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: $50,000 EduTech Research Grants for COVID-19 Response

Published on: Nov 16 2020 by Wayan Vota - 8 Comments
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Apply Now: 1,500,000€ for Tech-Enabled Sustainable Urban Development

Apply Now: 1,500,000€ for Tech-Enabled Sustainable Urban Development

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Apply Now: £250,000 for Your Assistive Digital Technology in Africa & Asia

Published on: Sep 21 2020 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Apply Now: £250,000 for Your Assistive Digital Technology in Africa & Asia
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Apply Now: $200,000 in Amazon Web Services for Your ICT4D Innovation

Published on: Sep 14 2020 by Wayan Vota - 7 Comments
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Apply Now: $725,000 in Grant Funding for Data Scientists

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Apply Now: $850,000 NIH Grant Funding for mHealth Research Projects

Published on: Aug 17 2020 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Apply Now: $850,000 NIH Grant Funding for mHealth Research Projects
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Apply Now: $1,000,000 for African Online Safety Solutions from Google

Apply Now: $1,000,000 for African Online Safety Solutions from Google

Published on: Aug 10 2020 by Wayan Vota - 13 Comments
Over 500 million people have access to the Internet on the African continent – 40% of the population. Over 250 million Africans use smartphones for going...
Apply Now: $20,000 Grant Funding for African Digital Rights

Apply Now: $20,000 Grant Funding for African Digital Rights

Published on: Jul 27 2020 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
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Apply Now: $200,000 for African Digital Reading and eBook Solutions 

Apply Now: $200,000 for African Digital Reading and eBook Solutions 

Published on: Jul 13 2020 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
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Apply Now: $10 Million for COVID-19 Response Data Science Solutions

Apply Now: $10 Million for COVID-19 Response Data Science Solutions

Published on: Jul 07 2020 by Wayan Vota - 6 Comments
The novel coronavirus global pandemic is affecting global society in profound ways and will require new and innovative approaches. Beyond the impacts on public...