Growth & Development

We help our Members and Associates to develop in many different ways, including the organisation of training events, the publication of humanist resources, and the award of different kinds of grants – read the information below to see if you are eligible and how to apply.


We award grants to our Members and Associates to empower them to be more effective, resilient, and sustainable.

Applications are welcome from organizations based all around the world, but priority will be given to organizations in Latin America, Africa, Asia and in any developing country, as defined by the United Nations. Only Members and Associates who have paid their membership fees for 2020 can apply for grants. We might be able to award grants also to individual humanists living in countries where humanist organizations are banned by law or practically impossible to be set up.

In 2020 we will award four types of grants:

– Humanist Development Grants: £20,000 – deadline 26 Jan 2020

Grants awarded to fund humanist projects over a one-year period of time, with grants up to £5000 – check out the five projects awarded in 2019

– Young Humanist Grants: £16,000 – deadline 26 Jan 2020

Grants made available by Young Humanists International for all activities, events and projects focusing on the promotion of humanism specifically for young people – check out the nine projects awarded in 2019

– Café Humaniste Grants: £6,000 – applications open all year round

Café Humaniste is an event series by Humanists International, bringing people together to discuss questions of interest and concern to humanists, wherever they are from. For 2020 we have made available 15 grants of £400 each – apply now for one of them, or check out all our previous events since 2017

– Travel Grants for the World Humanist Congress 2020: £40,000 – already awarded

A limited number of grants to help Member Organizations in developing countries to send delegates to the 2020 World Humanist Congress in Miami, USA, 6-9 August 2020.

More information

Humanist Development Grants

Projects awarded

The grants will be awarded to projects that have a strong and clear impact on your humanist community. Examples of project proposals might include:

  • new campaigns on key humanist issues (secularism, freedom of religion or belief, sexual health and reproductive rights, etc.)
  • new national or international events (congresses, conferences, workshops, etc.)
  • the development of a new online presence (webinars, a new website, social media resources on humanism, etc.)
  • the provision of training (introduction to humanism to people outside the humanist community, training on humanist ceremonies, etc.)
  • the translation or the production of humanist materials into local languages (leaflets, books, reports, etc.)
  • travel grants to help individual members to attend any relevant event (your annual general assembly for example)
  • the appointment of dedicated staff members (a part-time or full-time campaign manager for example)

The five selection criteria

The Grant Committee will evaluate all applications according to the following five criteria:

  1. Project feasibility – how realistic and clear are the goals of the project?
  2. Organisation reliability – does the organization have a good record of successes for similar projects?
  3. Impact on neighbours – how much will the project impact on neighbouring humanist communities (e.g. in neighbouring countries)?
  4. Budget consistency – how clear is the way and the timing in which the fund will be spent?
  5. Potential for achieving Humanists International strategic objectives – how impactful is the project for the goals of the Humanists International?

Budget

Please bear in mind that the Grant Committee will award grants starting from a minimum of £500 to a maximum of £5000. However, the Grant Committee may consider larger grants for extremely well-developed and impactful project proposals.

Grants will be awarded after the signing of a mutual agreement between the Humanists International and the successful applicant organisation. Larger grants will require stricter agreements, which might include for example a gradual release of the fund after reaching specific milestones.

Young Humanist Grants

Projects awarded

  • Conferences and meetings made by or for young humanist activists;
  • Seminars on critical thinking and humanism in primary/high schools and university;
  • Workshops and webinars to train young humanist activists;
  • Books, documentaries and media resources meant to spread the humanist message to young people.

Budget

  • £4000 for projects in Africa
  • £4000 for projects in America
  • £4000 for projects in Asia
  • £4000 for projects in Europe

A committee composed by both members of the staff of Humanists International and by elected members of Young Humanists International will follow the award process, securing that the best projects will be funded in a spirit of transparency and efficiency.

The five selection criteria

The Grant Committee will evaluate all applications according to the following five criteria:

  1. Project feasibility – how realistic and clear are the goals of the project?
  2. Organisation reliability – does the organization have a good record of successes for similar projects?
  3. Impact on neighbours – how much will the project impact on neighbouring humanist communities (e.g. in neighbouring countries)?
  4. Budget consistency – how clear is the way and the timing in which the fund will be spent?
  5. Potential for achieving Young Humanists International strategic objectives – how impactful is the project for the goals of Young Humanists International?

Please bear in mind that the Grant Committee will award grants starting from a minimum of £500 to a maximum of £4 000.

Grants will be awarded after the signing of a mutual agreement between Young Humanists International and the successful applicant organisation. Larger grants will require stricter agreements, which might include for example a gradual release of the fund after reaching specific milestones.

How to apply

Before applying, feel free to contact our International Development Manager to receive some preliminary feedback on your project proposal: giovanni@humanists.international

Otherwise, please fill in this form to apply: surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2020-grants-form

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