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.

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The Global Gateway Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve as a scientific, social, and philanthropic catalyst tfor the healing, wellness, and dignity and integration of global humanity.

The foundation’s primary area of interest is in new technologies emerging in the field of health and healing, especially current and emerging “subtle energy” technologies that support greater physical, mental, and spiritual integration; application of new discoveries in the “hard sciences” (physics, mathematics, electronics, engineering, network modeling, biophysics, and materials science) to healing modalities; the underlying dynamics of energy-based health and wellness disciplines such as Network Spinal Analysis Care, Somato Respiratory Integration, traditional chiropractic care, acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy, and similar approaches; how these dynamics may lead to new understandings and/or directions for basic research in the hard sciences and the social sciences (e.g., organizational development, increased understanding of the integral and core nature of individuals, and reorganizational strategies that support greater personal and social integration and harmony); and methods for evaluating the impact and outcomes of these new understandings when applied to health and wellness, industrial applications, and society.

The foundation’s competitive grants initiative is designed to provide small amounts of funding to investigators undertaking research in the foundation’s areas of interest, with the understanding that applicants whose projects show promise will be encouraged to subsequently apply to third-party funding agencies with more extensive research budgets.

The initiative will provide seed funding, in the form of grants of $2,500 to $10,000 each, for five to ten scientific research projects. Grants will be for a period of one year with a possible one-year renewal.

Applications will be considered from individuals and organizations with the appropriate experience and credentials to carry out a project as proposed. While proposals from established research organizations will have priority, applications from individuals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Visit the Global Gateway Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures: http://www.globalgatewayfoundation.org/

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

Amgen Foundation and Ashoka’s Changemakers Announce Patient Empowerment Competition

The Amgen Foundation, a giving vehicle of human therapeutics company Amgen, and Ashoka’s Changemakers have announced the Patients | Choices | Empowerment competition to help answer the question of how patients’ voices can be elevated to improve health outcomes globally.

The competition’s organizers hope to help build a global community of organizations that are working to ensure that patients have an active role in their personal health care and ultimately lead to sustainable solutions that will have a broad social benefit beyond the competition itself. The competition is seeking the submission of solutions and the nomination of projects that empower the patient and provide avenues for informed decisions. Solutions could include new methods of changing the training and interactions of healthcare providers to act in partnership with patients to make the right decisions at the right time; programs that support the emotional and social needs of patients to promote prevention, wellness, and health literacy; or interactive technologies that provide instant information and local resources for patients and their families to understand health conditions and actively participate in healthcare decisions.

Solutions should ideally work for people where they live — regardless of age, status, or education level. The competition seeks model solutions that can be replicated at the widest scale and across various diseases and populations for maximum impact.

The competition is open to anyone (person or organization) anywhere in the globe. To be eligible for an award, projects should indicate growth beyond the stage of idea, concept, or research. At a minimum, entries should be at the demonstration stage and indicate success. While the competition supports new ideas at every stage and encourages their entry, the judges are better able to evaluate programs that are beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated a proof of impact, even at small scale.

Entries will be accepted in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French.

The three winners of this competition — the finalist individuals or organizations that receive the most votes online — will each receive a cash prize of $10,000. Early entries, received by August 25, 2010, will be considered eligible to win one early entry prize of $1,000, and will remain eligible to win the competition.

Following the Changemakers competition, selected entries may be invited to submit proposals to the Amgen Foundation for future funding consideration. The Amgen Foundation will consider awarding up to $1 million in grants to support promising innovations in patient empowerment submitted by qualifying nonprofit organizations. In particular, the Amgen Foundation seeks innovations that demonstrate potential to produce significant improvement in health and healthcare around the world and that reflect Amgen’s dedication to impacting lives in inspiring and innovative ways. To be eligible for future Amgen Foundation funding, organizations must operate in the U.S. or Europe and meet the foundation’s grant guidelines.

Visit the Changemakers Web site for competition guidelines.

Call for Proposals: 2010 All Africa Dance Festival on Peace

Africa Dance Festival
Deadline
July 15, 2010
Region / Country
Kenya

Summary of RFP:

The 2010 All Africa Dance Festival on Peace is a global celebration of dance for peace.

The Festival Programme of the All Africa Dance Festival will be compiled from proposals that are reviewed by a Festival Committee by the deadline. The participation selection has no set criteria and is open to all artists, and all styles, choreographers, dance troupes and peace educators who register to present their artistic work.

Proposals for consideration for the Main Festival Programme need to be submitted in writing to reach the Festival Director no later than 15th July 2010.

Detailed proposals for the Main Programme should include:

* Background of the institution, organization or individual submitting the proposal
* A narrative description of the production / exhibition / performance
* Brief narrative biographies of the principal artists in / proposed for the production / exhibition
* An artistic statement motivating why the work should be presented at the 2010 Festival.

Entrance to the festival for festival and conference delegates is Free! Please check detailed updates on http://www.africadancefestival.com . It should be noted that the Festival’s budget does not, unfortunately, stretch to cover international flights and freight, and artists from outside of Kenya are requested to raise funding for these costs themselves. Artists are also advised to enquire from their government departments if their country’s Embassy in Kenya or arts foundations in their home countries can fund their participation as a cultural exchange program in the All Africa Dance Festival on Peace.
Submission Instructions

Contact:
Karegwa Muchiri at: info@africadancefestival.com or on +254-20-4452674/ 4450937

Entries Invited for 2011 Nonprofit Collaboration Prize

The Collaboration Prize is a national award presented to nonprofit organizations that collaborate effectively to gain greater impact. The prize was created and is funded by the Lodestar Foundation in collaboration with the Arizona-Indiana-Michigan Alliance and leaders in the nonprofit sector.

The prize is designed to identify and showcase models of collaboration among nonprofit organizations. Recognizing the impact that can be achieved from working together, the prize identifies and showcases collaborations among two or more nonprofit organizations that cooperate to demonstrate innovative and effective responses to challenges or opportunities.

In 2011, the Collaboration Prize will award a total of $250,000 to the collaborations that best exemplify the impact that can result from working together. Each of the eight finalists will receive $12,500 and the winner will receive an additional $150,000.

Applications may be submitted by any individual familiar with the collaboration, including an employee of any entity involved in the collaboration.

Applications for the 2011 Collaboration Prize open June 1, 2010, and close on July 16, 2010.

Visit the Collaboration Prize Web site for compete program information.

SEVEN Fund Announces Third Annual Open Enterprise Solutions to Poverty Request for Proposals

The SEVEN Fund is a virtual nonprofit entity run by entrepreneurs whose strategy is to markedly increase the rate of innovation and diffusion of enterprise-based solutions to poverty. SEVEN believes that such solutions already exist but are not sufficiently studied, analyzed, and exhibited as examples.

The SEVEN Fund has published its annual open “Enterprise-based Solutions to Poverty” Request for Proposals. The competition will award up to two research grants of up to $100,000 each to support innovative original research in enterprise solutions to poverty.

The RFP has four goals: 1) to expand scientific inquiry to include disciplines fundamental to a deep understanding of entrepreneurship and economic development currently unsupported by conventional grant sources; 2) to forge and maintain useful collaborations between researchers and on-the-ground actors of enterprise-based solutions to poverty; 3) to provide the public with a deeper understanding of this area and its potential implications; and 4) to find, research, and analyze role-model entrepreneurs and companies whose lesson may inspire others.

Anyone may submit an initial proposal in order to compete for a SEVEN grant as long as the proposal reflects the scope and guidelines stated in the RFP. Applicants are expected to be think-tanks, economists, professors from business schools as well as other departments, researchers, entrepreneurs, business experts, strategy experts, graduate and post-graduate student researchers, economic development experts, business strategists, non-governmental organizations, etc.

For more information or to participate in the competition, visit the SEVEN Fund Web site.