2011 Small Grants Program: Applications Are Open!

2011 Small Grants Program: Applications Are Open!

World Pneumonia Day 2011 is coming on November 12th and we want you to knock out pneumonia in a novel way! Have a great idea about how to celebrate World Pneumonia Day 2011 in your country? The 2011 Small Grants Program can help you make your idea come to life!

Starting August 5, 2011, we want your ideas for World Pneumonia Day events that tackle pneumonia where it has the biggest impact! Winning submissions will be eligible for grants of up to US$10,000 of funding, so start brainstorming today! We are looking for well-thought out, innovative and impactful ideas that will put a spotlight on pneumonia as a problem that can be solved. Ideas will be evaluated on not only how well they promote change but also how well they incorporate this year’s World Pneumonia Day theme: “I am the face of pneumonia.” This theme strives to connect the personal, human stories that illustrate pneumonia’s direct impact. Find out more about the 2011 Small Grants Program and submit your application before the August 18thdeadline.

What is a Small Grant?

A small grant is a defined as a grant that will support activities and events on or around World Pneumonia Day, November 12, 2011. Full guidelines for the 2011 Small Grants Program are available here. If you have any other questions, please direct them to info@worldpneumoniaday.org.

How much funding is available?

Funding for any project cannot exceed US$10,000. Proposed budget for any activities or events will be evaluated by the reviewers and awarded accordingly.

For what should funds be used?

Funds are to be used to support advocacy and communications projects, events or other activities that resolve or address gaps in pneumonia prevention and control including weak political will, low public awareness, poor access to treatment and prevention, etc.  For more information about how grants have been used in past years, please download The Small Grants for World Pneumonia Day Advocacy Report 2010: Highlights and Key Outcomes.

How long does the funding last?

Projects are to be focused and of short duration. The grant must only fund activities and events related to World Pneumonia Day in November, 2011. All funded projects will be required to provide a detailed financial report upon termination of activity.

When will funding be received?

We expect grant winners to obtain 90% of funding by the end of September/beginning of October, but how quickly funding is received is dependent on how soon the winner submits financial forms. If you obtain a grant, it is in your best interest to send your financial information soon after you hear from us.  The remaining 10% of the grant will be awarded only after all final reporting and deliverables are accounted for.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria below.  Only a limited amount of funds are available. We expect to receive many more applications than we are able to fund, therefore the small grants program may be highly competitive. Applications will undergo rigorous review. Unfortunately, not all proposals can be awarded a grant.

Eligibility Criteria & Expectations:

  1. Proposals must be an inventive and impactful advocacy or communications activity that promotes action for pneumonia prevention or control, or contributes to the acceleration of child survival efforts.  These activities should address gaps in pneumonia prevention and control including weak political will, low public awareness, poor access to treatment and prevention, etc.
  2. Applicant or organization MUST be from one of the following low or middle income countries (as defined by the World Bank):  Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Rep., Congo, Dem. Rep, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bisau, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, India, Iraq, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, North Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Partnerships between developing country applicants and industrialized country co-applicants may be accepted, but the primary applicant must be based in a developing low or middle income country.
  3. Individual or groups should be affiliated with relevant, established non-profit organization (pediatric associations, advocacy groups, civil society organization, faith-based organizations, child survival and maternal and child health groups, etc.), academic institution (universities, colleges) or technical institution (hospitals, clinics).
  4. Individual and affiliated institutions must have ability to provide financial oversight of the award and to provide detailed financial reports.  Funding must not be used for commercial purposes or the promotion of a marketable product.  All sources of funding for planned activities must be disclosed.
  5. In addition to reporting, awardees must submit publishable, professional-level photography, videos, or stories of the activity or event after World Pneumonia Day. Failure to do so will result in ineligibility for future grant opportunities and withholding of final grant payment amount.

What are we looking for?

Applicants will vie for the available opportunities in two stages. We want you to submit what you believe to be your best and most impactful idea in a concise paragraph on the form below. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply early!  Applicants with the most stand-out proposals from the pool of submitted paragraphs will be invited to submit a full application for further review.

We challenge you to be original.

Come up with inventive ideas that are memorable and will make an impact on your audience and their understanding of pneumonia.  Strong proposals attract attention from key stakeholders like the media, policy makers, and the community to the cause.  We are particularly interested in creative solutions to the stumbling blocks that prevent the public from having access to protection, prevention and treatment measures and, in accordance with this year’s theme of “I am the face of pneumonia,” the stories that accompany those challenges.

Events and activities should aim to:

  • Increase the visibility of pneumonia as a major cause of child deaths among key stakeholders, in particular, among policy makers health officials, media, governments, donors and the general public
  • Increase the visibility of the causes of and solutions to childhood pneumonia.  These solutions include: immunization, breastfeeding and nutrition, appropriate case management at community health center and hospital levels, hand washing, and improved indoor air quality.
  • Generate information useful in guiding local policies and action on pneumonia control.
  • Educate the general public, especially parents and caretakers of children, about pneumonia signs, symptoms, and treatment.

Your ideas and applications will be judged on:

  • Creativity and Originality
  • Contribution to the theme of “I am the face of pneumonia” campaign which strives to bring to the forefront the human stories of pneumonia
  • How well-connected the idea is to the desired outcome
  • Relevance to national or local setting
  • How the proposal supports global World Pneumonia Day activities
  • Feasibility
  • Long-term impact or sustainability
  • Efficient use of funding

When are applications due?

Submissions will be accepted online from August 5, 2011 until August 18, 2011 (23:59 EST). No extensions will be made. Selected applicants will be contacted for the next round of submissions. Final winners will be informed of their award in mid-September. Please see the full application guidelines for more details.

2011 Small Grant Submission – Round 1 Application

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The 2011 Small Grants program is made possible through the collaboration of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at Johns Hopkins University, the GAVI Alliance and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

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