Humanist Development Grants

Humanists International is pleased to make available a further series of grants for capacity building work by humanist organizations in developing countries.

The aim is to support the growth and development of organizations that have a proven record of success, but who need some support to help them professionalise and improve of their organizational development.

Grants will be awarded for a two-year period, which focus on the development of:

  • organizational capacity (training of current staff, appointment of a new staff position, creation of databases or other required systems, etc.)
  • membership growth strategy (to improve recruitment and retention of individual members)
  • scope expansion (establishment of new areas of work which seek to promote humanism within the scope of the member organization, or new departments, e.g. humanist ceremonies, pastoral care support, public affairs, etc.)
  • promotion of humanism (public courses or resources on key humanist issues)

The grants

The total budget for 2019-20 is £30,000. The Grants Committee is envisaging to award three grants of £10,000 each, but project proposals larger than £10,000 will be taken into consideration as well. Under exceptional circumstances the Grant Committee might award grants larger than £10,000.

Organizations awarded a grant will sign an agreement with Humanists International, clearly specifying the goals and the timeline of the project. The person appointed for the management of the project will work closely with Humanists International Growth & Development Officer Giovanni Gaetani, reporting to him every three months and discussing any deviation from the original plan.

Grants will be gradually released according to an agreed scheme. Organizations that will fail to reach the agreed goals within the agreed deadlines may not receive the full amount of the grant.

Who can apply?

This grant program is limited to Member Organizations of Humanists International that are:

  • in good standing
  • based in developing countries (or whose work is solely aimed at developing countries)

The list of developing countries is the following:

  • Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi
  • Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China (excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan), Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Congo (Republic of), Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba
  • Djibouti, Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana
  • Haiti, Honduras
  • India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq
  • Jamaica, Jordan
  • Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (N. Korea), Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Lao PDR, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya
  • Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar
  • Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria
  • Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines
  • Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda
  • Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu
  • Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam
  • West Bank and Gaza
  • Yemen
  • Zambia, Zimbabwe

Organizations based in countries not displayed in the list above might also apply, prior coordination with Humanists International Growth & Development Officer:

Priority will be given to organization according to the following criteria:

  • 2 years of activities or more
  • A clear record of success
  • At least 2 years of membership with Humanists International

The selection criteria

Applications must follow this structure:

  1. Records of all successful campaigns and projects
  2. A clear outline of the aims and objectives of the projectt
  3. A realistic Gantt chart and logframe
  4. A detailed budget, highlighting clearly how the funds will be allocated
  5. The appointment of a person responsible for the management of the project

Additional points will be given to project proposals where:

  • the outcome will be the creation of resources that could be easily reused and adapted by other humanist organizations around the world. Examples: any resource that could be easily translated into other languages; any effective campaign that could be reused in other countries, etc.
  • a sustainability plan details how the project will have a legacy after the end of the 2019-20 grant.

How to apply?

If you are interested in applying, please carefully follow this two-step procedure:

  1. Email in the first instance broadly describing your ideas with an initial estimate of costs to verify that your project is eligible for a grant.
  2. After Giovanni’s feedback, you will be sent the link to the application form, at the end of which you will be asked to submit a project proposal in PDF (minimum five pages, maximum twenty pages).

The Grant Committee will not take into consideration applications received beyond the deadline or not submitted through the application form.

At the end of the award process we will contact all applicant organizations, including those who have not been awarded, but we may not be able to provide detailed feedback for all applications.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 4 August 2019 and we will aim to make a decision on grants to be awarded by Sunday 11 August 2019.

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