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Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits
and For-Profits for Innovative Humanitarian Solutions

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Grand Challenges Canada, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UK Department for International Development (DFID), and Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

LOI Date:

11/06/20

Deadline Date:

11/16/20 11:00 AM ET

Description:

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Grants and in-kind support to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits, for-profits, and social enterprises for projects that address issues faced by vulnerable individuals. Funding is intended specifically for innovations that save or improve the lives of the people impacted by humanitarian crises caused by conflict. Locally-led applications will be given preference during the evaluation process.

The Humanitarian Grand Challenge is focused on addressing the most acute needs in conflict-affected areas that have the potential to be solved by innovation in one or more of the following four areas:

  1. Safe water and sanitation (Transition to Scale only);
  2. Energy;
  3. Life-saving information; and/or
  4. Health supplies and services.

Innovations must enable local solutions, serve local needs and delivery gaps, overcome common delivery barriers in conflict settings, and/or improve on the timeliness and cost efficiency of current humanitarian delivery methods.

There are two types of funding available:

  • Seed Funding: The objective of seed funding is to test new ideas and approaches to humanitarian assistance to determine whether or not they are effective. By the end of the funding period, projects that receive seed funding are expected to demonstrate evidence (e.g., proof of concept), in a controlled or limited setting, that there is greater assistance in the location, lower reliance on importations, and/or reduction of other significant barrier(s) to obtaining assistance as a result of the project, as well as that the innovation has the potential to be implemented at scale in other contexts. By the end of the seed award, innovators who have demonstrated proof of concept of the idea, developed a plan for scale and sustainability, and attracted commitments from key stakeholders and partners, may be invited to apply for Transition To Scale program funding.
  • Transition To Scale (TTS) Funding:  Strategic partnerships are required for the transition to scale and sustainability of innovative solutions. The Humanitarian Grand Challenge partners will support networking of funded innovators with the private sector, humanitarian actors and other stakeholders to increase the likelihood of success. Technical and advisory support may be provided to nurture the scalability and sustainability of humanitarian innovations. In addition, awardees may receive additional support, such as publicity and marketing promotional support; access to exclusive industry, investor and partner networking events; and basic acceleration support, mentorship opportunities and partnership brokering.

The Humanitarian Grand Challenge is focused on helping people who are hardest-to-reach as a result of conflict-generated humanitarian emergencies. The order of preference in terms of relevant populations are as follows:

  1. People in conflict zones
  2. Internally displaced persons
  3. Refugees

For more information, see "People Affected by Conflict" in the RFP: https://humanitariangrandchallenge.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/HGC-RFP_Round3-OCT2020-EN-FINAL-1.pdf#page=8

Activities and Deliverables: https://humanitariangrandchallenge.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/HGC-RFP_Round3-OCT2020-EN-FINAL-1.pdf#page=14

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186058

Number of Grants:

This Request for Proposals will fund up to 15 seed projects and up to 8 Transition To Scale projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Seed Projects: Up to $250,000 CAD. In addition to award funding, awardees may receive additional support, such as publicity and marketing promotional support; access to exclusive industry, investor and partner networking events; and basic acceleration support, mentorship opportunities and partnership brokering.

- Transition To Scale: Up to $3,000,000 CAD. The Humanitarian Grand Challenge partners will support networking of funded innovators with private sector, humanitarian actors, and other stakeholders to increase the likelihood of success. Technical and advisory support may be provided to nurture the scalability and sustainability of humanitarian innovations. In addition, awardees may receive additional support, such as publicity and marketing promotional support; access to exclusive industry, investor, and partner networking events; and basic acceleration support, mentorship opportunities, and partnership brokering.

Term of Contract:

Awards are to be used over a maximum period of eighteen (18) months.

- Anticipated start date of seed projects: May - July, 2021
- Anticipated start date of Transition To Scale projects: May - July, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Eligible applicants include social enterprises and other recognized institutions (e.g., nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies) that are formed and legally incorporated, that can successfully execute the activities in their respective technical area, and that are capable of receiving and administering grant funding. Sole proprietorships are not eligible for funding. In past experience, multilateral organizations such as the UN have typically been unable to agree to the terms and conditions of the funding agreements. It is highly recommended that these organizations instead apply through a local eligible partner organization. Staff from the UN office could act as collaborators on the project.
2. A project can have only one Project Lead, who must be affiliated with the institution from which the proposal is being submitted.
3. A Project Lead may only be listed on one (1) application to this Request for Proposals. An institution may be the applicant on multiple applications, provided all applications have different Project Leads.
4. Applications must include all required information. Only complete applications will be considered by the Review Committee.
5. The Humanitarian Grand Challenge partners may, at any time and at their sole discretion, modify eligibility criteria with respect to individual applicants, Project Leads and/or eligible countries, to the extent that such modifications do not materially undermine the review process.

There are no geographical restrictions, therefore legally formed organizations that are not the subject of a US, UK, Dutch, European Union, World Bank, Canadian, or United Nations Security Council sanctions are eligible to apply for funding.

Please note that Grand Challenges Canada must approve any changes in applicant organization, institution or Project Lead from the originally-funded grant.

Not Funded:
1. Approaches that utilize security-related surveillance, weapons, force, or similar technologies. Any proposal of drone use must be considered carefully in a complex crisis and should follow the UAV Code of Conduct (https://uavcode.org/code-of-conduct/).
2. Discovery science, merely capacity-building initiatives, ongoing programmatic funding, or infrastructure development.
3. Projects that involve establishing proof of concept of innovations for which the core intellectual property rights are owned by a third-party institution, unless either: (a) the third-party institution has granted the applicant sufficient license rights to the innovation to permit eventual scaling in relevant countries, or (b) the third-party institution is willing to sign an undertaking to Grand Challenges Canada committing to comply with Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Access Policy.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timelines:
- Registration Deadline: November 6, 2020
- Application Deadline: November 16, 2020, no later than 11:00 AM North America Eastern Time Zone (15:00 GMT)
- Invitations for full applications (TTS): On rolling basis, between November 2020 and March 2021, based on availability of funds
- Notification of application status (Seed): February 2021
- Anticipated start date of seed projects: May - July, 2021
- Anticipated start date of Transition To Scale projects: May - July, 2021

Applications may be made in English or French language. Applications in any other language will be rejected without review.

Applicants must first create an account before applying. Once you have created an account, please allow up to one (1) business day for Grand Challenges Canada to process your account request. Once your information has been processed, you will be emailed login credentials to access the Portal to submit your application.

Due to processing times, it is suggested to register for a Fluxx account no later than November 6, 2020.

Most Transition To Scale awardees will be required to secure a 1:1 match within the TTS funding period; however, this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis during the due diligence process.

Project Leads are permitted to submit only one (1) application per Request for Proposals.

For further information and instructions in additional languages:
https://humanitariangrandchallenge.org/rfps/

Innovator Toolbox: https://www.grandchallenges.ca/funding-opportunities/innovator-toolbox/

Gender Equality Portal: https://www.grandchallenges.ca/funding-opportunities/gender/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To access the online application form, applicants must first create an account using the following link:
https://gcc.fluxx.io/lois/new

For questions related to this Request for Proposals that are not addressed in the FAQ, contact info@humanitariangrandchallenge.org.

Please contact fluxxsupport@grandchallenges.ca for technical support with the application through Grand Challenges Canada’s Community Portal.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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