International Grants for Nonprofits
Grants for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations working internationally
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Note: Requests for sponsorship must be submitted at least eight weeks before the activities begin.
Cascades fulfills its role as a responsible citizen by supporting environmental and social causes. Since it was founded, the Corporation has encouraged the human and economic development of the communities in which it operates by investing major sums of money. Thus, year after year, Cascades has used donations and sponsorships to support different products and events that are related to its preferred sectors.
The concept of sustainable development for Cascades goes beyond its environmental actions. It also involves support to the communities surrounding it. Annually, millions of dollars are paid in the form of donations and sponsorships to hundreds of organizations in North America and Europe.
Cascades provides support in four sectors:
- sustainable development,
- education and entrepreneurship,
- amateur sports and physical activity, and
- the social community environment
Sustainable DevelopmentSustainable development and the need to respect the environment have always been key concerns for Cascades. A pioneer in this domain, Cascades is proud to support initiatives and organizations that promote sustainable development.
Education and EntrepreneurshipCascades firmly believes that young people have a key role to play in the future economic growth of business and society, which is why it also supports post-secondary educational institutions and young, emerging companies.
Amateur Sports and Physical ActivityCascades encourages daily physical activity by offering discounts on employee memberships at fitness centres and by providing amateur sports leagues (hockey, softball, soccer, etc.) with ongoing support.
Social Community Environment Cascades believes that achieving a balanced lifestyle requires both healthy working conditions and a thriving community. It strives to provide these conditions in a variety of ways, in particular through major investments in the communities in which it operates.
NOTE: This program is NOT a grant, but rather a matching funds program.
Traditionally, technology and nonprofits have existed in separate worlds. At Elevation, we are bridging this longstanding gap by combining these two ostensibly different industries into one. We believe that technology is a catalyst that can propel nonprofits into making a greater impact. Our team at Elevation is that bridge and our solutions are the driving forces behind nonprofits generating quantifiable change and inspiring others to do the same. This idea is the foundation of how we do business every day.
Read more about mission & values here.
At Elevation, we are united under one goal – provide quality digital solutions to nonprofit organizations so they can continue generating measurable change in their communities. In order to fulfill this mission, we have fostered a design process that is customized, flexible, and results-driven. Our clients receive fully functioning, efficient websites, and more. Your website is a tool and an integral part of fulfilling your nonprofit’s mission. When developed with the right team and ideas, you’ll be able to reach broader audiences and transmit a greater positive impact.
Read more about Elevation's team & clients here.
1 for 1 Matching Fund
For every dollar your nonprofit invests in Elevation’s in-house services, we will match that dollar with one of our own.
Born out of our mission to elevate nonprofits’ impact, our 1 for 1 Matching Fund helps us to provide otherwise out-of-reach services to eligible nonprofit partners.
How can your organization participate?
If you are a nonprofit with a project and would like to apply for assistance, please complete our brief online application.
Are there Additional Requirements?
We work with all sectors, from religious to environmental, provided that their missions align with the values listed on Elevation's "About Us" page. For logistical purposes, we do rely on a point of contact based in the US, Canada, or Europe, but past recipient organizations have been located across the Americas and Africa as well.
Which Projects are Eligible?
- Website Design & Re-design in WordPress
- CRM Integrations in WordPress
- Branding & Graphic Design
- Marketing & Google Grants
- On-going WordPress Support
- Website Hosting
Is there a maximum benefit?
We match what you raise, up to a 50K project. (For a 50K project, we’ll fund up to 25K. For a 16K project, we fund up to 8K, etc.) We consider projects over 50K to be appropriate for well-established organizations and thus are not eligible for this program. We still strive to provide all nonprofits with the best results for every dollar they spend.
Why do we need other funding for the first half of our project?
We understand that nonprofits are under-resourced. We include a stipulation about additional funding to support an organization's commitment to finishing a project, which we have found to work best when additional parties are invested. If you feel the project minimums are unachievable for your organization but you can provide empirical data showing strong community support, please include that information in your application.
What is the timeframe for projects?
The minimum timeframe for projects is 4 months, though most projects take 5 to 6 months to complete. Projects that take longer than 6 months due to delays from the client incur an extraordinary fee.
What is the time commitment required from our staff?
On average, website clients can expect their staff to dedicate 10 labor hours each week in order to make adequate progress. The amount of time required from your staff members depends on how much they split up the work and how much support your organization has for creating content, writing copy, and accessing hosting and integration information from the other technologies you use. Significant, actionable progress on a project must be made within two weeks of a request from the Project Manager, or your project will be placed on hold.
The Oak Foundation
NOTE: Although we operate an invitation-only application process, we want to hear about ideas and work that fit within our programme strategies. Therefore, if an organisation believes that strong alignment exists with Oak Foundation’s funding priorities, we encourage the organisation to submit an unsolicited letter of enquiry. We will invite the organisation to apply for a grant if we also find alignment with our funding priorities and if there is available budget.
Environment Program: Climate Change Strategy
We envision a future free of pollution. To this end, we support organisations in Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India and the United States.
In December 2015, world leaders signed the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. Their pledge is to keep global average temperatures well below 2 degrees Celsius. It is an ambitious target and we will play a role alongside civil society groups, businesses and policy makers in finding ways to meet it.
Our grants between 2016 and 2020 are helping to guide economic, social and environmental development policies towards clean energy and an equitable future
Our Four Key Areas
Clean and efficient energy systems
We believe that clean and efficient energy systems will help reduce pollution, improve health and lift millions out of poverty.
To achieve the vision of a low-carbon future, financial and political support must end for the most heavily polluting projects, including tar sands expansion, new and existing coal power plants and deep-sea oil drilling.
We believe in building cleaner, safer and healthier cities. Sustainable cities have people-friendly urban planning and promote the use of low-carbon public transport to reduce car use and slash CO2 emissions.
To this end, we support organisations that champion better public health and quality of life through: better-funded transport systems; the promotion of cycling and walking; and the active involvement of women, young people and the elderly in public transit design. This will help make city living more attractive and accessible for everyone.
Fuel efficiency and electric vehicles
We believe that laws which regulate vehicle efficiency, encourage the use of electric vehicles and implement driverless cars will help create a cleaner, low-carbon world.
To this end we support organisations that: protect progressive vehicle efficiency standards; promote the benefits of fossil-free transport; and shape policies that make roads safer and cities healthier.
An enabling environment
We believe that creating jobs and economic benefits that encourage cleaner, smarter ways of powering homes and economies will:
- enable groups to mobilise public pressure for action;
- raise awareness of opportunities for climate action; and
- work with institutions that invest in clean energy solutions.
For programme officers to make the best possible recommendation for funding, they strive to gain the most comprehensive view of the organisation, its board members, the project and finances. Therefore, we have a rigorous due diligence and selection process, which includes extensive discussions, financial reviews and site visits.
Funding decisions are made by the Board of Trustees, either individually or as a group. While the Board of Trustees meets twice annually, grants are considered on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year.
This process does not have a set time frame. It can take from two months to more than a year from the submission of a concept note to final approval, as indicated in the chart on this page. The formal application process begins only when an organisation is invited to submit an application.
Timing depends on a number of factors, but we work to ensure the most efficient process possible. After the initial approval of a concept note, organisations are encouraged to reach out to programme officers to learn about the grant-making process and the stages of the application.
The lines of communication between the programme officer and the organisations are always open once the organisation has been invited to apply – it is a collaborative effort.
In all of our work, we are committed to social justice. To this end, we pursue rights-based approaches, gender equality and partnership with the organisations we fund. We seek to support innovation, visionary leaders and organisations. We seek to be inclusive, flexible and to learn from different points of view. We believe that the best grant-making reflects both careful due diligence and the willingness to take risks.
We encourage our partners to work together – we believe that together we are stronger. As a whole we fund initiatives that:
- target the root causes of problems;
- are replicable either within a sector or across geographical locations;
- include plans for long-term sustainability, such as co-funding;
- strive to collaborate with like-minded organisations;
- demonstrate good financial and organisational management; and
- value the participation of people (including children) and communities.
Het X-Y Actiefonds (The X-Y Action Fund)
Het Actiefonds is an organisation that supports the struggle for a sustainable and socially just world in which people and the environment are more important than economic interests. We do so by investing in bottom-up social change. It is our mission to support social movements and activists all over the world that fight for equality, sustainability and social justice. We raise money among individual donors only and finance activists fighting for a better world.
JDC Europe Community Initiative Fund
The JDC Europe Community Initiative Fund encourages Jewish communities and communal organizations to pilot new initiatives or advance key programmatic expansions. In certain cases, the Fund may support existing programs in their current scope.
Through this Fund, JDC also hopes to strengthen relationships with communities that have had limited connections with JDC.
JDC Europe Community Initiative Fund
The JDC Europe Community Initiative Fund is a project of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) – the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian aid organization working to alleviate poverty and strengthen Jewish life in more than 70 countries around the world.
Through partnerships with communities and organizations around the world, JDC serves as a catalyst for the development of Jewish communities, fostering self-sustainability and paving the path for future generations. The JDC Europe Community Initiative Fund is designed to stimulate Jewish community development in Europe by supporting innovation and key programmatic efforts through the provision of grants.
Applied Materials Foundation
While charitable investments are tailored to local needs, Applied Materials and the Foundation provide funding focused on Girls Empowerment, Education, Civic Engagement, Arts and Culture and the Environment. We also contribute to relief and recovery efforts when natural disasters affect our communities around the world.
We provide funding to organizations providing programs and services in the following focus areas:
Education, Arts & Culture, Civic Engagement, Environment and Girls Empowerment.
We prioritize projects that address community needs in sites where Applied Materials does business and welcome opportunities to engage employees with local grant recipients.
Education inspires young minds, opens new doors and paves the way to more promising futures. We recognize that many communities and schools lack the resources and programs required to prepare their students for meaningful careers. For this reason, the majority of our education grants are directed to neighborhoods with the greatest need.
We have a special interest in funding Education grant proposals that:
- Benefit students in grades K-12
- Focus on traditional skills such as reading, writing, math, science and technology, and other subjects that prepare young people for college and career
- Address critical education needs through innovative approaches to learning
- Expand existing efforts in order to reach more students or a wider geographic area
- Actively partner with other nonprofit groups to create, implement or evaluate shared programs
Arts and Culture
Creativity sparks the imagination and drives the development of new ideas that can transform the way we live. We support efforts that bring the full spectrum of artistic expression to the greater community, from visual and performing arts to community events and workshops.
We have a special interest in funding Arts and Culture grant proposals that:
- Have broad community appeal
- Take arts and culture outside traditional settings to reach young people of diverse backgrounds, particularly in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods
- Support nonprofit organizations in bringing the arts to educational programs and organizations
When people are actively involved in improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods, they help to create more vibrant, livable communities. With our civic engagement grants, we support organizations that help people find stability in difficult times and develop strength of NGO/nonprofit sector to address community challenges.
We have a special interest in funding Civic Engagement grant proposals that:
- Meet basic needs such as access to nutritional food, clean water and affordable housing
- Support systemic, collaborative approaches to eliminating homelessness
- Stimulate innovations that improve efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery
- Support the infrastructure of the nonprofit sector and its leadership
To engage employees and community members in working toward a more sustainable future, we invest in environmental education and community-based projects that demonstrate the importance and value of protecting the environment.
We have a special interest in funding Environment grant proposals that:
- Focus on environmental education for young people, especially in underserved communities
- Encourage hands on opportunities for employee volunteers and their families
See separate grant page here