Grants provided by the United Nations include grants that fund the operation of specific agencies, grants for programs developed by specialized agencies and grants provided by individual agencies. The United Nations has a system of over 30 programs, funds and specialized agencies that provide grants for a variety of causes.
The United Nations Foundation works with the U.N. to provide grants that fund the operations of specific U.N. agencies and programs of certain agencies it supports. The United Nations Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals or requests for grants and provides funds to only a handful of agencies. Some of the grants provided by this foundation include funds that support the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the Office of the Secretary General and grants to fund programs developed by specialized agencies, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Economic Commission for Europe and the Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
The U.N. Democracy Fund provides grants to organizations operating at local community levels. This agency provides grants to civil organizations in fledgling democracies to fund programs that promote democracy.