Funding call for youth projects on constructive conflict transformation

Call for ProposalsHey Funds Fans!  Here’s an opportunity for Canadian youth to make a global difference by developing non-violent strategies that will contribute to constructive conflict transformation.

The Berghof Foundation is offering a Grant for Innovation in Conflict Transformation Grant range: $25,000+ (estimate).  Deadline: May 31st, 2013.

From child soldiers and urban criminal gangs to civil resistance activists in the Arab Spring, youth have become primary drivers of violent and nonviolent conflict alike. But they are also often at the forefront of peacebuilding efforts through their socio-political grassroots engagement for peace, human security or community development.  This year’s Grant for Innovation in Conflict Transformation focuses on the roles and nonviolent strategies by which young people contribute to constructive conflict transformation.

The call encourages the submission of project proposals based on research, education, arts and practice that are complementary to activities carried out by the Berghof Foundation. The projects they seek to fund should empower young people to act as agents of conflict transformation and to become actively engaged as change-makers and motivated peacebuilders.

Eligibility guidelines:

  • The proposal should NOT be for supporting or advancing an already existing project, but rather for a new project with a fresh new concept with innovative ideas
  • Organisations, as well as individuals, may apply
  • There are no geographical restrictions on applicants
  • Preference is given to projects that demonstrate a matching contribution of funds

The Foundation is particularly interested in proposals that offer creative ideas and innovative approaches on:

  • Fostering nonviolent strategies and approaches of youth to resist against repression, injustice or foreign occupation
  • Developing applicable youth-specific approaches to post-war reconciliation,conflict transformation and peacebuilding
  • Dealing constructively with youth-related violence and its root causes
  • Strengthening youth organisations as bridge-builders (across borders,ethnic barriers, cultures or social classes)
  • Empowering youth as agents for a culture of peace

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