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Future Forward Skills Mission – Grants amounting to Rs. 2.5Cr to be awarded!

Greetings from Future Forward Skills Mission!

We are excited to announce the launch of the First Edition of the Future Forward Skills Mission anchored by Tata Trusts and managed by Sattva.

In this edition, we have grants amounting to 2.5 Cr INR to be awarded to selected organisations/ partnerships across two focus areas – “Empathy & Care” and “Hand Skills”.

We are now open for applications. Please find below the link to the application and the website.  Click here to Apply

It would be great if you could send this across to your network of organisations who you think would be eligible and interested to apply to the Mission.

We are also looking to pro-actively discover/create partnerships or alliances in order to ensure we support truly innovative ideas – do let us know if you have specific recommendations or if you think we should reach out to someone.

Please reach out to us in case of any clarifications. You can also email info@ffsm.in for any queries.

 

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WomenPreneur by AIC Banasthali

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Greetings from Banasthali Vidyapith!

Banasthali Vidyapith, situated in Rajasthan, is the largest as well as one of the oldest completely residential university for women. It provides education to girls from the pre-primary stage up to the Doctoral level while promoting and inculcating leadership skills among its students. Atal Incubation Centre (AIC) at Banasthali Vidyapith has been established in partnership with Atal innovation Mission (NITI Aayog). AIC Banasthali is highly focussed on women-led startups and provides the state of the art infrastructure in terms of equipment and operating facilities.

WomenPreneur, organised by AIC Banasthali, is a national level contest for budding women entrepreneurs who aspire to develop or are developing commercially viable solutions for socio-economic issues.

Why Apply?

  • Cash Award of Rs 1,00,000 & fellowship support for Capacity building workshops.
  • Top 5 startups in each category. Access to AIC, Banasthali network.
  • Virtual classes. Access to the world-class lab in the campus.
  • Co-working Space. Funding opportunities ( after successful completion of incubation).
  • A pool of BEST mentors. Support from AIC Banasthali in building an Operational and financial model.
  • FREE incubation facilities.

    Apply for free registration by 15th January 2018 and paid registrations (Rs 300 for an entry) by 30th January 2018. For more information visit our website http://aicbanasthali.org or for queries regarding entries write to us at aic@banasthali.in.

We can also be reached at our LinkedIn page and Twitter page.

A safe and encouraging environment to nurture your ideas!

Research Grants

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External Grants Call for Proposals

As part of Azim Premji University’s efforts to strengthen and elevate the state of understanding of societal processes and outcomes we are launching the third round of our Research Grant Programme. This is designed to promote inquiry into areas of particular interest to the Foundation.

The grant programme is open to any individual, group or entity outside the Azim Premji Foundation.

We invite high quality research proposals that examine significant questions of public concern in the areas of education, law, public policy and governance and development and sustainability. For this cycle, we invite high quality proposals in the following 5 areas that address important issues of public concern:

Education and Allied Areas
Law and Legal System in India
Policy and Governance
Urban Governance and Sustainability
Labour, Livelihoods and Employment

The grant programme is designed to strengthen and supplement our existing efforts in these areas. While we are open to any broad consideration within the area, the research should be empirically grounded, and be able to inform practice and policy.

Details of the grant program can be seen here.  http://azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/grant

I request you please circulate this announcement widely among your networks. For any queries please contact Alok at alok.pandurangi@apu.edu.in.

Nominations for Martha Farrell Award

This is the second year of Martha Farrell Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment. The nominations for the award are currently open and end on 30th November, 2017. After having concluded a very successful inaugural award in April 2017, for which we received 125 nominations, we are working towards making the second award bigger and better. I request all of you to help us bring more quality nominations and enhance the reach of the award.

The award is given in two categories, with a prize money of INR 1,50,000 for each category:

1) Most Promising Individual – an individual between the age of 25-40, who has been consistently working on issues of gender equality or women’s empowerment

2) Best Organization for Gender Equality – an organization which has been implementing practices for creating gender sensitive and secure workplaces

 

The process of nomination is very simple:

1) One can apply online by providing one’s basic details and answering two simple questions (apply online here:  http://www.marthafarrellfoundation.org/mf-award-nomination.php#one)

2) One can self nominate or can request someone to nominate himself/herself

3) If one cannot access internet, one can fill the nomination form (attached here) and send it to us by post

4) Additionally, one can contact MFF team via phone and seek their assistance to fill his/her nomination form. The MFF team can be reached at 91-11-29960931-33.

5) If any of the nominees need our assistance for filling their nomination forms, I request you to put us in touch with them before 23rd Nov, 2017 to avoid the last minute rush.

To know more about the award criteria, please visit: http://www.marthafarrellfoundation.org/mf-about.php

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जैसा की आप सब जानते हैं, यह मार्था फैरेल अवार्ड का दूसरा साल है | अवार्ड की नामांकन प्रक्रिया अभी जारी है और बहुत जल्द, 30 नवम्बर, 2017 को बंद कर दी जायेगी | पहले अवार्ड की सफलता के बाद, हम इस अवार्ड को और भी बेहतर बनाना चाहते है, जिसके लिए आपका सहयोग अनिवार्य है | हम आपसे अनुरोध करेंगे कि अवार्ड की नामांकन प्रक्रिया में आप हमें सहयोग दें |

 

यह अवार्ड 2 श्रेणियों में दिया जाता है और प्रत्येक श्रेणी में 1.5 लाख का नकद पुरस्कार भी दिया जाता है :

1) सर्वश्रेष्ट व्यक्ति – जिसकी उम्र 25-40 साल के बीच है और जो लम्बे समय से  लिंग समानता या महिला सशक्तिकरण की बढ़ावा देने के लिए प्रयास कर रहा है

2) सर्वश्रेष्ट संस्था – जहां ऐसी प्रथाएं है जिस से कार्यस्थल महिलाओं के लिए सुरक्षित एवं लिंग समानता के प्रति संवेदनशील बने

 

नामांकन के प्रक्रिया बहुत आसान है:

1) आप ऑनलाइन अपना नामांकन दर्ज कर सकते है | नामांकन पत्र में केवल कुछ सामान्य जानकारी और दो प्रश्नों के जवाब देने है | (http://www.marthafarrellfoundation.org/mf-award-nomination.php#one)

2) आप खुद को नामांकित कर सकते है या किसी और से अपने आप को नामांकित करवा सकते है |

3) अगर आपके पास इन्टरनेट नहीं है तो आप डाक द्वारा भी अपना नामंकन पत्र हमें भेज सकते है | नामांकन पत्र मैं यहाँ साझा कर रही हूँ |

4) आप ऍम.एफ.एफ टीम से फ़ोन पर बात करके भी अपना नामांकन पत्र उनके सहयोग से भर सकते हैं | आप हमें 91-11-29960931-33 पर फ़ोन कर सकते हैं |

5) अगर आपके किसी भी जानकार को नामांकन भरने के लिए हमारी सहयता की आवश्यकता है, तो मैं आप से अनुरोध करुँगी कि आप हमें 23 नवम्बर, 2017 से पहले उन से कनेक्ट कर दें |

 

अवार्ड क्राईटेरिया के बारे में अधिक जानकारी के लिए, इस लिंक पर जाएँ: http://www.marthafarrellfoundation.org/mf-about.php

और अधिक जानकारी के लिए, आप मुझे ईमेल या फ़ोन कर सकते हैं |

 

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Pratham: Grants for Early Readers Library and STEM Classroom Library

1) Apply For The Early Readers Library Grant

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
― J.K. Rowling
Pratham Books believes in the magic of books and are presenting organizations with an opportunity to receive not one book…but a library of books! Why libraries? Because according to the ASER Survey 2014 – “School enrolments are at an all-time high of 96.7%, but 52% of children in Standard 5 in government schools cannot read Standard. 2 level text”. As a child starts facing difficulties of reading, she starts slipping behind in her grades. Thus, providing joyful reading material for first generation learners in a language of their choice is what we are trying to do.
If you are an organization that works with children we invite you to apply for an Early Readers’ Library Grant*.
100 classroom libraries will be donated to organizations/schools working with children from low-income communities.
Each classroom library comes in a modular storage unit and contains 100+ books in Hindi, English, Kannada, Tamil, or Marathi.
For details and eligibility requirements, click below.

Guidelines : Early Readers Library Grant 2017
  • If you are applying for this grant, please ensure you have read through and understood the Guidelines mentioned below. Organisations who fulfill the criteria will only be eligible for the grant.
  • The Applicant should be a Non Profit Organization registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 or Section 25 of Companies Act of 1956 or any other legal entity under regulations of Government of India OR a Government or Low budget Private School.
  • The Applicant should be working with children from low income communities.
  • The Applicant should have a functioning reading program/ active library for children with fixed reading hours outside curriculum. This reading program must give children access and opportunities to read book, which are not a part of the set curriculum and are read for the pleasure of reading.
  • The Applicant should be working with children from Grades 1 to 6.
  • The reading program that the Applicant runs should impact at least 50-100 children of the community.
Last day of application: 11th November, 2017
Points to be noted
  • A duly filled form is imperative for us to consider your application, so please don’t miss any columns while filling in your application.
  • Only applications received via THIS Google Form link will be considered. Applications sent via email or post will not be eligible for the grant.
  • Decision of Pratham Books will be final while selecting the final list of beneficiaries for the grant.
  • Pratham Books is not obliged to disclose the cause of acceptance or rejection of any application.

As the applications start pouring in, we promise to read and consider every application we receive. We are also looking for new partners in this journey, so organisations who have not yet benefited from any grant from Pratham Books before will get first preference.

Please write to us at bookgrants@prathambooks.org if you have any further questions or comments.
*This grant has been supported by the P.A.N.I. Foundation.

2) Add some magic to your classroom with a STEM Classroom Library!

In keeping with our mission of putting ‘a book in every child’s hand’, Pratham Books is inviting applications for a STEM Library Grant. With an aim to ignite curiosity in children, we want to give away 200 STEM Classroom Libraries comprising of books that explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects and emotional intelligence.

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Why STEM?

Sometimes, Maths and Science can be daunting for children. However, when concepts are presented in a fun and engaging manner children find it easier to grasp and retain them. There is a dearth of simple, informative books for young readers and access to these books will help children in their learning journey. Pratham Books has developed a special set of books that will enrich the child’s current curriculum and be a useful classroom aid for the teachers.

The books cover a diverse range of topics in Maths, Science, Technology, Environment, and Emotional intelligence. Some of our colourful books are: How Far is Far (estimation of distances), I Spy (subtraction), Bonda and Devi (robots), Ammachi’s Amazing Machines (simple machines and their use), AutumnMonsoonSpringSummer and Winter (seasons of India), Up World, Down World (biodiversity of canopy forests), A Cloud of Trash (Cleanliness), A Helping Hand (inclusivity and accepting differences), Reethi and Mithu, Angry Akku (handling emotions).

These books are sure to evoke curiosity in children and encourage them to discover and ask questions about the world around them.

What is a STEM Classroom Library Kit?

The kit is a wall-mounted modular library unit that can be put up in any classroom or library. It consists of 100+ books, primarily in STEM subjects. Hindi or English books will be given away on the basis of medium of instruction in the classroom/learning centre.

If you wish to apply for this grant, kindly go through the Application Guidelines listed below and if you fulfill the criteria, do fill out the Application Form. 

Guidelines for STEM Library Kit Application : 

  • The Applicant should be a Non-Profit Organization registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 or Section 25 of Companies Act of 1956 or any other legal entity under regulations of Government of India OR a Government or Private School for children from low income communities.

  • The Applicant should be working with children from low income communities.

  • The Applicant should have a functioning reading program/ active library for children with fixed reading hours outside curriculum. This reading program must give children access and opportunities to read book, which are not a part of the set curriculum and are read for the pleasure of reading.

  • The Applicant should be working with children from Grades 3 to 8.

  • The reading program that the applicant runs should impact at least 150-200 children of the community.

  • The applicant would be required to sign a Memorandum-Of-Understanding with Pratham Books and give regular updates and feedback on the outcomes of the library received. The organisation would have to share two structured reports before March 2018. (a set format will be shared by Pratham Books)

  • The applicant should be open to collaborating with Pratham Books on a programmatic intervention as per need, requirement and interest. This could be any or all of these – digital intervention, volunteering opportunities, storytelling sessions, research related programs, marketing campaigns, opportunities for interaction with children.

  • Only online applications sent through THIS link will be eligible for the grant. E-mail or printed applications will not be accepted.

  • Preference would be given to organisations who have never received a grant from Pratham Books before.

  • The STEM Library kit from Pratham Books is available as single language kits with books in the following languages only : English and Hindi. The kits will be granted in the same language as the medium of instruction in the classroom or learning center.

Last day of application: 3rd November 2017

Applying for the grant- Please click on THIS link to apply for the library grant.

Points to be noted

  • A duly filled form is imperative for us to consider your application, so please don’t miss any columns while filling in your application.

  • Only applications received via THIS Google Form link will be considered. Applications sent via email or post will not be eligible for the grant.

  • Decision of Pratham Books will be final while selecting the final list of beneficiaries for the grant.

  • Pratham Books is not obliged to disclose the cause of acceptance or rejection of any application.

As the applications start pouring in, we promise to read and consider every application we receive. We are also looking for new partners in this journey, so organisations who have not yet benefited from any grant from Pratham Books before will get first preference.

Please write to us at bookgrants@prathambooks.org if you have any further questions or comments.

This grant has been supported by Oracle.

Invitation to participate | Design: Impact Awards

The Design: Impact Awards (DIA) by Titan, in collaboration with Tata Trusts, is a program that identifies, celebrates and supports innovative product designs that cause social change. It aims to upscale the impact of these designs.

About Design: Impact Awards

Social change happens when the right design finds the right degree of support. At Design: Impact Awards, our mission is to recognize, support and upscale visionary and transformative product designs and help them impact as many lives as possible. DIA will support designs with mentorship, advocacy, financial grants up to Rs 65 lakhs per project and opportunity for seed funding of an equal amount per project.

Why are we writing to you today?

You might be involved in the sector of product designs in the social space or you might know someone who is. As an alumnus of a reputable institute that recognizes the importance of innovation for social impact, we seek your help in spreading the word.

We request you to apply or nominate someone for the program and to let others know if you feel they would be a fit for the program.DIA wishes to discover, support and upscale the impact of innovative product designs where the applicant has, at the least, created a prototype of the product.

The program is currently accepting applications. The deadline for applications is 31st October, 2017. For details on who can apply and the qualification criteria, please visit our website –  www.designimpactawards.in

Applications will also be accepted in Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada and Odia in the online form.

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DBS Foundation Social Enterprise Grant Programme 2017 – Call for Proposals

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Do you have an innovation that safeguards the future?
Innovation sets the future apart from the present. Now into its third year, the DBS Foundation Social Enterprise Grant Programme is back to catalyse the entrepreneurial spirit of innovation for a better tomorrow.

Over the last two years, 23 innovative social enterprises that address social problems with future-forward solutions have been provided with holistic support including access to DBS networks and mentors, in addition to grant funding.

DBS Foundation grants are designed to meet the critical needs of high-potential social enterprises at each stage of enterprise growth.

Prototype Grant
Up to SGD50,000

For newly set up social enterprises with innovative and scalable ideas that address relevant social problems and have a prototype to develop.

Organisational Grant
Up to SGD250,000

For social enterprises which have been operating for at least 2 years and need a boost to build organisation capacity, innovation capability, and/or expand social impact.

Safeguard Asia’s future. Grant applications are now open for registered social enterprises in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan.
If you have a clear and realistic innovation for a better tomorrow for Asia, please click here for more details and to access the application form. Applications close 31st August 2017 2359hrs (Singapore time).

More questions? Write to us at dbsfoundation@dbs.com

DBS Foundation Grant Programme does not fund charities, NGOs, event sponsorships, general fund-raising drives and individual pursuits.

Call for Proposals — small grants: authoritarian populism and the rural world

*A new initiative — Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative* (www.iss.nl/erpi)

*CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: SMALL GRANTS*

Deepening inequalities, failed livelihoods, mass (under)employment, climate chaos and racist anti-immigrant attacks characterise many settings across the world. Forms of ‘progressive neoliberalism’ — peddled inaccurately as social democracy — have failed to stem disillusionment, disenfranchisement and marginalisation. The rise of populist, nationalist movements — with racist, misogynist and isolationist characteristics — has been one very visible response. Such exclusionary politics are unravelling protections for women, racial minorities, disabled people, LGBTQ communities and many others. This type of populism depicts politics as a struggle between ‘the people’ and some combination of malevolent elites and racialized, unfairly advantaged ‘Others’.

Yet the reactions to authoritarian populism are incredibly diverse, across and indeed within countries. In this Initiative, we are interested in changes ongoing in and in relation to rural areas that both give rise to a particular form of politics, but also offer alternatives. Whether in the US, across Europe, Turkey, India, the Philippines, Brazil or South Africa – and many other countries besides – various forms of reactionary nationalism have entrenched a narrow, sometimes violent, conflictual, exclusionary politics. This may be in the name of ‘taking back control’ in favour of ‘the people’, or putting one ideology and position ‘first’, while excluding others, generating tensions across society. All are responses to crises in contemporary capitalism, yet they are rooted in specific histories, institutional and social structures and political dynamics. Responses may be contradictory: for example shoring up a certain style of political power, while selectively offering progressive policies, whether free education, land reform or investment in rural communities.

The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI — www.iss.nl/erpi) is focused on the social and political processes across rural spaces that are giving rise to such political reactions today. We seek to understand – but not judge – the characteristics of the social base that give rise to such political dynamics. We also aim to explore how alternatives are being actively generated to regressive, authoritarian politics.  We seek to create the space for a debate about alternatives, documenting, analysing and theorising these in order to begin to outline new emancipatory politics that challenge narrow, exclusionary, violent and populist visions, analysing, sharing, supporting, deepening and scaling up alternatives.

With this call we seek to engage scholars, activists, and practitioners from across the world who are both concerned about the current conjuncture, but also hopeful about alternatives. As outlined below, we will initiate a Working Paper series, supported by a limited number of small grants, to allow for the writing up of original research. In parallel we are inviting other, shorter contributions in a variety of media, helping to map out responses and alternatives.

The Initiative will hold a major conference in early 2018, bringing this work together, with the aim of thinking together about new directions, both for academic research and practical action. We will be encouraging publication of a series of papers in the *Journal of Peasant Studies*, as well as other popular and media outlets, as a focus for an intense,
informed and radical engagement around this theme. We hope others in social movements, political formations, policy institutions, and elsewhere will participate, developing new visions that respond to the current moment.

1. We Propose three core themes
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for the Initiative:

(i) The current conjuncture: rural roots and consequences
(ii) Resisting, organising and mobilising for an emancipatory rural politics
(iii) Alternatives: understanding, supporting, creating, deepening and scaling

2. What is to be done? A Challenge for scholar-activists

The urgent tasks are numerous. Given the challenges, resistance must be big, wide and insurgent. Yet, the ranks of scholar-activists within academic institutions are relatively thin. However modest our capabilities and resources, we can nevertheless do something that can make an important contribution to wider, global resistance. Our contribution has two important characteristics. It is coordinated by a network of scholar-activists/activist-scholars largely working in academic and independent research institutions, in both the global North and South, and it brings insights to our analysis of and political action around the current conjuncture from longstanding work with a rural perspective. By doing this we hope that we can make a small contribution in sharpening our analysis of the global situation, and by doing so, help inspire more people to join in peoples’ movements, community conversations and local innovations and experiments, wherever these may be.

3. Provisional questions

Under our three core themes, some possible questions for further exploration are outlined here
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These are indicative, and not restrictive. There are many, many more, so please do frame and explore them, as long as they broadly link to our core  themes and wider political project.

4. What are we proposing, at least initially?

Our aim is to kick-start a wide, informed conversation on the themes outlined above, creating a platform for onward debate and action. In this context, we are inviting both short contributions in a range of formats and research-based papers for a new Working Paper series that addresses the themes above. All contributions must be rooted in recent engagements in rural transformation and politics, speaking to particular contexts and
experiences, from anywhere in the world. We encourage in particular collaborations between academics and activists/practitioners.

(5) Call for applications: small grants

We have a limited number of $2000 small grants available for those aiming to produce Working Papers, allowing perhaps additional fieldwork to supplement work already done. If you wish to apply for one of these grants, the deadline is 30 June 2017. Final papers are due at the latest on 1 January 2018. Please send a short application, including a one-page abstract, a half-page-word statement on a how you will spend the funds, and a half-page short bio of all proposed authors, including name, background, affiliation and country of residence = all these in one Word format file.

Applications should be sent to the email address (emancipatoryruralpolitics@gmail.com), with the subject line marked ERPI SMALL GRANT APPLICATION.

Beyond those contributing directly, we invite any researchers and activists interested in this area of work and keen to keep in touch to sign up, via social media and email. Please let people know about this Initiative!

For now, we can remain in touch via the Initiative’s Gmail account:
emancipatoryruralpolitics@gmail.com.

(6) Coordinating collective:

Ian Scoones (STEPS Centre/IDS Sussex), Wendy Wolford (Cornell University), Marc Edelman (City University of New York), (Ruth Hall, PLAAS University of the Western Cape), Ben White (ISS, The Hague), Jun Borras (ISS, The Hague), Agrarian & Environmental Justice Program of the Transnational Institute (Lyda Fernanda, Pietje Vervest and Jennifer Franco), ICAS (www.iss.nn/icas <http://www.ssi.n/icas>: Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Zoe Brent, Liu Juan, Natalia Mamonova, Elyse Mills, Tsegaye Moreda, Salena Tramel).

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