Rave Scholarships support further practical training for young curators, restorers, museum technicians and cultural managers from countries in transition and developing countries who have arranged a guest period, a practical training or non-paid work at a museum, at a non-commercial gallery or at a non-commercial cultural institution in Germany.
Mozilla is dedicated to keeping the web open, healthy, and accessible to everyone. As part of that mission, they provide research grants to universities, labs and research-focused registered non-profits working to make the internet a better place.
We fund research in a wide variety of ways, including building new technologies, improving existing technologies, and studying how people use technology. Our research domains include Emerging Technologies’ four core areas:
- Open Web Platform, such as Rust, Servo and Daala. We recently funded projects testing the Rust and bindgen compilers, and implementing Typed WebAssembly.
- Mixed Reality, including virtual reality and augmented reality. In 2017 we funded a study into gender differences in virtual reality, and another exploring how to design pro-social norms in VR.
- Speech, Language & Assistants: recent funded research includes improvements to word2vec; aiding the creation of a corpus of human-chatbot interaction open data; and mining translations from existing webpages.
- New Explorations: We have funded proposals to design more usable IoT access controls; family use of IoT; and building distributed computing in remote islands
We also fund research relevant to Mozilla in other ways:
- Firefox: We funded a study to understand how users think Private Browsing modes work and how they actually work, as well as a study exploring older adults’ use of the internet.
- Internet Health: Funded proposals have included studies of the ethics of hacktivism and evaluating add-ons to understand their privacy implications.
- Accessibility: We have funded the creation of a corpus of unambiguous data for evaluating text entry for blind users, as well as tools to improve privacy and accessibility of web extensions.
- Inclusion: We believe in the value of inclusive innovation and impact, continuously exploring new possibilities with and for diverse communities, and have funded projects that include studying ways to ameliorate harassment in streaming video and encouraging computer science education for youth.
In addition, we’re always interested in projects that explore answers to difficult questions impacting the open web, such as:
- Developing open data resources and allowing for data portability
- Exploring reasonable ways to balance advertising and privacy
- Improving web anonymity
- Developing open identity solutions and open standards for encrypted messaging
- Researching alternatives to advertising to fund internet experiences
- Finding ways to improve the decentralization of the internet away from closed-source software and closed-source data
- Exploring issues related to vulnerable populations, and improving diversity in open-source software
For more detail, here are the previous funding announcements:
- 2017H2: Mozilla Awards Twelve Research Grants to Fund Top Research Projects
- 2017H1: Mozilla Awards Nearly $300,000 to Research Grant Winners,
While we do fund a wide variety of domains, this program is for funding research.
Submitting a Funding Request
UPDATE: Submissions for 2017H2 are now closed. We will announce the 2018H1 program in Spring 2018. To be notified about these or related opportunities for collaboration or funding, join this mailing list.
Applications must be affiliated with a university, research institute or research-focused registered non-profit, in any country (except for those embargoed by the US State Department). University-affiliated applicants can be students or faculty; students will require a letter from their advisor. We encourage the submission of small, focused proposals, and we expect the timescale for most projects, not counting final publications, will be around one year. In general, we cap individual grants at $50,000. As part of our commitment to diversity, we will fund childcare up to 10% of a grant, with a cap of $5000, not counted as part of the $50,000 cap. We particularly encourage applications from new faculty in their first or second years. Funding is given as an unrestricted gift to the institution. We do not pay university overhead.
Proposals must include a plan for disseminating the results, which would normally include publication in a peer-reviewed and open-access venue, and we encourage you to make any resulting publications, results, code, and/or data publicly accessible. We will pay open-access fees for not-for-profit publishers included in your budget. In the interests of transparency, we ask you to acknowledge Mozilla’s support in your publication, and send it to us when it gets published. We particularly encourage grant recipients to further publish their work in a format more accessible to the public, like blog posts or articles in the popular press.
OSIEA plays an active role in encouraging open, informed dialogue on issues of importance in Eastern Africa. Through a combination of grant making, advocacy and convening power, OSIEA is able to support and amplify the voices of pro-democracy organizations and individuals in the region and to strengthen their capacity to hold their governments accountable. This includes efforts to defend and support rights activists and pro-democracy advocates who come under attack for their work.
OSIEA occupies a unique niche as a donor organization in Eastern Africa. We are both a donor and implementor working locally and internationally, which gives us an enormous flexibility in terms of reach and impact. We join processes that are consultative and participatory. Our ability to be flexible in our funding criteria allows us to respond quickly to changing situations. We add our own voice to debates and are not shy to take on rights issues that are deemed as politically sensitive or controversial.
We support initiatives with a demonstrated capacity to positively transform society in innovative ways that embrace inclusiveness and diversity.
OSIEA supports projects in the following programmatic areas:
Democratic governance and rule of law
Health and rights
Equality and non-discrimination
Grant seekers should carefully review our program priorities on our webpage to better know what we fund under each of the focus areas.
The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa does not fund travel to attend conferences, seminars or workshops.
We also do not provide scholarships for individual studies.
True to THEIR name, the Guerrilla Foundation helps activists & grassroots movements build pockets of resistance, that will contribute to larger societal transformations toward a living, circular economy with a deeply democratic society that prioritises social & ecological wellbeing.
Programme Objectives and Focus Areas
While the Movement & Backbone objectives, focus on our core grant-making activities, the Voice objective is more directed at how and what we communicate as well as the overall radical, systemic change narrative we want to help bring about.
1. THE MOVEMENT – Fund for Grassroots Movements
- Fund bold campaigns that mobilise individuals through creative means.
- Fund movement organisations and activists that are central in tackling big issues and have a systemic change perspective.
- Via two closed calls per year, one in spring and one in autumn.
2. THE BACKBONE – Fund for Activism Structures
- Support organisations and activities that educate & build capacity for community organisation and mobilisation, develop skills and thus boost credibility of activists, collectives or associations (e.g. online infrastructure, educational programs).
- Support activist platforms and effective ways for activists/citizens/stakeholders to connect and organize.
- Fund organisations that help create stronger connections between grassroots and top-tier change efforts (e.g. lobbying etc.) to increase the legitimacy of the latter.
- Via two closed calls per year, one in spring and one in autumn.
3. THE REFLEX – ‘Go Guerrilla’ Fund for Urgent Actions
- Respond to the need for urgent mobilisation and actions (e.g. protests) that react swiftly to emerging and unexpected sociopolitical situations and emergencies affecting activists.
- Cover immediate needs of activists (e.g. legal support, meeting/convening costs, mobilisation costs).
- Grants up to 5,000 EUR
- Ongoing, year-round. Contact us at email@example.com and we’ll get the ball rolling.
4. THE VOICE – Mission for Re-articulating Distorted Narratives
- Promote the idea and practice of grassroots mobilisation and coordinated pan-European collective action.
- Move past narrow theories of change that are unsuitable for systemic change efforts. Our impact definition acknowledges and promotes the role of movements in shaping values and cultural narratives.
- Share data, publish failures & not overstate impact to stop perpetuating unrealistic narratives and false expectations to advance the sector pragmatically.
- Develop and promote good practices for effective philanthropy to educate & inspire the next generation of progressive, engaged grant-makers.
- Grassroots organisations that organise and mobilise individuals, particularly those from marginalised backgrounds.
- Movement organisations with a collaborative pan-European orientation particularly those that are addressing relevant issues from a systemic perspective.
- Individual activists that are central to a specific movement and want to implement a relevant project beyond organisational borders.
- Organisations and projects that provide structures for learning, communicating, organising & mobilising – online and offline.
What we are NOT Funding
- Primarily artistic or academic projects (even if they relate to social movements / activism).
- For-profit efforts.
- Religious organisations and political parties.
- Re-granting organisations.
- Government programmes.
In the first step of the selection process, the Guerrilla Foundation team will seek out relevant organisations that work on issues that interest us and are currently important. These are the criteria that they will use (for both the Closed Calls and Urgent Action Fund) to differentiate between these relevant organisations:
Systemic Perspective – Is the project addressing root causes? Is it working towards systemic change, moving away from the symptomatic approach to a more holistic framework? Sustained action on achieving a core mission as opposed to one-off activities.
Catalytic – Bold and promising early stage initiatives. And/or initiatives that have a tough time finding funds elsewhere. How important is what we have to offer for this organisation?
Embodiment of Progressive Values – Does the organisation promote and embody the progressive values of equity, fairness, non-violence, democracy, and sustainability?
Absorption Potential – Financial & management ability, size of grant in relation to overall project/programme/organisation budget, stable organisation with low turnover & capable staff.
Multiplier Effect – Is there the potential to create large impact on an issue, field or network of organisations? How effective and creative is this organisation/individual at communication of its impact, ideas etc How central and/or collaborative within the ecosystem is this organisation/individual?
What we fund
The Red Umbrella Fund provides funding to sex worker-led organisations and networks that are:
- based in any country in the world;
- registered or unregistered;
- led by women, men and/or trans.
If you wish to apply, your group, organisation or network must fulfill each of the following three criteria:
1. Be led by sex workers for the benefit of sex workers.
2. Be committed to connect to and strengthen the sex workers’ rights movement
3. Agree with all the principles of the Red Umbrella Fund.
We do NOT fund:
- Organisations that are not led by sex workers;
- Organisations that have a project or programme with or for sex workers, while the organisation as a whole has a broader focus;
- Organisations that seek to abolish or criminalise sex work;
- Organisations exclusively providing social or medical services;
- Organisations founded by or structurally dependent on political parties, government agencies or religious institutions;
- Business, credit programmes or income-generating activities;
- Academic research;
- Individual requests.
What kind of grants do we give?
The Red Umbrella Fund provides flexible core funding to support the general coordination, functioning and strengthening of a group, organisation or network and its members. Core funding can be used to cover expenses such as registration costs, rent, salaries, advocacy, (peer led) capacity building, membership meetings, networking activities, etc. Our funding is flexible in that it may be used and adjusted largely according to self-identified needs of the grantee. Our grants are not meant solely for project-based activities.
How much funding can be requested?
The Red Umbrella Fund currently provides two-year grants of between €8.000 and €80.000. The average grant size has been about €20.000 per year. Please be realistic in your request and do not automatically request the maximum amount.
The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism, an initiative of the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, provides editorial and financial support to journalists who need the time and resources to produce a significant story or series that provides fresh insight into an important business or economic topic. They accept applications for in-depth text, video or audio pieces, and we encourage proposals that take advantage of more than one storytelling form to create a multimedia package.
Typically, they award grants up to $5,000 a month for one to three months; in exceptional cases, we’ll consider longer grants based upon specific proposals. We’ll look for applicants with a proven ability to report and execute a complex project in their proposed medium; ideally, candidates will also have a strong background or reporting expertise on the subject of their piece.
Applications will generally be accepted twice a year — in the summer and late fall. The upcoming deadline is December 15, 2017. (Please note this has changed from the original date of Nov. 30, 2017.) Summer applications will be due June 30, 2018.
Hanban supports graduate research and Ph.D. programs, furthermore financianl help can be granted for conferences and publications.
There are six stipend categories. The deadline for Ph.D. programs is every year at the end of January.
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- 中外合作培养博士项目 Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship
Support doctoral students (candidates) registered with foreign universities to come to China for study, research and writing of their doctoral dissertations.
Duration: From six months to two years.
- Lodging and living stipend: 80,000 RMB per year
- Research fund: 20,000 RMB per year
- Round-trip international airfare
- Other support provided by the host Chinese university
- Expenses for the foreign supervisor’s visit or research in China
- Expenses for life and medical insurances in China
- Group activities and cultural experience
- 来华攻读博士学位项目 Ph.D. in China Fellowship
Support foreign students to pursue full-time Ph.D. degrees in the humanities and social sciences at Chinese universities.
- Lodging and living stipend: 80,000 RMB per year;
- Research fund: 20,000 RMB per year
- Round-trip international airfare;
- Other support provided by the host Chinese university;
- Expenses for life and medical insurances in China.
- Group activities and cultural experience.
- “理解中国”访问学者项目 “Understanding China“ Fellowship
This fellowship consists of the following three categories:
- 1. “Understanding China” Visiting Scholar to China >> details
- 2. “Understanding China” Short-term visit >> details
- 3. “Understanding China” Chinese Visiting Scholar >> details
- 青年领袖项目 Young Leaders Fellowship
Support outstanding youths who have been awarded at least a Bachelor’s Degree and hold a certain position in the field of politics, economics, finance, law, education, culture, arts, and media to visit China;
Duration: From two weeks to six months.
- Accommodation and travel expenses in China;
- Round-trip international airfare (economy class, to be reimbursed against actual cost);
- Expenses for life and medical insurances in China.
- 出版资助项目 Publication Grant
Publication Grant supports foreign scholars to publish or translate relevant monographs, doctoral dissertations, or founding relevant academic journals on Sinology and/or China Studies.
The leading applicant must be non-Chinese citizen, and the book will be published in other countries and areas than P.R.China.
The grant covers expenses for editing, translation, publication, circulation and advertising. The exact expenses will be approved according to the application.
- 国际会议项目 International Conference Grant
The International Conference Grant is aimed at supporting Confucius Institutes, universities, research institutes, and scholars to hold or attend international academic conferences on Sinology and/or China Studies.
- The accommodation and travel expenses of conference speakers;
- Registration fees;
- Publication fees of conference proceedings.
Strengthening grants support particular, usually time-limited, projects (usually 6-24 months) that seek to engage and contribute to bringing about change in one or more of the priority themes of AmplifyChange.
Strengthening grants range from EUR40,000 – EUR100,000.
We receive strong competition for Strengthening grants. Therefore, we encourage applicants to provide realistic budgets to match their proposed approach, and not just apply for the maximum amount available.
We will not consider grants exceeding EUR100,000 in budget.
There may be a possibility of extending the period of support. This will be advised at a later date to successful applicants, and will be subject to performance.
Who and what are Strengthening grants for?
Strengthening grants are intended to do what their name suggests – to support and strengthen the work of small to medium civil society organisations, partnerships and coalitions who are operating at a local, community, district or national level.
Strengthening grants are also intended to help strengthen the organisational and technical capacity of groups; we understand that this enables groups to better implement projects that are aiming to secure specific change.
See eligible countries.
What was the last Strengthening grant call for?
The last Strengthening grant call focused on supporting the advocacy efforts of civil society organisations seeking to bring about positive policy and reform in AmplifyChange priority thematic areas.
Strategies and activities we seek to support:
We can provide support to cover costs related to:
- Implementing specific activities in line with one or more of the AmplifyChange thematic areas
- Staff costs including support staff
- Technical assistance costs
- Travel costs associated with the project objectives and activities
- Organisational capacity building and strengthening support including staff training and development
- Activity Monitoring & Evaluation costs
- Indirect project support costs. These are expenses which are incurred in the support of operational activities including, for example, rent, shared utility costs and audit fees.
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The Lush Charity Pot supports small, grassroots organisations around the world that are working in the areas of animal protection, the environment , and human rights. The majority of our funding is allocated to smaller groups who struggle to find funding elsewhere.
All applications within these fields will be considered irrespective of their geographical location or how the organisation is registered. For a full version of these guidelines, please go to https://uk.lush.com/article/lush-charity-pot-uk-full-guidelines. Please read these before downloading the application form.
How much can I apply for?
Our support ranges from a few hundred pounds to a maximum of £10,000 per project. Our average grant is around £4,000.
What projects are funded?
Lush Charity Pot particularly looks for projects that create long-term change. They feel it is also crucially important to fund projects that aim to stop the abuse from happening in the first place by addressing the root cause of the problem; for example, Lush Charity Pot would prefer to fund a project that aims to stop deforestation (eg by challenging the palm oil industry) over one that aims to plant trees to restore an area that’s already been deforested. Lush Charity Pot therefore prioritises funding to projects which aim to change opinion and behaviour through raising awareness of issues, activism, education and campaigning, particularly because this kind of work is not well funded elsewhere. We’re looking for initiatives that reach beyond those directly involved in the project; those that have the potential to benefit many rather than just a few individuals.
We do also fund projects that provide aid and support where needed, such as animal shelters and refugee support and advice groups. As well as challenging harmful practices it’s important to support positive alternatives. Therefore, we also look for projects that promote and implement viable, fair and sustainable solutions to the world’s problems.
Which organisations are fundable?
The majority of our funding is allocated to small, grassroots groups that are often best placed to make a real difference with limited resources and often struggle to find funding. Almost all the groups we fund have annual incomes of less than £250,000 and most are substantially smaller than this and run entirely or predominantly by volunteers. If your organisation is in the fortunate position of having many supporters and corporate sponsors or is able to secure mainstream funding such as government grants, you’re probably not one for us.
We believe we can make the most impact by funding causes that are often overlooked by other funders, therefore we give priority to less popular issues which are more difficult to raise funds for. The most popular causes tend to be health charities (medical research, hospices etc), social welfare, religious causes, children/ young people and military related causes, so these aren’t a priority for us. We’re looking for organisations that take on issues that others don’t, those that push the boundaries and challenge mainstream opinion.
We support non-violent direct action groups because we feel it plays an important part in bringing about social change. Non-violent direct action includes protests and demonstrations, non-cooperation and other non-violent interventions. We will only consider supporting non-violent direct action groups, i.e. those which have no intention of physically harming others or threatening to do so. Whilst we support groups that engage in non-violent direct action in various ways, we do not fund actions that may break the law.
We don’t fund religious organisations, schools, councils, student expeditions or academic studies neither do we contribute to sponsored walks or other fundraising initiatives or sponsor events.
Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices.
The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund will support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.
Funding rounds will open for applications in January and June of each year; applications take 6-8 weeks to process. Applicants may apply for concurrently for Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.
Approximately $230,000 are dispersed each year. Grant sizes depend on the proposal and the inclusion of a detailed budget.
- Women journalists from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.
- Applicants must identify as women.
- Practicing journalism must be the applicants primary profession.
- Applicants must have three or more years of post-graduate professional journalism experience.
- Teams of journalists may apply, however the submission must be from a woman journalist and her team must include at least 50% women.
- Special consideration will be given to freelance journalists.
Applicants may apply for one of two different types of funding: reporting projects or professional development opportunities.
Reporting projects include journalistic work in any media format, including but not limited to print, digital, video, photography and new media. The Fund for Women Journalists will prioritize reporting projects pitched around underreported stories of global importance.
Professional development opportunities can include security training, conferences, workshops and media development initiatives such as technical skills building trainings. We encourage skills building applicants who are pitching media development initiatives to include an element of mentorship in their proposal.
We encourage applicants to consider a one-year timeline or less for completion and publication of their project – please note the average grant size is 10,000 USD. Projects with timelines longer than one year or requesting grants over $10,000 will be considered on a limited basis.
While applicants can seek funding on any under-reported topic, in this round of funding only the IWMF has set aside a discrete pool of money for small grants that support reporting on how local communities in the United States are affected by or reacting to the flow of undocumented migrants coming from Mexico and/or Central America. Projects pitched for this opportunity need to be completed and published/produced in under a year, and have a suggested budget of no more than $5,000.
All applications must include a detailed preliminary budget and timeline.
There are certain requests that the Fund selection committee will not consider. The Fund will not provide money to cover tuition expenses for undergraduate or graduate degree programs. Requests for assistance with equipment will be considered on a limited basis.
Urgent Action Fund was established to provide support to women and trans* human rights defenders or organizations led by women or trans* activists when an unexpected situation arises that requires an immediate and time-urgent response to uphold human rights.
Urgent Action Fund’s Rapid Response Grants complement traditional donor funding in cases of crises, emergencies, or opportunities that are not expected or predictable, and when funding is needed immediately to address the current situation.
Urgent Action Fund provides two types of Rapid Response Grants. To receive a Rapid Response Grant, your proposal must fall under at least one of these situations:
- Security Grants – The safety and security of women or trans* human rights defenders/activists/organizations is threatened due to their human rights work. This includes emergency security measures for organizations and movements, and temporary relocation for individual women’s human rights defenders in contexts of armed conflict, escalating violence or politically volatile environments. For recent examples of protection and security grants, click here.
- Opportunity Grants – An unexpected moment or opportunity for advocacy or mobilization that may result in advancements for women’s and LBTQI’s rights, such as changes in legal decisions, policy and laws, or a shift in public attitudes and practices in their local context. This includes opportunities to influence public opinion or public policy, take potentially precedent-setting legal or legislative actions, and organize peaceful demonstrations or protests. For recent examples of advocacy and opportunity grants, click here.
Within these two broad grantmaking categories, the activists that Urgent Action Fund support are working on a diversity of issues to protect and advance the human rights of women and trans* people. This includes gender-based violence, reproductive justice, environmental & land rights, indigenous rights, peace building, sex worker’s rights, and LGBTQ rights, among other issue areas.
Grant proposals must fit four Criteria:
- Women/Trans*-led – women/trans* people must be the primary decision-makers in the organization, group, or action.
- Women or Trans* Human Rights Focus – the actions proposed promote the advancement of women’s or trans* human rights using nonviolent tactics or strategies.
- Unanticipated and Time Urgent – the specific event or situation your organization is responding to was unanticipated, and actions must happen quickly to be effective. Actions must be implemented within 3 months of approval of an application.
- Supported/Networked – the group has the support of others involved in women’s human rights or related fields, locally or globally.
Urgent Action Fund does not fund the following types of requests:
- Cisgender male-led organizations or networks.
- Individual requests without an organization or network affiliation.
- Projects focused on long-term development aid or charity assistance.
- Natural disaster relief.
- Annual operating budgets and/or bridge funding (to fill a funding gap).
- UAF accept grant applications in any language, 365 days per year.
- UAF will respond to your request within 24 hours; however, proposals in languages other than Arabic, English, Spanish, Russian, or French may require additional time for translation.
- The maximum grant request can be up to $5,000 USD.
The grants serve to support postdoctoral students at German research institutes, primarily assistant professors or researchers in similar positions, as, for example, self-employed heads of young academic research groups. Candidates must be in the early phases of their research career. The Foundation knowingly refuses to formulate a specific definition of “early phases” since the time period will be dependent on the academic field and can be evaluated in differing ways. Nonetheless it should be clear from the application that the applicant has consciously decided to pursue a research career and is actively pursuing this goal.
Applicants can only apply for a grant for their own research project. It can either be for an expansion of an already running research project or a completely new project.
The scholarships are awarded for two years: the yearly grant sum is €20,000. Scholarship recipients must write a report about their progress and research results after the first year and a final report once the scholarship has ended. The bursar’s office of the research institute at which the scholarship recipient is working handles the actual disbursement of the grant.
The Prototype Fund supports ideas in civic tech, data literacy, data security, and software infrastructure.
With a grant of up to €30.000, software developers, hackers, and creatives can write code and develop open source prototypes over a period of six months.
The Prototype Fund is funded by the Federal Ministry for Research and Education in Germany.
The next application phase starts on August 1st 2017.
Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on introducing students to open source software development. Students work on a 3 month programming project with an open source organization during their break from university.
As a part of Google Summer of Code, student participants are paired with a mentor from the participating organizations, gaining exposure to real-world software development and techniques. Students have the opportunity to spend the break between their school semesters earning a stipend while working in areas related to their interests.
In turn, the participating organizations are able to identify and bring in new developers who implement new features and hopefully continue to contribute to open source even after the program is over. Most importantly, more code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.
- Students only
- resident of a country not currently embargoed by the United States
- minimum age 18 years old
Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) is Mozilla’s program for supporting the Open Source and Free Software movement, with a yearly budget of around $3 million. Mozilla was born out of and remains a part of this movement, and we prosper because of its technology and activism. And we know that open source software remains a key part of the Internet and is essential for the online life of choice, innovation and opportunity we seek to build.
The Foundational Technology track is open to any free software / open source project that Mozilla relies on — either embedded in our products or infrastructure, or just used to get work done.
The Mission Partners track is open to any free software / open source project that significantly furthers Mozilla’s mission to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all.
Secure Open Source
The Secure Open Source (“SOS”) track supports security audits for open source software projects, and remedial work to rectify the problems found.