Practical Insights on Grant Funding

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ICT4D Grant Funding

Do you want to use information and communication technologies to improve social and economic development? Do you need grant funding for your ICT4D startup business idea? Here are two popular international donors that provide seed funds for innovative humanitarian aid programs.

USAID Grant Funding

USAID generally undertakes direct assistance programs to benefit developing countries through competitive grants and cooperative agreements. This ensures that all activities are concentrated on specific objectives to maximize impact and that they are consistent, mutually reinforcing, and draw support from the best available sources.

Check to see if USAID and your organization are currently working in the same country and to ensure that your organization’s goals align with the USAID priorities for that country. Establish a relationship with the USAID Mission in the countries where you work; set up meetings with them and invite them to see your operation.

Gates Foundation Grant Funding

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation fosters innovation to solve key health and development problems. They offer two grant types: Seed Grants and Scale-Up Grants.

  • Seed Grants: $250,000 to be implemented up to 12 months. Seed Grants should leverage digital technology innovations with the potential to scale by utilizing a proven technology from another sector.
  • Scale-Up Grants: $1,500,000 to be implemented up to 24 months. Scale-Up Grants demonstrate ability and sufficient evidence to have positive impact by using digital technology innovations with demonstrated readiness to scale and proven ability to bundle with other services.

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Apply Now: €10,000 for Inclusive EduTech Solution for African Learners

Apply Now: €10,000 for Inclusive EduTech Solution for African Learners

Published on: Sep 06 2021 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
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Apply Now: $300,000 for Your Open Source Internet Freedom Initiatives

Apply Now: $300,000 for Your Open Source Internet Freedom Initiatives

Published on: Aug 23 2021 by Wayan Vota - 4 Comments
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Apply Now: $635,000 for African Academic Research on Digital Inclusion

Apply Now: $635,000 for African Academic Research on Digital Inclusion

Published on: Aug 16 2021 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
Information and communication technology infrastructure has proven vital in helping countries and consumers adapt and respond to the pandemic. ICTs have enabled...
Apply Now: $17,000 Agriculture Satellite Data Machine Learning Challenge

Apply Now: $17,000 Agriculture Satellite Data Machine Learning Challenge

Published on: Aug 09 2021 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
The agricultural sector makes a substantial contribution to GDP and livelihoods across the developing world. However, regular and reliable agricultural data remains...
Apply Now: €1,500,000 for Your Educational Technology Solutions

Apply Now: €1,500,000 for Your Educational Technology Solutions

Published on: Jul 12 2021 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
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Apply Now: $1.7 Million in Grants for Internet Infrastructure and Inclusion

Apply Now: $1.7 Million in Grants for Internet Infrastructure and Inclusion

Published on: Jun 28 2021 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
The challenges of improving Internet growth are multi faceted and interrelated, particularly in developing countries. They include technical skills and knowledge,...
Apply Now: £250,000 Grant Funding for Digital Urban Services

Apply Now: £250,000 Grant Funding for Digital Urban Services

Published on: Jun 20 2021 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
 Urban resilience poses challenges to city authorities and urban service providers as two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, with...
Apply Now: $285,000 in Grant Funding for Digital Inclusion Solutions

Apply Now: $285,000 in Grant Funding for Digital Inclusion Solutions

Published on: Jun 06 2021 by Wayan Vota - 33 Comments
The pandemic has exacerbated the need to be connected in order to access jobs, training, and markets. However, the digital economy excludes over half of the world’s...
Apply Now: $550,000 Internet Access Grants in Latin America and Caribbean

Apply Now: $550,000 Internet Access Grants in Latin America and Caribbean

Published on: May 24 2021 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
According to the United Nations, access to the Internet has become a fundamental aspect for the full exercise of our human rights. Internet access gives us information...
Apply Now: $15,000 Grants for Your EduTech Nonprofit Organization

Apply Now: $15,000 Grants for Your EduTech Nonprofit Organization

Published on: May 17 2021 by Wayan Vota - 19 Comments
With COVID-19 Digital Response, educational institutions are pivoting their learning programs to virtual engagements. The switch is painful for everyone, and can...