Administered by the Tribeca Film Institute with funding from Gucci, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world.

The fund is seeking feature-length documentaries in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition in late 2011 or 2012. Films should be commercially viable and resonate with a mainstream U.S. audience.

The fund seeks to support films that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world through complete, thoughtful, and dynamic storytelling; films that focus on issues that may not be extensively covered by the mainstream media or well understood by the general public; and films that focus on people who are ignored, ostracized, or otherwise marginalized or people fighting for political or social justice.

The fund does not support Short films or student projects; films that choose advocacy over story and craft; or films completed before January 1, 2011.

Submissions are encouraged from both seasoned and first-time filmmakers. International productions are eligible, but sample work must have English subtitles and be suitable for an American audience. The fund will only consider proposals written in English.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $25,000 each.

Submissions are open until December 8, 2010. Please note: The submission process requires an application fee of $40 (or a discounted fee of $30 for filmmakers who submit their complete application package by November 8, 2010).

Visit the Tribeca Film Institute Web site for complete submission requirements and an FAQ.

Ashoka’s Changemakers Announces Geotourism Challenge to Save Coastal and Freshwater Destinations

Ashoka’s Changemakers, National Geographic, and the Inter-American Development Bank are hosting the Geotourism Challenge 2010: Places on the Edge: Saving Coastal and Freshwater Destinations competition to find innovative solutions for coastal, waterway, and island destinations that protect the environment and strengthen the heritage and livelihoods of local residents.

The Places on the Edge competition is open to all types of individuals and organizations (charitable organizations, private companies, or public entities). The competition seeks submissions describing sustainable models that enhance the unique character and beauty of oceans, rivers, bays, lakes, estuaries, and waterways, and the culture and heritage of their inhabitants.

Entries should describe innovative ideas that engage and educate tourists and local residents; prevent or curb pollution and waste; protect wildlife, coral reefs, and fisheries; and promote construction of innovative sustainable structures that withstand natural disasters like hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Innovations may include creative applications of technology, cultural and business practices, science, policies, and social organization.

To be eligible for awards, entries must indicate growth beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated impact and sustainability. While the competition’s sponsors support new ideas at every stage and encourage their entry, the judges are better able to evaluate programs that are beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated a proof of impact.

Entries may be submitted in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

The top three entries will win $5,000 each. The best two entries submitted by the early entry deadline of October 20, 2010, will be eligible to each win $500. Through the Multilateral Investment Fund Opportunity 2010, the IADB and MIF will provide a total of up to $5 million of co-financing for competition entries that provide innovative ideas for sustainable destination management by micro- to medium-sized companies in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Visit the Changemakers Web site for complete competition guidelines and entry procedures.

Microsoft Corporation has announced the launch of the Elevate America community initiative, a new grant program to support nonprofit organizations offering employment services, including technology skills training and job placement, in local communities across the United States. The initiative is the latest extension of Elevate America, which was launched in 2009 to provide people across the country with no-and low-cost access to the technology skills they need to find employment.

To support the initiative, Microsoft is committing a total of $4 million in cash and $6 million in software and technology skills training curriculum over the next two years.

Grants will be allocated through a Request for Proposal process which invites nonprofits to share their plans for partnering with Microsoft on creating successful, scalable programs that respond to the twenty-first century skills training and employment needs of people across the U.S. For this initiative, the company has a particular but not exclusive interest in working with partners focused on the needs of women and young workers (ages 18-25).

Successful grant recipients will be funded to provide individuals with the support they need to find employment. The services provided by grant recipients to ensure a fully supportive experience for participants must include technology skills training, job placement, and strong employer connections and may also include career counseling and other support services such as childcare, transportation, and housing.

Grant applicants must be U.S.-based tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and their partner organizations, which may include workforce agencies, community colleges, labor organizations, and other nonprofit organizations.

Complete grant program guidelines and an eligibility survey for nonprofit organizations are available at the Microsoft Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/community-tools/job-skills/Community-Initiative/

This note concerns part-time consulting opportunities with Eurasia Group Ltd (http://eurasiagroup.net/), sent from a BC ’06 alum.

Eurasia Group has immediate openings for a wide range of country specialists (see list below) to provide research and analytical support on foreign medical and health systems and infrastructure. The support will be extensive in scope but generally involve the following country-level research activities.

· Foreign consequence management and disaster preparedness for both natural and non-natural (ie, nuclear, biological, chemical, radiological) events

· Pharmaceutical industries, biotech, and manufacturing infrastructure

· International organizations and NGOs involved in country’s health system

In the following countries:

· BRICs

· Cuba

· South Africa

· Afghanistan

· Indonesia

· Somalia

· North Korea

· Mexico

· Saudi Arabia

· Iran

· Kenya

· Turkey

· Haiti

· Pakistan

· South Korea

· Iraq

· Yemen

Ideal candidates will have previous experience, both research/analytical and in-the-field, in the activities identified above, plus an understanding of the current policy environment shaping US-foreign country engagement on global health issues (eg, Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative). Language proficiency in the country specialization is key, as is the ability to do copious amounts of research, analysis, and report writing. This work can be done anywhere in the world, provided you have steady internet access.

If you are interested in applying for a part-time position, please send a tailored resume/CV and detailed talking points (bullet format) expressing how your background fits the activities and countries identified above. Both the tailored CV and bullet points are important as we expect to receive lots of interest given the overarching nature of this research, and your ability to stand out will help ensure we review your profile.

Please send to Cassandra Spratt at Eurasia Group (spratt@eurasiagroup.net). We will evaluate candidates on a rolling basis, starting immediately.

Regards,

Ted

Theodore J. Obenchain

Director, Government Services

Eurasia Group

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced the opening of round six of its Grand Challenges Explorations, a $100 million grant initiative to encourage bold and unconventional global health solutions.

Grand Challenges Explorations offers researchers the chance to win grants of $100,000 to foster innovative projects with the potential to transform health in developing countries. The initiative focuses on areas where creative, unorthodox thinking is most urgently needed.

For this round, applicants are asked to focus their proposals on one of five topic areas: new approaches to cure HIV infection; next-generation sanitation technologies; low-cost cell phone-based applications for priority global health conditions; new technologies to support maternal and newborn health; and the poliovirus endgame: ways to accelerate, sustain, and monitor eradication.

The topic focusing on sanitation technologies highlights the integrated approach the foundation is taking toward health in developing countries. Improved sanitation is essential to reducing waterborne illnesses and has profound economic, educational, and social benefits.

The initiative uses a streamlined grantmaking process. Applications are two pages, and preliminary data about the proposed research is not required. All are encouraged to apply.

The foundation and an independent group of reviewers will select the most innovative proposals, and grants will be awarded within approximately four months from the proposal submission deadline.

Initial grants will be $100,000. Projects showing success will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to $1 million.
Grand Challenges Web site