Funding Opportunities

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Updated 2/8/2017

NextWorldNow Community Investments, Apply by July 1, 2017

NextWorldNow Community Investments is accepting applications for investment in projects worldwide that are driven and owned by local organizations seeking the well-being of their communities. The social impact and return on investment of these projects should be measurable and sustainable. Grantees will receive a maximum of $10,000 USD

Rolex Awards for Enterprise Grant, Apply by June 30, 2017

Rolex is currently inviting applications for its 2018 Rolex Awards for Enterprise grant. The grant aims to encourage a spirit of enterprise in individuals, between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, around the world by supporting outstanding endeavors in areas that advance human knowledge and well-being. Each of the five winners will receive 100,000 Swiss Francs

Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development, Apply by February 24, 2017 

USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, DFID, and KOICA have joined together to launch Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development, to find the tools and approaches to help the mothers and newborns during their most vulnerable hours. We will invest in a portfolio of projects.  Through this portfolio, we will seek groundbreaking innovations by providing: 

  • Seed Funds to support the development and validation of ideas capable of impacting health outcomes for pregnant women and their babies in low-resource settings, 
  • Validation Funds to introduce and validate the effectiveness of innovations to reach proof-of-concept, and
  • Transition to Scale Funds to develop, refine, and rigoursly test the impact of integrated solutions that have previously measured promising health outcomes in a controlled or limited setting and have the potential to credibly scale to improve the lives of millions of pregnant women and newborns in multiple countries.  Transition funding is limited to integrated solutions that unite technology, service delivery, and demand. 

IRENA and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Apply by February 15, 2017

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) have collaborated to create a joint Project Facility to finance transformative and replicable renewable energy projects in developing countries. The facility involves IRENA selecting and recommending promising renewable energy projects in developing countries. ADFD then offers soft (concessional) loans to these projects worth USD 350 million over seven annual cycles. 


Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Grant, ONGOING 

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation is accepting applications from social enterprises that are between one and three years old, with scalable business models that work to affect policy, public opinion, and economies. Grantees will receive USD $300,000. Applications are accepted year-round.

Convergence Design Funding: Ongoing

Convergence offers grant funding for practitioners to design innovative financial instruments and products that would otherwise be too risky or complex to pursue. Through research and development grants, Convergence aims to surface the next generation of blended finance models and foster market-wide learning. Learn more and apply here.

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