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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A competition for businesses that improve the environments in which young children grow up

Organisation

BiD Network and the Bernard van Leer Foundation

Deadline

May 31, 2011

Region / Country

Brazil, India, Peru, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda

Summary of RFP

Submit a business plan that will improve the environment in which young children grow up and you could…
* Receive feedback on your plan and get access to useful business tools.
* Get support from a coach to write your business plan. Win a business trip for trainings, b2b, and investor meetings.
* Get access to over 100 investors interested in financing SMEs in developing countries.
* Get access to a network of more than 36,000 like-minded entrepreneurs, coaches, and investors.

Participation criteria:

1. Check the general participation criteria.
2. Your business should have a positive impact on young children by improving the physical environment in which they grow up. For example: cleaner energy, water and sanitation solutions, better housing, safer transport, safe places to play, etc.
3. Your country of business should be: Brazil, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, India, or Turkey.

Submission Instructions

How to submit your business plan?

1. Become a member of the BiD Network. Register at the link below.
2. Create a profile in the BiD Network.
3. Fill in and submit an online application and answer the 15 questions about your business idea.

Submit your application for coaching services before:

Peru and Brazil: the 15th of March 2011
India, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda: the 31st of March 2011

Please pay special attention to the timeline of the competition.

4. Submit a complete business plan. If you already have a complete business plan you can attach it to your application directly. You can also submit it once your application is accepted.

Make sure to submit your complete business plan before the competition deadlines:

Peru and Brazil: the 30th of April 2011
India, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda: 31st of May 2011

What happens after you submit your plan?

1. Your plan will enter the assessment process. You will receive extensive feedback in each stage.
2. In the beginning of May they will select the finalists from Latin America. In June they will select the finalists from Africa, Turkey and India. The entrepreneurs will be invited for a business trip for trainings, b2b, and investor meetings in their respective regions.
3. Whether or not you become a finalist, all high quality business plans are eligible for the BiD Network Investor Matchmaking Services.

This business plan competition is a collaboration between Bernard van Leer and BiD Network.

For more information, please visit: http://www.bidnetwork.org/page/179834

Deadline Date:

March 15, 2011

Commemorating the World Day for prevention of abuse and violence against children and participating in the creation of a culture of prevention of child abuse, Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) annually awards 4 prizes for innovative prevention activities among its non-governmental organisation (NGO) coalition members. Laureate organisations are selected from coalition members’ activity reports.

First prize: Prize for innovative prevention activities (US$3,000): Honouring a unique and visionary activity serving as an example for annual events

Second prize: Prize for significant prevention activities (US$1,000): Honouring perseverance, past accomplishments, and the facing of new challenges in working for prevention of child abuse

Two additional awards: For specific activities (US$500 each): Honouring a particular pertinent activity at the grassroots level

Criteria for selection:

1.  The candidate must be an organisation or a group of organisations registered as an NGO coalition member with WWSF. (For information on coalition member organisations: http://www.woman.ch/index.php?page=coalition-members&hl=en_US )

2.  The organisation must be active in the field of child rights.

3.  Priority will be given to creative and innovative approaches.

4.  Priority will also be given to grassroots organisations working in developing countries and countries in transition.

Materials required:

Brief description of the organisation (background, mission, objective, annual programmes, and budget)

Demonstration by the organisation of its commitment to prevent child abuse

Description of activities organised for the World Day (report, photos, and materials)

Budget of activities organised for the World Day

Provisional programme for the following year activities

2 or 3 original recommendation letters from local and national authorities

 

For application and more information:

http://www.woman.ch/index.php?page=children_prize&hl=en_US

 

Contact

Elly Pradervand

Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF)

11 Avenue de la Paix

1202 Geneva

Switzerland

http://www.woman.ch/?hl=en_US

wrwd@wwsf.ch

 

Women Helping Others Foundation Invites Grant Applications

The WHO (Women Helping Others) Foundation supports community-focused charities that serve the overlooked needs of women, children, and families in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Funding will be considered for tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charities that have been incorporated for at least three years and have total organizational budgets of $3 million or less. Preference will be given to organizations with an operating budget of $3 million or less, those not dependent upon government grants, and those with greater organizational program costs than personnel costs. Organizations that have previously received a WHO Foundation grant should wait three years before applying again.

Grants are not provided to individuals, educational institutions, religious institutions, or governmental agencies, or for endowment campaigns, political causes, or capital campaigns. Funding will be considered for grant requests from $1,000 to $40,000 each.

Complete funding guidelines and eligibility restrictions are available at the WHO Foundation Web site: http://www.whofoundation.org/Funding/Who_funding.asp