Upcoming Funding Opportunities
The Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative Grant Fund seeks to support, grow and scale innovative businesses that are developing technologies and business models that have the potential to help billions more people affordably get online. Areas of interest include last mile access technologies, off-grid renewable energy solutions, and alternative payment mechanisms, as well as verticals such as healthcare, education, and agriculture. We will consider eligible applicants covering these areas and more. Take a moment to meet some of our existing AAI partners, and apply today.
The Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP), in partnership withUSAID's U.S. Global Development Lab, Power Africa, and DfID has launched a joint call for high efficiency, low-cost off-grid refrigeration solutions. This call for proposals is part of the 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards Program, and is the first investment focused on stimulating innovation under Scaling Off-Grid Energy: A Grand Challenge for Development. The competition aims to increase the availability of high-efficiency, low-cost, high-demand refrigeration technologies, and in turn drive demand for off-grid solar solutions, such as solar home systems and mini-grids. Submit nominations by .
Grants are for programs that address key development issues in Sri Lanka and Maldives to strengthen democratic institutions, promote ethnic/religious reconciliation and gender equality, provide sustainable economic growth through entrepreneurship and job skills training, foster media freedoms and promote transparency, strengthen environmental protection, and/or address transnational problems. There are three primary categories based on funding levels and they are offered by the Public Affairs section of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo.
The NT100 is the UK’s biggest ‘tech for good’ campaign: in 2015 news of the NT100 reached a readership of nearly 3 billion people, through our media partner The Guardian and media outlets around the world, such as Reuters, Bloomberg and Forbes. Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading social tech funder, is searching for the 100 most inspirational tech ventures from around the world to feature in the 2016 NT100.
The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN)is now accepting proposals from companies or legal entities based in India for the Project Development and Financing Initiative. PFAN India is implementing an initiative to present promising clean energy projects from India to interested investors. This initiative actively seeks renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that are financially viable, socially responsible, and environmentally beneficial. Apply by December 31, 2016.
The MacArthur Foundation has launched a competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. Proposals focused on any critical issue are welcome. Apply by October 3, 2016.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is now accepting applications for round two of its Business Partnerships Platform (BPP). The BPP matches funding from business for projects that support commercial objectives while advancing Australia's aid investment priorities, allowing DFAT to increase the number of its private sector partners, leveraging the experience and ability of business to address intractable development challenges.
Convergence offers grant funding for practitioners to design innovative financial instruments and products that would otherwise be too risky or complex to pursue. Through research and development grants, Convergence aims to surface the next generation of blended finance models and foster market-wide learning. Learn more and apply here.
The Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP), in partnership with USAID's U.S. Global Development Lab, Power Africa, and the UK Department for International Development is launching a joint call for high efficiency, low-cost off-grid refrigeration solutions on September 21st. This call for proposals is part of the 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards Program, and is the first investment focused on stimulating innovation under Scaling Off-Grid Energy: A Grand Challenge for Development. The competition aims to increase the availability of high-efficiency, low-cost, high-demand refrigeration technologies, and in turn drive demand for off-grid solar solutions, such as solar home systems and mini-grids. Visit www.globalleap.org for more info.
USAID's Development Innovation Ventures(DIV) fund, housed in the U.S. Global Development Lab, is the Agency's venture capital-inspired, tiered, evidence-based funding model that invests comparatively small amounts in relatively unproven concepts, and continues to support only those that prove they work. Since its founding in 2010, DIV has provided over $70 million in catalytic grant funding for more than 150 innovative interventions across 9 sectors and over 40 countries. Additional information about the application process can be found here. Applications are accepted year-round.
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