Foundation / Corporation
Grand Challenges Canada, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UK Department for International Development (DFID), and Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits, for-profits, and social enterprises for projects to develop, refine, and scale innovations that address issues faced by people in conflict-generated crises. Funding is intended specifically for innovations that save or improve the lives of the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people impacted by humanitarian crises caused by conflict.
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; (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, or improve on the timeliness and cost efficiency of current humanitarian delivery methods. Innovations that help to maintain services and infrastructure, avoiding further deterioration, are also welcome.
There are two types of funding available: seed funding and Transition To Scale funding.
To receive seed funding, applicants must demonstrate potential relevance to, or identify potential opportunities for collaboration with the private sector. Seed applications are encouraged to demonstrate a potential connection to the private sector by (but not limited to): discussing a current or potential private sector partner, a market-based approach, an eventual transition to a local partner, a sustainable business or market solution. 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.
Applications for Transition To Scale funding must demonstrate engagement, collaboration and/or approaches created with or by the private sector in their design, evaluation or implementation, and are required to have matching funds (cash/cash equivalent). Private sector actors are often uniquely effective at quickly and cost-efficiently producing or delivering goods or services that cannot be otherwise supplied by traditional forms of humanitarian assistance.
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GrantWatch ID#: 186058
Up to 25 seed projects and up to 5 Transition To Scale projects
- 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 $1,000,000 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.
Awards are to be used over a maximum of twenty-four (24) months.
- Anticipated start date of seed projects: June 2020
- Anticipated start date of Transition To Scale projects: Sept 2020
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