The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation

Guidelines

Overview

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.  The foundation helps build the capacity of organizations and coalitions with grants that support research or improve the learning and generation of local solutions to complex problems.

The foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership and promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem or question in the field.  It prefers to support projects that address under-funded issues and geographic areas.

Geographic Focus

The foundation supports low- and lower-middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. It prefers to support organizations located in low- and middle-income countries or organizations located in upper-income countries whose activities are of direct benefit low- and middle-income countries.  The foundation does not support the states of the former Soviet Union or former Eastern Bloc countries.

Fields of Interest

The foundation supports special projects and programs of non-governmental organizations in three areas: conservation, food, and health. Examples of areas of interest within these fields follow, but are not meant to be exclusive.

Conservation

Conservation grants help improve ecological and environmental conditions in low- and middle-income countries.  The foundation supports field research and related research activities, training, and technical assistance efforts that:

  • help conserve ecosystems and protect biodiversity
  • train local leaders in conservation and protection of resources, with an emphasis on technical and scientific training

Food

Food grants help research-based efforts to improve food and nutrition security and improve natural resources and ecosystems.  Areas of interest include projects that:

  • promote or develop specific sustainable agriculture practices with potential to advance science and practice in other countries;
  • test and refine innovative education and training interventions for small scale farmers; and
  • advance new approaches to control pests and diseases affecting important food crops in low-income countries.

Health

The foundation supports public health programs that focus on populations rather than individuals.  It funds programs that emphasize disease prevention and health promotion over those that emphasize disease diagnosis, treatment, and care.  It supports research, technical assistance, and training projects that:

  • improve public health through community-based efforts that address health promotion, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health; and
  • increase the understanding and treatment of neglected tropical diseases

Types of Support

The foundation does not provide general operating support. It favors research, training, and technical assistance projects that:

  • employ and/or train personnel from developing countries
  • are led by organizations with strong records of accomplishments in a particular field and have potential for replication
  • focus on regional or cross-boundary issues and opportunities
  • feature collaborative partnerships embedded in strong networks
  • strengthen local leadership and scientific capacity
  • influence public discourse and policy
  • focus on prevention rather than remediation
  • attract additional support and hold promise for continuation or impact beyond the period of foundation support

Exclusions

The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation does not provide support for:

  • buildings, vehicles, land purchases or capital improvements
  • direct medical care or treatment at hospitals or clinics
  • medical equipment for hospitals or clinics
  • wells, pumps or water systems
  • emergency relief or humanitarian aid projects
  • microenterprise, tourism, job training or livelihood projects
  • feeding or food distribution programs
  • projects to improve farming for export crops
  • basic farming, beekeeping, chicken, or animal husbandry training projects
  • films, videos, books or websites
  • scholarships, fellowships, tuition or travel grants
  • conferences
  • general operating support
  • individuals, businesses, churches, government, orphanages and humanitarian aid agencies

Eligibility

The foundation supports most types of non-governmental organizations that can provide evidence of their nongovernmental status or charitable purpose.

In general, the foundation will support:

  • Non-governmental organizations (NGO)
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Civil society organizations
  • Community-based organizations
  • Colleges, universities and academic institutions

The foundation does not support businesses, government agencies,  humanitarian relief organizations, other foundations or churches.

Policies

  • Most grants are made on a one-time basis.
  • There is no policy concerning a minimum or maximum grant size. The average grant is approximately $20,000. Grants exceeding $30,000 are rarely awarded.
  • The foundation will not consider more than one proposal from an organization in any calendar year and will not fund an organization more than once in a funding year.
  • The foundation will not fund overhead or indirect costs of projects.
  • The foundation is very willing to cooperate with other funding sources with compatible interests to support a joint project or to provide matching funds. From time to time the foundation may also set matching requirements for grantees, particularly in cases where the foundation cannot provide full funding for the project.
  • The political beliefs of the applicants or the political relations of any state with the United States shall not be taken into account in making or not making any grant, except that the foundation will comply with any requirements imposed by law.
  • Grantees are expected to meet the foundation’s reporting requirements within one year of the previous proposal application. Returning applicants should submit an interim report with all copies of the proposal for renewal. A report outline will be sent with the initial grant letter. Reporting requirements are designed to maintain a reasonable balance between obtaining sufficient information for the foundation to assess expenditures, accomplishments and difficulties and avoiding burdensome work for grantees.

Deadlines

2017-2019 Grant Cycle Timeline
Application & Review Process Grant Round
1.
Grant Round
2.
Concept Application Deadline January 1 July 1
Request for Proposal Issued February 1 August 1
Proposal Deadline March 1 September 3
Grant Awards June 1 December 1

Foundation Office

The directors maintain a part-time staff in Boston, Massachusetts.  Staff provide initial review of applications and meet with applicants when necessary in order to gain an important perspective on a particular request. Requests for meetings will be honored by staff whenever possible.

Correspondence and inquiries should be directed to:

Conservation, Food & Health Foundation
c/o Prentice A. Zinn, Administrator
GMA Foundations
2 Liberty Square, Suite 500
Boston, Massachusetts 02109

Phone: 617-391-3091

pzinn @ gmafoundations . com

Joint WHO-AFRO/TDR/EDCTP Small Grants Scheme for implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty

Deadline for applications: 30 November 2017

Only applicants from the WHO African Region eligible

This call is for applications for implementation research that can cover a range of diseases, conducted through close collaboration between researchers and national disease programmes.

The aim of this call is to strengthen capacity for implementation research conducted through close collaboration between researchers and national disease programmes. Diseases covered include malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhea, lower respiratory tract infections, yellow fever, and neglected tropical diseases. Implementation research activities supported by this call may be complementary to those supported through other stakeholders interested in these diseases.

The focus is on the following priorities, with illustrative research areas below. Note that this is not an exclusive list of submission possibilities:

  • Community case identification and management of illnesses including HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhea, lower respiratory tract infections, yellow fever, and neglected tropical diseases
  • Community involvement in the delivery of health interventions
Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be based in African institutions, including national tropical/communicable disease control programmes, ministries of health, academic institutions, research institutes; and non-governmental organizations.

Applications are particularly encouraged from qualified applicants who are in the earlier career stages, are women, or are from the group of least-developed countries.


Further information and application process

1325 Grants For Women Empowerment

Do you represent an organization or a foundation working to promote women’s participation in issues concerning peace and security? If so, you are eligible to apply for project grants from the FBA.

UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and the following resolutions 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2016 and 2122 all highlight the importance of women’s participation and protection in conflict and post-conflict situations. Each year the FBA grants funds to projects that support the implementation of those resolutions, with a specific focus on projects that promote women’s equal participation in issues concerning peace and security. The projects should have a strong local ownership and contribute to support capacity-building for women’s organizations and/or local women’s groups.

Numerous organizations apply for the funds each year, and the FBA cannot guarantee the success of a specific application. Neither funds to end or continue projects that have been granted funding earlier, nor funds for projects that are undertaken during the course of more than 15 months, can be guaranteed. The FBA evaluates all applications and publicly announces the allocation of funds every year. The selection of accepted applications is strictly criteria-based.

When to apply?

Funds are granted once a year. The last day for applications is on November 1 of each year.

Who can apply?

Swedish and international organizations and foundations working with projects meeting our criteria may apply.

How to apply?

Apply here. Please read the instructions thoroughly before posting an application.

2017 ROLLING COMPETITION

2017 COMPETITION

 

This Competition will follow a ‘rolling’ format. It will be open throughout the year with applications submitted and evaluated periodically. The first submission period will close for evaluation on August 10, 2017. Unsuccessful applicants will be able to refine and resubmit their applications subsequently, along with new entrants in the competition.

The 2017 Competition seeks to support innovative financial products, services or processes from organizations that will design, pilot and test new ideas, as well as those that aim to expand proven ideas into new geographies or a new customer segment in rural and agricultural areas.

We will be looking for innovation in all applications, be they for new ideas or ideas that are ready for scaling.  When considering your ideas, you should address the following questions:

  • What is the potential for the proposed idea to change access to financial services for smallholder farmers in Africa?
  • What is innovative about your proposed idea? For example, is it new to the financial services sector, new to the country, new to the continent? Perhaps it is even a first in the world? Is there a significant process improvement that changes the way you deliver a service or product?
  • To what extent does the proposed project reach financially underserved markets?

Eligible countries:

  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • DRC
  • Ethiopia
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mozambique
  • Niger
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

ELIGIBILITY

The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity will only support ideas from institutions looking to deliver a financial service, product or process to smallholder farmers in an eligible African country (see list of countries above).

Projects may be proposed by a single institution or by a partnership of two or more (which could include a non-governmental organization); however, the lead applicant must be a for-profit entity.

Firms that apply should have an established and verifiable institutional track record. The Fund will only consider start-ups in exceptional circumstances where there is strong evidence that the new company has credible and experienced investors and management team.

Firms that apply should have transparent ownership and governance structures.

Examples of institutions that are eligible include:

  • Banks;
  • Non-bank financial institutions such as insurance or leasing companies;
  • Agribusinesses that provide a financial service or that partner with a financial institution to deliver a financial service to their supply chain;
  • Firms that use mobile or IT technology to support the delivery of financial services to rural poor people; and
  • Firms that provide a non-financial service designed to facilitate increased access to financial services for financially excluded rural poor people. These firms may apply on their own as a lead applicant or may apply in partnership with a financial institution or agribusiness.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive. We are looking for applications from institutions that have a financial service offering.

Summary of Eligibility Criteria

Eligible projects under The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity are required to meet the following criteria:

  • The proposal must be for a project within an institution.
  • Projects may be proposed by a single institution or by a partnership of two or more of them (which could include a non-governmental organization); however, the lead applicant must be a for-profit entity.
  • Projects for the 2017 Rolling Competition must take place in one of the countries listed as eligible.
  • Projects must demonstrate the potential to increase the provision of financial services to smallholder farmers in eligible countries.
  • Applications made to the 2017 Rolling Competition should be for support of between US$250,000 and US$2,500,000.