As part of activities promoting World Hearing Day, 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 2023.

World Hearing Day 2023 will be observed on March 3, 2023 with the “Ear and hearing care for all! Let’s make it a reality”. World Hearing Day 2023 will highlight the importance of integrating ear and hearing care within primary care, as an essential component of universal health coverage.

  • Ear and hearing problems are among the most common problems encountered in the community.
  • Over 60% of these can be identified and addressed at the primary level of care.
  • Integration of ear and hearing care into primary care services is possible through training and capacity building at this level.
  • Such integration will benefit people and help countries move towards the goal of universal health coverage.

On this day, WHO will launch a new training manual – Primary ear and hearing care training manual for health workers and general practitioners. The manual will be accompanied with trainer’s handbook and other community resources.

  • Decision makers
  • Venue managers and owners of entertainment venues
  • General public, especially young adults

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All stakeholders in the field are invited to organize events and activities to raise awareness of hearing loss and widely disseminate the WHO Global standard for safe listening entertainment venues to promote its adoption and implementation.

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 50 grants will be provided based on recommendations made by a selection panel.

  • Take place on or close to the World Hearing Day (3 March 2023)
  • Focus on the theme: “Ear and hearing care for all! Let’s make it a reality.”
  • Target the general population and/or policymakers to raise awareness about hearing loss
  • Use WHO awareness materials for the day (alternate translations will be available here)
  • Have measurable outcome(s)
  • Are registered on this site.
  • Make an application by February 3, 2023
  • Provide details of the host organization/institution or the organizer
  • Notification of selected grantees will be made by February 20, 2023
  • Following the event, a brief report with photos must be submitted to WHO by March 14, 2023. Photos must include a signed declaration of consent from recognizable persons in the photographs
  • If reports are submitted by March 14, grantees will receive up to USD 800 by 31 March 2023. Grant payments will be delayed for those that submit reports late.
  • 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 the organization/activity likely to benefit from the small grant? (0-10 points)
    • 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 sent to the relevant organizations via a PayPal account. All payments will be made via PayPal. Do not submit an application if you are not able to get a PayPal account. PayPal invoices from the grantee MUST be received by March 14th in order to receive money by March 31st. A certificate will also be given by the World Hearing Forum.