Small grants for implementing Regenerative projects in Camps and Settlements
Up to five grants between GBP £5,000 to £7,000 available
Re-Alliance are developing a series of guidelines around regenerative responses in camps and settlements. As part of this we are looking to fund up to five new action research projects to inform our materials.
Re-Alliance is exploring the themes above (camp design; shelters; food growing; water; community), we are already running pilot projects in the areas of WASH, such as composting toilets, and in food growing such as urban agriculture and community composting. For this round of funding we are looking specifically for partners to pilot innovative approaches in one or more of the areas outlined below:
1. Bio-intensive Food Production
2. Regenerative Shelters
3. Community-Scale Regenerative Energy
4. Projects with a focus on social cohesion
5. Projects with a focus on regenerative livelihoods
6. Projects with a focus on emergency and disaster contexts
We have funds to support up to 5 different pilots at this stage for amounts between £5,000 to £7,000. We have limited funds and will prioritise projects that are the most cost effective.
Projects should be designed to last between six months and one year and applications should be submitted by completing a short form (https://forms.gle/8LR4dMqE9Q8e6nAz5) by 31st July 2023. All applications should include a mentor from a local university or someone who has broad international experience of regenerative principles within your chosen area, to help inform and guide the action research and monitor results.
If you are interested in bidding for one of the nine pilot funds, or acting as an informed mentor/researcher on one of the projects, we invite you to watch the information session from a previous funding round below.
As these pilot projects will be informing guidelines and educational materials that we are producing, we will ask successful applicants to send us photos, videos, and a set format of reporting to help us communicate the success of these techniques, and help others learn from these. We may continue to work with you on gathering information about the impacts of this project after it has been completed, which will be funded separately.
Communication and engagement with Re-Alliance must be done in English, or another language but translated into English.
Successful applicants must have an organisational bank account, or be working with an organisational fiscal sponsor.
We invite applications from organisations and groups who are implementing regenerative projects in the above areas. These may be new ideas, or ideas you have seen elsewhere but tailored to your context.
Who can apply for this?To apply for one of these small grants, you must be a member of Re-Alliance (to find out more, and to request to become a member of our free network see re-alliance.org/join). You must have a concept for a regenerative project that is currently operating, or can be piloted in displacement. Your proposal must also identify a partner who has research or international experience and who is familiar with the core principles behind the pilot to help ensure it is safe.
What counts as a regenerative project?See our ‘what is regeneration’ page for some examples of what can be meant by regeneration.
What if my idea covers more than one area or is in an area not suggested above?Because of the holistic nature of regenerative design, your proposed project may cover more than one of the areas we have suggested. These areas are a starting point only, so do contact us if you feel there is an area we have not included (email@example.com).
What can the grant be used for?Your application will need to include a project budget with amounts for staff time, materials, etc. All applicants must have an organisational bank account, or be working with an organisational fiscal sponsor who can receive the funds for them.
I am already running a project, can I apply for some funding?If the project you are already running is innovative and fits the project criteria you can apply to extend it or repeat it in a new area. You cannot apply for money for work already completed.
What do I need to do to submit an application?You will need to fill out an application form online before the 20th of June. We have an information session on 19th May to explain the application process, the links to join are provided above. Applications are open to all Re-Alliance members (see re-alliance.org/join to become a member). The application will ask for your details, details of those you plan to collaborate with and details of your proposed project, including information about the materials you are planning to use and how you will involve your local community in planning your project and measuring its success. We will also need a timeline and a budget and details of any previous funders you have worked with.
What are the reporting requirements?You will be supported by a member of the Re-Alliance team to monitor and measure the success of your pilot project. They will help you to design a monitoring and evaluation plan that is easy to complete but helps you to share any learning from the project. We may also ask you to send photos and videos, and collect data that will help us communicate how this same innovation might be done elsewhere. These pilot projects will inform guidelines and learning programmes that we want to develop with you over the next two - three years.
What is meant by a “mentor”?As these pilot projects are all part of a larger research project, and may be trying a new innovation that has not been used before, we are asking all applicants to work with a mentor who has wide and international experience, and/or is from a local university or research organisation and who is familiar with the core principles behind the work. This is to ensure that the innovation is safe for people to use and will not negatively impact the environment in any unforeseen ways. Their support will also be welcome in putting together the guidelines once the projects are finished.
What if I have an idea but not a research partner or am a researcher without someone to implement my idea?We want to build new partnerships and relationships through this project. If you have regenerative research experience, or experience implementing regenerative projects, or are working with displaced populations but feel that there is some knowledge missing from your team before you submit your application, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. We may be able to connect you with someone else in our network who would like to work with you. We will also have two information and networking session on the 19th May where people may be able to meet new partners, the link for these events are included above.
Where can I find some more information?We are hosting two information and networking sessions on the 19th May. If you have a specific question or are unable to make one of these sessions feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will projects be selected?Projects will be reviewed by the Re-Alliance core team and board of Trustees. Project proposals will be evaluated on the basis of how well they are planned, how innovative they are and how well the innovation fits the context. We will aim to let you know the outcome before the end of June so that projects can begin during or soon after July 2022.