Apply to the Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge program to receive funding of up to $250,000 for new ideas, and up to $3,000,000 for proven solutions ready to scale up, as well as mentorship, resources and ongoing supports.

These innovations will involve input from affected communities in order to provide, supply, or locally generate safe drinking water and sanitation, energy, life-saving information, or health supplies and services to help conflict-affected people.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Grand Challenges Canada have launched Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge.

Focus Areas

  • Safe Water and Sanitation: The program seeks bold ideas, technologies and approaches that address challenges in clean water supply and access. Funding is available under Transition to Scale ONLY.
  • Energy: The program seeks bold ideas to generate energy. Particular interest in alternative energy solutions that can be set up and maintained in conflict situations, and that power life-saving or life-improving services such as schools, hospitals, and marketplaces, on or off-grid.
  • Life-Saving Information: The program seeks bold ideas that use and improve access to information and data at the local level, and provides more effective two-way connections between affected populations and humanitarians.
  • Health Supplies and Services: The program seeks bold ideas that strengthen healthcare infrastructure and increase the capacity and skills of healthcare workers in conflict affected settings.

Funding Information

This program will fund up to 15 seed projects at up to $250,000 CAD each, along with basic acceleration support, over a maximum period of eighteen (18) months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants include social enterprises and other recognized institutions (e.g., nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies) that:
    • are formed and legally incorporated
    • can successfully execute the activities in their respective technical area
    • can receive and administer grant funding.
  • Sole proprietorships are not eligible for funding.
  • In the past experience, have found that multilateral organizations such as the UN are typically unable to agree to the terms and conditions of funding agreements. The program highly recommends that these organizations instead apply through a local eligible partner organization.
  • A project can have only one Project Lead, who must be affiliated with the institution from which the proposal is being submitted.
  • 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.
  • Applications must include all required information. Only complete applications will be considered by the Review Committee.
  • 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.

For more information, visit Creating Hope in Conflict.

Name of the Organisation
Grand Challenges Canada
Grant Amount
CAD 2.5 Lakh
Closing date of Proposal
Monday, 16 November, 2020
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