Deadline: 9 June 2020
The Indigenous Innovation Initiative has launched its inaugural program: Advancing Indigenous Gender Equality through Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship.
This Grand Challenge for the Indigenous Innovation Initiative seeks bold ideas that will advance equality for Indigenous peoples across Canada, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in urban, rural, remote, and Northern regions.
The goal of this program is to support innovations, projects and programs that will improve access to innovation and social entrepreneurship opportunities for Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTTQQIA+ people.
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Grand Challenges Canada and the Indigenous Innovation Initiative are committed to furthering the principles of gender equality, environmental sustainability and human rights and inclusion, including the human rights principles of equality, non-discrimination, participation, transparency and accountability from proposal development through implementation.
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Grants can be up to $250,000 for a funding period of up to 24 months (2 years).
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- Canadian not-for-profit corporations, partnerships, associations, and trusts;
- Canadian for-profit corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, associations, and trusts, if the nature of the funded activity is non-commercial and not intended to generate a profit;
- Indigenous governments, including band councils, tribal councils, and self-government entities and their agencies, however organized located in Canada;
- Applications from all sectors and industries will be considered, including but not limited to health, social, arts and fashion, technology, science, business, industry, food security, hospitality and tourism, education, justice, environment, and clean energy.
- Proposals led by Indigenous women and 2SLGBTTQQIA+ innovators will be given priority.
The Indigenous Innovation Initiative does not fund:
- Non-Canadian organizations of any kind;
- Commercial activities or activities intended to generate a profit.
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- Be unique: They seek proposals that are “off the beaten track,” daring and clearly different from regular practice.
- Are culturally acceptable and inspire ongoing use.
- Be cost effective.
- Have a strong likelihood of achieving an ongoing impact in the community.
- Have the potential to be scalable or adaptable to other Indigenous community settings; and
- Be monitored, measured, and evaluated
- Is the potential impact of the proposed innovation on Indigenous communities important, both in terms of number of people reached and impact per person?
- Does the proposed idea aim to address inequalities, including gender inequality?
- Does the proposed idea apply a gender lens across all aspects of the innovation, including decision-making and leadership roles, hiring/HR and end recipients of the proposed idea?
- Is the proposed idea led by an Indigenous woman or 2SLGBTTQQIA+ person?
- Does the proposed idea hire Indigenous women or 2SLGBTTQQIA+ persons?
- Does the proposed idea have a focus on improving equality for Indigenous women or 2SLGBTTQQIA+ people as end beneficiaries?
- Integrated Innovation: Indigenous
- How bold, novel and/or a departure from incremental improvements is the innovation over current approaches?
- How well does the proposed idea integrate Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing and doing with social and business innovation?
- Does the proposal take into account and aim to address the principles of honouring Indigenous ways of knowing and being, Indigenous laws and protocols and the Land.
- Scale and Sustainability
- Does the proposed idea have a path to, and potential for, impact at scale? Markers of potential for scale and sustainability include: involvement of partners who can help the innovation to scale, potential to leverage or generate funding to sustain the innovation and alignment to the needs and priorities of the community in which it is being implemented.
- Does the applicant/project team have strong social networks in the community to support successful development, delivery and uptake of the innovation?
- Does the applicant identify relevant laws, regulations and interest of relevant institutions and organizations to the development, delivery and uptake of innovations?
- Project Lead and Team
- Do the Project Lead and team have the skills to carry out the proposed activities?
- Do they demonstrate the commitment and leadership needed to transition ideas to scale?
- Is the Project Lead able to present their approach to the community in an engaging manner?
- Are the proposed activities appropriate to the training and experience level of the Project Lead and team? Does the applicant have the support of a mentor with knowledge and experience in social entrepreneurship?
- Is the Project Lead and/or senior decision-maker(s) an Indigenous women or 2SLGBTTQQIA+ person?
- Technical Merit/Project Execution Plan
- Is the project designed to demonstrate if idea will work (i.e., proof of concept)?
- Are the proposed milestones appropriate, feasible and technically sound?
- Is the project reasonably sound and feasible within the seed grant funding and timeline?
- Does the location or condition within where the project will be located contribute to the probability of success?
- How well does the proposal take into account and aim to address Grand Challenges Canada’s gender equality, environmental sustainability and human rights and inclusion objectives?
- Does the approach and budget represent an efficient use of resources?
For more information, visit https://indigenousinnovate.org/
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