Funding Opportunities and Resources

Everything available to support local changemakers & their initiatives

Ready to take your idea to the next level? Here are a list of resources to help! 

Funding & Grants

Ready to start raising funds for your venture? We have put together a mapping of funding sources available to support Palestinian changemakers.

Learning Opportunities

Learning is a lifelong journey. Here are some of our favorite incubators, accelerators, classes & workshops to help you develop your initiative. 

Competitions

Working to solve a specific problem? Competitions, crowdsolving events and hackathons are a great way to develop your idea while building a network.

Funding & Grants

United Palestinian Appeal

Applications due: Ongoing

UPA offers quarterly and annual grants. All applicants must first pre-qualify.

For Quarterly Grants, the focus of the proposed project should address one of the following UPA priorities: Children’s Fund, Agriculture, Arts and Culture, and Primary Care Clinics. Organizations may submit one Grant proposal per quarter.

For Annual Grants, the proposed project should align with UPA’s mission to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians and to contribute to the long-term socioeconomic and cultural development of Palestinian society.

Bank of Palestine CSR

Applications due: Ongoing

Bank of Palestine (BOP) dedicates 5% of its annual net profit to support developmental projects and socially responsible activities. BOP has made substantial contributions towards the development of various sectors including: education, youth and innovation, sports, health and environment, culture and art, development, economic and Diaspora affairs, humanitarian efforts and women empowerment.

Palestine for Development Foundation- CSR

Applications due: Ongoing

Palestine for Development Foundation (PsDF) is a National non for profit Organization (Company), founded by Palestine Investment Fund (PIF) in 2014 as its CSR arm.

PsDF aims to invest in human capital, by adopting relevant strategic goals to strengthen people’s skills and capacities and support them to fully participate in employment and social life, which will eventually generate a self-reliant Palestinian economy and entrepreneurship culture that are able to create and develop innovative, competitive and creative Palestinian communities. 

Learning Opportunities 

BuildPalestine Social Innovation Bootcamp

Applications due: Ongoing

The Social Innovation Bootcamp takes a human-centered approach and leverages design thinking to guide social entrepreneurs through the stages of ‘inspiration, ideation, and iteration’ focused on the pre-incubation stage.  BuildPalestine’s role is to empower individuals to design thoughtful and impactful interventions for their communities.

GlobalGiving Accelerator

Applications due: July 31 2020

The GlobalGiving Accelerator is a virtual training program and crowdfunding campaign that will help you take your fundraising to the next level. All themes and all sizes are welcomed. You are enrolled into a campaign to assist you in raising at least £4000 from 40 donors over 3 weeks, with bonus prizes and matching funds available.” 

Competitions & Challenges

2020 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 

Applications due: June 28 2020

“UNESCO will reward five individuals or organizations around the world for their outstanding projects that promote literacy within the theme ‘Teaching and learning literacy: the role of educators and changing pedagogies’.
This year’s thematic focus is highlighting teachers who are at the frontline of delivering literacy learning, and their contribution to promoting youth and adult literacy, linked to target 4.6 of the Sustainable Development Goal on Education (SDG4), where literacy is perceived as a continuum developed throughout life.”

Learn more here.

 

MIT 2020 Global Challenges

Applications due: June 18 2020

Tech-based solutions to solve any of the following global challenges: Sustainable Food Systems: How can we produce and consume low-carbon, resilient, and nutritious food?; Learning for Girls & Women: How can marginalized girls and young women access quality learning opportunities to succeed?; Maternal & New-born Health: How can every pregnant woman, new mother, and new born access the care they need to survive and thrive? Good Jobs & Inclusive Entrepreneurship: How can marginalized populations access and create good jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves?

More information here.

Photography for Humanity

Applications due: August 31 2020

“The United Nations supported project — Photography 4 Humanity is an international initiative that calls on photographers around the world to bring to life the power of human rights through their images. Highlighting the most compelling imagery — illustrating courage, despair, hope, injustice, compassion, human rights failures or victories in ways small and large, the images will serve to inspire people to personally get involved and take a stand for human rights.​”

More information here.

Baywa Smart Farming Challenge 

Applications due: June 30 2020

“As the global population continues to grow every year, so too does the demand for agricultural products. To continue feeding the world without damaging the environment is one of the greatest challenges faced by society, and can only be achieved by increasing the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural production. BayWa invites submissions that look to tackle this challenge by combining satellite data with other data sources in an innovative and commercially viable way.”

More information here.

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