Grant Opportunities

Welcome to the Grant Opportunities Page

This section is dedicated to providing information on current grant opportunities for small- and medium-sized civil society organizations (CSOs) working in a variety of technical and geographic areas. This page is a work in progress and provides only a sampling of grant opportunities available on the World Wide Web. If you know of other grant programs for small- and medium-sized CSOs and would like them added to this list, please e-mail the details of the grants program to the NGOConnect Editor.

For each of the grant opportunities listed below, the first link will connect you to the funder's Web page. The link at the bottom of the box will take you directly to a page that contains details on the funder's grant program(s) and application materials. 


Organization Name:       
Empower (The Emerging Markets Foundation)
Organization Website:
Region: Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe
Type(s) of Grants: Education, Health, Leadership & Livelihoods, Community Development
Grant Size: Awarded US$220,000 over nine grants in eight different countries
Grant Description: Empower builds social capital in emerging countries. It aims to mobilize the resources and leverage the ideas, networks and influence of the emerging market sector to help marginalized communities in. Grants to strong local organizations aim to help transform communities by providing education, basic health, job training and leadership opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
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Organization Name:        The Ford Foundation
Organization Website:
Region: International
Type(s) of Grants: Agriculture; AIDS; Arts; Civil rights; Community development; Crime/violence prevention; Abuse Prevention; Economically disadvantaged; Education; Elementary school education; Employment; Environment; Natural resources; Government/public administration; Higher education; Housing/shelter; Human services; Immigrants/refugees; International affairs; Arms control; International affairs; Foreign policy; International economic development; International human rights; International studies; Law/international law; Leadership development; Legal services; Media, film/video; Media/communications; Minorities/immigrants; Museums; Performing arts; Philanthropy/voluntarism; Public affairs; Citizen participation; Public health; Public policy; Reproductive health; Rural development; Secondary school/education; Social sciences; Urban/community development; Women; Youth development.
Grant Size: US$200,000 - US$3.5 Million
Grant Description: The Ford Foundation is one source of support for these activities. They work mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. Since their financial resources are modest in comparison with societal needs, they focus on a limited number of problem areas and program strategies within their broad goals.
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Organization Name:       
The Asia Foundation
Organization Website:
Region: Asia
Type(s) of Grants: Economic reform and development; law and governance reform; elections; human rights; women's programs; the environment; international relations; information and communications technology.
Grant Size: varies greatly
Grant Description: The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance, law, and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; and international relations. Drawing on 50 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research.

With a network of 17 offices throughout Asia, an office in Washington, D.C., and its headquarters in San Francisco, the Foundation addresses these issues on both a country and regional level. In 2006, the Foundation provided more than US$53 million in program support and distributed 920,000 books and educational materials valued at US$30 million throughout Asia.
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Organization Name:        The Draper Richards Foundation
Organization Website:
Region: United States only
Type(s) of Grants: Arts; Civil rights; Community development; Crime/law  enforcement; Economic development; Education; Employment; Environment; Health care; Housing/shelter; Human services; International affairs ; International economic development; Nonprofit management; Philanthropy/voluntarism; Public affairs; Youth development, adult & child programs.
Grant Size: US$100,000
Grant Description: Awards fellowships to selected social entrepreneurs with seed funding of US$100,000 annually for three years as well as technical support. The Foundation only awards six fellowships per year so that we can fully engage with our portfolio of grantee organizations. The funds are specifically and solely for entrepreneurs starting new non-profit organizations that seek to solve existing social problems in innovative new ways. The Foundation will select proposals from a variety of public service areas, including, but not limited to, education, youth and families, the environment, arts, health, and community and economic development. The foundation does not fund organizations later in their lifecycle.
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