For things to change, we must take action and it is important for Youths and Women to apply for grants and fellowships because they provide opportunities for personal and professional development. These programs can offer financial support, mentorship, and networking opportunities that can help individuals achieve their goals and advance their careers. 

Additionally, these opportunities can help promote diversity and representation in various fields by providing resources and support to underrepresented groups. By applying for grants and fellowships, youths and women can gain valuable experience and access to resources that can help them succeed in their chosen fields. Below are some opportunities to apply, remember if you do not take a chance, you do not stand a chance.

Application for the ICCROM Cultural Entrepreneurship Programme

We are looking for 20 creative business minds who have a few years of experience as cultural entrepreneurs; are inspiring and creative; are innovators and risk takers in the cultural heritage and creative industries in their country; and are dedicated to transforming and contributing to the sustainability of the creative and cultural sector. 

• Business modelling and planning for the cultural and creative sector • Fundraising and sponsorship • Start-up counselling • Sustainability and community involvement in creative and culture sector • Marketing and communication strategies

General requirements: • Beneficiaries must be aged between 24 and 35. • Beneficiaries must be citizens or residents of one of the following countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zimbabwe. • Beneficiaries must be fluent in English. • Beneficiaries must be IT literate, own a device with a webcam, and have reliable access to the internet. • Beneficiaries must be able to commit to the full training and subsequent follow-up and onfield activities. • Beneficiaries must be able to travel abroad (hold a valid passport and an active bank account). If selected, proof of documentation will be requested. Application deadline 10 July 2023

Register here https://www.iccrom.org/news/call-application-cultural-entrepreneurship-programme

Applications for the 2023 Challenge are now open.

IFT and the Seeding the Future Foundation are calling on all scientists, engineers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and multidisciplinary teams from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), non-profits, social enterprises, universities, research institutions as well as small and emerging for-profit enterprises to submit game-changing innovations that will help transform the food system. Application Opened June 1, 2023 and closes August 1, 2023 https://www.ift.org/food-system-challenge 

Application for BEST DIPLOMATS is ongoing

Best Diplomats is a New York based International Organization which focuses on training & crafting Future Diplomats through Diplomatic Simulations. It serves as a platform for Young Leaders and Change makers to exchange ideas and resolve the most challenging global issues. These Diplomatic Simulations are an ideal avenue for aspiring Future Diplomats to grasp and grip the lobbying and critical thinking skill set that will enable them to become a better diplomat. Register here https://bestdiplomats.org/

Shaping Africa’s Economic Future: The Africa Job Creation Forum

The purpose of a job creation summit in Africa is to address the pressing issue of unemployment and foster economic growth on the continent. The summit aims to bring together key stakeholders, including government officials, business leaders, and experts, to discuss strategies and initiatives that can generate sustainable job opportunities.  By sharing ideas, best practices, and innovative approaches, the summit seeks to develop practical solutions to combat unemployment, promote entrepreneurship, attract investment, and enhance skills development. Ultimately, the goal is to create a conducive environment for job creation and empower African economies to provide livelihoods for their growing populations. Register here https://www.africajobcreationsummit.org/

Registration for High-level Political Forum Engine Room Pitstop event is ongoing

Join us on Friday 14 July 2023 as we come together once again for the High-level Political Forum Engine Room Pitstop to provide an informative and inspirational outlook on 2030 Agenda and give you insider guidance on increasing your impact!

This event will bring together political leaders at the heart of the international agenda as well as renowned youth activists and subject matter experts to ignite a sense of passion and purpose for the young leaders joining from all corners of the globe.

Register here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-hlpf-engine-room-pitstop-tickets-668167586237?fbclid=PAAaZlhmbiTTg2hHQcgoJw0aEDfB3KyaLyG8uZ2NcJU8Gzxsn61V5UpKjkGjI#

We combine micro-awards of up to 5000 Euros with access to mentorship and expertise from AEF’s global network. Supported initiatives can take the form of grass root projects, workshops, townhalls and convenings to scaling the visibility and impact of projects on priority areas of Africa-Europe cooperation.

The first cycle of the Partners Initiative in 2023 is on the theme of “Blue Economy and Ocean Governance”, more specifically:

  • Youth-led entrepreneurship and innovation in the domain of ocean/blue economy
  • Partnership initiatives focused on ocean biodiversity, food systems and climate mitigation

Award winners will enter a network of experts and leaders working across Africa and Europe and internationally and will have the opportunity to collaborate with AEF in helping to shape policy at the cross-continental and multilateral level.

Applicants must complete the enclosed application form available in English and French.

The deadline for submissions is 17.00 CEST (Brussels time) on Friday 7th July 2023 and must be sent to partnerships@africaeuropefoundation.org.

Register here https://www.africaeuropefoundation.org/areas-of-action/the-africa-europe-foundation-launches-‘partners-initiative’-to-empower-youth-led-initiatives/

Apply for Social Shifters Global innovation Challenge 2023 with Cash awards of up $10,000 to be awarded to the best ideas in each category and a FREE digital incubator program will be available to all eligible applicants, worldwide. Entrepreneurs 18-30 years working on social and environmental issues accelerating Next Gen Leaders. Register here : https://challenge.socialshifters.co/ 

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