Deadline: December 10, 2017
Hivos invites co-working and creative hubs to apply for the Hivos’ collaboration grants. The grants are awarded to co-working, creative hubs, hackers, makers & art spaces in the MENA region who want to create joint projects or benefit from each other’s expertise and/or experience.
In October 2017, Hivos organized the third edition of its Coworking Summit, an annual gathering for founders and managers of creative hubs, coworking, hacker, maker, and art spaces. This year marked a special edition, as Hivos decided to join forces with Afrilabs, bringing together more than 40 hubs from all over Africa.
The event provided a platform for participants to network, share stories and experiences, learn from their peers, get inspired and boost new collaborations. In order to facilitate these processes further, they invite coworking and creative hubs to apply for the Hivos’ collaboration grants.
Hivos will provide the following two type of grants:
- Knowledge exchange grants: This type of grant will be awarded to candidates who want to benefit from each other’s expertise and/or experience. Grants within this category have a value of 1.000 – 5.000 EUR.
- Collaborative projects grants: This type of grant will be awarded to candidates who want to undertake a joint project. Grants within this category have a value of 10.000 – 20.000 EUR.
The total amount of grants awarded for the knowledge exchange and the collaborative projects is 60.000 euros.
- Applying spaces should be based in one or more of the following countries*: Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Morocco, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
- Knowledge exchange grants. Spaces applying for this type of grant can either submit a single application (space A visits space B) or a group application (space A visits space B and space B visits space A). In the case of a single application, a letter of agreement of the host space is required. Spaces should also include a fee in their budget proposal for the services/time expected from the host organization.
- Collaborative project grants. Spaces applying for this type of grant are expected to initiate collaboration and form a partnership prior to applying for the grant. Spaces should jointly prepare a proposal and budget, which must be agreed upon and signed by all spaces involved. Spaces then appoint one lead space that will submit the grant application on behalf of the group to Hivos. The lead member will receive the grant amount and is responsible for its distribution to other consortium members according to the agreed budget that is submitted.
- A space can send a maximum of 3 representatives to the other space. Representatives should fall into one of the following categories:
- Space founder
- Space manager
- Space staff member
Applications are assessed based on the following criteria:
- Relevance of the project to the local context;
- Interdisciplinary of the collaboration (e.g. an unusual alliance between an art space and ICT hub etc.);
- Preference is given to those who seek collaboration between Northern African countries and Sub-Saharan African countries;
- Preference is given to applicants from spaces outside capital cities;
- Preference is given to female applicants and those belonging to minority groups;
- Preference is given to candidates who have not received a Hivos’ collaboration grant before.
Applications are accepted in Arabic, French, and English. The grant proposals must be no longer than 3 pages with the following sections:
- Collaboration details:
- Number of member spaces
- Names and countries of spaces and legal entity of each space
- Short description of the work and the mission of all spaces
- Names, positions and contact details (phone number & e-mail address) of each representative nominated to travel
- State for which type of grant you are applying (knowledge exchange grant or collaborative project grant) and provide a brief outline of what you would like to do with the grant. Try to be as concrete as possible.
- Brief outline of proposed activities, including a simple schedule, time frame or step-by-step list.
- Budget proposal, including the requested amount (In EUR).
- Signatures of the founders of all consortium member spaces in case of a collaborative project grant
Applicants must ensure that their grant proposals are in word or pdf format and that they are sent by email to: [email protected].
For more information, visit Hivos Collaboration Grants.