Catalytic Grants

The Catalytic Grant Awards are a joint effort by Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), Climate Justice Resilience Fund (CJRF) and implemented by International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD). These awards aim to provide initial seed funding to incentivize partnerships and collaborations beyond events to develop ideas fostered during CBA conference.

Award Objectives

  • Increase incentives and opportunities for cross-disciplinary capacity development and ideation;
  • Strengthen global community of practice on Locally-led Adaptation (LLA) and resilience;
  • Strengthen Southern leadership in the community of practice;
  • Strengthen south-south and south-north knowledge exchange and collaboration; and actions on adaptation and resilience; and
  • Create continuity between global conferences such as Gobeshona and Community Based Adaptation (CBA).

How did it start?

Work on climate change adaptation and resilience has generated a vibrant community of academics and non-academics in the Global South. This community has an annual cycle of key touch points that include the International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA), the Gobeshona Global Conference and the Development & Climate (D&C) Days. These events allow this community of practice to come together at regular intervals, build new relationships, and work together on new ideas. To help foster continuity between these events, a catalytic grant was first tested and successfully launched at the 7th Annual Gobeshona Global Conference in January 2021, as a joint effort from Climate Justice Resilience Fund (CJRF)Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), and International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD). The first round proved to be widely popular, with 5 teams receiving awards to continue working on their ideas sparked during Gobeshona.

News about the Catalytic Grants

Catalytic Grants programme at the COP27 Resilience Hub

We are excited to announce that the next round of catalytic grants will be launched at the COP27 Resilience Hub. This round is targeted at teams formed at the Regional Resilience Hubs.

Announcement of 2022’s Catalytic Grant Award Winners

Five teams have been selected to receive a $5000 grant. The award is a joint effort from Climate Justice Resilience Fund (CJRF), Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), and International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD).

Crowd voting for the Catalytic Grants programme is now open

Cast your vote and rate the proposals that you think provide the strongest intervention and relevance for locally-led adaptation and resilience by 23 May 2022.

Is Building Climate Resilience Feasible in a Refugee Settlement?

The authors received a Catalytic Grant Award at the Gobeshona Global Conference in 2021 to support climate-smart agriculture and clean cooking practices in a refugee settlement.

Waste is Wealth: The Untold Story of Esther Mirembe

The authors received a Catalytic Grant award at the Gobeshona Global Conference in 2021 to support collective learning to build resilience in informal settlements. Below they tell the story of Esther Mirembe.