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Live Webinar on how to raise funds from USAID

Date: January 14, 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is a major source of funds and partnership opportunities for NGOs around the world. USAID’s funding resources support a wide range of issues areas: agriculture and food security; democracy and human rights; education; global health; environment and global climate change; gender equality; and more.

Despite this, many NGOs often do not apply for funding with USAID because of the complexity and highly competitive nature of the USAID grant system. The funding guidelines can be difficult to understand, instructions are complicated, and the application form can be difficult to follow. But this should not deter NGOs from trying. With some time and effort, it is possible to understand the grant system and apply for USAID grants successfully.

This entry-level webinar will help NGOs identify and apply to USAID request for applications and grant opportunities.

Who can Participate

This course is ideally suited to NGO staff around the world who want to learn more about applying for USAID funding, executive directors/NGO managers who are responsible for donor relations, and, individuals who want to develop their professional skills and effectiveness.

Click here to register for the webinar.

USAID seeks NGOs for Protection of Human Rights

Deadline: January 15, 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a new funding opportunity under the Global Human Rights Support Mechanism and it is seeking applications from NGOs for the protection of human rights around the world.

In 2013, USAID developed its Strategy for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (“DRG Strategy”), which established one of its four development objectives as “protect and promote universally recognized human rights.”

In line with these policy commitments, as well as DRG’s strategic objectives to “Serve” and “Learn,” this new global mechanism – the Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM) – will enable USAID to provide a wide range of services and support for the purpose of protecting human rights around the world, in USAID presence as well as non-presence countries.

The program objectives include:

  • Improved enabling environments for preventing and addressing human rights violations and abuses;
  • Effective response actions to mitigate the impact of human rights violations and abuses;
  • Effective remedies to human rights violations and abuses;
  • Identification of effective approaches for protecting human rights; and
  • Rapid response to urgent or unforeseen crises

USAID welcomes applications from organizations that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.

For more information, please visit here.

USAID’s Let Girls Learn Initiative Call for Concept Notes

Deadline: November 30, 2015

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Broad Agency Announcement for Let Girls Learn Initiative seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and cost-effective interventions to address adolescent girls’ education.

USAID invites organizations and companies to participate with USAID to create strategic, focused and results-oriented partnerships to promote adolescent girls’ education and apply comprehensive scientific and research-motivated approaches to support sustainable development outcomes.

Let Girls Learn is a new whole-of-government initiative to ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve. It will address a range of issues that prevent adolescent girls from completing their education by ensuring a quality education, reducing barriers to access, including harmful practices and attitudes, and empowering adolescent girls.

Public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, public international organizations, non-governmental organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations, multilateral and international donor organizations are eligible to apply.

Click here for more details.

USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) Call for Proposals 2016

Deadline: November 1, 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the call for applications for the next round of Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) Program.

DIV supports the piloting and rigorous testing of innovative approaches to solving international development problems and supports transitioning innovations with evidence of impact and cost effectiveness to scale. DIV’s aim is to create a portfolio of innovations that improves lives for millions of the poor around the world, especially individuals in poverty or extreme poverty, and other vulnerable groups.

DIV employs a staged funding model, with size of investment commensurate with evidence of potential for success. DIV recognizes that organizations supported will need flexibility to iterate and adapt innovations and DIV strives to provide this flexibility.

All interested organizations must submit a 2-4 page Expression of Interest (EOI).

For more information, visit the link here.

USAID: Developing Next Generation of Humanitarian Leaders

Deadline:  August 3, 2015

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/OFDA’s Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement Division (HPGE) is seeking applications from humanitarian stakeholders to contribute in the growth and development of the next generation of humanitarian leaders in the field of humanitarian assistance.

Funding Information

USAID will provide up to $4 million approximately to support the program.


The objective of the program is to broaden engagement in the humanitarian response community by expanding academic instruction and professional development training available to community-based, national and/or international NGOs on humanitarian policies and practice.

Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. and Non-U.S. Non-Profit Organizations as well as For-Profit Organizations are eligible to apply for the program.
  • U.S. and Non-U.S. Colleges and Universities, U.N. Agencies and Other USG Agencies are also eligible to apply for the program.
  • Partners new to USAID may also submit their applications.

Interested applicants must submit their applications here with the opportunity number APS-OFDA-15-000006.

Grand Challenges in TB Control

Deadline: June 30, 2015

The Grand Challenges in TB Control (GC-TB) is an initiative to encourage and nurture innovations that will help alleviate the problem of TB in India. The IKP Knowledge Park (IKP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are working together to identify, fund and nurture technology driven solutions that will assist in TB control.

Every winning idea is entitled to:

  1. Phase I – Funding of INR 50,00,000 for a period of  12 months to develop a prototype of your TB screening, detection and diagnostics system
  2. Technical and business strategy advice, access to synergistic networks of IKP and its partners
  3. Opportunity to participate in Phase II funding of up to INR 1,50,00,000 to integrate your system(s) into the fabric of healthcare service providers in India

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants only from India are eligible to apply.
  • Eligible participants are students, researchers, faculty in colleges and universities, government laboratories, institutions, start-ups, SMEs, not-for-profit organizations and for-profit organizations.

Application Process

Applicants need to register on the program website, fill an online form at www.gctbc.com, and submit a ten-page description of the innovation (including diagrams, figures and references).

Interested applicants can apply here.

USAID Request for Application-2015 Human Resource for Health Program

Deadline: June 22, 2015

The United States Government represented by the United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications from non-federal entities registered and working in developing countries for its Human Resource Health Program 2030.

The goal of the program is to improve the accessibility, availability, acceptability and quality of the workforce needed to improve health outcomes and advance universal health coverage.

Focus Countries

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Yemen, Uganda, Zambia, Benin, Burkina Faso,  Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania,  Niger, Togo, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Lesotho, South Africa Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Guyana


  • Increase performance and productivity of health workforce.
  • Increase the number, skill mix and competency of the health workforce.
  • Strengthen HRH/HSS leadership and governance capacity
  • Increase sustainability of investment in health workforce.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applying Organization must be US organization or non-US organization registered and working in developing countries.
  • Applicants must propose a minimum cost share of 15% of the projected USAID amount.

For more information, please visit the link here and search for the opportunity number RFA-OAA-15-000021.

USAID ASHA Calls Funding Requests for Worldwide Program

Deadline: Closed

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA), is accepting funding requests for its program to assist schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the United States serving as study and demonstration centers for ideas and practices of the United States. This is a worldwide program.

In FY2015, USAID/ASHA approximately $20,000,000 will be available for funding. The ceiling for any individual award is $2,000,000. Individual funding levels will depend on the content and quality of applications, the number of applications received, and availability of USAID/ASHA funding.

Eligibility Information

  • Applications must clearly identify one (1) USO and one (1) OSI. The USO and OSI may be the same entity if the USO conducts activities in the proposed place of performance. The applicant (proposed awardee) must be the USO, which in turn intends to provide a sub-award to the identified OSI.
  • The applicant must be a registered tax-exempt non-profit organization in the United States, such as those organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended.
  • USAID strongly encourages applications from qualified Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs).
  • The OSI must be located outside the United States.
  • The OSI must not be under the control or management of a government (including a local, regional, or national government) or any of its agencies.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically via e-mail. The subject line of the application should include the solicitation number and the full name of the USO.

For more information, visit the link here

Applications invited for USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures

Deadline: No deadline

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is accepting Letters of Interest (LOI) for innovative ideas to pilot and test using cutting-edge analytical methods, and to scale solutions that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-effectiveness.


  • Proof of Concept/Initial Testing – This includes testing for technical, organization, distribution, and financial viability. Key activities could include assessing user demand, willingness to pay, and correct usage of products and services, as well as documenting social outcomes and real world costs to implement the solution. Grant ranges from $25,000 to $150,000 to implement the activities for up to two years.
  • Testing and Positioning for Scale – The DIV grants support testing for social impact, improved outcomes and/or market viability, as well as operational refinement to build paths to sustainability and scale. Grant ranges from $150,000 to $1,500,000 to implement activities for up to three years.
  • Transitioning Proven Solutions to Scale – The DIV grants supports transitioning proven approaches to scale. This includes adaptation to new contexts and geographies. Operational challenges for scaling should be identified and addressed, allowing refinement and iteration along defined pathways to scale. The funding and support provide a runway for applicants to grow, while engaging additional partners who will help scale the project beyond DIV support, but for whom more evidence of success and track record are needed. Categories – A & B. Grants available for Category A range from $1.5M to $6M, and Category B awards range from $6M – $15M to implement activities for up to five years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. and non-U.S. organizations, individuals, non-profit, and for-profit entities, provided their work is in a country where USAID operates.
  • Applicants must have the potential to deliver great development impacts.
  • Applications can be made at any stage.
  • An applicant can submit unlimited number of unique LOIs.
  • If the letter of intent is selected, applicants will be sent the full application form with submission instructions. The selected full applications will be awarded funding to implement the activities.

Interested applicants can apply for the grant here.

Nominations open for eNGO South Asia Challenge 2014

Deadline: September 15, 2014

The eNGO Challenge aspires to create an ecosystem of NGOs using Information Communication Technology (ICT) and digital media tools for good governance and practices benefiting societies and communities at large. The Challenge is a joint initiative of Public Interest Registry (PIR) and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF).

Objectives of the Challenge include:                            

  • To promote and encourage best ICT practices by NGOs for community development
  • To create an ecosystem of NGOs who uses ICTs and digital media for good governance practice for community development
  • To create and build a network of NGOs for good ICT experience sharing, learning and replication
  • To advocate the wider need for good ICT practice among NGOs as the third sector working partner hand in hand with the public and the private sectors
  • To enable grassroots NGOs promote local information, content, activities for global audience and collaboration


The Challenge is open in five categories for best use of ICT, mobile, digital media & new or social media by an NGO for:

  1. Communication and Outreach
  2. Social Commerce
  3. Advocacy
  4. Organizational Efficiency
  5. Sustainable Development
  6. Best Practice of Mobile Usage
  7. Best Practice of Social Media Usage
  8. Best Practice of Radio and Video Usage

For further details on the eligibility and selection criteria, visit the website here.