Gathered from various sources, here are some of the funding opportunities available. Some are ongoing, while some have deadlines. Please write directly to the funding opportunity for details.

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – ASEAN | Deadline: 12 June
Supporting small-scale, high-impact projects in Southeast Asia in the thematic priority areas of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; peace and security; human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition.

Fondation SUEZ grants for essential services | Deadline: 15 June
Support for concrete actions in favour of access to essential services (water, sanitation and waste) for disadvantaged populations in developing countries.

UN Women-WHO Joint Programme on VAW Data – East and Southern Africa | Deadline: 17 June
The Joint Programme on VAW Data seeks to partner with an institution or consortium of institutions in the East and Southern Africa region to develop and implement the regional capacity development initiative on VAW data.

MIT 2020 Global Challenges | Deadline: 18 June
Tech-based solutions to solve global challenges, including learning for girls and women, and maternal and new-born health. Open to individuals and organisations worldwide.

Education Out Loud | Deadline: 19 June
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) has launched a call for proposals for grants funding social accountability and transparency in the national education sector. The grants will range from US$450,000 to US$1.2 million.

UK Aid Direct Community Partnership grants | Deadline: 30 June
This round will support small to medium-sized organisations who can demonstrate how they will help achieve the Global Goals whilst also addressing the longer term impact of COVID-19. A summary of eligible countries can be found on the eligible countries page. UK Aid Direct will host a guidance webinar to support applicants on Thursday 28 May at 12:30am (UK time). Register for the webinar here.

UK Aid Direct Impact grants | Deadline: 30 June
A summary of eligible countries can be found on the eligible countries page. UK Aid Direct will host a guidance webinar to support applicants on Thursday 28 May at 12:30am (UK time). Register for the webinar here.

Zurich – One Young World Scholarship| Deadline: 17 July
Zurich Insurance will support 12 outstanding young leaders to attend the One Young World Summit in Munich, Germany on 23 – 26 April 2021.

Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Mental Health | Deadline: 17 July
Seeking new ideas that have the potential to transform mental health services available for youth in low-resource settings.

GlobalGiving Accelerator | Deadline: 31 July
The GlobalGiving Accelerator is a virtual training program and crowdfunding campaign that will help your organisation to build skills, access tools, and grow your base of supporters.

COVID-19 Young Leaders Fund
This is a programme designed to support young leaders who are tackling the COVID-19 pandemic on the frontlines. To consult the application criteria, please visit their website.

One Day’s Wages
One Day’s Wages partners with trusted organisations that empower indigenous leaders on the ground to create lasting change.

Eu can aid!
Eu can aid! specialises in financing micro projects in the developing countries. They support small NGOs or local communities who do not have access to funding from major donors.

The Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund
The fund provides emergency financial assistance to civil society organizations (CSOs) under threat or attack and rapid response advocacy and resiliency grants to support CSOs in responding to broader threats against civic space.

Urgent Action Fund’s Rapid Response Grants
Quick, flexible funding to respond to security threats or unexpected advocacy opportunities experienced by women, transgender, or gender non-conforming, activists and human rights defenders.

African Women’s Development Fund
They fund work focusing on three key themes: body and health rights; economic security and justice; leadership, participation and peace.

The Alan & Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund
Education and young people’s employment and projects which promote freedom of speech or advance peace and reconciliation.

COVID-19 Crisis Fund for Feminist Activists

The Urgent Action Fund is providing grants for feminist activists working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.  The Fund prioritizes activities related to such things as wellness, community care, remote work and digital gatherings, online advocacy campaigns, COVID-19 awareness campaigns, and supporting vulnerable populations. []

COVID-19 LGBTIQ Global Emergency Fund

OutRIght Action International has launched a fund that offers emergency financial assistance to LGBTIQ organizations that are addressing the impact of COVID-19 on the global LGBTIQ community.

Elton John AIDS Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Recognizing that people living with AIDS are extremely vulnerable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has launched a fund to provide grants to fund solutions to addressing the specific challenges faced by those living with AIDS during this time. Projects should focus on mitigating the threat of COVID-19 to HIV/AIDS-positive individuals and/or increasing access to HIV healthcare programs.

LGBTQ Funding Resources

LGBT Funders has compiled a substantial list of rapid response resources for organizations and individuals seeking to address the unique impact of COVID-19 on the global LGBTI community.

Above and Beyond Solidarity Fund

Thousand Currents (formerly IDEX) has launched a fund to support organizations providing support to communities to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The grants will go to organizations working on such issues as access to information, rural healthcare, supporting those who have lost their jobs, infrastructure in informal settlements to promote social distancing, and broader safety concerns, including gender-based violence and police brutality. 

Open Technology Fund

The Open Technology Fund provides grants to organizations working to ensure internet freedom and access to information globally.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OTF is increasing the pool of funding available to organizations specifically working on access to information relating to the pandemic. Projects and grant applications working on COvid-19 interventions are being prioritized.

Peace First

Peace First has begun offering rapid response grants to address COVID-19.  The grants will go to young individuals and activists launching projects to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 around the world.

National Geographic Covid-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists

This fund from national geographic will provide funding for journalists all over the world working to cover COVID-19 and its impact in their communities. Grants prioritize projects that aim to deliver news and information to underserved communities. []


Format is providing $500 grants to freelance photographers who have been economically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Writers Emergency Fund

Pen America is providing grants of $500 to $1,000 to writers who demonstrate an acute financial need due to the pandemic.

Women Photograph Emergency Fund

This fund provides support to independent women and non-binary photojournalists coping with loss of business income due to the pandemic.\

The International Women’s Media Foundation

The IWMF is taking relief fund cases from women-identifying journalists who have been economically impacted by the pandemic. They currently accept cases in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese for up to $2,000.

Artist + Activist Fund

The Soze Foundation has begun a fund to support artists and activists whose work has been directly impacted by the coronavirus. It is currently only accepting applicants based in the US but is exploring ways to provide grants to activists and artists globally.

CFJ Knight International Journalism Award

The International Center for Journalists is offering awards for journalists from around the world covering the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominees should be journalists who have pioneered coverage or media innovations of the pandemic that have had a great impact.


Substack is donating $100,000 in grants to independent writers on Substack who are experiencing economic hardship due to the pandemic.

Coronavirus Fast Response Fund

The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation is offering grants to CSOs working in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine on projects to mitigate the effect of the pandemic.  Projects should focus on rapid assistance for vulnerable groups, preserving good governance and accountability, countering fake news, and more broadly adjusting to the new reality that coronavirus has created.

CDP Covid-19 Response Fund

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is providing grants to non-profit organizations working to combat the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic among vulnerable populations.

The Learning Spark Fund | Applications on a rolling basis
The Learning Spark Fund is a participatory grant mechanism that will support learning exchanges on the theme of girl adolescent sexuality and child marriage. The Fund operates in India, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Pakistan Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, and Uganda.

The New Life Fund | Applications on a rolling basis
The aim of the Fund is to support projects dealing with honour-related violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation. Interested organisations can submit an application detailing the proposed activities, aims and budget to:

One Young World’s Covid-19 Young Leaders Fund (CYLF) | Applications on a rolling basis
This programme is designed to support young leaders who are tackling the Covid-19 pandemic on the frontlines, ensuring young people are at the heart of the response to and the recovery from the pandemic.

The Global Resilience Fund | Applications on a rolling basis
The Global Resilience Fund supports registered and unregistered community organisations as well as informal collectives led by girls, young women and/or trans and intersex youth with incomes of below $50,000 per year.

Urgent Action Fund-Africa’s Collective Care and Healing | Applications on a rolling basis
The Fund is prioritising collective care and healing as a direct and structured response to the collective distress that women and gender nonconforming communities face. The Fund’s support will go towards responding to the moment of crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Urgent Action Fund-Africa’s COVID-19 Disability Rights Grant | Applications on a rolling basis
The Fund is committed to supporting and improving accessibility, equity and inclusion of women and gender non-conforming defenders with disabilities within the gender justice and human rights movement.

National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists | Applications on a rolling basis
The Fund places emphasis on delivering news to underserved populations. Reporting may cover any aspect of the virus and its fallout, such as its impact on immigrant communities, domestic violence, and early childhood education.

Art + Activism against repression during the COVID-19 crisis | Applications on a rolling basis
The Fund supports activists and artists across the world responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 and its implications for human rights defenders, activism, and shrinking civic and political space. Paired activists and artists are able to apply for up to £3,000.