How the Expo 2020 in Dubai will benefit NGOs: The $100,000 Impact Grant Program

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The Expo 2020 Dubai will be held from October 2020 to April 2021 in Dubai bringing in people from hundreds of countries, representing international companies, universities and organizations. But do you know that NGOs and grassroots projects are also expected to play an important role in this event and there is an innovation impact grant program, providing funding of up to USD $100,000?

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The Expo 2020 Dubai is considered to be the first World Expo of the region (Middle East, Africa and South Asia region (MEASA). It seeks to convene the global community and inspire people to work together in new ways in order to create a better future. The theme of the event is Connecting Minds, Creating the Future and has three sub themes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

The Expo 2020 Dubai is organizing Expo Live, which is an innovation and partnership programme to fund, accelerate and promote creative solutions that improve lives while preserving our planet.


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Expo Live will harness the convening power of a World Expo to demonstrate how innovations coming from all places and people can advance the pace of progress and inspire a more inclusive and prosperous future.With an allocation of USD 100 million, Expo Live will combine grant programmes, innovation challenges and knowledge sharing events to promote collaboration and to provide technical assistance and exposure to the innovators in the run-up to Expo 2020 Dubai.

Expo Live’s flagship Innovation Impact Grant Programme will award injection funds up to USD 100,000 to support the growth of social enterprises, startups and grassroots projects from around the world whose solutions generate social value and are in line with Expo 2020 Dubai’s subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability

NGOs and grassroots projects working on creative solutions to pressing challenges that impact people’s lives, or help preserve the world – or both can apply for this grant programme. The programme is looking for projects that need support to reach their full potential.

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This is by providing much-needed funding, business guidance and promotion to both developed and less developed markets. This builds a platform and opportunity for knowledge exchange and co-creation.

Funding levels will depend on the stage of maturity and scalability of innovations, its capacity to implement and grow, and the extent of its impacts among others.


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Beyond grant funding, successful grant recipients will also have access to networking and partnership opportunities, marketing and communications exposure, as well as additional funding, enabling their solutions to be showcased during Expo 2020 Dubai.

The programme will also build partnerships with local business incubators, accelerators, mentors and investors in order to strengthen and promote active and productive ecosystems.

The focus areas for innovative solutions under each subtheme are intentionally broad. This is to ensure maximum inclusion and to allow creative ideas from across the world to emerge.

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Opportunity: Unlocking the potential with individuals and communities to shape a better future.

Mobility: Creating smarter and more productive movement of people, goods and ideas.

Sustainability: Living in balance with our planet.

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Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate how new innovations, or the novel application of existing solutions, could lead to an impressive impact at the community level. The Grant Programme seeks to fund advance-stage projects, which are currently in the demonstration and implementation phase.

The following five criteria will be used to evaluate proposals:

Relevant to Theme and Subthemes

Does the project create new connections to help solve global challenges in Opportunity, Mobility and/or Sustainability? Will it bring together different technologies, involve more than one discipline or make cross-border connections?

New or Innovative Solution

Will the project capture the imagination and inspire? Does the project have the potential to be showcased before or during Expo 2020 Dubai?

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Target Beneficiaries

Does the project clearly identify the community that it impacts? Can we monitor and evaluate the current and intended impacts?


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Replication and Scalability

Is the project or solution ready for demonstration or transitionto-scale implementation? How will additional funding support the further development of the innovation or the scaling of the project?

Sound Business Plan

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Is the project or business plan well-conceived? Does the applicant have the capacity to implement the project? Is the requested grant amount reasonable and proportionate to the anticipated impacts?

The following sample categories of solutions under different sub themes and innovation objectives provide a clear idea of the expected projects and proposals that can be considered for evaluation.

Opportunity Subtheme

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Education:

  • Improving access and quality of education, training and capacity-building
  • Mentoring and support networks
  • Online education and new tools for learning
  • Schools and curricula for the future

Employment:

  • Access to employment
  • (Re) skilling for emerging jobs
  • Workplaces of the future (physical & virtual)
  • Automation of work (artificial intelligence and robotics)

New Industries:

  • Fostering Entrepreneurship
  • Boosting small and medium enterprises
  • Emerging and pioneering sectors, industries and business models
  • Future manufacturing and services

Financial Capital

  • Access to funding and financial services
  • Access to global markets
  • Future of banking, payments and financial services
  • Social enterprises, impact investing and new philanthropy


Governance

  • Systems to enhance transparency, inventiveness and competitiveness
  • Innovation ecosystems
  • Creative communities
  • Smart government

Mobility Subtheme

Transportation:

  • Means and modes for transport
  • Sustainable, low carbon solutions
  • Autonomous vehicles (drones, driverless cars)
  • Smart infrastructure

Travel and Exploration

  • Exploring new frontiers to connect people, places and opportunities
  • Experiential, authentic and immersive travel and tourism to enhance understanding
  • Migration-opportunity nexus
  • New technologies and business models

Personal Mobility

  • Restoring personal mobility
  • Affordable and accessible prosthetics
  • Assistive robotics
  • Universal accessibility (physical & digital)

Logistics

  • Humanitarian and vital goods logistics (eg. food, medicine, water, energy)
  • Supply chains of the future
  • Tracking & safety of goods
  • Logistics corridors & intermodal connectivity

Digital Connectivity

  • Accessing remote services (internet, health, education)
  • Big data, Internet of things and smart cities
  • Virtual & augmented experiences
  • Navigation & satellite applications

Sustainability

Natural Ecosystems and Biodiversity

  • Unlocking traditional & indigenous knowledge
  • Biodiversity management, understanding and conservation
  • Future of eco-regions and biomes
  • Closed loop systems & biomimicry

Resources

  • Access to current & unexplored resources
  • Energy, water and food nexus
  • Resource efficiency, management, storage, and distribution
  • Sustainable food production

Sustainable Cities and Built Habitats

  • Sustainable lifestyles (design and manufacturing)
  • Sustainable materials
  • Green standards and best practices
  • Preserving cultural authenticity

Climate Change

  • Adapting to social impacts of climate change
  • Emissions reporting & management
  • Novel technologies to mitigate climate change
  • Education and advocacy

Green Growth

  • Innovation and Investment in human capital and infrastructure for green growth
  • Greening consumer behavior
  • New economic models and circular economies
  • Technologies for a green transition

To apply for the Expo Live’s Innovation Impact Grant Programme, visit here.

  • Avatar Giwo Lalamo says:

    Very good. But can I become a recipient of the grants made known to me now, and how successful will I be if I submit proposal, because I tried earlier but was all the attempts was unsuccessful. Thank you.
    I am interested again to submit. But maybe I need guidance and help to get a grant. Thanks.

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Giwo Lalamo,

      As, Donors receive thousands of applications from NGOs so it may not be that easy for them to respond to each one of them. Fundraising is a long and tiring process but feeds us with new learning and understanding.
      Please submit your application again and for more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

    • Avatar Md.Motabber Hossain says:

      we will be yearly member as you demand of member fee, for minimum small grand to our NGOs in Bangladesh.

  • Avatar Habtamu Bekele says:

    My name is Habtamu Bekele. I am founder and executive director of Bright Hope for Ethiopia development association (BHEDA). Which is not profit humanitarian Ethiopian resident charity working on education, health and capacity building activities. So how could apply?
    Habtamu
    CEO, BHEDA

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Habtamu Bekele,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria and application process, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar nabwire judith says:

    wow! amazing!

  • Avatar Chrispine Mukuka Mwamba says:

    Another opportunity, here it has come. We shall try our best of LUCKY to apply and compete favourably. Thank you very much for this CALL once again.

  • Avatar Mpho says:

    My name is Mpho George Eaye, I’m the founder of 1st Generation Foundation a South Africa Non Profit Organisation operating at Soweto with a footprint in surrounding areas as well. Our main objective is to promote social upliftment through health education and training in communities. We are a SARS registrered section 18a Public Benefit Organisation which relies on donations for financial sustainability. How should we apply for funding through you guys?

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Mpho,

      We are not a funding organization and do not accepting proposals for any grants. We are a social enterprise that provides fundraising guides, resources, and the latest funding opportunities to help you fundraise better and secure grant funding.

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more of “How the Expo 2020 in Dubai will benefit NGOs: The $100,000 Impact Grant Program”, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.
      Good Luck!

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Md.Motabber Hossain says:

    bangladesh fund for writing pp and liason to donor then we are committed on membership

  • Avatar Md.Motabber Hossain says:

    we are ready to fulful queire of you, if you want

  • Avatar Ruzanna Martirosyan says:

    Are Armenian NGOs eligible for this grant

  • Avatar Mpho says:

    I would like to attend The Expo 2020 Dubai. I’m a social entrepreneur from South Africa founded a Non Profit Organisation called 1st Generation Foundation (www.1stgenerationfoundation.org.za). Please advice on what I need to do to participate?

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