Rotary Clubs, Other Service Clubs, and Peace - a network of common interest and support worth considering (speak to them, solicit them and/or join them - its another way to expand your influence)
List of foundations as potential funding sources
A Second List of foundations as potential funding sources http://www.fundsnetservices.com
NEW WEBSITE RESOURCE ON HUMAN RIGHTS FUNDING http://www.HRfunders.org The International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) website functions as a resource both for human rights funders as well as for human rights groups and grantseekers, and includes a searchable database of human rights funding and funders.
The Illinois Prevent Violence (PV) License Plate raises money to fund statewide anti-violence programs. The purple and white plates, which feature a universal symbol of peace—a soaring dove bearing an olive branch, have raised more than $2 million for violence prevention efforts in Illinois as of September 1998. More than 50,000 Illinois motorists display the plates on their vehicles. For more info, http://www.ivpa.org/plates.html
General Service Foundation
Support is provided to tax-exempt organizations for projects and/or
programs in the areas of international peace, reproductive health and
rights, and western water.
International Peace Grant
The Foundation seeks to address the root causes of conflict, and to promote peaceful and stable communities primarily in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The Foundation will give priority to programs and projects that address these
issues and their interrelationships:
· Strengthening of human rights groups addressing civil and political freedoms as well as economic, social and cultural rights
· Finding equitable solutions to the human impact of global competition on workers in the region
· Informing US policy to encourage engagement in global and regional affairs, international institutions and a foreign policy based on a peaceful and equitable world
Within these broad objectives, the Foundation will give priority to projects with regional or national import. Preference may be given to strategies including: leadership development, strengthening of interregional organizations, and furthering communication and collaborative efforts among nongovernmental organizations. Generally, the Foundation does not support on-the-ground development work, environmental issues, relief projects and research. FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS or PREVIOUS GRANTEES looking for support for new projects should submit a letter of inquiry to the Aspen address, describing their project prior to sending a formal proposal. These letters of inquiry must be received on or before the deadlines (February 1st for the spring meeting and September 1st for the fall.) Letters of inquiry should be no more than four pages and should include the
· a brief statement of the issues to be addressed under the proposed project, the history and goals of your organization, and your organization's involvement with these issues.
· a brief summary of the project and anticipated outcomes
· the approximate starting date and duration of the proposed activities
· the total amount of funding needed, the amount requested from the Foundation, a budget, and information about other sources of support
· a copy of Federal Income Tax 501 (c)(3) Exemption Letter After an initial review of the letter of inquiry, if the project appears to
fit within the Foundation's Guidelines, and funding is available, and application form will be sent to be completed and returned with a formal proposal.
CURRENT GRANTEES SEEKING RENEWAL FUNDING should contact the appropriate program person prior to submitting a new proposal or inquiry well in advance of the deadlines, and should be prepared to submit a Grant Application Form, formal proposal, and attachments to the Aspen address, by the February 1st or September 1st deadlines.
Letters of inquiry should be addressed to the following representatives of the Foundation: Mary L. Estrin and Bernadette Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org, International Peace · Robin Halby, Lani Shaw and Bernadette Roberts US Reproductive Health and Rights
*For specific questions about whether your project fits within the guidelines, please contact the following people:
· International Peace - Bernadette Roberts
· Reproductive Health and Rights - Bernadette Roberts
· Western Water - Lani Shaw
The Board of Directors meets twice each year, in the spring, and again in the fall, to review proposals and make recommendations for funding. The deadline for the spring meeting is February 1st; the deadline for the fall is September 1st. Letters and full proposals must be received in the Foundation's office by the deadline (see "Application Procedures" above.) If these dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the first business day following the due date becomes the deadline.
· In order to avoid confusion and eliminate waste, we urge applicants not to submit duplicate versions of inquiries (for instance, faxing and then sending a hard copy by mail.)
· Please note that brief letters of inquiry may be faxed; however, full proposals sent by facsimile without prior approval from the staff will not be considered.
· We encourage applicants to submit proposals on non-chlorine bleached recycled paper, and request that application material not be submitted in plastic binders.
· In the spirit of conservation, both of organizational funds and natural resources, the Foundation does not accept newletters or other bulk mailings from groups other then current GSF grantees.
Please link HERE for printable Grant Proposal forms in both Word and Adobe
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Re: Potential Funding from Canada for Peacebuilding capacity
It is my understanding from Canada's Ministry of External Affairs that people from
outside Canada, and particularly developing countries, looking for funding for
Peacebuilding should contact the Canadian Embassy in their country and see if they can get
funding through the Canada Fund. It is also suggested that they ask the Canadian
Embassy in their country to contact CIDA (the Canadian International Development Agency)
to find out if they will provide funding to purchase computer equipment and Internet
access (and/or funding to attend conferences, etc. that contribute to Peacebuilding,
although I believe $3,000 spent to provide wider-spread access to the Internet is a better
It is my opinion that the best use of Canadian international funding would be to help build local capacity for Peacebuilding, including building the communications network, information network, capacity for teaching peace, etc. I believe that the Internet is now the most powerful vehicle to provide all of the above to the human resources that exist in each country, and to help empower them. The return on a relatively small investment is very significant.
If you are going to put in a submission, I would suggest that it include the following:
1. Who you are (background of your organization that will demonstrate your credibility and results achieved in the past)
2. What you are asking for (be as specific as possible, what are the costs? have you considered any local sources of funds? do you have price quotes from suppliers?, etc.)
3. Why are you asking for this? What will be the benefits? Will the benefits be wide-spread (i.e. maximizing its impact on the population)
4. How will the project work? (organization and management of project; etc.)
5. Where will the project be situated?
6. When? (i.e. time lines)
7. Get the signature of as many community leaders as possible to endorse your program.
Maybe, if enough well thought out, worthwhile, grass-roots, requests for peace building funds flood our Canadian Embassies our Canadian government may increase the priority of funding Peacebuilding in other countries (and in Canada). At the same time, since you would have already done the work, I would suggest that you submit your request for funding to any other local organizations with an interest in this area (for example, service clubs such as Rotary, Lions, etc.).
Obviously, there are no guarantees of success, and I do not wish to overbuild expectations, but I have faith in these organizations and hope they will come through. If the Canadian government does not come through, ask another. Finally, a word of caution: any Peace Organization should not lose its independence to any funding agency, and so I urge all Peace Organizations to develop a sustainable stream of revenues to strengthen their financial independence.
Good luck, be patient and persistent,
Dear Peace Project Proponent,
Re: A Peace Project 'Business Plan'
I am pleased to see that your peacebuilding project idea is continuing to the next stage: what I call a 'Prefeasibility Study'. To give you an idea of what I would be looking for if I was a funding agency, or donor, etc., I have attached a template providing a methodology that I have followed in producing Business Proposals or Plans. I think you could use it as a guide, tailoring it to your specific needs and project.
You may think that such a 'business-like approach' may not be appropriate for a 'peace cause'. However, I repeat an excerpt from my 'Vision for a Canadian Peace Institute' article: "(Item) 15. It would follow an entrepreneurial approach (i.e. pragmatic, sustainable, value added solutions; significant fund raising potential), [Note - In Canada, we provide education as a basic right, so even if it "lost" money it would be worth doing, and in fact we are obligated to do so. Having said that, I stress to all my non-profit organization clients that unless you establish a sustainable source of funds you will not be independent and will be at the mercy of the funder (you have all probably heard of the Golden Rule: "he who has the gold makes the rules"). I believe that it is possible to establish a sustainable source of funds for peacebuilding and a Culture of Peace. I will stress the need to be entrepreneurial in approach, but I will not get into detail - that also is the subject of a longer planning session.}
I hope that you will get some benefit from these things. I would be interested to get your feedback on the usefulness of the Business Planning Template as I always wish to improve. I would suggest that, when you are ready to develop a peacebuilding business plan, contact local individuals or organizations with skills in business planning (for example, accountants, management consultants, university business students, etc.) who can bring their skills to the project (many of these people would be willing to donate their services to a worthwhile peacebuilding cause). Also, please feel free to contact me for any other help I may be able to give.
Yours in service to peace,
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