Scholarships and Funding Guidance
The Summit Steering Committee awarded a limited number of scholarships for applicants from low and lower middle-income countries with accepted abstracts to attend the 2018 Summit. Applicants were notified of their status by email on February 19, 2018. If you applied and did not received a notification, please first check your spam folder before emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, there will be no additional scholarships awarded.
If you are interested in self-fundraising, additional guidance is posted below.
Funding Your International SBCC Summit Experience
Several international organizations and donors are supporting the 2018 International SBCC Summit. If your project works with an international organization or receives donor funding, start discussing the possibilities of summit participation with your project managers as soon as possible. Many international organizations make a provision to support staff at global events as part of their commitment to continuing education and staff development.
Consider using the template letter and personalizing it to approach potential sponsors.
Making the Case Within Your Organization
- Present a rationale to your manager about the benefits to the organization of your participation in the SBCC summit. Do not focus only on your professional growth, but also emphasize the possible organizational benefits such as enhanced performance, incorporation of best practices into program activities, and improved quality and more effective outputs.
- Consider using the questions in the scholarship application to guide your discussion with your manager (even if you don’t submit a scholarship application, think through how you would answer the questions to make your case).
- Present a plan to your manager on how you will share the learnings with your colleagues on your return and how you will incorporate all that you have learned into your on-going work.
Making the Case Outside Your Organization
If your organization does not have funds, perhaps some of your organization’s donors can support your participation. Again, develop a pitch to the donor that describes the benefits and opportunities of your participation and how the learning can be shared.
Think about how learnings can be shared before, during and after the conference with the donor’s other implementing partners in your country. For example, if you have an accepted abstract, you could organize a local event to practice and get input on your presentation before the summit. After you return, gather summit participants to share highlights and insights of the sessions you attended and share with others. Perhaps you can even arrange a “Skype” meeting to include new colleagues you met during the Summit!
Participation in the SBCC Summit can be an opportunity to highlight the achievements of both your organization and the donor that supports you.
Other possibilities for funding could include a combination of approaches such as:
- Setting up a virtual fundraising campaign on platforms such as Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/) or Go-Fund Me (https://www.gofundme.com/)
- Holding community-based fund raising events
- Seeking financial support from community leaders or local businesses
- Identifying scholarship opportunities through your academic institution if you are a student
Be sure to engage all your supporters in your Summit experience before, during and after you travel.