Nature’s Path is giving $50,000 in cash, garden design, technical assistance, and fund raising support to two deserving communities.

Background:

At Nature’s Path, we live for healthy, great-tasting organic foods. It’s why we get up in the morning. But we are also a company that wants to do more than just sell breakfast foods.
We aspire to advance the cause of people and planet, along the path to sustainability. And we put our money where our mouth is, rather, where our heart is. Because growing organic, healthy foods in a sustainable way is our passion—the cornerstone of our family company. It’s where, and how, it all began, 25 years ago.

Two garden grantees will each win the following:

• A $10,000 grant to plant an organic garden in their community in 2010 (cash grant)
• Coaching from Organic Gardening magazine to help establish the garden, including technical assistance with design, and technical assistance and guidance to build it (estimated value $5,000)
• An organic breakfast fundraising event and garden dedication hosted by Nature’s Path to raise funds for the winning organization. Nature’s Path will provide product and reusable shopping bags at the event (estimated value $10,000)
• Total – Two grants valued at $25,000

Participation requirements are as follows:

• Applicants must be a 501(c)3 feeding program (food bank, soup kitchen, summer feeding, children’s program or shelter) serving a community in need
• Applicants must own the property or have legal permission from the landowner to establish a permanent organic garden on premises
• Applicants must be prepared to get dirty – using the grant money to execute the installation of an onsite organic garden within the 2010 calendar year

Selection Process:

• This is a one question, 500 words or less, application process. In your essay, please clearly answer the following question: “Tell us about your program, who you serve, and how a garden grant will help you to serve more people.”
• Consider uploading photos and videos that help us to understand your program and illustrate your creativity and commitment to the process.
• Winners will be selected based on the information provided in the question below and by the number of votes and comments received on the application
• Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2010. Remember – Encouraging your community to participate in the voting process is a benefit. – be sure to let them know you are applying and ask for their support!

Apply Now!

For more information about Nature’s Path, visit: http://www.justmeans.com/companies/nature-s-path/171867.html

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Freedom to Create Grants
Region
Global

Rolling deadline

Through grant making, Freedom to Create offers funding to projects that use the arts to create transformational change in the developing world. The organisation invites applications for funding to support projects that use art forms to educate, build, heal, and inspire people – from educating communities on a particular issue, to inspiring people to change the status quo, to building arts capacity.

The following requirements must be met to be considered for a Freedom to Create grant:

* Projects must be run by a registered non-profit organisation
* Projects must fall into one of six sectors: Education, Health, Social Harmony, Urban Regeneration, Freedom to Create, or Designs for Life
* Projects must indicate how their results will be measured – both quantitatively and qualitatively
* The project itself must be located in a developing country, and is ideally a country most in need. To further assess whether a country may be eligible for funding, please see the list of Emerging and Developing Countries in the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook Report or the United Nation’s Human Development Index.

Preferred Projects – One or more of the following qualifications will be of particular interest:

* Are based in the world’s harshest places and least developed countries
* Offer a new approach to issues and challenges
* Are designed to deliver sustainable change
* Offer ambitious ideas
* Include strong ways of measuring the project’s impact on society

Excluded Projects – Grants are unable to support:

* Individual artists
* Educational scholarships
* Organisations that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation in policy or in practice
* Programmes that promote sectarian religious activities
* Programmes that promote impermissible lobbying
* Programmes which contravene the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
* Projects located in the developed world, such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom. However, please note that organisations based in these countries are welcome to apply for funding if their programmes are located in the developing world.
* Costs not directly associated with the project’s implementation.

Freedom to Create
Level 46
UOB Plaza 1
80 Raffles Place
048624
Singapore
Tel: 65 62105560
http://www.freedomtocreate.com/
info@freedomtocreate.com

Alter-Ciné Foundation Documentary Film Grants
Regions:
Africa, Eastern Europe/Central Asia, Latin America, South Asia, South East and East Asia
Deadline Date
August 15, 2010

The Alter-Ciné Foundation offers a yearly grant to young film and video makers born and living in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to direct a documentary film on the theme of rights and freedoms, including social and economic rights, women’s rights, the right to culture, and artistic creation. The Foundation will award a grant of CDN$10,000 to a video or filmmaker to assist in the production of a documentary project. The grant is aimed at young video and filmmakers who want to direct a film in the language of their choice that respects the aims of the Foundation.

The Foundation particularly supports documentary films that, as stated on their website, “dare to go against the tide, that take the side of the defenceless and question common assumptions by giving a voice to the voiceless, enriching our understanding of the world and helping us reflect on the possibility of changing the world from a perspective of peace, justice, equality and respect for differences.”

The Alter-Cine Foundation was created in the memory of Canadian filmmaker, Yvan Patry who passed away on October 14 1999. Patry was a co-founder of the production company Alter Ciné and directed numerous documentaries and current affairs programmes in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Patry’s documentaries, according to the Foundation, have contributed to tearing down walls of silence, denouncing injustice and barbarism, and giving voice to victims of horror.

To apply, the video/filmmaker must complete the PDF format application available here.

Contact
Alter-Ciné Foundation
5371 avenue de l’Esplanade
Montréal Québec
H2T 2Z8
Canada
Tel: 1 514 273 7136
http://altercine.org/prog_an.html
alter@mlink.net

“10 Ideas for Tomorrow’s Africa” Competition

Deadline Date
April 30, 2010

Within the framework of the 50th anniversary of African independence, the Social and Human Sciences Sector of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO – SHS) is launching a “Call for Ideas” for prospective proposals in favour of Africa’s development within the next decade. The 10 ideas selected will be presented by their authors during 10 small-scale conferences to be held at UNESCO Headquarters, in mid-June 2010. These 10 contributions to the thinking on Africa’s future will also be published in a special issue of SHSviews magazine.

Each proposal is expected to develop one idea which would amplify the positive effects and reduce, or contain, the negative impacts of the major trends observed in Africa on one of the 10 following topics:

* Topic 1: Economy and Development (Environment, Food Security, New Information and Communication Technologies…)
* Topic 2: Governance, Policy, Institutions, Leadership
* Topic 3: Regional Integration, Population, Migration, Urbanisation
* Topic 4: Cultural Identities (Languages, Religions…)
* Topic 5: Youth
* Topic 6: Human Rights, Gender, and Justice
* Topic 7: Diaspora
* Topic 8: Peace, Security, and Conflict
* Topic 9: Health, Education, and Social Development
* Topic 10: International Relations

In particular, each proposal should detail what the “change agent” could be which would amplify the positive effects of one or several known trends in the relevant field and which would be able to implement the supported idea.
Application Information

Texts, which can be written in English, Spanish, or French, should be no longer than 4 pages. Each contribution received should also be accompanied by an abstract of the curriculum vitae not exceeding one page, along with an ID photo in the requested format used for official documents such as passports (scanned at more than 300 dpi if sent by electronic mail).

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Contact
Mr. Arnaud Drouet
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Social and Human Sciences Sector (UNESCO – SHS)

Competition “10 Ideas for Tomorrow’s Africa”
1 rue Miollis
75732 Paris
cedex 15
France
Tel: +33 1 45 68 38 24
a.drouet@unesco.org
shs@unesco.org

Well, I put out the energy I find work that was (a) meaningful to me, (b) fully utilized my 15 years of domestic and international NGO working experience, (c) allowed me to use my multi-media communications skills, especially writing, as a tool for education and positive change, and (d) allowed me to work, from anywhere in the world, on a variety of critical issues. And thus, 501(c)ommunications appeared.

Therefore, yesterday, I officially joined 501(c)ommunications, based in DC, which serves various 501c3-status organizations across the country. Basically, 501(c)ommunications (http://www.501communications.org/) is a small, intimate, shared, professional and affordable communications and marketing team solely for non-profits– created, produced and staffed by nonprofit professionals (meaning: we are experienced and sensitive to the needs and challenges of the nonprofit industry.)

Essentially, 501 (c)ommunications caters to new, small and under-sourced NGOs who need professional multi-media PR, marketing and communications work done in order to maintain and/or develop their services and products, but cannot afford to hire full-time staff, or a team. This is an economically savvy alternative, with various compensation options, to meeting an organization’s immediate, short and long-term PR, marketing and communications needs, when the budget does not allow in-house staff or team.

From branding to web design, content and maintenance; from e-CRM to online marketing and advertising; from e-newsletters to print publications; from old skool press releases to fact sheets–501(c)ommunications, among the 5 of us, will do it all. This also includes planning, consulting, and project management.

My new role is as sales advocate and consultant. If you have any questions about how we can work with your organization, please contact me at my new email address: Kelly@501communications.org

Pura vida,
Kelly N Patterson

Recently, a major European NGO asked me to comment on the future of global health:
At a time when the Health Bill is hitting the headlines in the USA and election battle lines are being drawn over the NHS in the UK, access to health care is playing on the minds of people the world over. What is on your mind?

Here is my response:

The future of global health lies on prevention
By Kelly N Patterson

I spent three years working with a small nonprofit, community-based primary health care and rural development organization in very rural Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. Back then, Hlabisa District was a grim setting with a 41.6% HIV prevalence rate with high incidences of TB, Malaria, and even a cholera epidemic, sprinkled with chronic diseases associated with developing countries like diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Reasons for the advanced stage of the HIV epidemic in this district include: high level of labor migration; limited access to treatment for sexually transmitted diseases; low status of women; poor nutrition; and general poverty (80% unemployment at the time.)

This particular district had been historically under-funded due to politics and lacked the public services to cope with the growing demand for care. Essentially, this left the district with a disabling population of elderly women, living on welfare, and lots of children; the majority of the adult population either dead, or too sick to work.

Grandmothers could not afford to support themselves and orphaned children and ill adults on their pensions, so the older children would drop out of school. Older boys would resort to both petty and violent crime to obtain money or food for their homesteads. Older girls would often resort to prostitution for income and without education and access to birth control methods, more children. Thus the cycle of poverty, crime and disease continue. This is the current state of the world.

Therefore, to break this cycle, Global Health policies should focus on prevention, not the symptoms, of chronic, communicable and terminal diseases by addressing the seeds of all health issues: public infrastructure, economics and gender issues.

Public Infrastructure: This is everything from water and sanitation to roads and education. Education is critical to preventing most diseases (from nutrition and personal hygiene to reproductive health education); clean drinking water would significantly reduce water-borne diseases; easy access to public health clinics and pharmacies; adequate housing and access to mosquito netting; and proper sanitation systems are all necessary to preventing 80% of chronic and communicable diseases worldwide.

Economics: Affordable, easily accessible healthcare (from prevention to treatment to palliative care; especially, affordable equal access to pharmaceutical drugs); rural development with emphasis on good nutrition, personal hygiene and clean water systems; job development; investment in vaccines, micro-biocides and directly observed treatments (such as the TB DOTS program); local, national and international incentives for quality, multi-sectoral health policies, designed by nations, for their own people’s public health.

Gender issues: Over half of the world’s population is female and unless women have access to the same level of education, pay, rights, healthcare treatment, and protection as men, women will never have the power to improve their own health and the health of their children. This means over half of the world has no control over their own health.

In conclusion, global health care issues will never diminish unless people address the conditions which nurture most chronic, communicable and terminal diseases. Therefore, a holistic, multi-sectoral approach to global health policies is needed. The seeds of all global health issues, whether it be in the States or Sudan, come down to public infrastructure, economics and gender issues.

My ever-so humble opinion, Kelly N Patterson

Intuit is letting communities vote to decide who deserves some love – in the form of small business grants. Anyone, including business owners, can vote by sharing a brief comment about why they love a local business.

Search in your town on http://lovealocalbusiness.intuit.com/ to see who the locals are voting for right now.

Votes from business owners and their fans determine which businesses will win:
Start the voting by nominating your own business today! It’s easy – just share a few brief sentences about why you love serving your customers and community.

Each vote is like a raffle ticket. The more votes you get, the more chances you have to win one of three grants awarded each month that are worth $5,000.

Your words matter! Their judges will review the comments from the winning businesses in April, May and June to determine if your business will win the Grand Prize, small business grants worth $30,000.

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