FUNDING: Request for Applications for Wheelchair Programs

Posted on 10 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Funding, Opportunities, Violence | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Special Program to Aid the Needs of Survivors (SPANS)
Grants Solicitation and Management

http://worldlearning.org/spans.htm

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA) FOR WHEELCHAIR PROGRAMS
DEADLINE: November 17, 2008, at 1 pm EST

October 17, 2008 – World Learning announces a solicitation under the USAID funded Grants Solicitation and Management activity. Using funding provided by USAID Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, World Learning anticipates awarding five to seven SPANS/GSM grants under this RFA and that each sub-grant will be for up to $2,000,000 for a three year period(February 2009 – January 2012.) *Applications must be received by November 17, 2008 at 1 PM EST.*

*Download application here* (PDF format):http://worldlearning.org/WLID_documents/USAID-SPANS_RFA01_Wheelchairs_WL_10-17-08.pdf

*Download RFA Questions and Answers here* (PDF format): http://worldlearning.org/WLID_documents/faq_spans_wheelchair_rfa20081028.pdf

The Special Programs to Aid the Needs of Survivors (SPANS) Grants Solicitation and Management (GSM) is an umbrella grant making mechanism which supports service delivery, training and related activities aimed at assisting vulnerable populations. Through a five-year Cooperative Agreement from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Learning supports USAID’s goal of improving the health and well being of specific vulnerable populations, including displaced children and orphans, war victims, people with disabilities, and victims of torture.

On behalf of USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, World Learning will award sub-grants in a number of thematic areas such as Displaced Children and Orphan’s Fund (DCOF), Leahy War Victims Fund, People With Disabilities and Wheelchairs Fund, and the Victims of Torture Fund (VWF). World Learning administers the SPANS/GSM grant making process from identifying potential grantees, to soliciting applications, to monitoring project implementation, to close-out.

Over the course of FY 09, World Learning anticipates issuing three Request for Applications (RFA) on behalf of the Wheelchair Fund, DCOF, and LWVF. All RFAs are determined by USAID.

For more information on the Grants Solicitation and Management Program, please contact Bill Saur, Program Director, at bill.saur@worldlearning.org



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REQUEST for PROPOSALS: Society for Disability Studies Seeks Conference Locations 2009, 2010

Posted on 25 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Cross-Disability, Disability Studies, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , |

The Society for Disability Studies is seeking conference locations for 2009 and 2010. They are particularly interested in finding an international location for at least one of those years, probably 2010.

The full Request For Proposals (RFP) is provided below. SDS has asked that people should please feel free to circulate widely. Anyone with questions or comments is welcome to contact Dr. Elaine Gerber directly at gerbere@mail.montclair.edu (NOT We Can Do).

Dr. Elaine Gerber is the President of the Society for Disability Studies and is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Montclair State University.

Society for Disability Studies
Disability in Scholarship, Activism, & the Arts

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Society for Disability Studies seeks locations for
Annual Conference 2009
Annual Conference 2010

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is requesting proposals from institutions/organizations interested in hosting our annual conference in 2009 or in 2010. We are considering both national & international locations and either university or hotel venues. The conference generally draws between 300-400 people; sites must have sufficient access to accommodate many disabled participants. Proposals must be received by September 15, 2008.

Proposals should include:

1. Candidate(s) statement describing why site should be chosen as meeting location. In describing advantages, please include information about the following, if possible:

  • presence of local disability community & level of interest in hosting SDS
  • presence of educational institution(s) with Disability Studies programs & status of these programs
  • presence of accessible venues of adequate size for professional meetings & off-site events
  • affordability of location; costs
  • status of hotels with accessible rooms and degree of accessible transportation to/from location

2. What local resources are available to insure full, high quality access to the conference? Please describe level of commitment from key stakeholders at educational institution(s) and/or advocacy group(s) towards providing these resources.

3. What additional information would you like us to know?

Please submit all proposals and queries to Elaine Gerber, President SDS, at: gerbere@mail.montclair.edu

You may also consult the official SDS web site at: http://www.disstudies.org/



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NEWS: Disability Rights Fund Launches Website

Posted on 2 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Funding, Human Rights, News, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Disability Rights Fund Launches Website

May 28, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Diana Samarasan, Director
Telephone: 617-261-4593
Email: dsamarasan@disabilityrightsfund.org

BOSTON, MA – The Disability Rights Fund, a groundbreaking collaborative supporting the human rights of people with disabilities, has launched its website at http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org

With a clear and easy to use design, the website provides information on the Fund’s history and strategy, governance, as well as its advisors and donors. In mid-June, the site will also publish information about the Fund’s first request for proposals.

A unique partnership between donors and the worldwide disability community, the broad objective of the Disability Rights Fund is to empower disabled persons organizations around the world to effectively implement and monitor the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Fund’s structure reflects the international disability community’s slogan, “Nothing About Us Without Us.” A global advisory panel, made up of 12 individuals, most of whom are persons with disabilities, provides recommendations on grantmaking strategies for the Fund; four of the Panel members also serve on the Fund’s grantmaking decision body—the Steering Committee. The members of the panel come from five continents and reflect a broad cross-section of the disability community. The majority were nominated by international and regional disabled persons’ organizations. Detailed biographies of advisors are available on the website.

In 2008, the Disability Rights Fund will be seeking grant proposals from disabled persons’ organizations in seven countries. Grants will support the human rights work of disabled persons’ organizations in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Ghana, Namibia, Nicaragua, Peru, and Uganda.

“2008 is the Disability Rights Fund’s pilot grantmaking year,” stated DRF director Diana Samarasan, “as the Fund develops, the website will become a dynamic source of information on human rights grantmaking within the global disability community.”

For more information on the Disability Rights Fund, see www.disabilityrightsfund.org or write to info@disabilityrightsfund.org


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