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.

More Grant Funding Opportunities

Apply Now: $500,000 USAID Grants for Internet Connectivity and Digital Financial Services

Apply Now: $500,000 USAID Grants for Internet Connectivity and Digital Financial Services

Published on: Feb 19 2024 by Wayan Vota - 3 Comments
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Apply Now: $2 Million for Research to Control Artificial Intelligence

Apply Now: $2 Million for Research to Control Artificial Intelligence

Published on: Jan 29 2024 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Artificial intelligence systems that are much smarter than humans could arrive in the next 10 years. To manage potential risks these systems could pose, we need...
Apply Now: €250,000 for Your Food Security Technology Solution

Apply Now: €250,000 for Your Food Security Technology Solution

Published on: Jan 22 2024 by Wayan Vota - 19 Comments
In recent years, Africa has faced significant challenges in achieving food security, a situation exacerbated by factors such as climate change, population growth,...
Apply Now: £250,000 Artificial Intelligence for Humanitarians Grant Fund

Apply Now: £250,000 Artificial Intelligence for Humanitarians Grant Fund

Published on: Dec 18 2023 by Wayan Vota - 4 Comments
Humanitarian aid workers have a responsibility to ensure they use artificial intelligence to capitalize on the technology’s potential to respond more effectively...
Apply Now: €1.5 Million for African Data Governance Projects

Apply Now: €1.5 Million for African Data Governance Projects

Published on: Dec 11 2023 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Digital development plays a pivotal role in accelerating inclusive and sustainable development. The integration of digital solutions can significantly reduce inequalities...
AI Funding Trends in Digital Health: Gates Foundation Grant Awards Analysis

AI Funding Trends in Digital Health: Gates Foundation Grant Awards Analysis

Published on: Dec 04 2023 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on AI Funding Trends in Digital Health: Gates Foundation Grant Awards Analysis
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Apply Now: $100,000 Grants for Your Climate Technology Solution

Apply Now: $100,000 Grants for Your Climate Technology Solution

Published on: Nov 06 2023 by Wayan Vota - 19 Comments
Climate change is a key driver of many of the changes occurring at the global and local level, across every economy, sector, supply chain, and industry. However,...
Apply Now: $500,000 Generative AI Grants from Facebook

Apply Now: $500,000 Generative AI Grants from Facebook

Published on: Oct 30 2023 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Recent breakthroughs in generative artificial intelligence have captured the public’s imagination and demonstrated what those developing these technologies have...
Apply Now: $40,000 Grants for Feminist Internet Research Projects

Apply Now: $40,000 Grants for Feminist Internet Research Projects

Published on: Oct 23 2023 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Creating a feminist internet is critical to bring about transformation in gendered structures of power that exist online and on-ground. The needs of women and gender-diverse...
Apply Now: $50,000 for Women’s Participation in ICTforAg Solutions

Apply Now: $50,000 for Women’s Participation in ICTforAg Solutions

Published on: Sep 25 2023 by Wayan Vota - 3 Comments
Increasing women’s participation in digital agri-food advisory services and programs improves gender equality and is a strategic approach to improving agricultural...