FUNDING for Innovative Sustainable Development Projects
Calling entrepreneurs for sustainable development:
SEED Awards 2009 is open for submissions (deadline 16 March 2009; funds up to $40,000)
Apply now if:
– you are finding new ways of simultaneously improving incomes and strengthening livelihoods; tackling poverty and marginalisation; and managing and conserving natural resources and ecosystems; and
– you are developing a new concept that brings together people and organizations from different backgrounds to work in partnership, and partners are pooling their commitment and human, financial, and natural resources; and
– your project or enterprise is in the early stages of development and keen to increase its impacts; and
– your project or enterprise is locally-led, with strong community engagement, and takes place in a country or countries with a developing economy or economy in transition; and
– your project or enterprise displays entrepreneurship in its broadest sense and shows a proven concept that has market potential; it must demonstrate financial sustainability in the long term and should have a draft business plan.
Detailed eligibility criteria are available at www.seedinit.org. Before submitting your application, you will be asked to complete an eligibility checklist.
Winners of the 2009 SEED Awards for entrepreneurship in sustainable development receive a tailored package of support services, worth up to $40,000, to help their venture to become established and to increase their impact. This includes access to relevant expertise and technical assistance, meeting new partners and building networks, developing business plans and identifying sources of finance.
The deadline for applications is 16 March 2009. Application forms can be filled in online or downloaded from the SEED Initiative website at www.seedinit.org.
The SEED Initiative was founded by IUCN, UNDP and UNEP to deliver concrete progress towards the internationally- agreed, aspirational goals in the UN’s Millennium Declaration and the commitments made at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.
Dr Helen Marquard
The SEED Initiative
For information about the SEED Awards:
Tel: +49 30 89 00068 99
For any other queries about the SEED Initiative:
Tel: +44 1420 488 544
Supporting entrepreneurs for sustainable development
Division of Communications and Public Information (DCPI)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
P.O. Box 30552
[Note to We Can Do readers: As you can see from the information provided above, this award is not restricted to disability-oriented initiatives. However, disability-run organizations and disability advocates could make the argument to them that people with disabilities would very much count as a population that faces “marginalization” and is at high risk of poverty. This funding competition could be an opportunity to build upon an idea for a project meant to reduce poverty among people with disabilities.]
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