Sunday, March 15, 2009

Grants for Innovations Improving the Quality of Life in Rural and Farming Communities

From The Foundation Center...

Ashoka's Changemakers Announces Global Competition for
Innovations to Improve Rural and Farming Communities

Deadline: May 13, 2009

With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
( http://www.gatesfoundation.org/ ), Ashoka's Changemakers
( http://www.changemakers.net/ ) has launched "Cultivating
Innovation: Solutions for Rural Communities," a new collabor-
ative competition designed to find innovative solutions that help
to improve the quality of life in rural and farming communities.

The competition is open to all types of organizations (charitable
organizations, private companies, or public entities) from all
countries. Changemakers will consider all entries that demon-
strate system-changing solutions in agriculture and in the lives
of rural citizens in sub-Saharan Africa, India, and around the
world. Entries must indicate growth beyond the stage of idea,
concept, or research. At a minimum, entries should be at the
demonstration stage and indicate success. The judges are only
able to evaluate programs that are beyond the conceptual stage
and have demonstrated a proof of impact, even at small scale.
The winners of the competition will be those entries that best
demonstrate innovation, social impact, potential for replication,
and sustainability.

Entries may be submitted in English, Spanish, French, or Portu-
guese. Online submissions will be accepted until May 13, 2009.
At any time before this deadline, competition participants are
encouraged to revise their entries based on questions and com-
ments they receive in the Changemakers community online discus-
sion. A panel of judges will select ten to fifteen finalists,
and the Changemakers community will then vote online to select
three awardees to each receive a cash prize of $5,000. In addi-
tion, the best entry submitted by the early entry deadline of
March 30, 2009, will win a cell phone and digital camera.

Visit the Changemakers Web site for complete competition
information.

RFP Link:
http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15017259/changemakers

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