Call for Applications —
Deadline extended until January 18, 2021

As part of activities of the World Hearing Forum (WHF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Coalition for Global Hearing Health (CGHH) invite proposals for WHF-CGHH Small Grants for World Hearing Day 2021.

The World Hearing Day 2021 will be observed on 3 March with the theme "Hearing care for ALL! Screen. Rehabilitate. Communicate". World Hearing Day 2021 will also mark the release of the first ever World Report on Hearing.

The key messages of World Hearing Day 2021 target:

    Policy makers
  • The number of people living with unaddressed hearing loss and ear diseases is unacceptable.
  • Timely action is needed to prevent and address hearing loss across the life course.
  • Investing in cost effective interventions will benefit people with hearing loss and bring financial gains to the society.
  • Integrate person-centered ear and hearing care within national health plans for universal health coverage.
    General public
  • Good hearing and communication are important at all stages of life
  • Hearing loss (and related ear diseases) can be avoided through preventative actions such as: protection against loud sounds; good ear care practices and immunization.
  • Hearing loss (and related ear diseases) can be addressed when it is identified in a timely manner and appropriate care sought
  • People at risk of hearing loss should check their hearing regularly
  • People having hearing loss (or related ear diseases) should seek care from a health care provider

To promote and support such actions, WHF, WHO, and CGHH have launched a small grants scheme. As part of this scheme, partners can apply for a grant of up to USD 800 to cover expenses related to World Hearing Day Activities. A maximum of 30 grants will be provided based on recommendations made by a selection panel.

    Eligibility criteria: Events/activities will be eligible for the small grants scheme if they:
  • Take place on or close to the World Hearing Day (3 March 2021)
  • Focus on the theme: "Hearing care for ALL! Screen. Rehabilitate. Communicate"
  • Target the general population and/or policymakers, to raise awareness about hearing loss
  • Use WHO awareness materials for the day
  • Have a measurable outcome
  • Are registered on the WHO website
    Requirements / Timeline
  • Make an application by 18 January 2021 at
  • Provide details of the host organization/institution or the organizer
  • Notification of selected grantees will be made by 5 February 2021
  • Following the event, a brief report with photos must be submitted to WHO by 12 March 2021. Photos must include a signed declaration of consent from recognizable persons in the photographs
  • Selected grantees will receive up to USD 800 by 31 March 2021
    Selection Process:
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts selected from the WHF, WHO and CGHH.
  • Each grant application will be scored on a scale of 0-100 points using the following criteria:
    • Are the activities relevant to the theme? (0-10 points)
    • Is the organization aligned to the principles of the World Hearing Forum? (0-10 points)
    • Will the activity help to raise awareness on hearing loss? (0-10 points)
    • Does the activity have a measurable outcome? (0-10 points)
    • Is this an innovative activity? (0-10 points)
    • Could this activity inspire others to act, by being showcased? (0-10 points)
    • Is there a convincing argument for selecting this application? (0-10 points)
    • Is the organization/activity likely to benefit from the small grant? (0-10 points)
    • Will the activity be held even if the grant is not awarded? (0-10 points)
    • Your overall rating of this application? (0-10 points)
  • Applications with the most points will be selected for funding with preference given to first time awardees. Once the activity reports and photos have been received by the WHO, the grant amount will be transferred to the relevant organizations. A certificate will also be given by the World Hearing Forum.