Funding Opportunities

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Updated 4/3/2017


Open IDEO BridgeBuilder Challenge, Apply by April 14, 2017

IDEO is awarding up to 1 million dollars in funding to projects that address two or more of these categories: peace, prosperity, and the planet to non-profit or for-profit organizations that have worked in their sector for at least a year. 


Uganda: Skills Development Fund (SDF), Apply by April 14, 2017

The Skills Development Fund, supported by the Belgian Development Agency, has issued a call for proposals to enhance ‘livelihood and labor market relevant’ skills for youth and women of the refugee and host communities in northern Uganda through vocational training and entrepreneurship support. The deadline to submit concept notes is April 14, 2017.

USAID - Call for Proposals, Apply by April 20, 2017

The Lab is interested in collaborating with organizations working to engage diaspora communities in addressing development challenges in their countries of origin. The Lab is particularly seeking to identify catalytic, diaspora-centric partnership models centering on economic development, entrepreneurship, philanthropy and/or investing.

EuropeAid Cooperation Office - Call for Proposals, Apply by April 25, 2017

EuropeAid Cooperation Office is calling for proposals to increase access to sustainable energy by promoting women’s entrepreneurship in the sustainable energy sector. Proposals should contribute to gender equality, focusing on integrating financial services, skills improvement, and other measures of women’s empowerment. The deadline for submission of full applications is April 25, 2017.

Pakistan - U.S. Embassy Grant Opportunity, Apply by April 28, 2017

The Cultural Affairs Office in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Islamabad of the U.S. Department of State has announced a call for proposals to help strengthen ties between the United States and Pakistan through cultural programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. Project proposals should focus on one of the following project areas: entrepreneurship, education, heritage, or human rights. Please note that only U.S. and Pakistani registered non-profits or NGOs with relevant programming experience are eligible to apply. The deadline is April 28, 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

    Scaling Off-Grid Energy: A Grand Challenge for Development, Apply by April 30, 2017

    Under this funding window, USAID will support innovative technology solutions and business models across the household solar value chain in sub-Saharan Africa. Enterprises should be early stage or early-growth stage, with an existing track record in one or more African markets. USAID may provide up to $4 million in matching funds, with estimated grant awards ranging from $500,000 to $1,500,000. However, applicants must demonstrate a financial commitment from a private investor (equity or debt) that is at least twice the funding requested from USAID. 


    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.

    Investment Market Places

    CrunchBase is the leading platform to discover innovative companies and the people behind them. Used by millions of entrepreneurs, investors, and analysts worldwide.

    ImpactSpace makes information about the impact market readily available to everyone and maintainable by anyone. ImpactSpace helps you connect with companies, investors, deals, and people generating financial returns through the creation of environmental and social value.

    The GroundUp Project
    The Ground_Up Project is a deal-sourcing platform for sustainability. As the leading platform for environmental companies under $10M, we achieve scale through our proprietary Value Compass, which analyses and scores projects, and aggregates portfolios to match investor requirements.

    Challenges and Competitions

    1. Postcode Lottery Green Challenge: Apply by June 1, 2017: Green start-ups from all over the world can submit promising sustainable business plans. The winner will receive €500,000 to further develop their product or service, and to bring it to market. The runner-up will receive €200,000.
    2. Investor's Circle: Ongoing
    3. MIT Challenges: Ongoing

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