Global Challenges Local Solutions grant competition is the first European competition that connects community foundations and Sustainable Development Goals on the local level. Within five editions of the grant competition we supported community foundations from across Europe and collected many good practices that can serve as an inspiration for the others. There are new plans and a new phase of the GCLS Program and you are are very welcome to become part of it!
Global Challenges Local Solutions Program was established in 2016 as 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 Program focuses on initiatives referring directly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It has already collected some good practices concerning projects involving SDGs implemented at the local level – get inspired!
Due to the circumstances, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation – a co-founder of the GCLS grants – has taken a decision to lever additional funds, approximately 300 000 USD, to support community foundations in Europe, dealing with major refugee crisis caused by war in Ukraine.
The funds will be provided in the form of grants, which CFs may apply for through an announced competition and call for proposals. The competition and all procedures are conducted by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, the operator of the GCLS program.
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, United Kingdom (UK), Vatican City.
However, applications from countries bordering Ukraine, i.e. Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and other countries which are facing the refugee crisis the most, will be prioritized.
Only foundations and associations are eligible to apply for the grant.
* information for CFs from Ukraine – please read the GCLS for Ukrainian Refugees Grant Round Guidelines.
In the GCLS for Ukrainian Refugees Special Grant Round, projects submitted to the Competition should be aimed at activities preventing and/or managing the local refugee crisis caused by war in Ukraine.
Submitted projects may include such activities as:
IMPORTANT! To learn about Funding Restrictions, please read carefully the GCLS for Ukrainian Refugees Grant Round Guidelines
Grants up to 15,000 USD may be awarded to the projects.
The Call for Applications in the GCLS for Ukrainian Refugees Special Grant Round is open from May 9 until May 31, 2022.
Please remember that we can take into consideration only proposals submitted using the online Application Form
We strongly recommend to download first the Word file with the application form template and fill it before you apply with the online Form, because you can do it just once (it’s impossible to save the application online and submit later).
Here is the the Application Form template : GCLS for Ukrainian Refugees Grant Application template
All information can be found in the GCLS for Ukrainian Refugees Grant Round Guidelines and FAQ
Please, read them carefully.
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. Global Challenges Local Solutions Program is co-financed by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
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