG) Professional Development Programme – Dates to be set by individual group’s request – Norwich, United Kingdom

See for the complete listing of Training events posted on the Development Classifieds website.

All posted training opportunities are freely available for review.

If you’d like to submit your training events online, please register, log in, and then visit

Deadline: March 17, 2009

The WHO Foundation: Women Helping Others
( ) supports grassroots charities
serving the overlooked needs of women and children in the United

WHO Foundation Education/Literacy grants provide funding to
501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the United States and
Puerto Rico to support free after school organizations and for
the implementation or expansion of education and/or literacy
programs for low-income children of all ages.

In order to qualify for funding, an organization must have
501(c)(3) status in their name (no affiliates accepted) and
must have been incorporated for a minimum of three years prior
to application. Preference will be given to organizations with
an operating budget of $3 million or less, those not dependent
on government grants, and those with greater organizational pro-
gram costs than personnel costs.

The maximum request amount per organization is $5,000. Suggested
funding requests include healthy snacks, books, educational field
trips, etc. The foundation does not provide funding for salaries.

Visit the WHO Foundation Web site for complete program informa-

RFP Link:

For additional RFPs in Children and Youth, visit:


Kyung Hee University and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs


January 31, 2009

Region / Country


Summary of RFP








The World Civic Forum (WCF), jointly initiated by Kyung Hee University and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), will hold its inaugural forum on May 5-8, 2009 at the COEX in Seoul, Korea under the main theme of “Building Our Humanitarian Planet.” The WCF 2009 emerges from the leading collaboration between the UN and institutions of higher learning, and aims to develop into an ongoing global institution with the partnership of like-minded actors such as NGOs, international organizations, governments, private enterprise, and the media. As a venue for global reflection and dialogue to enhance future civilizations, it will address the internationally agreed development goals including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from various perspectives of education, research, and practice. The WCF 2009, to be followed by succeeding ones bi-annually thereafter, will highlight the following themes.


Main Theme: Building Our Humanitarian Planet


Our Earth is calling for a humanitarian regeneration. Despite scientific and technological progress, today we are faced with global problems–in particular, national conflicts and insecurity, environmental destructions and climate change, global injustice and underdevelopment, and alienation between civilizations–due to the loss of values of humanity in the course of modern civilization. Redeeming humanitarian values fully to our lives, however, is a daunting task. It requires integrative collaboration across sectors, disciplines, and nations. As much as damage to humanity has generated complicated ills in every corner of our Planet, we need a holistic initiative transcending conventional boundaries and scopes and reflecting planetary consciousness in order to cure the ills. This integrative, collaborative, and trans-boundary initiative would complement the existing efforts that have been made within a more bounded range of interests and concerns.

Key Themes: Civic Values, Civic Engagement, Civic Action


  • Civic Values for Global Justice
  • Civic Engagement in Public and Global Governance
  • Civic Action for the Global Agenda Including Climate Change


The themes suggest a necessity for reflection and dialogue to address the global challenges facing humanity and future civilizations. Civic Values have to do with people’s perception, understanding, belief, and judgment that typically promote but sometimes hamper a maturation of humanity and civilization. Civic Engagement refers to network, organization, alliance, and partnership in diverse levels and fashions that may contribute to public and global governance. Civic Action involves movement, campaign, and decision-making by a wide range of actors as a reflection of their endeavor to solve global problems including climate change.


Along with keynote speeches by globally renowned figures, the WCF welcomes applications for papers and panels. In an effort to substantiate the main and key themes, the WCF will pay particular attention to papers and panels on the following issues:


  • Climate Change (Global Warming)
  • Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
  • Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development
  • Energy Shortage
  • Economic Prosperity and Equality
  • Poverty and Foreign Aid (ODA)
  • Higher Education for Humane Purposes and Social Responsibility
  • Global Justice and Social Harmony
  • Political Development and Political Stability
  • Human Rights Issues and Human Security
  • Cultural Diversity and Tolerance
  • Global Peace and Global Governance
  • Dialogue Among Civilizations
  • Humane Use of Technology
  • Crisis Management such as Post-conflict and Disaster


The WCF invites and welcomes submissions for papers and panels on other related themes or topics so long as they emulate the main and key themes. The WCF will have preference for proposals that are interdisciplinary or have practical implications.

Submission Instructions


This Call for Papers and Panels is open to all members of the global community–scholars, international organization leaders, NGO leaders, government officials, corporation representatives, journalists, etc. Individuals, institutions, or groups may propose papers or panels by completing the Paper and Proposal Submission Form. Click here to view the WCF 2009 official website, and for on-line submission.


A panel consists of three to four paper presentations, a chairperson, and discussant(s), or it can take the form of a roundtable. Individually submitted papers, upon acceptance, will be assigned to appropriate panels or poster sessions. The WCF reserves the right to refuse proposals or alter panel proposals. All submissions should be in English. Accepted presenters must register as conference delegates. All presentations and papers will be published on the conference website. Presentations and papers may also be published (with agreement of authors) in the conference proceedings. Registration fee and incentives for speakers will be announced shortly.


The deadline for proposal submissions is January 31, 2009. The WCF will confirm acceptance of submissions, at the latest time, by February 28, 2009. Acceptance process will proceed on the first-come-first-serve basis. Proposals received after the deadline may be considered but are unlikely to be included in the program.


Contact Information for Inquiries


WCF 2009 Secretariat, Kyung Hee University

1 Hoegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 130-701, Korea


Official Site: