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: $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...
Apply Now: $1 Million to Improve Literacy Tech for Children with Disabilities

Apply Now: $1 Million to Improve Literacy Tech for Children with Disabilities

Published on: Jul 06 2020 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
More than 93 million children globally have a disability, and at least 90 percent of those residing in countries with high poverty levels do not attend school....
Apply Now: $150,000 Grants for Community Internet Services Solutions

Apply Now: $150,000 Grants for Community Internet Services Solutions

Published on: Jun 29 2020 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
There is still digital divide around the world, regardless of how many people have access to mobile phones, 3G wireless coverage, or community telecenters. As the...
Apply Now: $10 Million for Artificial Intelligence COVID-19 Digital Response

Apply Now: $10 Million for Artificial Intelligence COVID-19 Digital Response

Published on: Jun 16 2020 by Wayan Vota - 3 Comments
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Apply Now: $1.5 Million Grant Funding for Inclusive Digital Economy Solutions

Apply Now: $1.5 Million Grant Funding for Inclusive Digital Economy Solutions

Published on: Jun 15 2020 by Wayan Vota - 7 Comments
 Automation, artificial intelligence, and other advanced technologies continue to rapidly transform the nature of work. Meanwhile, COVID-19 is expected to cause...
Apply Now: £200,000 DFID Grant Funding for Resilient Health Systems

Apply Now: £200,000 DFID Grant Funding for Resilient Health Systems

Published on: Jun 08 2020 by Wayan Vota - 6 Comments
We know from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa that reductions in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) services persisted well...
Apply Now: $250,000 for Digital Remittance Solutions to Support Migrants

Apply Now: $250,000 for Digital Remittance Solutions to Support Migrants

Published on: Jun 01 2020 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Apply Now: $250,000 for Digital Remittance Solutions to Support Migrants
As the world suffers coronavirus’ socioeconomic repercussions, global remittances are slowing substantially. Countries with high COVID-19 cases host 75% of...
Apply Now: $15,000 Grants for Your Educational Technology NGO

Apply Now: $15,000 Grants for Your Educational Technology NGO

Published on: May 25 2020 by Wayan Vota - 24 Comments
The global coronavirus pandemic has closed all schools and universities in 192 countries, affecting more than 90% of the world’s learners: almost 1.6 billion...
Apply Now: $1.5 Million Grant Funding for Health Security Technology

Apply Now: $1.5 Million Grant Funding for Health Security Technology

Published on: May 18 2020 by Wayan Vota - 8 Comments
The novel coronavirus disease is the latest in a series of infectious disease emergencies, including cholera, Ebola, SARS, Chikungunya, HIV/AIDS, and influenza....