Category: Potential Funding Sources

  • Aga Kahn Development Network
    • The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of development agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalisation of historic cities.
  • Aga Khan Foundation
    • The foundation awards grants to grassroots organizations testing innovative approaches in the field. The issues they focus on are health, education, rural development, and civil society. The geographical regions are in South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
    • This organization provides opportunities for non-profit organizations who are seeking funds. Their programs are civil society, environment, and pathways out of poverty. The organization focuses on United States, Central and Eastern Europes, the former Soviet Union, and South Africa.
  • Counterpart International
    • Counterpart International provides grant opportunities for capacity building. The areas they focus on are economic development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions.
  • Development Marketplace
    • Administered by the World Bank, the Development Marketplace (DM) is a competitive grant program for projects likely to have a strong impact on development. Competitions are held at the global, regional, and country level for a range of civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, and others. Each competition has its own theme. A wide range of themes have been covered in past competitions including supporting innovations of and for people with disabilities.
  • Foundation Funding sources for NGO
    • This page links to information on funding resources from international foundations. Entries include details on application guidelines, programmatic areas and more.
  • Global Fund for Children
    • The Global Fund for Children’s mission is to advance the dignity of children and youth around the world. They do this by making small grants to innovative organizations working with vulnerable children and youth.
  • Global Fund for Women
    • This group promotes women’s economic security, health, education and leadership. It is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice. They advocate for and defend women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups around the world.
  • Global Giving
    • Global Giving helps connect grassroots projects in developing countries with individual small donors in other countries who wish to support them. Also see their tools for project leaders.
  • Philanthropy Resources
    • Discussion and the latest research on current and future trends in philanthropy. Includes the Resource Alliance Blog.
  • Resource Alliance
    • The organization builds fundraising capabilities and opportunities for other organizations through training, conferences, the International Fundraising Congress, Fundraising Online, workshops, and resources. The resources include e-newletters, "How-to" guides, and articles. They helped many NGOs in various regions.
  • Sources of Bilateral & Multilateral Funds for NGOs
    • This page offers information on national-level and multinational funding sources for NGOs, including information on programmatic expertise and application reqirements.
  • The Global Fund for Community Foundations
    • The Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) is a grassroots grantmaker working to promote and support institutions of community philanthropy around the world. We work with individual community foundations and other local grantmakers and their networks around the world, with a particular focus on the global south and the emerging economies of Central and Eastern Europe. Through small grants, technical support and networking, we help these local institutions to strengthen and grow so that they can fulfil their potential as vehicles for local development and as part of the infrastructure for sustainable development, poverty alleviation and citizen participation.
  • The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
    • This annual funding competition, usually held in November and December each year, seeks proposals for projects meant to strengthen the voice of civil society in various democratic processes.
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
    • USAID is an independent federal government agency that promotes U.S. foreign policy by furthering international economic growth, agriculture, and trade; global health; and democracy, conflict prevention, and humanitarian assistance.
  • Urgent Action Fund
    • Provides time-sensitive funds to organizations in which women are the key decision makers. Makes grants to projects that respond to armed conflict, escalating violence, or politically volatile environments; promote potentially precedent-setting legal or legislative actions, or actions meant to protect a precedent that already has been set; or protects the security of women human rights defenders. Applications can come from any geographical region; applications from Africa should be directed to the sister fund, Urgent Action Fund—Africa.
  • Urgent Action Fund: Advocacy & Alliance Building
    • Because UAF is a rapid funder, we can integrate new knowledge of emerging trends impacting activists in real time. We created our Advocacy and Alliance Building program to leverage this unique perspective in support of activists. When we perceive a trend, we bring together grassroots activists, feminists, women’s human rights defenders, academics and policy-makers to design the best strategic response. Some projects are designed to raise awareness of a certain issue in activist, funder, and policy circles, such as the Impacts of Counterterrorism project (see below); others are designed to bring activists and policy-makers together to create policy change, such as the Women, Peace and Policy initiative (see below). Examples of our initiatives in Advocacy and Alliance-Building follow