The Global Fund for Children

GFC supports organizations and programs that focus on four specific issues: Learning, Enterprise, Safety, and Healthy Minds and Bodies.
Grants are awarded on an annual basis, with a typical funding relationship of three to six years. Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000 per year, growing in size and scope over the course of the funding relationship, and may be used for general or operating support of the grantee partner organization. GFC considers each grant an investment in the grantee organization’s mission and programs as well as its institutional growth and development.

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All potential grantee partners are first required to submit a preliminary letter of inquiry. Although GFC awards new grants only twice a year (in June and December), interested organizations can submit a letter of inquiry at any time during the year. GFC uses the letter of inquiry to determine basic eligibility and fit with GFC’s selection criteria. Please review our portfolios and eligibility criteria carefully before submitting a letter of inquiry.

If a letter of inquiry falls within GFC’s priorities and selection criteria, GFC will follow up with the organization to solicit a full proposal, which generally ranges from five to ten pages in length. Full proposals are accepted by invitation only. Please do not contact GFC by phone or by email to ask about the status of your letter of inquiry. Due to the volume of inquiries, GFC cannot respond individually to those not selected for further consideration.

If the full proposal is approved, GFC will issue a letter of agreement to the grantee partner, outlining the terms and conditions of the grant. Grantee partners must submit a progress report after nine months and a final report after twelve months, as detailed in the letter of agreement. GFC will provide specific guidelines for these reports, which generally range from three to six pages in length. Failure to submit a report by the due date may result in ineligibility for future grants.

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The Toyota Foundation: Southeast Asian Studies Regional Exchange Program (SEASREP)

The SEASREP Foundation in Manila administers this program, which is jointly funded by the Toyota Foundation and the Japan Foundation. The program supports studies on Southeast Asia by Southeast Asians in the field of social sciences and humanities and aims to encourage cross-national studies and develop cross-national expertise in the region. The program has three subprograms: (a) Southeast Asian language training; (b) Luisa Mallari Fellowship for M.A./Ph.D. research in Southeast Asian studies; and (c) Comparative and collaborative research grants.
(1) Southeast Asian Language Training Grants

These grants allow graduate students or faculty members to study a Southeast Asian national or local language other than her/his own. Such study is intended to enable the applicant to carry out library or field research. The grants cover tuition fee and other expenses for language training in another Southeast Asian country for a period of four to 12 months.
(2) The Luisa Mallari Fellowships for MA/PhD Research in Southeast Asian Studies

These grants, named after the late Filipino scholar of Malaysian literature and who was also a former SEASREP grantee, allows currently enrolled graduate students to carry out library or field research on a Southeast Asian country other than their own or on a comparative topic involving two or more Southeast Asian countries. Applicants who have acquired doctoral candidacy may also apply for limited and short-term exploratory grants to conduct preliminary research leading to full dissertation proposal. In highly meritorious cases, full Ph.D. study grant are also offered. The grants cover research costs, tuition, and living expenses.
(3) Comparative and Collaborative Research Grants

These grants support international collaborative research, comparative research, and other activities that contribute to strengthening Southeast Asian studies in Southeast Asia. Priority is given to basic scholarly research rather than policy-oriented research. Projects involving two- or multi-country collaboration are evaluated highly.
The grants support projects in the following categories:

(A) Research - whether individual research or collaborative team research - by Southeast Asian scholars in the humanities and social sciences that focuses on countries other than the researchers' own. The research may focus on one country (as long as it is not the researcher's own), involve cross-national comparisons (which may include the researcher's own country), or examine a regional theme, issue or problem.

(B)These grants support international collaborative research, comparative research, and other activities that contribute to strengthening Southeast Asian studies in Southeast Asia. Priority is given to basic scholarly research rather than policy-oriented research. Projects involving two- or multi-country collaboration are evaluated highly.
The grants support projects in the following categories:

(C)Conferences, workshops and seminars on pioneering or innovative topics in the field of Southeast Asian studies. These meetings may also aim to disseminate in the region the results of research in Southeast Asian studies conducted by Southeast Asian scholars.

(D)Invitations to a Southeast Asian expert in the region (i) to give a series of short-term (2-3 week) intensive lectures, (ii) to help develop a research project collaboratively with scholars at the host institution, or (iii) for both purposes (i) and (ii).

(E) Publication of the results of SEASREP-supported research.
Criteria and Eligibility

Subprogram (1) is open to Southeast Asian graduate students and faculty in the humanities or social sciences affiliated with a Southeast Asian university, below 40 years, and residing in the region; Subprogram (2) is open to Southeast Asian graduate students in the humanities or social sciences currently enrolled in a university in Southeast Asia residing in the region under the age of 40; Subprogram (3) (A) and (B) are open to any Southeast Asian scholar or team of scholars in the humanities or social sciences residing in the region with priority given to applicants from universities or research institutions; Subprogram (3) (C) is open to any humanities or social science department at any university in the region that offers Southeast Asian studies courses; Subprogram (3)(D) is solely for those who have previously received SEASREP grants.
Application Procedures

Grant guidelines and application forms for all the subprograms can be obtained from the SEASREP Foundation office in Manila and the websites of the Toyota Foundation and SEASREP Foundation (www.seasrepfoundation.org). The deadline for submission of applications is on 1 October 2007, and all applications should be sent to the SEASREP Foundation at the following address:

The SEASREP Foundation
Unit 612-613 Residencia de Regina
94 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights 1108 Quezon City, Philippines,
Tel: [63-2]709-0854; E-mail: grants@seasrepfoundation.org
Additional Information

Copies of the list of the previous year's grant recipients, and other materials can be obtained from the Tokyo Joint Secretariat for SEASREP, in care of the Toyota Foundation, or from the SEASREP Foundation. This information can also be read or downloaded from the Toyota Foundation's website. The SEASREP Foundation publishes a biannual Southeast Asian Studies e-Bulletin and Annual Reports, both of which provide useful information for prospective applicants.

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1. Be sure to read the grant guidelines and application instructions before filling in the application form.

Guidelines for Language Training Grant
Guidelines for Luisa Mallari Fellowship
Guidelines for Comparative and Collaborative Research Grant
Instructions for Preliminary or Full-Scale Research Categories
Instructions for Conference/Workshop Category
Instructions for Visiting Lecturer/Research Collaboration Development Category
Instructions for Publication Category

2. It is strongly advised that you contact the SEASREP program staff before sending your application for a preliminary assessment of your project.
3. Do not change the format of the form, pagination, font type and size. The size of the form is A4 or 297 mm x 210 mm.
4. Use only A4 size paper for all attachments.
5. Submit your completed application to SEASREP by post or e-mail: grants@seasrepfoundation.org not later than 1 October 2007. No applications will be accepted by fax.

Have you thoroughly read the instructions above? If yes, you may download the appropriate form below.


Application form for Language Training Grant
Application form for Luisa Mallari Fellowship
Application form for Preliminary or Full-scale Research Category
Application form for Conference/Workshop Category
Application form for Visiting Lecturer/Research Collaboration Development Category
Application form for Publication Category


1 October 2007: Deadline of Applications
January 2008: Selection of grantees
March 2008: Approval of grant funds for 2008-2009
Late March 2008: Announcement of grantees for 2008-2009
Early April to May 2008: Release of grant funds
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