Young people are perfectly positioned to become effective change agents in their communities. Recognizing this potential, the Youth Solutions Micro-Grant will assist youth in Asia-Pacific to begin, reproduce, or scale up creative solutions to housing and urban concerns.
The Youth Solutions Micro-Grant will be used to:
Use foreign professionals to coach youth solutions in order to develop their ideas.
Provide US$2,000 in seed financing to five (5) youth solutions that support a more inventive, inclusive, and collaborative housing environment for long-term urban growth.
Invite ten youth-led organizations to participate in the Youth Assembly Suwon, South Korea, to network and demonstrate their solutions to actors in the Asia-Pacific housing and urban sectors.
This micro-grant will only be used to support solutions developed and managed by youth for the benefit of the community in which they operate.
A person between the ages of 18 and 30 is defined as a youth by Habitat for Humanity.
This call for application welcome proposals from youth-led organizations, individuals, or social enterprises operating in Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Youth-led organizations, youth groups, social entrepreneurs, or young persons applying for the Youth Solutions Micro-Grant 2023 must meet the same criteria as other Habitat for Humanity partners.
Applicants must be accountable, transparent, and refrain from any discriminatory actions, as well as follow the safeguarding rules of Habitat for Humanity International.
To be considered for the Micro-Grant, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be a young person or a youth-led organization: persons between the ages of 18 and 30 hold the majority of posts and decision-making functions inside the organization.
- You must be able to use the micro-grant for either an existing or new project.
- Have no adherence to or affiliations with violent ideologies or antagonism against any particular country, culture, religion or belief system, ethnic group, gender, etc.
Availability of solutions
To be considered eligible by the Micro-Grant Selection Committee, all submitted solutions must meet all of the following criteria:
- The solution was written, developed, and can be applied by young people.
- The solution is aimed at the larger community in order to improve the housing ecology in which the project runs.
- The answer should help to advance cheap, decent, and inclusive housing, as well as sustainable communities.
The solution should be implemented and completed before April 2024.
The solution is managed by a young person or a youth-led group or organization, meeting all eligibility criteria mentioned above. Applicant must be able to show an organizational chart or names of group members, with the age and gender identities of key decision makers within the organization.
The lead applicant must be directly involved in the implementation of the solution and is between the ages of 18 and 30 at the time of application. Should the proposal be selected as a finalist, the core members should participate in all components of the microgrant. They should also choose one member to represent them in the Asia-Pacific Youth Assembly on October 22, 2023 in Suwon, South Korea.
Project activities are carried out in one or more of the countries listed in the geographical coverage section.
The solution must only be used in English; and
The proposal must provide a suggested use for US$2,000 to kick-start, replicate, or expand their effort. It must include a description of the need, intended outputs, planned actions, and prospects for project sustainability.
The application procedure
Individuals or groups interested in applying may do so beginning July 15. The deadline for applications is August 19, 2023. The following documents will be supplied via the online application system:
Completed online application form including (a) proponent information, (b) context analysis and problem identification, (c) proposed youth-led solution, (d) project budget, and (e) project sustainability.
A brief video pitch (maximum of 60 seconds) for the proposed project. This might be as basic as your team outlining the key features of your proposed solution.
Prizes and advantages
The top ten finalists will be given a dedicated seat at the 4th Asia-Pacific Youth Assembly on October 22, 2023 in Suwon, South Korea to demonstrate their solutions and network with global actors, possible funders, and investors.
As they prepare to pitch for seed funding, all ten finalists will be connected with professional mentors to help them refine their young solutions.
Five of the ten finalists will each get a microgrant of up to US$2,000. They will also be mentored by renowned professionals to help them implement their project. Winning young solutions may also be asked to demonstrate their project at additional Habitat for Humanity events in the future.
Winners will be notified via email and given instructions on how to proceed, including signing agreements and transferring funds. The US $2,000 microgrant will be distributed through the local Habitat for Humanity office/branch nearest to the chosen projects’ locations.
The deadline for applications is August 19, 2023.
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