European Grant Competition



Self-organizing communities supported by local philanthropic resources are key to addressing our societies’ problems and improving quality of life.

Even the biggest, most crucial social problems can be better be solved on the local level, in other words starting from the bottom. Or at least ideally they would be solved this way. If there is no support and understanding at the local level, if at the local level leaders are not engaged, they won’t marshal resources towards solutions, and the problems will remain unresolved. Local philanthropic organizations harness resources, but moreover they channel social capital and provide community leadership for change. Our goal is to building a network of independent philanthropic organisations that play such a role.

There are approximately 650 community foundations in 23 European countries. What is more, there are many community philanthropy organizations that differ from the community foundations model, but are highly active community philanthropists. Our 20 years of national and international grant making have taught us the importance of outside support as an impetus for dynamic development and change.

Based on it and our experience within V4 Community Foundations Maturity Program we have learned the importance of outside support for such organizations, which serves as the impulse for the development and change in local communities and this is why we decided to organize Global Challenges Local Solutions Fund dedicated to the CFs and local philanthropic organizations from Europe.

Within the Program we have established the Global Challenges Local Solutions European Grant Competition in order to support grass-root initiatives, run by community foundations together with local communities, aimed at solving global challenges at the local level.
Submitted projects should refer to at least one of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere;
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture;
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages;
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all;
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls;
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all;
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all;
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all;
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation;
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries;
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable;
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns;
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts;
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development;
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss;
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels;
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.

Description of each SDGs can be found on:


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