Funding opportunities for CSOs

Find below a list of selected funding opportunities for CSOs. We encourage you to share widely with your civil society networks. Some of the funding opportunities may apply to all CSOs with an open application process and others are very specific in geographical scope, thematic issue, and deadline.


· ICNL - Lifeline: The Embattled CSO Assistance Fund (advocacy for civil society law reform)

· Pro bono assistance to CSOs-The Thomson Reuters Foundation’s TrustLaw Connect (NGOs and social enterprises)

· Alert Fund for Youth (youth activism)

· The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa [] and for Eastern Africa [] (human rights and governance, criminal justice, media, foreign policy) (only for CSOs from specific countries, check website)

· MacArthur Foundation (health, peace, human rights)

· The Fund for Global Human Rights (human rights) (only for CSOs from specific countries, check website)

· Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Global Health Grants (enteric and diarrheal diseases, malaria, pneumonia)

· Google Ad Grants (non-profits)

· The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (international peace and cooperation)
· Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Competition 2014 (peace building), deadline: 21 JULY 2014

· Canadian Government Religious Freedom Fund Call for Proposals (environmental sustainability, gender equality, governance and human rights), deadline: 24 JULY 2014

· FRIDA’s Youth-led Funds for Social Justice (women’s issues, social justice for youth), deadline: 28 JULY 2014

· 2015 Ockenden International Prize for Organizations Operating Internationally Registered as Charities (refugees and displaced persons), deadline: 31 JULY 2014

· Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (grassroots, empowerment of women and girls), deadline: 31 JULY 2014

· Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award 2014 (health and well-being, environmental impact, livelihoods), deadline: 1 August 2014

· African Climate Change Fund (climate change/ initiatives in Africa only), deadline: 8 August 2014

· Healthcare Innovation Award (maternal, new-born and child health), deadline: 25 August 2014

· United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (human security), deadline: 1 September 2014

· Mo Ibrahim Leadership Programme in Africa 2015 (good governance), deadline: 11 September 2014

· 2014 Annual Non-profit Website Fund (non-profits), deadline: 15 September 2014

· Bill and Melinda Gates Essay Competition (future of development assistance), deadline: 15 September 2014
· Second Term of the Peace Projects Grant Program (conflict resolution and peacebuilding), deadline: 30 September 2014

· JWF Grant for NGO Projects Promoting Peacebuilding (conflict resolution and peacebuilding), deadline: 30 September 2014

· African Water Facility Grants (climate change and social equity) (initiatives in Africa only), deadline: 30 September 2014

· 40 Chances Seed Grants Program (innovative solutions to hunger, conflict or poverty), deadline: 15 October 2014

· The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (promote international understanding, exchange, and cooperation) (partly focusing on projects in specific regions, check website), deadline: 31 October 2014

· UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund mentorship programme 2014 (youth activism), deadline: 4 December 2014

· Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund (vulnerable and disengaged youth), deadline: 6 December 2014

· Arcus Foundation - Social justice programs grants 2014 (LGBT equality, social justice, conservation), deadline: 31 December 2014

· United Nations Democracy Fund (community development, rule of law and human rights, tools for democratization, media, women, youth),
deadline: 31 December 2014