Request For Proposal

Posted on July 23, 2009
Deadline: July 30, 2009 (Extended)

Application Deadline Extended for African Diaspora Marketplace Program

The United States Agency for International Development and Western Union have announced that the application deadline has been extended for the African Diaspora Marketplace, a business development program that will support U.S.-based African diaspora in creating plans for sustainable businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. Proposals for the ADM, which was launched last month, will now be accepted through July 30, 2009.

The program will also provide grant funding to between ten and twenty small and medium businesses with the strongest proposals for boosting economic opportunity and job creation in Sub-Saharan Africa through diaspora-driven development.

The initiative, which includes a research component, is designed to demonstrate the impact that entrepreneurs from the world’s diaspora or migrant communities can have on development in their home countries.

Proposals must be implemented in one of the following Sub-Saharan African countries where USAID has both on-the-ground presence and potential technical assistance programs for entrepreneurs: Angola, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. To participate, candidates must be a member (or members) of the Sub-Saharan African diaspora living in the United States as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and must have a local partner in the country of implementation.

A selection committee will review initial proposals and identify qualifying applicants who will be requested to submit a comprehensive business plan for evaluation. Program finalists will be provided with guidance and technical assistance in developing their business plans. The grant selection panel will evaluate final business plans and select grant recipients based on criteria that include the business idea and management framework, prospects for sustainability, capacity to leverage diaspora resources, and results orientation.

Grants will range from $50,000 to $100,000 each.

For complete program information, including the full list of eligibility criteria, visit the African Diaspora Marketplace Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

Primary Subject: International Affairs/Development
Geographic Funding Area: National


Request For Proposal

Posted on July 23, 2009 l
Deadline: September 8, 2009

Science-Related Film Projects Invited for 2010 Sundance Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant

The Sundance Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant is an annual cash award for a science- or technology-related film that is at an early stage of development, such as full treatment or early screenplay draft. The program is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and administered by the Sundance Institute.

The award includes a cash grant of up to $20,000 to provide support during the writing period, a stipend of up to $5,000 for a science advisor, plus creative support during the writing process from a select group of advisors, the possibility of a fellowship to a Sundance screenwriters lab, and strategic and practical support from the Sundance feature film program staff.

Screenwriters with any level of experience may apply. To be eligible, projects must have science or technology as a major theme or scientists as major characters. Science fiction projects or projects that stray too far from a base scientific reality will not be considered. Projects must be narrative features and not documentary in nature. Projects must be in the English language, but the screenwriter does not need to reside in the U.S. Projects currently in development within the studio system are not eligible.

See the Sundance Institute Web site for complete program information.

Link to Complete RFP

Primary Subject: Arts and Culture
Secondary Subject(s): Science/Technology
Geographic Funding Area: National

Request For Proposal

Posted on July 14, 2009 printprint e-mail
Deadline: Open

Kresge Foundation Announces New Relief Loan Fund for Human Service Agencies Responding to the Effects of the Economic Crisis

In response to the economic crisis and the impact it is having on front-line human service organizations, the Kresge Foundation has established a 24- to 36-month, interest-free program-related investment fund offering bridge loans of $250,000 to $500,000 each to high-performance human service organizations so that they may be better able to meet ever-increasing demand for food, shelter, and other emergency services.

Homeless and domestic-violence shelters, safety-net providers, affordable housing and supportive services, legal aid services, emergency assistance providers, and multi-service health and human service organizations are encouraged to apply.

The fund is designed for applicant organizations that provide comprehensive front-line services, have been in operation for three years, have a solid base of net assets or net worth (or long-term history of recurring revenue), can provide evidence of stable operating performance (net operating surplus over the past three to five years), and possess audited financial statements for the past two years.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations based in the United States that are not classified as private foundations or government entities. Individuals and elementary and secondary schools are not eligible for this program.

The Kresge Foundation has purposely designed the application process to facilitate speedy review and decision-making. Visit the foundation’s Web site for complete program information.

Link to Complete RFP

Primary Subject: Human Services
Secondary Subject(s): Community Improvement/Development, Health
Geographic Funding Area: National

Posted on July 10, 2009
Deadline: September 4, 2009 (Letter of Inquiry)

Ronald McDonald House Charities Accepting Letters of Inquiry for Grants to Improve Lives of Children

Ronald McDonald House Charities annually provides grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations whose national or global programs help improve the health and well being of children under age 21.

To be considered for funding, an applicant must be designated a not-for-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization. U.S. charities must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status letter on file with the Internal Revenue Service.

The RMHC Board of Trustees is most interested in national and international organizations that have a specific program related to children’s health and well-being. Organizations seeking funding should have a specific program that directly improves the health and well-being of children, addresses a significant funding gap or critical opportunity, has long-term impact in terms of replication or reach, produces measurable results, and is sustainable without relying on RMHC funding. Grants are not awarded to support ongoing general, operating, or administrative expenses.

Ronald McDonald House Charities does not award grants to projects/programs that are local in scope (i.e. those that focus on one particular community/state or those that are not replicable). Applicants, however, may contact their local RMHC Chapter for information about grants for local programs.

Visit the RMHC Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

Link to Complete RFP

Primary Subject: Children and Youth
Geographic Funding Area: National

Request For Proposal

Posted on July 1, 2009 il
Deadline: August 26, 2009

New Guidelines Available for National Endowment for the Humanities Media Makers Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Grants for America’s Media Makers program support projects in the humanities that “explore stories, ideas, and beliefs that deepen our understanding of our lives and our world.”

The program invites proposals for radio, television, and digital media projects that combine radio or television programs with complementary projects using emerging technologies, museum exhibitions, reading and discussion programs, and other formats that expand and enhance programs’ humanities content. NEH offers grants for media projects in the development and production stages.

Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and format and to prepare programs for production. Awards for development typically range from $40,000 to $75,000 each, and are usually made for a period of six to twelve months.

Production grants support the preparation of a program for distribution. Applicants must submit a script for a radio or television program or a prototype or storyboard for a digital media project that demonstrates a solid command of the humanities ideas and scholarship related to a subject. Awards for production last for one to three years and may range from $100,000 to $800,000 each. Chairman’s Special Awards of up to $1 million are available for large-scale, collaborative, multi-format projects that will reach broad portions of the public.

Applications may be submitted for any phase of a project; applicants are not required to obtain a development grant before applying for a production grant.

Any U.S. nonprofit organization with tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status is eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies. Individuals are not eligible. Independent producers who wish to apply for NEH funding are advised to seek an eligible organization to sponsor the project and submit the application to NEH.

Visit the NEH Web site for complete program guidelines and examples of potential projects.

Link to Complete RFP

Primary Subject: Arts and Culture
Geographic Funding Area: National


School of Environmental Design and Rural Development , University of Guelph


August 31, 2009

Region / Country


Summary of RFP

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development is looking for research projects which focus on HIV/AIDS-related rural agricultural development to include in a knowledge base for research on HIV/AIDS, agriculture and rural development.

This knowledge base will be accessible as databases and a web portal. It will compile past and current research projects, literature and publications, multimedia, and organizational case studies, as they relate specifically to HIV/AIDS and its intersection with food security, agricultural and rural development issues.  The goal of this project is to create a knowledge base which can be used by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and research, and development organizations.

Submission Instructions

To share information about any pertinent research project(s) with which you may currently be, or have in the past been involved, please contact: