Sources of International Funding
Aid Foundation is an independent British charity that handles money for
donors and other charities, forwards donations, provides assistance to large
and small charities and commissions, and publishes statistics and
information on the voluntary sector in Britain and worldwide.
International Development Center (CIDA) is responsible for the majority of
the Canadian government’s international assistance programs in Africa, Asia, the
Americas, and Eastern Europe and Eurasia.CIDA focuses on core democratic
institutions, civil society, and public administration/good governance. The
website contains information about CIDA’s program in Eurasia and descriptions of
projects it has supported in the past.
Charity Know How CKH is a grantmaking body which combines the funds and
knowledge of 14 grantmaking trusts, charitable foundations and individuals, and
the Department for International Development (DfID) of the British government.
The site includes a “Contact Finder” service for NGOs from Eastern Europe
and Eurasia, a search mechanism that is available in English and Russian.
Foundation is a small foundation that provides grants to grassroots
organizations internationally that combine activities in all of the
following areas: protecting the environment, promoting cultural diversity,
empowering people to meet their basic needs, and relying on volunteer
efforts. Please note that the Cottonwood Foundation does not provide
scholarships or grants to individuals or universities.
Green. Since 1987, Echoing Green has invested $20
million in funding over 350 Fellows to launch organizations in 28 countries.
This funding source makes "strong investments" and as a result of this
philosophy, it believes that "approximately 80% of our investments have
succeeded, as defined by near-term sustainability." Individuals who are awarded
a fellowship receive a two-year $60,000 stipend, health and dental insurance
coverage, and access to a "network of social change makers and technical
assistance." The stipend can be used for any purpose related to the start up of
the organization or project. Partnerships of no more than two individuals may
apply for a combined fellowship for a total two-year stipend of
$90,000. Examples of those who have received awards can be found on the website.
"These social change agents are making a difference in almost ever program
field, including education, youth development, environmental justice,
international human and civil rights, economic and social justice, housing, the
arts, international relief, health care, immigration issues and the digital
divide. They serve many constituencies including women and girls, the poor,
children, the elderly, the disabled, immigrants, the homeless and minorities."
Foundation is one of the major funders of NGOs in
Eurasia. Its website includes a searchable database of grants it has made in the
past. It also includes links to the websites of its offices in Eurasia, which
often contain bulletins about their grant programs and links to NGOs they have
Cultural Foundation promotes "cultural participation and cooperation in
Europe and beyond." ECF was founded in 1954 "in order to help add a cultural
dimension to the European integration process. On the operational front, we run
our own programs and we award grants for innovative work in the cultural field.
With our strong network of partners, we are also very active in advocating
Foundation's goals are to "strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and
injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement."
Ford’s program in Russia addresses four major areas of concern: human rights,
legal reform, and legal education; civil society, local governance, and
community development; higher education policy, social sciences and humanities,
social policy research; and cultural institutions and media policy. In fiscal
2001 the foundation launched the International Fellowships Program (I.F.P.) and
made $280 million in grants related to this major initiative. Total assets at
the end of fiscal year 2001 were $10.7 billion.
Against Censorship provides legal assistance grants to journalists and
news media facing legal action aimed at silencing or intimidating them.
M. Jackson Foundation restricts its human rights grants program
"primarily to Russia, seeking to make a lasting contribution by assisting
groups that are easing Russia's transition from communism to democracy.
Specifically, the Foundation looks for opportunities to support those
indigenous forces within Russian society that are struggling against
fascism, religious and ethnic intolerance, xenophobia, and nationalist
Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. The MacArthur Foundation
is one of the largest in the U.S. It has assets of $4.2 billion and makes grants
totaling approximately $175 million annually.
Mott Foundation, Charles Stewart Through their Civil Society
Program, the Foundation provides grants to non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and South Africa. It also provides funding
through an Environment Program for "efforts that seek to reform international
finance and trade organizations."
National Endowment for Democracy
(NED) supports projects that "promote political and economic freedom, a
strong civil society, independent media, human rights and the rule of law.
Programs in the areas of labor, business, and political party development are
funded through four core institutes: the American Center for International Labor
Solidarity (ACILS), the
International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the
Republican Institute (IRI), and the
Institute for International Affairs (NDI)." Other areas of work are
supported through hundreds of direct grants to NGOs abroad.
Petro Jacyk Educational Foundation's primary objective is "to develop
a network of educational programs and scholarly centers in major
universities around the world, devoted to the scholarly interpretation and
dissemination of objective information about Ukraine and Ukrainians. The
Foundation also sponsors other initiatives which contribute to the promotion
of international awareness of Ukraine and Ukrainians."
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Social Science Research Council (SSRC) sponsors fellowship and grant
programs on a wide range of topics, and across many different career stages.
Most support goes to predissertation, dissertation, and postdoctoral
fellowships, offered through annual competitions. Some programs support summer
institutes and advanced research grants. Although most programs target the
social sciences, many are also open to applicants from the humanities, the
natural sciences, and relevant professional and practitioner communities.
Foundations Network of Open Society Institutes, and OSI Initiatives operate
in more than 50 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet
Union, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
They have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the civil
society development programs in the countries where they operate.
is one of the European Union's largest aid programs in Eurasia and has
launched more than 3,000 projects in the region since 1991. A significant number
of TACIS grants have been awarded for NGO projects. The web site includes
information about the TACIS grants programs as well as profiles of projects
TACIS has supported. For information about programs outside the TACIS region,
see the page of the
EuropeAid Co-operation Office.
Nations Development Programme's
Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS (RBEC) has programs in 30 countries of
the region and offices in 23 of them.
Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) offers periodic competitions for
its Cooperative Grants Program. This program allows joint teams of U.S. and
former Soviet Union (FSU) scientists and engineers to apply for one- to
two-year support for cooperation in any area of civilian research and
development in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, and
biomedical and behavioral sciences. The FSU Co-Investigator must be a
citizen of, and permanently reside in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine
Calgary - Gorbachev Foundation Joint Trust Fund (UCGF) seks "to encourage projects between partnering Canadian
and Russian institutions which will contribute to the reform process in
Russia." Its specific purpose is "to facilitate practical solutions to
problems in critical areas of public policy with a special interest in, but
not limited to, the design and implementation of essential social service
Two types of activities are eligible for funding: training projects and
studies leading to policy recommendations. An advocacy plan is required as
an integral part of each proposal and project. UCGF supports projects to a
maximum contribution of $130,000. Projects may extend up to three years,
with a completion date no later than December 31, 2004. Funds are forwarded
to the Canadian partner institution, which is responsible for the financial
management of the project. Deadlines for submission of Letters
of Intent are March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.
Virtual Foundation is a consortium of nonprofit charitable organizations
engaged in "building global civil society by connecting donors with community
Foundation for Democracy, based in the United Kingdom, "funds
projects around the world which are aimed at building and strengthening
Wildlife Conservation Society The Conservation
Finance Program of WCS complements the society's International Programs, working
toward the "financial sustainability of the biodiversity conservation projects
and activities of WCS and its local NGO partners. The WCS-CFP provides
information, technical assistance, and direct support to initiatives aimed at
creating funding opportunities, generating revenue and stabilizing income