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Omidyar Network India - Rapid Response Funding for Covid-19 towards solutions focused on ‘next half billion’

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted March 31, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on December 30, 2020
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Omidyar Network India announces Rapid Response Funding for Covid-19: Commits Rs 7.5 crore (US $1 million) towards solutions focused on ‘next half billion’.

The Covid-19 pandemic and its wider socio-economic impact are an unprecedented development.
This is one of the biggest human challenges of our times.
World over governments, donors, investors, and communities at large are coming together to face this crisis.

Omidyar Network India recognises that the slowdown will most impact the vulnerable sections of population and large swathes of India’s “next half billion” (NHB), whom, they seek to serve – the vendors, daily wage earners, the gig-economy workers, and small businesses.

Omidyar Network has announced a rapid response window to fund proposals that support the lower 60% of India’s income distribution in managing and mitigating the challenges that come with Covid-19. Omidyar Network modest effort aims to support innovative community level initiatives.

Below is an indicative list of the types of initiatives that will be considered:
- Data, apps and other technological solutions;
- Community outreach and mobilisation campaigns;
- Proposals that seek to improve economic resilience of NHB workers and small businesses;
- Actionable research that enhances the ability of the government and public in dealing with the crisis;
- Collaborative efforts.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. NGOs, research organisations, social entrepreneurs, and for-profit businesses seeking to do this on a no-profit basis;
2. Omidyar Network’s existing partner organisations are encouraged to apply.

Utilize This Offer

Omidyar Network India:
a) has announced a call for proposals for rapid response funding to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 situation and the consequent socio-economic impact;
b) invites proposals that strengthen containment, detection and treatment, support crisis management capabilities, and enhance resilience and recovery in the wake of Covid-19.

Funding Information:
> 7.5 crore ($1 million) in aggregate under this initiative.
> Proposals in the range of Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 2 crore.

Deadline: ongoing (rolling basis).

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 31, 2020
Mar 31, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... - they will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Apr 01, 2020
Apr 01, 2020

Thanks, Ana.