Youth for Water and Climate (YWC): Inviting applications for ‘Call for Proposals: Be Bold. Be Creative. Get Support.’ to identify, encourage and support youth engagement related to water management and climate change adaptation.

Funding brief: The Youth for Water and Climate #YWC Platform is looking for youth-led projects!

This call for proposals has been designed to identify, encourage and support youth engagement related to water management and climate change adaptation. It is made possible thanks to the contribution of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and will enable youth from around the world to access financial support to help implement innovative and creative water and climate projects.

They encourage submissions of development projects, advocacy projects and/or social entrepreneurship projects. They can be new or ongoing. Project proposals showing innovativeness, such as the use of new technologies are encouraged.

Criteria:
● Projects must be clearly linked to the SDGs and the Paris Agreement
● Projects must be meaningful in terms of issues to be addresses
● Projects must be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevent, Time-Bound)
● Projects must offer a solution to a specific issue or contribute to the solution
● Projets feasability and sustainability must be demonstrated
● The budget of projects must be well defined and realistic

The #YWC label is a way to guarantee quality the projects presented on this platform. The supporters are assured to support professional quality projects, and young project leaders learn how to meet those standards with the help of tools, guidelines and feedback from experts.

Objective:
To support youth initiatives related to water and climate issues, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals and the climate agenda. Through this call, youth-led initiatives of all types will be showcased to provide as evidence of practical examples on how youth contribute to integrated water management solutions. The competition covers all water and climate related issues including but not limited to agricultural water management, health, disasters, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), watershed management, etc.

Themes: The Youth for Water and Climate platform is structured around 4 thematic pillars that cover a wide range of topics. Admissible projects must cover one or several of these themes, as listed below:
Water and health: can be related to WASH, health campaigns, water-borne diseases, etc.
Water and agriculture: can be related to irrigation, drought issues, rainwater harvesting, etc.
Water-related risks: can be related to risk management, recovery and response to natural disasters, floods, drought, etc.
Sharing water: can be related to transboundary cooperation, watershed management, water & peace, etc.

A team of reviewers will review the projects proposals. The review will use a scoring grid based on the Quality Assurance framework & criteria of the platform. These include, among others:
Relevance: Does the project contribute to the achievements of the 2030 development and climate agendas as per the priorities identified by #YWC? How relevant is the project to water management and climate change issues in the chosen community? How practical is the implementation of the project? Does the project appear meaningful in terms of issues to be addressed and could it achieve real change?
Youth inclusion: Is youth participation included across all aspects of the project?
Social impact: How has/ will the project support social needs at the local level (e.g. stronger community cohesion, transfer of technology or knowledge)?
Innovation: Does the project have ‘thinking outside the box’ elements? Is the project multidisciplinary in nature?
Local partnership and multi-stakeholder integration: Does the project consider stakeholders and actors involvement?
Finance: Is the project financially feasible?
Sustainability: How sustainable is the project and its ability for future adaptation? Is it possible to upscale or replicate the project?
Implementation: Does the implementation plan appear credible and adapted to the ambitions set out for the project? Gender and regional balance will be taken into account in the final selection of projects

Donor Name: Youth for Water and Climate (YWC)
Funding name: Call for Proposals: Be Bold. Be Creative. Get Support.

Deadline: 16th, October, 2018.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: The selected projects will receive financial support of up to 3500 euros each. These projects will be featured on the YWC platform where they will be able to interact with other supporters, including technical experts, that can help them scale up their projects. In addition, every selected project will be featured in YWC outreach activities in the following months, including through a project poster showcase during COP24.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Not found

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: To be eligible, participants and their project must correspond to the following rules:
● The project must be youth-led, with the youth being aged between 18 and 35;
● Project leaders from low and middle income countries or targeting indigenous communities will be prioritized;
● Project must address one or several of the 4 YWC pillars;
● Youth participation must be included across all aspects of the project.
● Projects must have a direct local impact on vulnerable communities;
● Can be an ongoing or new project;
● The proposals will be assessed and scored according to a scoring grid;
● An additional score will also be attributed for innovativeness, including social entrepreneurship and the use of new technologies.
● Projects already receiving funds from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) are not admissible

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
● Form (Proposal): Click to view
● About: Click to view

How to apply: To apply, fill out the project template, then visit the Submit a Project section of the YWC website to submit your project online (don’t forget to upload your filled out project template in Word under “Project Brief Upload” in the online submission form). Follow the Submit a project steps!

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