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UNESCO and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact: Indigenous Youth COVID-19 Response Small Grants

UNESCO and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact: Indigenous Youth COVID-19 Response Small Grants


Deadline: 28-Aug-20

The Asia Indigenous Youth Platform (AIYP), with support from UNESCO and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), has established a small grants program that will enable indigenous youth (ages 18-35) to access small financial grants to facilitate their work.

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Indigenous youth are just like all of the other young people in our region: facing a time of key life transitions, uncertainty about the future, and increasing personal freedom. In addition to navigating these new aspects of life, young people from indigenous communities face a range of unique political, social, economic, and cultural challenges.

Funding Information

Grant recipients will receive up to 3,000 USD to implement COVID-19 response projects in their countries or communities over a period of three months.
Basic Criteria for Projects

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At the very minimum, the projects proposed should meet the following criteria:

Provide practical and effective solutions to addressing the needs and challenges of Indigenous youth and/or communities as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the areas of education, health, access to information and technology, indigenous languages, food security, human security, and entrepreneurship/employment, and livelihoods.
Be led and/or managed by Indigenous youth or indigenous youth organizations (including clubs, networks, and branches of larger indigenous organizations) that are based in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam.
Must fall under the category of knowledge/training, advocacy/awareness-raising, and/or innovation/solutions. This is not an emergency relief aid fund, and projects that propose the direct production and dissemination of food and medical aid will not be considered.
Can be implemented and completed within three months.
Criteria for Applicants

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Both informal groups and organizations/networks are encouraged to apply and multiple organizations wishing to collaborate on a project are also encouraged to apply and can apply as ‘Organizations for the grants. At the very minimum, these candidates should meet the following criteria:

For group applicants

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Must be young indigenous persons (between the ages of 18 and 35)
Must be working in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste or Vietnam
Must have experience working with communities and experience in community development/engagement.
Must be able to effectively communicate in the national language of the country they’re working in, but also the language of the communities they wish to support
Must be able to provide written proof that they are working together as a group (such as a sheet with signatures, etc.)
Experience with volunteer management and fundraising desired, but not required
For applicants applying as organizations/networks

Must be an indigenous youth organization/network, and/or a local or national-level organization that addresses indigenous youth issues (branches of international NGOs do not qualify).
Must be working in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste or Vietnam
Must have experience working with communities and community development/engagement
Must have experience successfully managing projects and initiatives that address issues facing Indigenous youth.
Must be able to effectively communicate in the national language of the country they’re working in, but also the language of the communities they wish to support
Must have proven experience managing project or donation funds
Experience with volunteer management/coordination and fundraising desired, but not required
Experience working with international NGOs and/or UN desired, but not required
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