The Road to COP26 Innovation Grant Programme aims to support the development of new, exciting and innovative ideas for sustainable businesses in Nepal that harness nature-based and craft-related solutions to promote positive environmental impact and climate change resilience. The programme supports ideas in craft and related sectors that empower the most vulnerable people who are first to feel the effects of climate change.
The Innovation Grant Programme is for individuals and teams from diverse backgrounds who have ideas grounded in nature-based processes and craft-related practices that protect, sustainably manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems that address societal challenges like climate change. Those excited about creative problem-solving and committed to developing ideas to realise climate change resilience in Nepal (and perhaps beyond) through their entrepreneurial capacities would be best suited for this opportunity.
Your idea can be completely new or something you have been working on already, though we expect as a minimum that you have begun to discover more about and define your idea. The idea could be for a new object, service or process, or for improvements to ones that already exist, and for small or large businesses. You can apply as an individual or a team. No education or disciplinary qualifications are required to apply.
As part of our commitment to deliver an inclusive programme, we encourage applications from anyone and would particularly welcome applications from females, young people, people from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.
Meet our innovation grantees!
After incubating 40 sustainable business ideas using the quadruple bottom-line (People, Planet, Profit, Purpose), the #RoadToCOP26 Innovation Grant Programme has selected six (6) grantees to move into the next stage of mentoring and financial support. Experts will be supporting their nature/craft-based supply chains ideas to deliver eco-social benefits in the long-term. From circular economy to material innovation, our grantees are committed to developing creative businesses solutions for #InclusiveGrowth that contribute to Nepal’s #ClimateAction.
We will be hosting more in-depth conversations with our grantees in June to mark the #WorldEnvironmentDay.