SHARE Mini-Grants

 

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The SHARE Institute is committed to carrying out activities that support its mission of empowering non-governmental organizations in the areas of health advocacy and education. One avenue for lending support is through mini-grants that help Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) pay for necessary expenses. The SHARE Institute makes small sums of money available to further the programming efforts of NGOs.

 

Application Process:

 

Online Mini-Grant Application

 

***All Mini-Grants are in the amount of $500 (US Currency). The budget of the proposed project MUST NOT exceed this amount. Any project with a budget that exceeds $500 will NOT be considered.***

NGOs complete a simple, one-page application providing contact information, a description of the current activities of the NGO, and how a mini-grant would further the organization's work. Also, they must explain the specific objectives of the activity for which funds are requested and give a timeline for completion of the work.

The SHARE Institute reviews each application to determine if the project is aligned with the SHARE mission statement and if the proposal plan is sound. During the selection process, SHARE team members ask for input from local experts in the country where the project will be implemented to gain a better understanding of the local context and specialized needs of organizations in that region.

The SHARE Institute has two funding cycles: January to June and July to December. Applications are due by the 1st day of the last month of the funding period. 

 

Reporting Requirements:

 

Online Mini-Grant Report Form

 

All non-governmental organizations are required to electronically submit a final report to the SHARE Institute. A progress report is also required if the project is expected to continue for longer than six months. The final report is to be filed after completion of the project. Failure to file a final report and send the required photos, case studies and final budget will result in an inability to receive future funding. 

 

Please use the SHARE Final Report Form to submit your report(s).  This form is required, although we will accept other report documents IN ADDITION to this form.

 

The following key points must be addressed in the report(s):

  • Name of the Project
  • Name of the Non-governmental organization
  • Country
  • Key objective and/or objectives
  • Project Activities
  • Number of beneficiaries
  • Outcomes: What the beneficiaries have experienced and how the project affected their lives
  • Major challenges and opportunities
  • Rates of loan repayment if conducting a micro-credit program

 

Other Requirements:

At least two case studies must be included to show the achievements of beneficiaries. Each case study only needs to be a paragraph or two in length. 

Photos of the project are required. Please submit at least three photos with your report. Also, note that you can embed pictures in your report, but we also require at least four of your best pictures, in JPEG or another photo format, separately from the report. 

A final budget is required to be submitted with your final report. Please ensure that you account for all of the funds received from SHARE.

 

Case Study Examples:

My name is Mrs. X. I have received a loan to buy a power tiller for cultivating farmland. My farm size has increased from half an acre to 3 acres of maize. Now my children and I harvest 42 bags of maize. We have doubled our income and the money goes to schooling for the children and better food for the family.
Mrs. Khan is a poor woman at age 45. She lives with her husband and five children in village X. Her husband works as a street hawker selling general things on a bicycle. They have 2 children, ages 10 and 13, with disabilities who are admitted in a nearby government school for special children. The total income of the household was not more than PKR 35,200 ($356 USD). They had no problems earlier when they had only one child, but the two children with disabilities has caused them more hardship. They always need money in order to take care of the health of their children, especially the special children. Most of their income is expended on health related problems.
Mrs. Khan knew the skill of stitching clothing, but had no resources to utilize this skill. She was given the skill of cutting and stitching clothes in new styles according to the market needs. She learned quickly and received assets to start her small business. It was not an easy task to operate a business in parallel of taking care of her children. During the training needs assessment, when she was asked how she will manage her business. She replied with courage that she will manage her time for it and will work for her business when her children are in school. She did what she said and now has been operating her business for the last two months. Her previous experience greatly added to her new business, and she started to take orders from clients very quickly. She cuts and sews cloths in new different styles, though works only in the mornings for 6 hours. She earned 3,200 per month for the last two months and is quite hopeful to double this amount in the future.