Apply for International ReSource Award 2016 to Enhance Resilience in Water Management!

Deadline: 30 April 2016

The Swiss Re Foundation is currently accepting proposal for its International ReSource Award 2016 to support social entrepreneurial initiatives addressing water-related challenges with new and innovative approaches.

The ReSource Award is focused on social entrepreneurial approaches applied to water-related social and/or ecological issues.

Award Information

In addition to the USD 20 000 received while a finalist, the winner will be further supported financially (to a total value of USD 75 000, over three years) and non-financially from April 2017 to April 2020.

ReSource Award Criteria

The short and full proposals submitted will be assessed with regard to the following areas:

  • Social and ecological challenge: The proposal demonstrates a profound and authentic understanding of the social and ecological problem to be addressed.
  • Impact: The expected social, ecological and economic impact is clearly defined and in line with the scope of the ReSource Award.
  • Approach: The proposal outlines a compelling social entrepreneurial approach to address the defined challenge. The defined goal and expected impact can realistically be achieved with the approach presented.
  • Financials: There is a financially viable business plan in place based on clear and logical assumptions.
  • Competencies: A qualified team with appropriate skills and track record is in place.
  • Risk management: All relevant risk drivers and related prevention and risk mitigation measures are defined.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only proposals are being considered that are designed to be implemented in low, lower-middle and upper-middle-income countries.
  • Charities, non-profit organisations and revenue-generating social enterprises are invited to participate in sustainable water management.
  • Applicants with the skills, resources and commitment to launch and manage a social entrepreneurial initiative related to sustainable water management practices are invited to apply for the ReSource Award.
  • The ReSource Award intends to partner up directly with social purpose organisations with existing or planned revenue generating activities.
  • Accordingly, intermediary institutions that support social entrepreneurs are not supported under the Award.
  • Originators (for example, a team or organisation) may not submit more than one proposal a year.

Key Dates

  • 1 June 2016: Invitation to submit full proposal
  • 30 June 2016: Application deadline for full proposal
  • 4 & 5 August 2016: Oral interviews
  • 3 October 2016: Announcement of the three finalists for the ReSource Award 2017
  • October 2016 to March 2017: Financial and non-financial support to three finalists
  • March 2017: Announcement of the ReSource Award winner for 2017
  • April 2017 to April 2020: Support to 2017 winner

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to provide information on their social entrepreneurial initiative by completing the online questionnaire via given website.

For more information, please visit ReSource Award 2016.

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