Funds for Democracy Projects and for communities affected by HIV/AIDS

Hello, Funds Fans!  Here we are back to the grindstone after a very joyous, wonderful Christmas celebration.  I sincerely hope nobody at your house got coal for Christmas 🙂

For those of you back to the grindstone as well and looking for funds for grassroots democracy projects (cough – IdleNoMore – cough) or community-based HIV/AIDS projects, then read on!

NED provides funding to NGOs including civic organizations, associations, independent media, and other similar organizations. It encourages applications from organizations working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transitions.  NED funds only nongovernmental organizations, which may include civic organizations, associations, independent media, and other similar organizations.

Applications are encouraged from organizations working in diverse environments but does not make grants to individuals, governmental bodies, or state-supported institutions such as public universities.

Funding is given to projects that seek to: Promote and defend human rights and the rule of law; Support freedom of information and independent media; Strengthen democratic ideas and values; Promote accountability and transparency; Strengthen civil society organizations; Strengthen democratic political processes and institutions; Promote civic education; Support democratic conflict resolution; Promote freedom of association; Strengthen a broad-based market economy.

NED accepts proposals four times in a year especially prior to its quarterly Board of Directors meeting. The next upcoming deadline to submit proposals is 18 January 2013. For more information, review the guidelines.  Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around $50,000.

The Positive Action for Children Fund is targeted at helping communities affected by HIV and AIDS. Any properly registered not-for-profit organisation that represents, or is working with, or for affected communities is eligible to submit proposals.  For this Call for Proposals, the minimum grant request in this round is £75,000 (over 3 years) and the maximum funding available will be £400,000 over three years. Budgets should be submitted in your local currency and GB£ at current exchange rates. Please remember that Positive Action for Children Fund grants cannot account for more than 50% of an organisation’s income. Grant requests over this proportion of your income will be rejected.  Deadline for concept notes is: March 12th 2013.

Fundsblogger note: The Fund has stipulated that at least 80% of its funding overall will go to projects focused on sub-Saharan Africa.  That means there is 20% put aside for other regions of the globe.  Please note that Health Canada statistics indicate that “Although incidence (new HIV infections among the total population) has gone down in the Canadian population, it appears that HIV rates have been steadily increasing in First Nations and Inuit populations.”

That’s what I have for you today, folks!

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