Global Challenges Local Solutions 4th Grant Round Competition to achieve SDGs

Global Challenges Local Solutions
Last date: 
Monday, July 20, 2020
United Kingdom

Detailed Description

Applicants are now invited to apply for the 2020 Global Challenges Local Solutions 4th Grant Round competition, first of its kind which connects CFs and SDGs.

It is a grantmaking program that supports community foundations throughout Europe to address global challenges on the local level. It was set to provide them with additional resources that can improve local initiatives. The Fund focuses on initiatives referring directly to SDGs. The Academy wants to increase by 2030 the number of CFs (approx. 300) which are aware and committed to developing global problems on the basis of SDGs.

Local communities across Europe are confronted with a wide range of social problems, ranging from air pollution and unequal access to education, and on down to poverty. We believe that the best way to solve such problems is to act from the bottom up – this solution involves the whole community and that makes the community eager to act for the common good.

This is why the United Nations, along with different stakeholders, introduced the idea of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, which form a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace

and prosperity. SDGs can establish a common language for all organizations to communicate about similar activities.


  • Global Challenges Local Solutions European Grant Competition is organized by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland (ADPP) within the Global Challenges Local Solutions Program.
  • The Global Challenges Local Solutions Program is co-financed by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
  • Competition was established in order to support grass-root initiatives, run by community foundations together with local communities, aimed at solving global challenges at the local level.
  • The total amount of up to 150,000 USD will be awarded within the 4 th grant round.

Targeted Groups

  • Applications to the Competition may be submitted only by community foundations (Applicants), registered and operating in the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom (UK), Vatican City.
  • Only foundations and associations are eligible to apply for the grant.

Selection Criteria

  • Submitted applications will be assessed formally and preselected by ADPP team.
  • The Grant Committee will be composed of international experts.

During the assessment, the Grant Committee will take into consideration the following criteria:

  • Adequacy of the planned activities to the local community’s needs defined in the project,
  • Feasibility of the project and effectiveness,
  • Rationality of the planned activities;
  • Scale of engaging local community members into the project;
  • Durability, as a chance to continue the project;
  • Replicability of the proposed solution and the possibility of its implementation by the other local organizations.
  • Additional evaluation points will be given to projects supporting SDGs which were most significantly affected by the pandemic of coronavirus – GOAL 3: Good Health and Wellbeing, GOAL 4: Quality Education, GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality and GOAL 1: No Poverty. 5. The Grant Committee may award a grant in less amount than stated in the application form.
  • Decisions of the Committee are irrevocable.
  • Applicants whose applications will be chosen by the Grant Committee, will sign an agreement with ADPP. Applicants will be obliged to submit the final narrative and financial report in compliance with the deadline and rules defined in the agreement.


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