Global Challenges Local Solutions - European grant competition



Location (s):

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kosovo UN1244 (*not recognized by majority of countries)
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • North Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City


Global Challenges Local Solutions grant competition is the first European competition that connects community foundations and Sustainable Development Goalson the local level. Within three editions of the grant competition we supported community foundations from across Europe and collected many good practicesthat can serve as an inspiration for the others. Now, there are new big plans ahead of the GCLS Program and you are already invitedto become part of them!



Global Challenges Local Solutions Program was established in 2016 as a grantmaking program that supports community foundations throughout Europe to address global challenges on the local level. It was set to provide them with additional resources that can improve local initiatives. The Program focuses on initiatives referring directly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It has already collected some good practicesconcerning projects involving SDGs implemented at the local level – get inspired!

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:


Applications to the Competition may be submitted by community foundations, registered and operating in Europe.


Projects submitted to the Competition should be aimed at solving global challenges at the local level by combining forces of community foundations and local communities. They should demonstrate clear connection to the SDGs in one of the following ways:

  • producing tangible contribution toward specific SDG and SDG targets,
  • implementing SDG-related learning and capacity-building activities in the community,
  • a combination of the above.

Additional evaluation points will be given to projects supporting SDGs which were most significantly affected by the pandemic of coronavirus – GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being, GOAL 4: Quality Education, GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality and GOAL 1: No Poverty.

Grants up to 15,000 USD may be awarded both for new projects and for improving existing projects.

More information can be found in the Regulations.


Deadline: July 20, 2020

Cost/funding for participants:

Total amount of 150,000 USD will be awarded within the 1st grant round.

Applicants can apply for the grant up to 15,000 USD.

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