Right Sharing of World Resources Grants

Right Sharing of World Resources Grants Introductory Letter:Greetings from Right Sharing of World Resources.  Thank you for your interest in RSWR.  Please carefully review the accompanying guidelines and supplement and follow them closely in preparing your application.   It is very important that we receive a copy of your most recent audited annual report if you normally have an annual audit done (applies mostly to NGOs in India).  If you do not have an audit done, please send your last year’s balance sheet and income and expense statement.  Please DO NOT send a copy of your organizational by-laws.

The following points give you a clearer idea of the types of projects we fund:

RSWR funds income generating projects: Proposals must outline the economics (expenses and income) of an income generating project, especially the net income the beneficiaries can expect. Details of how beneficiaries will repay their loan of seed money must be provided;


RSWR is particularly interested in funding new, small, grassroots organizations, especially those which are women-led;

RSWR focuses its funding in south India (Tamil Nadu and the districts of Chittoor, Cuddapah, Anantapur,and Nellore in Andhra Pradesh in India), Sierra Leone, and members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Kenya;

RSWR’s grant making work focuses on the cultural, social and economic empowerment of impoverished persons through the implementation of microenterprise, self-employment projects.

Please note that there are two deadlines for receiving proposals, June 30 (for funding decisions in October) and December 31 (for decisions in April). However, it is strongly recommended that proposals be received by April 30 or October 31.  This allows time for proposal revisions, if there are any needed.

For a more equitable world,

Sarah Northrop, Program Director

What is Right Sharing of World Resources?

RSWR is a Quaker organization supported primarily by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the United States.  RSWR has two main goals: 1) Provide grants for women in the developing world to begin small income-generating businesses so that they may help themselves and their families out of poverty.  2) Help Quakers in the United States learn about the negative effects of poverty in the developing world and the negative effects of materialism in North America.

Why does RSWR provide seed grants in the developing world?

As our mission states, we believe that God calls us to this work of equity.  We believe that providing seed grants to organizations to implement an income generating project offers a means of establishing self sufficiency to very poor people.  We strive to help newer, smaller organization whose budgets may not allow them to receive grants from other sources.

Why do we call our grant recipients “Project Partners”?

Burdens of materialism and poverty affect all peoples, in the developing and developed world.  The projects RSWR supports in the developing world are awareness building as they assist participants in building their level of awareness of the impacts of this burden and in providing alternatives for change.  Likewise, RSWR strives to provide awareness building and alternatives for lifestyle changes for Quakers in the United States as we seek God’s leading in our lives.  RSWR believes that we have much to learn from one another as we work together in partnership.

Who may apply?

RSWR supports new, small grassroots organizations who are working to empower women through income-generating projects.  NGOs must be less than 20 years old and have annual budgets of less than $16,500.

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