ONLF Collaboration Grants Initiative

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About  |   Guidelines for Proposals  |   Grant Information  |   Who Can Apply  |   Proposal Guidelines  |   Criteria  |   Reporting 

About the Collaboration Grants Initiative

The Collaboration Grants Initiative is part of the Omidyar Network Leadership Forum (ONLF) program, an alumni initiative of the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program, aimed at strengthening communication among members of our network and stimulating valuable and impactful partnerships among the ONLF community. We believe these small grants will build capacity, fuel action, and improve the impact and knowledge base of our network. Ultimately, we see these partnerships helping to foster cooperation and strengthen democratic development on a regional and global scale. 

Guidelines for Proposals

Collaboration Grants are intended to support the development of a new and/or recently launched initiative. We are currently seeking brief proposals (2-3 pages maximum) for collaborations that involve at least two – if not more - ONLF members or their respective organizations. Other partners do not have to be ONLF members, though greater participation from the network is encouraged. This is also a wonderful opportunity for participants in our regional workshops in Africa and the Former Soviet Union to translate some of their ideas into tangible collaborations.

The Collaboration Grants initiative encourages innovative proposals that broaden and strengthen the work of ONLF members, their organizations and their partners. ONLF members are encouraged to use this opportunity to experiment with new directions for their work and their organization’s growth and impact.

Competitive projects will have a concrete outcome that results in shared activities, knowledge exchange, speaking engagements at ONLF organizations or their conferences, the reuse of tools and practices by participating organizations, or the development of new platforms that support the strengthening of democracy, development and the rule of law (DDRL).

Examples of potential collaboration projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conference/Workshop Development and Delivery
  • Training Sessions
  • Organizational Exchanges (fellows spend time visiting the other’s organization for knowledge exchange with demonstrable mutual learning and benefit)
  • Media and outreach campaigns
  • IT/Tech/Web-based Initiatives that contribute to promoting DDRL
  • Publication Releases
  • Research Initiatives
  • Multimedia Production
  • Advocacy Campaigns
  • Development of a Working Group to support communication between groups working on a common challenge

Grant Information

Collaboration Grants can range from $500 to $5,000 USD, depending on the number and quality of the proposals we receive. The deadline to submit a pre-screen form for the upcoming round of collaboration grants has passed. The deadeline to submit full applications is below. Only those who have been called back to complete a full application are eligble to do so.


Who Can Apply?

  • All ONLF members – alumni of the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program - are eligible to apply regardless of organizational structure – whether non-profit or for-profit organizations. We encourage collaborations that cut across regions, industry and sector.
  • At least two – if not more – ONLF members must be the principle applicants for the collaboration grant. The collaboration may also include external partners who are involved in the project as long as there are two ONLF members who will be the project co-leads. 

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals must include the following information. Please do not exceed 3 pages (excluding the budget):

1.     Names of collaborators, their job titles and the organizations’ and/or respective partner organizations involved. Please also include context to the ONLF members’ relationship (did they attend one of our regional workshops) and their history of collaboration (if any). 

2.     Role each collaborator will take during duration of project. Please list responsibilities.

3.     Objective of proposed project.

4.     Description of proposed project and any necessary context needed to understand the objective and how it will be achieved.

5.     Description of the projected outputs or outcomes of the project.

6.     Description of how the proposed collaboration may strengthen the ONLF members’ organization.

7.     Description of how the proposed collaboration may strengthen the ONLF network.

7.     Proposed Project Timeline.

9.     Amount requested (in US dollars) and itemized budget.

10.     Ideas on how this project or the outcomes of this project will be sustained and utilized after completion.


Deadlines for Round 3: 

Pre-Screen Forum (LINK) - Monday, July 18 2016

Full Application - Monday, August 1, 2016

Please submit the full application via email to Sadaf Minapara ( 

Proposing organizations are encouraged to ask questions or and solicit feedback from CDDRL Associate Director Sarina Beges (, as they develop their respective proposals.


The following questions may be used to assess the strength of proposals:

·       How many ONLF partner organizations are partnering on the project?

·       Is the project likely to lead to significant learning or impact?

·       Will the proposed collaboration spur new collaboration?

·       Will the collaboration strengthen the ONLF network?

·       How will the collaboration impact democratic development in this particular country, region, etc.?

·       Will the program create a need for additional support? If so, is there a plan for raising funds to support ongoing operations? 


After project completion, grantees must complete a questionnaire and a final project report to outline highlights and outcomes of the project. 

For questions, please contact Sadaf H. Minapara at