Give2Asia: Grants for Disasters

OVERVIEW: Give2Asia supports disaster preparedness, risk reduction, and resilience building programs in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, and Vietnam.

IP TAKE: Give2Asia funds local and grassroots organizations that often know best how to meet the needs of the communities they serve. This is an approachable funder that accepts applications—or concept notes—throughout the year. Grantseekers should pay attention to annual deadlines.

PROFILE: Give2Asia is perhaps best known for its Advised Grantmaking Services, through which a donor makes a grant recommendation and commits to funding a particular program or project. The foundation’s Disaster Preparedness & Resiliency program operates in partnership with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction. Give2Asia’s disaster grantmaking is based on the belief that “smart, contextual, community-based interventions performed by local partners are the most effective way to prepare for disasters, mitigate their damage and ultimately save lives.” The foundation invites local NGOs and community-based organizations to submit grant proposals related to disaster preparedness and climate change.

The program is currently accepting proposals from NGOs working in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam. One-year grants are limited to $25,000 and two-year grants are limited to $50,000. Proposals should include, according to Give2Asia's website, "explicit information on the hazard being addressed and describe the factors of why the target community is at risk to these hazards. Applications must also include the project plan, and organizational experience in this or related projects. Both new and ongoing disaster preparedness and resilience-building programs will be considered." Give2Asia offers additional consideration to projects that prepare for multiple hazards, leverage technology, include poverty reduction or economic development components, and include a focus on women and girls or other marginalized groups.

Through their Disaster Preparedness Catalog, Give2Asia offers both donors and grantees the opportunity to directly support local partners in order to expand or replicate relief efforts. Give2Asia remains flexible in its giving; however, applicants must have some form of disaster preparedness,  risk reduction, and/or resilience building angle in their projects. The foundation considers both new and ongoing programs.

Applications are deadline driven and are typically accepted until August 31 of each year. Grant seekers that miss that initial deadline may be considered for a second grant round.

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