Funding brief: The C&A Foundation is inviting application for the funding theme-‘Implementing of Circular Economy in the Apparel Sector’.
Circular Apparel: Circular economy thinking is redesigning the apparel industry to make it work for the people and ecosystems it touches. It challenges the industry on its material choices, manufacturing choices, and retail and use choices. A system in which safe materials are used endlessly, water is restored and energy is clean, biodiversity is valued and improved, allows the apparel sector to be a force for good.
The Challenge: The global apparel sector is becoming more open to circular economy on a technical level (i.e. technologies that enable circular apparel such as chemical recycling), as well as on a business model level. The latter is especially important, as it implies a shift from ownership to use so that materials and apparel are provided as a service, not a product to be rapidly discarded. These new business models are fundamental for the systemic change of the sector and will result in better use of materials and support better working conditions.
C&A Foundation is already supporting the implementation of enabling technologies for a circular economy. They saw a need for a platform that would align the industry on a shared innovation agenda and help scale technical solutions, and thus founded and funded Fashion for Good. At the same time, they understand that the technologies can only scale exponentially if there are enabling business models providing the right incentives and financing.
Circular business models are highly disruptive. They change the direction of business relationships so that customers become suppliers of material and suppliers become customers of material. Inputs are circular and safe for human and ecological health, products are delivered as services, the lifetime of products is extended and the value of materials (including natural resources) is kept at its highest.
Donor Name: C&A Foundation
Funding name: Implementing of Circular Economy in the Apparel Sector
Deadline: February, 18th, 2018 at 12:00 am CET
Funding details link: http://www.candafoundation.org/impact/news/bridging-gap/
● C&A Foundation has a budget of EUR 1.5m for this call (maximum budget for one grant proposal is EUR 300k).
● The top 10 applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal, and will be informed by February 28, 2018 and provided the appropriate template. Applicants will receive a lump sum compensation of EUR 2.5k to cover proposal development costs.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Proposals should have a duration of no more than three years
Eligible organization: As below
● Proposal notes from for-profit and non-profit organizations are welcome.
● In all proposal notes, they will look for the following elements:
Incorporation of the above principles;
Explicit outcomes of the initiative (i.e., what will change because of the initiative);
The use of channels that can effectively engage internal leadership of companies;
Clearly delineated roles and responsibilities of all implementing partners;
Description of how this initiative contributes to longer-term transformation of companies embracing circular economy business models;
Where relevant/feasible, a description of the role of advocacy between the initiative’s stakeholders and policy makers;
● Proposals must come from organizations that have a history of working in the focus region/country and have a base in the region/country in which they are implementing;
● They will not support proposals that:
Focus on technical innovations, such as improvement of waste management or re and up cycling;
Only include for-profit consultancy services to individual companies;
Focus on scaling a start-up with a circular business model;
Only include research; and
Are from individuals without a registered legal entity
Eligible Country: Recognizing that successful implementation strategies for companies are context-specific, they are seeking proposals that focus on a single region or country. The following are in scope: North America, South America, Europe, Asia (with preference for Bangladesh, China and India);
Submission mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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● About: http://www.candafoundation.org/who-we-are/about-us/
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How to apply: Applications must be sent to email@example.com.
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