Firelight Foundation Accepting Letters of Inquiry from Grassroots Organizations in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Firelight Foundation is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry from grassroots organizations in Tanzania and Zimbabwe for its “Safe Communities, Resilient Children” initiative.

Firelight Foundation believes in the power of African communities to create lasting change for children and families affected by poverty, HIV, and AIDS. We identify, fund, and strengthen promising community organizations that support the health, resilience, and education of children in Africa.
Firelight partners with community-based organizations (CBOs) for seven years, providing small annual grants of $1,000 to $15,000 USD. Throughout the partnership, Firelight Foundation  engages with its partners in an intensive process to strengthen organizational and programmatic capacity.
The goal is that at the conclusion of the partnership, our partners are in a stronger position in terms of organizational management, resource mobilization, networking, and sound programming. In this initiative, Firelight Foundation will focus on building program competency in child rights, child protection, and programs that build children’s emotional health.
Firelight is only able to support a small percentage of the 1,000 or more requests for funding we receive each year. In order for us to focus our efforts in an effective manner,

Firelight Foundation will only accept letters of inquiry in 2014 from organizations that meet the criteria outlined below.

  • Under this request for proposals, Firelight seeks to fund grassroots organizations working to keep children safe in their communities, including within their homes and in schools. We will prioritize organizations already working on child rights, child protection, or activities that help build children’s emotional health. However, we welcome applications from organizations that work to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable children, families, and communities and want to integrate child protection, child rights, or emotional health into their work.
  • Firelight Foundation is seeking to fund a cohort of partners in Shinyanga Region, Tanzania and in Zimbabwe in the following districts: Kadoma, Kwekwe, Gokwe North, Gokwe South, Nkayi, Lupane, Binga, and Hwange. Only organizations based in these areas are eligible to apply. Organizations based in other districts/regions will be declined.

The deadlines for receiving letters of inquiry are:
Tanzania – 15 August 2014
Zimbabwe – 29 August 2014
They will notify you by 30 September 2014 if they are interested in receiving a full proposal from your organization. Because they are a small foundation with limited resources, they cannot support all of the qualified organizations that submit inquiries. If they decline your request, they will try their best to explain why. They expect funding awards to be made in January 2015. Please forward all letters of inquiry via e-mail, mail, or fax (e-mail is preferred) to:
   Firelight FoundationPhone: +1 831 429 8750
 740 Front Street, Suite 380Facsimile: +1 831 429 2036
 Santa Cruz, California 95060 USAE-mail:
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