The deadline for applications is 8 May 2015, midnight, Central European Time. The total Call budget is USD 2 million. We expect to award 10-12 proposals.
Proposals should promote innovation and catalytic impact in support of the strategic goal of the Catalytic Fund, which is to stimulate transformational change in cities. Innovation is measured in the development of concepts, products and processes which are either new in absolute terms or a novelty in their application and adaptation to a different context. Innovation should also be able to create societal value and trigger longer-term impacts.
Proposals are requested on one or more of the following four focus areas. They can focus on international and/or internal migration, but all proposals should demonstrate clear attention to the issue of gender equality. Additionally, proposals could also address the special needs, capacities and potential of the most vulnerable migrant groups (such as children).
1. Live: Migrants’ access to basic urban services, livelihoods and social protection
2. Work: The access, integration and role of migrants in the city labour market and local economy
3. Connect: Social integration and inclusion of migrants in the city
4. Participate: Migrants’ inclusion into city planning and local decision-making processes
Proposed projects must:
All applications must adhere to the following guidelines:
The Catalytic Fund is a Cities Alliance funding instrument which provides grant support for innovative projects that strengthen and promote the role of cities in poverty reduction and in sustainable urban development.
As part of its strategic goals, the Catalytic Fund places great emphasis on the idea of innovation and how it can be used to promote transformational change. However, a new idea or approach can only generate impact under effective operational conditions and where local ownership is promoted. Innovation, impact and implementation conditions are a central part of the selection criteria, which are used to assess the project.
For more about the CATF, its principles and the evaluation process for applications, see the CATF Overview.
From Innovation to Catalytic Change
Within the CATF, innovation refers to the development of concepts, products and processes that are either new in absolute terms or a novelty in their application and adaptation to a different context.
For the CATF, innovation is not an end in itself, but is part of longer term change. In other words, innovation has to be able to create societal value and should trigger longer-term impacts in order to generate a catalytic effect. The ultimate goal is for an innovation to be institutionalised, scaled and replicated.