Call for Proposals: UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF)

UN Democracy Fund Call for Proposals-Trinidad

WHAT: “This is the Ninth Round to be launched by UNDEF, which provides grants of up to US$300,000 per project to civil society organizations.”

“UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization.”

Projects are two years long and fall under one or more of six main areas:

  • Community development
  • Rule of law and human rights
  • Tools for democratization
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Youth empowerment
  • Media

FUNDING DURATION & AMOUNT: “UNDEF projects are two years long. Applicants can request a grant of  a minimum of $100,000 US and a maximum of $300,000 US.”

WHEN – PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: “Project proposals may be submitted online between 15 November 2014 and 31 December 2014 at in either English or French.”

BACKGOUND INFORMATION: Guidelines, FAQs and lessons learned from previous rounds can be found at:

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Trinidad & Tobago NGO News for October 2014

Exploring the beauty of Doing, Undoing, RedoingTrinidad Guardian, 30th October 2014 (TEDxPortofSpain)

A welcome strategyTrinidad & Tobago Express, 28th October 2014 (Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FPATT))

Vision on a Mission: sharing stories, Trinidad & Tobago Newsday, 26th October 2014

MTD Day 2014The Tobago News, 22nd October 2014

Howai: More NGO input needed, Trinidad & Tobago Newsday, 28th October 2014

Hyatt supports breast cancer awarenessTrinidad & Tobago Newsday, 28th October 2014 (Trinidad & Tobago Cancer Society)

Rainbow Rescue – haven for displaced youthTrinidad & Tobago Newsday, 26th October 2014 (Rainbow Rescue)

Leading in literacy by exampleTrinidad Guardian, 23rd October 2014 (ALTA)

A parent’s journey to accepting her child’s disability, Trinidad & Tobago Newsday, 21st October 2014 (Down Syndrome Family Network)

Celebrating Red Cross Chain Gathering in MayaroTrinidad Guardian, 18th October 2014 (Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society)

Buddy Walk on SundayTrinidad & Tobago Newsday, 17th October 2014 (Down Syndrome Family Network)

Civil society groups blank Suruj, Trinidad Express, 12th October 2014

Red Cross gives students the gift of lightTrinidad & Tobago Newsday, 11th October 2014 (Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society)

‘Your Voice My Voice One Voice’Trinidad & Tobago Newsday, 10th October 2014 (Down Syndrome Family Network)

Time to set up heritage fundTrinidad Guardian, 9th October 2014 (Citizens for Conservation)

Down Syndrome Family Network benefits from blink | bmobile Foundation Ice Bucket ChallengeTrinidad & Tobago Newsday, 7th October 2014 (Down Syndrome Family Network)

Today is World Habitat DayTrinidad & Tobago Newsday, 7th October 2014 (Habitat for Humanity Trinidad & Tobago)

Network of NGOs of Trinidad and Tobago for the Advancement of Women receives US $900,000 for its program, Girl Power: Becoming a Woman – Safe Spaces for Women and Girls, Trinidad Guardian, 5th October 2014 (Network of NGOs of Trinidad and Tobago for the Advancement of Women)

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Network of NGOs of T&T: Open House 2014 – 8th November

Trinidad & Tobago NGO News:

Looking for an opportunity to network with other organisations or funding leads?

The Network of NGOs of T&T for the Advancement of Women is hosting an open house for its member and well wishers. See the post below for more details.

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The Network of NGOs of T&T for the Advancement of Women

Cordially invites all Members and Well Wishers





10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.



(Opposite National Stadium Main Gate)


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Request for Proposals: U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (U.S. Embassy Trinidad & Tobago)

WHAT:  “The United States Embassy Port of Spain is accepting proposals for projects which aim to preserve cultural heritage, through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2015 Competition.  The AFCP supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in 100+ developing countries around the world.”

ELIGIBLE PROJECT APPLICANTS: “Eligible project applicants are defined as reputable and accountable non-commercial entities, such as non-governmental organizations, museums, ministries of culture, or similar institutions and organizations that are able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.”

FUNDING: Grant funding requests may not exceed $200,000 USD. Please note that only one applicant will be chosen for final nomination.

WHEN:  All applications must be submitted to on or before Sunday, November 30, 2014, 11:59 p.m.


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Calling T&T NGOS: Nominations Open for the Energy Chamber’s NGO Award for Good Governance

Energy Chamber Trinidad & Tobago Annual AwardsThe Energy Cham­ber of Trinidad & Tobago is inviting NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago to apply for the 2015 NGO Award for Good Governance, one of the awards in its CSR Awards program.

This award category “looks at the NGOs ability to demonstrate good governance, the use of resources in an efficient, accountable and transparent manner. This includes measures such as prevention of
corrupt practices and promoting accountability standards.”

“Awards will be announced at the Energy Con­fer­ence clos­ing gala din­ner on the evening of Tues­day 27th Jan­u­ary 2015. The gala dinner is being jointly spon­sored by Massy Energy and Shell Trinidad Ltd.”

“Please note: Projects/initiatives whose main activ­i­ties and/or results were recorded between Jan­u­ary 2014 and Decem­ber 2014 are eli­gi­ble to enter — those that are ongoing and have not yet borne demon­stra­ble fruit will not be considered.”

Nomination Form: Download the Energy Cham­ber‘s nomination form for the 2015 NGO Award for Good Governance (CSR Awards).

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4 Tips to Building Strong Relationships with Funders

1. Talk to Funders about Your Needs – Through consultations and informal conversations, communicate with potential and current donors about your funding needs – specific financial contributions, in- kind funding, level and duration of funding, etc.

2. Research Before You Approach – Spend a little time researching funders to determine what types of NGOs and projects they typically support and how their priorities and processes are evolving.

3. Make Contact Before Applying for Funding – Get to know funders before it’s time to seek funding. Make them aware of your organisation by network with them at events like the T&T NGO Professionals events, invite them to your special events, add them to your mailing list, etc.

4. Ask for Guidance – Seek advice from funders on how to write stronger grant proposals. Ask them directly about the most common challenges and the characteristics of successful funding applications.

These tips were originally featured at the 2014 T&T NGO Professionals Conference on postcards for our conference attendees! 

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Trinidad & Tobago NGO News for September 2014

Civil society should interveneTrinidad & Tobago Express, 30th September 2014

NGOs receive US grants to combat gender-based violence, Stabroek News, 30th September 2014

Environment TOBAGO opposes the development of a marina in Petit Trou, The Tobago News, 28th September 2014 (Environment TOBAGO)

Keeping civil society going, Trinidad Guardian23rd September 2014

The healing power of ArtTrinidad and Tobago Newsday, 22nd September 2014 (Arts Insight)

A time for caring, Trinidad & Tobago Express, 22nd September 2014 (Women in Action for the Needy and Destitute – WAND)

Reema Carmona commends NGOs for ‘herculean efforts,’ Trinidad & Tobago Express, 19th September 2014

‘Red Cross gets the feminine touch,’ Trinidad Guardian, 13th September 2014

Fixin’ T&T fears for corruptionTrinidad Guardian, 9th September  2014 (Fixin’ T&T)

Tech tools to help autistic childrenTrinidad Guardian, 7th September 2014 (Autistic Society)

Hike in traffic fines goodTrinidad Guardian, 7th September 2014 (Arrive Alive)

Doing good for nation’s youthTrinidad Guardian, 4th September 2014 (The Be Good Do Good Foundation)

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