Funding for Gender Equality, Waste Management and Low Tech Innovations 

I couldn't think of another graphic for today so you got a cute cat picWelcome to Wednesday, Funds Fans!  October has been a hot month for funding opportunities and despite the pending ice and snow outside, it’s looking like November is going to maintain a balmy atmosphere for those of you looking for program dollars.  A Deadline Alert for upcoming November funds will be posted soon but before we get to that, here’s what we found today.

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality has issued a Call for Proposals entitled “Increasing Accountability in Financing for Gender Equality”. The programme aims to “increase the volume and effective use of aid and domestic resources to implement national commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment” by strengthening accountability for the implementation of gender equality commitments in financing decisions of governments and donors. Grant range from $20,000 to $50,000 for one year.  Deadline: October 31st, 2012.

This UN grant making facility provides a flexible mechanism that allows civil society organizations the opportunity to test innovative approaches for generating new knowledge, undertake effective advocacy and perform a critical citizen monitoring role, in relation to financing for gender equality. The grants provided will support implementation of activities over a period of one year. The facility is intended to contribute to the following objectives:

a) Build knowledge and evidence on financing for gender equality

b) Build Capacity of Gender Equality Advocates to demand and monitor Financing for Gender Equality

c) Empower networks of feminist economists and women’s organizations for effective policy advocacy for accountability and financing for gender equality

Next we have the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s 3rd Re-invent the Toilet ChallengeMaximum Grant, up to $1,000,000.  Deadline: November 8th, 2012.   The Foundation’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene team has been working with partners to develop sustainable sanitation services that work for everyone.  This third round of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge is designed to prototype a means of dealing effectively and cost-efficiently with human waste for the 2.5 billion people on earth who currently lack access to safe and affordable sanitation.  Successful applicants will participate in the next phase of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge by designing, prototyping and testing entirely stand-alone, self-contained, practical sanitation modules which intake bodily wastes or fecal sludge collected from pit latrines and septic tanks and swiftly dispose of them without any incoming water piping, outgoing sewer piping or electric or gas utility services. These modules must intake all outputs of the serviced population – ultimately at single-residence scales (smaller-scale individual family toilet solutions) or group of households (larger-scale neighborhood fecal sludge processor solutions)– with minimal module footprints and assured biosafety. The anticipated capital and operational cost for the final products (commercial units) is expected to be less than $0.05/user/day, both for the family and neighborhood solutions. The design should anticipate the effects and fate of complementary sanitary products entering the system such as paper, cloth, sand, and other personal hygiene products and chemicals.

Also on the topic of waste-water is the Aboriginal Environmental Awareness,Capacity and Compliance (AEACC) funding stream for 2012/2013.  Maximum Grant $5,000.  Deadline: November 10th, 2012.  

The AEACC funding stream falls under the Lands Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) which, this year, is focussing on projects that will enhance a communty’s waste management awareness and practices.  All First Nations in British Columbia are eligible to apply for AEACC funding and may partner with any other organization(s) to carry out the eligible activities. Other sources of funds and in-kind contributions are welcome. To be eligible, activities must enhance a communty’s waste management awareness and practices; and, not generate a profit for the eligible recipient. Typical projects could include:

• Organizing a community information program on how to reduce waste.
• “How to” workshops on composting or recycling.
• Establishing a school composting program.
• Production of instructional media.

Also of note is that the Siemens Foundation has announced the empowering people.Award – a new worldwide international competition to seek appropriate technical solutions for developmental activities. It aims to directly bring together low tech innovations for basic supply problems in developing countries. It also intends to build up a database of inventions that is accessible to actors in developmental cooperation at a later date.  Following are the categories under which the ideas can be submitted: Water & Waste Water, Energy, Food & Agriculture, Waste Management & Recycling, Housing & Construction, Healthcare, Information & Communication Technology.  Prizes: First Place $50,000 EUR, Second Place $ 30,000 EUR, Third Place $20,000 EUR, Runners-Up (20) $5,000 EUR each.  Deadline: December 31, 2012.

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