DEADLINE ALERT! Grants for students and more funding for civil society organizations

Student Grants & CSO FundingHello Funds Fans!  I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend.  A few more fabulous funding opportunities crossed my desk and without further ado, here they are:

The Dell Social Innovation Challenge annual competition is open to ALL university students in the world–-it doesn’t matter what school you attend or what you’re studying. And you don’t need a venture plan to enter. Everything from early-stage ideas to mature projects that are up and running can compete to win. Your innovation project could be vested in starting a nonprofit organization, a for-profit business, a campaign, community volunteerism, university club or even other informal or formal operations. Your individual user profile gives you an option to find project team members, join existing teams, attract support and help others on their projects.  Deadline to enter: January 28th, 2013.  The Grand Prize Awards will be five cash prizes totaling $140,000.

For civil society organizations, the Commonwealth Foundation contributes to sustainable development in the context of effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation.  It will support innovation, share replicable and sustainable models, and promote good practice across the participatory governance sector.  Participatory governance is about how the state, the market and Civil Society interact to effect change. These interactions involve the inclusion of Civil Society in decision-making processes, enabling citizens to exercise voice and vote and engaging in policy formation among others. “Citizens are engaged in public venues at a variety of times…thus allowing them to be involved in policy formation, selection and oversight”.  Under the the Participatory Governance Grants programme, the maximum grant is up to £30,000 per year.  Multi-year projects are accepted up to three years.  Deadline: January 31st, 2013 (5pm GMT).  They are inviting CSOs to submit an application addressing either Dialogue or Collaboration within the broader theme of Participatory Governance or a combination of the two areas.  The grants programme will be particularly supportive of proposals that mainstream the Foundation’s cross-cutting outcome areas in their project design:

  • Gender equality
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Cultural respect and understanding

And last on the list for today, another opportunity for students through the Alexia Foundation which provides educational opportunities and cash grants to help students produce picture stories that further the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.  Deadline is Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

You are encouraged to consider stories that explore cultural understanding in or near you local community. While we do not discourage proposals on foreign topics, the judges give no extra weight to foreign topics, and indeed, think that you are more likely to complete a story near home than one abroad.  We welcome proposals for still photography projects or for multimedia projects.

Undergrad and grad students are eligible, but there is only one First Place, one Second Place and three Awards of Excellence.  Winners will be announced March 1, 2013.

Undergrad awards

First Place if Winner is an Undergrad:
• Full tuition for study at the SU London Program for the Fall 2013 semester. Tuition is about $19,000.
• $1000 cash grant to help produce the proposed picture story.
• $300 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.
• $500 will be awarded to the sponsoring academic department.

Second Place if Winner is an Undergrad:
• Half tuition for study at the SU London Program.
• $500 cash grant to help produce the proposed picture story.
• $250 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.

Awards of Excellence: Three awards of excellence each receive
• $1500 to be used for tuition at the SU London Program, or for any Momenta Photo Workshop.
• $500 cash grant to help produce the proposed picture story.
• $150 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.

Grad awards

First Place if Winner is a Grad:
• Grad students take only two courses in London. This award pays tuition for two classes during Fall, semester and program fees, up to a total of $15,000.
• $1000 cash grant to help produce the proposed picture story.
• $300 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.
• $500 will be awarded to the sponsoring academic department.

Second Place if Winner is a Grad:
• Full tuition for two classes at the SU London Program in Fall, 2013.
• $500 cash grant to help produce the proposed picture story.
• $250 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.

Awards of Excellence: Three awards of excellence each receive
• $1500 to be used for tuition at the SU London Program, or for any Momenta Photo Workshop.
• $500 cash grant to help produce the proposed picture story.
• $150 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.

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