Ashoka Changemakers and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invite Entries for Innovations for Health Competition

 

Ashoka Changemakers and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio have launched a new competition, Innovations for Health: Solutions that Cross Borders, to promote healthcare solutions from anywhere in the world that have the potential to be applied in other countries to improve health and healthcare. The competition is intended to help build bridges toward a more accessible, cost-effective, consumer-engaged, and outcome-driven system of health services.

The competition is seeking breakthrough innovations such as those that deploy the full spectrum of healthcare workers and providers, thereby improving the capacity, reach, and quality of healthcare services; use simple low-cost interventions to improve medical, preventive, and dental care; help people find and access the health information, services, and providers they need through new tools and processes; provide high quality and personalized care in non-traditional settings; and find new ways to engage patients in their care, particularly patients with chronic illnesses.

The competition’s organizers seek initiatives that have demonstrated impact, and are particularly interested in those that have the potential to help vulnerable and underserved populations in other countries that are experiencing similar barriers to health.

Three winners selected by a panel of expert judges will each receive $10,000. Entries received by the early deadline of December 12, 2011, will also be eligible to win one of two $500 awards and one of two private consulting sessions with industry experts.

In addition, following the Changemakers competition, selected entries may be invited to submit proposals to RWJF’s Pioneer Portfolio for future funding consideration. The foundation will be looking for innovations that show potential to produce significant improvement in health and healthcare in the United States. Only organizations in the United States and its territories are eligible for this post-competition funding opportunity.

Entries are welcome from any country. Entries are accepted in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

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


Be Free Global is inviting applications for grants of $1,000 as part of its second annual micro-grant campaign. Be Free Global’s mission is to link action and ideas for children by providing alternative funding opportunities for creative projects worldwide that work to improve the lives of children of diverse backgrounds.

Each year, Be Free Global will select nonprofit organizations whose work positively impacts children in their immediate communities around the world to receive a micro-grant to fund a specific initiative.

As a start-up foundation, Be Free Global’s first initiative is to identify small and rising nonprofit organizations and encourage their participation in the foundation’s micro-grant program. The foundation’s vision is to link doers for children around the globe in a global conversation where ideas are exchanged and cross-cultural dialogue is fostered around shared solutions to common issues. Financial support for the grant program is provided through charitable donations and fundraising events.

In this grantmaking cycle, Be Free Global is seeking to fund a select group of not-for-profit organizations on several continents that focus on providing educational resources to displaced children and children otherwise disconnected from traditional public and private resources. Grant applications are invited from organizations that use innovation, creativity, and direct solutions to overcome the challenges facing children in their community.

Complete program information and the grant application form are available at the Be Free Global Web site.

The Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) has opened the door for nominations for the AGFUND International Prize for Pioneering Human Development Projects. It invites the United Nations, international, and regional organizations as well as NGOs, ministries, public institutions, universities, and research centres worldwide to submit their nominations for the Prize amounting to $500 000 in its four Categories. The theme of the prize for the year 2011 is ‘Empowering Youth through Entrepreneurship and Job Opportunities.’ subdivided to match the four categories of the Prize are as follows:
•  First Category:
The role of international organizations in supporting the developing countries’ national policies and programs for empowering youth through entrepreneurships and job opportunities. (For projects implemented by UN, international or regional organizations)

• Second Category:
NGOs-led efforts to empowering youth through entrepreneurships and job opportunities. (For projects implemented by national NGOs).

• Third Category:
The governmental bodies’ efforts in adoption of pioneering entrepreneurships for empowering youth and increasing their job opportunities. ((For projects by government ministries and public institutions).

• Fourth Category:
Individual-led efforts to empowering youth through entrepreneurships and job opportunities. (For projects initiated, sponsored and/or implemented by individuals).

The Communications Department is receiving nominations at the address of the Arab Gulf Programme for Development: Riyadh 11415, P.O. Box 18371, KSA; or the email address prize@agfund.org. For more information and for downloading the nomination form, please visit the AGFUND website www.agfund.org . Nomination forms will be accepted until May 31st, 2011.

The projects submitted for the Prize are evaluated with high objectivity and transparency by juries chosen every year with regard to the experience and specialization relevant to the Prize theme. The number of projects which have won the Prize since its inception in 1999 amounts to 38 projects, implemented by UN and international organizations as well as NGOs and individuals. More than one hundred developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe have benefited from the prize.

The Prize Committee is composed a number of distinguished world personalities representing the world’s geographical regions. The Committee convenes annually to discuss the evaluation results of the nominated projects and to choose the winning projects. Prizes are presented in a ceremony to which representatives of the winning organizations, specialists and experts in the field of development, celebrities interested in development issues, and media representatives are invited.

Echoing Green will award twelve to twenty two-year fellowships to social entrepreneurs in 2011. The fellowships provide start-up capital and technical assistance to social entrepreneurs around the world working to turn their ideas into sustainable social change organizations.

Echoing Green seeks individuals or partnerships (organizations led by two people) with innovative solutions to significant social problems, strategies designed to create high-impact and sustainable change in people’s lives, and the ability to grow and lead a new organization.

The application process is open to citizens of all nationalities working in any country. Applicants must be fluent enough in English to participate in interviews and Echoing Green events, and must be 18 years of age or older.

Organizations seeking support must be the original idea of the applicant and must be independent, autonomous, and in a start-up phase, which means the applicant may have been running the organization full-time for up to two years, with Echoing Green’s financial support constituting its major/primary early funding. Applicants who have only worked on their organization on a part-time basis or have yet to start an organization are generally considered eligible. Applicants must make a full-time commitment to their organization’s development.

Fellows receive up to $60,000 ($90,000 for partnerships of two people) in seed funding over two years.

Visit the Echoing Green Web site for complete eligibility information, application materials, and profiles of fellows and their projects: http://www.echoinggreen.org/

Guinnessforgood.com Helps Social Entrepreneurs Get Funding
application process will begin on Tuesday, 28 September 2010

GUINNESS INCREASES THE ARTHUR GUINNESS FUND TO €7.4 MILLION IN SEARCH OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS AROUND THE WORLD

The Arthur Guinness Fund also announces a new global partnership with Ashoka and launches http://www.guinnessforgood.com

Dublin, IRELAND – 12th August 2010 – Guinness & Co. has today announced it is increasing the Arthur Guinness Fund to €7.4 million by 2012 as it continues its commitment to maintaining the legacy of Arthur Guinness, by further supporting the search for the next generation of social entrepreneurs worldwide. As part of this, the Arthur Guinness Fund is also announcing a new three year partnership with Ashoka – the world’s leading community of social entrepreneurs – to enable the deployment of the funds to new social entrepreneurial projects and around the world.

The Arthur Guinness Fund is also today launching new website http://www.guinnessforgood.com, to raise awareness of the Arthur Guinness Fund and help aspiring social entrepreneurs learn about the fund as well as how they can apply. The application process will begin just after this year’s Arthur’s Day on Tuesday 28 September 2010.

The Arthur Guinness Fund is an internal programme set up to further the legacy of Arthur Guinness, who was one of Ireland’s best known social entrepreneurs. Set up in 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the signing of the lease for the St. James’s Gate Brewery to support community projects around the world. Projects in Ireland, Africa, Indonesia, the United States and the UK have already received funding, and through the commitment announced today, the Arthur Guinness Fund will support the work of social entrepreneurs around the world for at least the next three years.

As part of the new partnership with Ashoka, a total of 30 Fellows will be selected over the next three years, each receiving financial, strategic and practical support from the broader Ashoka community to empower them to deliver projects that will affect positive social change in their communities.

Brian Duffy, Global Brand Director for Guinness, said: “Arthur Guinness and his family were responsible for some of the most well known acts of philanthropy in Ireland. We created the Arthur Guinness Fund to continue his legacy of positive social change around the world as part of our commitment to celebration with substance. Since establishing the Arthur Guinness Fund in 2009 we have already invested in some remarkable projects in Ireland, Africa, Indonesia and the UK. We have partnered with Ashoka in 2010 to ensure that our commitment is delivered in the most effective way to the brightest and best emerging social entrepreneurs across the globe.”

Arthur’s Day headliner Brandon Flowers from The Killers, said: “To take part in Arthur’s Day, and to be involved in the incredible work that the Arthur Guinness Fund has done in empowering Social Entrepreneurs around the globe, is very exciting”

Bill Carter, Senior Vice President of Ashoka, said: “The social entrepreneurs create deep and lasting impact in their communities and inspire future generations along the way. With the support of the Arthur Guinness Fund, Ashoka will be able to welcome even more of these leading social entrepreneurs into our community and demonstrate the world over that everyone, not just an elite few, can create positive and lasting change.”

The new agreement establishes Ashoka as the significant partner in the delivery of the Arthur Guinness Fund’s objectives globally. In Ireland The Arthur Guinness Fund already works with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland where the partnership remains. The Arthur Guinness Fund also works with UnLtd in the UK and the British Council in Indonesia to support social entrepreneurs as well as contributing to projects like the Water Filter Enterprise programme in Ghana and Nigeria, aimed at developing campaigns to educate people across both populations on the benefits of clean water and hygiene.

The application process for the Arthur Guinness Fund will begin on Tuesday, 28 September 2010. Social entrepreneurs from around the world will be able to visit www.guinnessforgood.com for further details an can email infor@guinnessforgood.com for specific queries.

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About the Arthur Guinness Fund:

Arthur Guinness Fund™ is an internal programme vehicle set up to further the legacy of Arthur Guinness and support social entrepreneurs around the world. The fund was launched and set up last year to mark the 250th anniversary of the signing of the lease for the Guinness® brewery at St James’s Gate. The Arthur Guinness Fund is committed to identifying

and supporting social entrepreneurs globally with the skills and support required to deliver a measurable, transformational change to communities around the world.

About Ashoka:

Founded in 1980, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public is the world’s working community of more than 2,500 leading social entrepreneurs. It champions the most important new social change ideas and supports the entrepreneurs behind them by helping them get started, grow, succeed, and collaborate. As Ashoka expands its capability to integrate and connect entrepreneurs around the world, it builds an entrepreneurial infrastructure that is supporting the fast-growing needs of the citizen sector. Ashoka’s vision is to create change today, for an Everyone A Changemaker™ society to become the reality of tomorrow. For more information, visit www.ashoka.org.

Wildlife Conservation Society Accepting Applications for Research Fellowship Program

The Wildlife Conservation Society Research Fellowship Program is a small grants program administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society Institute that aims to build capacity for the next generation of conservationists by supporting individual field research projects with a clear application to the conservation of threatened wildlife and wild places.

The program helps train applied conservation scientists from developing countries. Since the RFP’s establishment in 1993, over 2,000 proposals totaling over $23 million have been submitted to WCS for funding, of which 300 proposals totaling more than $3 million have been funded. Over 60 percent of the total funded proposals have come from national conservationists (citizens of the country in which they are conducting their research). All grantees are graduate-level students pursuing masters, doctoral, or veterinary degrees (or equivalents). Collectively, these professionals will help to apply field-tested conservation science to the challenges facing conservation today.

In 2010, the WCS Institute re-established the RFP with a focus on supporting projects that directly address WCS conservation priorities. WCS seeks projects that are based on sound and innovative conservation science and that encourage conservation practices that can contribute to sustainable development. Applicants must be citizens of developing countries. An exception is made for applicants who are Native American (United States) or First Nations, Métis, or Inuit (Canada).

The maximum award amount is $20,000.

Visit the WCS Web site for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements: http://programs.wcs.org/Default.aspx?alias=programs.wcs.org/grants

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s Senior International Fellows Program provides an opportunity for the professional development of third-sector practitioners from outside the United States who are decision-makers in their professions. The program is also designed to help build third-sector capacity in the fellows’ home countries.

The research topic for fellowships for the 2010 program will be community foundations. Proposals on other topics related to the philanthropic sector will be considered from candidates applying on a tuition- or institutionally sponsored basis.

Fellows are based at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where they will participate in a one-month seminar (October 18 to November 12, 2010) focused on the U.S. and international voluntary sectors. Based on the seminars, readings, discussions with leaders in the field, and the fellows’ own experiences, each participant will produce a position paper with recommendations for the development, adaptation, or expansion of foundations or another approved topic. It is expected that these recommendations will draw from a variety of foundation experiences and will reflect the political, social, economic, and legal frameworks in the fellows’ home countries.

The program is open to senior-level practitioners (generally over the age of 35). Each fellowship covers the cost of tuition. As part of the award, the center also provides furnished accommodations in Manhattan, round-trip air travel to and from New York City, and a stipend to help cover research-related and additional living expenses.

Visit the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society Web site for program guidelines.