Global Funding Opportunities

RISE Sundara Grants for Female Entrepreneurs and NGOs in WASH

Grants for Female Entrepreneurs

Through RISE – Sundara Grants  newest and most ambitious initiative to date we will be Rewarding Innovative and Sustainable Entrepreneurs.

Our goal with RISE is to make a global impact through providing seed-funding and mentorship to female entrepreneurs across the globe living in low to middle income countries.

This new, ambitious phase of our work focuses on elevating women to become thought leaders and change-makers in their very own community.

With RISE, entrepreneurs already have unique and powerful ideas on how to resolve water, sanitation, or hygiene problems in their very own community – yet lack the resources to make this possible.

 Sundara Fund helps to provide both mentorship and financial support to these entrepreneurs to make a lasting impact in the community.


We believe in offering a hand-up, rather than a hand out. RISE offers up to $5,000 per entrepreneur to contribute sustainably to their community in the water, sanitation or hygiene sector. These funds give early-stage entrepreneurs the initial financial support to develop their business plan into a well-researched, income-generating project.


Over and above seed funding, RISE offers regular guidance and communication on everything from how to best develop a business plan to perfecting a ‘pitch.’ No two projects or businesses are alike – and that’s why we provide tailored, specific advice based on the individual needs of each fellow


We tap into our extensive network of professionals to connect you with experts relative to your field. From business consultants, to PR professionals, to similar organizations working in your sector, we work to connect you to world class talent.


Female entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 to 50 living in low to middle income countries with a unique idea on how to improve local water, sanitation or hygiene problems in their own community

Grassroots nonprofits led by females or benefitting females with annual budgets under $50,000 USD

The idea will be fully developed or the project will be in its infancy

Applicant will be able to clearly explain the problem, with a concise explanation of the solution to be implemented

Applicant will be able to develop a business plan as well as a budget timeline

Applicant will be able to submit an itemized budget detailing how they plan to allocate funds received


As an entrepreneur, your hands are full – really full. That’s why we created a funding application that’s simple and allows you to devote time where it’s truly needed – on the ground, in your community, and behind the drawing board working to perfect your ideas.


Applicants submit their initial funding proposal through our online portal found below under ‘Apply for funding.’ Only applicants who are in consideration for funding will be contacted.

All applicants who successfully make it through to the second round of the application process will be required to submit a business plan and budget timeline. Our team provides guidance and templates for you to follow.

During the third and final stage of the application process, selected applicants have the chance to pitch their project to our Board of Directors over a video conference.

Applicants who successfully make it through steps 1 to 3 are officially invited to become a part of RISE’s mentoring and seed funding social innovation


Please note that there are several countries which can not accept money from the US – if your country is on either of these lists, we unfortunately can not work with you at this time. If you have any questions regarding the application, please email and our team will be in touch with you. While we greatly appreciate the effort of all applicants, due to the high volume of applications we are receiving, we will only contact applicants on the short list.


Discovery Awards for Showcasing Musical Talents in Africa

Discovery Awards

Since 1981, the RFI Discovery Prize has highlighted new musical talents from the African continent.

The Discovery Prize is an opportunity each year to showcase new musical talents from the African continent.

Over the years this Prize has rewarded artists as diverse and talented as Tiken Jah Fakoly (Republic of Ivory Coast I), Rokia Traoré (Mali), Didier Awadi (Senegal), Amadou and Mariam (Mali) or Maurice Kirya (Uganda),.

He now enjoys real notoriety around the world.

Its Jury, made up of professionals, is chaired each year by a personality. From Jacob Desvarieux to Youssou N’Dour, Angélique Kidjo, Passi, Richard Bona, Asalfo and Fally Ipupa, the presidents of the Prix Découvertes RFI bring their support and their experience to its influence.

The winner receives 10,000 euros, a tour in Africa and a concert in Paris.

RFI and their partners are actors committed to the winner and offer him professional support, promotion on their channels, their websites.

The RFI Discovery Prize is organized in partnership with Sacem, The French Institute, the International Organization of La Francophonie and UNESCO

 Over the years, this Prize has contributed to the launch of many artists who have since won over an international audience: Smarty (Burkina Faso) Marema Fall (Senegal) Elida Almeida (Cape Verde), Soul Bang’s (Guinea), M’Bouillé Koité (Mali), Yvan Buravan (Rwanda)… Congolese singer Celine Banza won the 2019 edition of the RFI Discovery Awards .

Its Jury, made up of professionals, is chaired each year by a personality. From Fally Ipupa to Jacob Desvarieux, Youssou N’Dour, Angélique Kidjo, Richard Bona, Kery James or Asalfo, the presidents of the Prix ​​Découvertes RFI bring their support and their experience to its influence.

The winner receives 10,000 euros, a tour in Africa and a concert in Paris. RFI and its partners are committed actors with the winner, they offer him professional support and media exposure.

The RFI Discovery Prize is organized in partnership with The French Institute, the International Organization of La Francophonie and Sacem.

Rules to download reglement_prix_decouvertes_2020.pdf


Young Professional Development Program at OPEC Fund for International Development

Young Professional Development Program

The OPEC Fund’s Young Professional Development Program (YPDP) is a structured two-year program designed to prepare young professionals from the OPEC Fund’s member countries for a career in global development.

We are currently seeking applicants with a passion for and commitment to international development who demonstrate academic excellence and relevant professional experience.

We especially want to hear from those with the drive and ambition to help developing countries address their most pressing challenges in the quest for social, environmental and economic progress.

What does the YPDP offer?

In short, the YPDP offers training, coaching and mentoring, the opportunity to experience different departments and access to professional networks. The program equips young professionals with the skills and knowledge to meet the minimum requirements for an entry-level position with the OPEC Fund.

The YPDP will enable young professionals to develop an appreciation of how different departments / units contribute to the OPEC Fund’s overall strategic and operational goals. Under the structured talent management program, participants will have the opportunity to contribute to achieving the OPEC Fund’s vision of a world where sustainable development is a reality for all.

YPDP participants spend at least 50 percent of the program in a ‘home’ departement / unit and rotate to other departements for the remainde of their time. This enables participants to broaden their experience and benefit from differing coaching and mentoring styles, while building their professional network.

After participants have successfully completed the two-year program, they may be offered a job at the OPEC Fund, based on their performance and the business need.


To be selected for the YPDP program, applicants must:

  • be an OPEC Fund member country national;
  • be 30 years of age, or younger;
  • hold a Master’s degree;
  • be able to demonstrate outstanding academic credentials;
  • be fluent in English and proficient in at least one other language;
  • specialize in development, engineering, economics, finance, business administration, law, information technology, human resources or any other discipline relevant to the OPEC Fund’s operations;
  • be able to work in an international, multicultural and diverse environment;
  • understand the OPEC Fund’s mandate; and
  • be willing to work with the OPEC Fund in Vienna for a minimum of two years upon completion of the YPDP, if offered a position.

Application process

Deadline for applications

The deadline for applications is September 21, 2020. Successful applicants are chosen following a rigorous selection process. Those offered a place on the YPDP are expected to respond within two weeks.

To apply, candidates must submit:

  • A YPDP online application form
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • An application essay (in Word or PDF format)
  • Academic certificates and transcripts.

Important considerations

  • Please ensure you meet the minimum eligibility criteria, outlined above;
  • Please submit the application essay and transcripts under the ‘Additional Documents’ section in the application form;
  • Please submit a valid and current email address. Email us at with new contact details should they change during the application process;
  • Answer all the questions in the application form; and
  • Please ensure that your application essay adheres to the below guidelines.

Application essay

The OPEC Fund works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world.

It does this by providing financing to build essential infrastructure, strengthen social services and promote productivity, competitiveness and trade.

The OPEC Fund’s work is people-centered, focusing on projects that meet basic needs – such as food, energy, infrastructure, employment (particularly relating to MSMEs), clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education.

In fewer than 1,000 words, please write an original essay addressing
(i) the potential of development actors such as the OPEC Fund to help developing countries overcome obstacles to social, environmental and economic progress, and
(ii) about how you would hope to contribute to development if you were selected to work for the OPEC Fund.

You may focus on a region or set of countries and / or your area of expertise to formulate your essay.

Please remember, the OPEC Fund will only consider applications from candidates who meet the above criteria and submit an official online application before the deadline of September 21, 2020.

Also, please note that we will only reach out to short-listed candidates.


UEFA Foundation for Children Call for Applications

UEFA Foundation for Children

This call for projects is aimed at any organisation that shares the values of the UEFA foundation and proposes practical measures to help children, in the areas of access to sport, health, education, employment, personal development and supporting vulnerable children.

Applications are invited from organisations anywhere in the world. Support is not limited to projects within Europe.

Eligibility criteria

The UEFA Foundation for Children will examine and evaluate each project.

The final decision on the selection of projects will be taken by the board of trustees in accordance with the foundation’s statutes and ethics code.
Specific conditions relating to funding are provided in the project criteria.

Apply now

To submit your project, click here. The application deadline is 15 August 2020.

Candidates will be notified of the progress of their application by the end of 2020.

UNDP Waste Recovery Innovation Challenge

Waste Recovery Innovation Challenge

The  UNDP Waste Recovery Innovation Challenge for UNDP  aim is to provide technical and financial support to business solutions that will promote and/or test innovative strategies for plastic waste recovery and management in Ghana.
In addition, UNDP is seeking to provide financial and technical support to businesses that have a good management structure; have the possibility of making profit in the short, medium and long term; create employment and other income generation opportunities especially for women and youth; and should lead to/contribute to bringing a lasting solution to plastic waste recovery and management challenge in a specific area/community or region in Ghana. Special consideration will be given to projects that contribute to COVID-19 response and recovery.
Funding Information
The total grant funds requested must not be more than US$ 40,000
Eligibility Criteria
Applications must be submitted by private sector firms, including: a private for-profit company, joint ventures, partnership, cooperative, etc. New business set-ups or ideas will not be eligible under the 2ncl edition of WRIC.
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria for your application to be considered:
  • The applicant (including third parties such as co-investors or banks and other lenders) provides matching funds of at least 30% of the total cost of the business idea.
  • The funding request is for a specific, new and innovative business idea/project that addresses the challenge enumerated above. The WRIC/UNDP views innovation in its broadest sense including: i) a new approach, product, idea or sen-ice that has not been tested anywhere; ii) an approach, product, idea or sen-ice that is new to Ghana; or iii) an approach, product, idea or sen-ice that has not been applied to plastic waste recovery and management in Ghana but presents the best possible opportunity to provide lasting solutions.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that the project could not go ahead without WRIOUNDP funding or that, if it would go ahead anyway, it would be at a much-reduced pace or scale.
  • An organization may partner with other organizations, including NGOs and Community organizations. However, it is a condition that the lead applicant and implementer of the business idea must always be a commercial organization/business.
  • The idea must be implemented in Ghana by private sector organisations registered in Ghana.
  • A consortium may be formed, but the lead applicant is responsible for the project/idea and must warrant that the permission of the other members has been obtained.