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Funding & Investment – August 2015

Applications open for next ICats Fellowship intake in 2016, Deadline August 31, 2015

Since the inception of the ICats Program by LGT Venture Philanthropy in 2009, 104 ICats Fellows have been connected with our portfolio organizations working with them full-time for 11 to 14 months on the ground. Now we are looking for passionate talents who want to support some of the world’s best social enterprises in growing their organizations and creating positive impact for less advantaged people. Read the blog and ICats reports to find out more about the realities of being in ICat Fellow. For more information, please visit our website, read the Fellowship 2016 factsheet and the ICats Program Facts & Figures.


Call for proposals: Ideas to Impact challenge, Deadline 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) September 7, 2015

“Ideas to Impact”, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) sponsored programme that supports research and development in climate technologies for development, is launching a call for proposals for high-value alternative uses for substandard LPG cylinders, so that they can be recycled and removed from LPG distribution channels. The winning ideas will be awarded $40,000.


Power Africa’s Off-Grid Energy Challenge expanding to three new countries, Deadline September 9, 2015

Are you an entrepreneur or part of a dynamic organization or company that works on off-grid technologies in Rwanda, Uganda or Zambia? Do you have a winning business idea to provide energy to underserved communities in your country? If you have a financially viable solution to increase energy access in your country, you could win $100,000 to expand your business or enterprise! USADF is currently accepting proposals for Off-Grid solutions from entrepreneurs in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia through September 9, 2015. Go to USADF Off-Grid Challenge to apply today. The US African Development Foundation, alongside GE Africa and USAID, will award $900K in grants by September 2015. Applications will only be accepted from African SMEs operating in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.


Call for research proposals on cities and climate change, Deadline September 18, 2015 12:00pm EDT

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) recently launched a new RFP on cities and climate change. Six projects of up to CA$1,000,000 each will be funded under this call to support high-quality, demand-driven, and policy-relevant action research that engages local authorities, communities, and the private sector. Proposed research must be gender-sensitive and target one or more of the following themes: “Hard solutions” (e.g. developing, protecting, and adapting climate-ready infrastructure), “soft solutions” (e.g. innovative governance systems and planning approaches), or research addressing climate and population thresholds that threaten the sustainability of communities and industries, influence behavioral change, and/or address barriers to adoption of adaptation strategies.


Siemens empowering people. Award 2015, Deadline November 30, 2015

This is a global call out to engineers & developers to submit their practical innovations that contribute to improve living conditions and can be implemented in entrepreneurial model. Following the first competition in 2012/2013, the Award is again on the lookout for appropriate technologies to improve basic supply in crucial areas. Inventors and social entrepreneurs are called upon to submit their simple tech innovations and related business strategies in eight categories. The Siemens Stiftung will honor the 1st prize-winner with a sum of 50,000 EUR. The second prize is valued at 30,000 EUR, the third at 20,000 EUR and a further 5,000 EUR will be awarded to 20 runners up. A Community Prize will also be awarded with a prize of hardware to the value of 5,000 Euro. The winners will further receive promotion on an international scale with global public relations activities ensuring wide visibility. They will become members of an international Network that offers essential support, valuable know-how, helpful insights and connections.