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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, NGOs, and Charities to Generate Solutions to Climate Change Concerns

HCLTech Grant


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Geographic Focus
Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/17/23 Save

Grant Description
Opportunity for USA, Canada, and eligible International nonprofit organizations, NGOs, and charitable organizations to participate in a contest to address climate change. The purpose of the contest is to generate innovative and sustainable projects related to wildlife conservation, clean energy, and climate risk reduction, among other topics. The applicant organization must be registered where the proposed project will be implemented in one of the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and the United States of America.

Nearly a decade ago, HCLTech Grant was launched by the HCLFoundation to enable cross-sector collaboration and empower non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to play a decisive role in building a stronger, future-ready India. Today, HCLTech Grant has invested nearly $16 million in groundbreaking projects and is recognized as one of the largest grant programs in India—impacting over 27,000 villages across 22 states. The Foundation is proud to bring their learnings and innovations from India to the Americas. As part of the Foundation's global CSR strategy, they'll start by investing $5 million over five years to impact-focused, Americas-based NGOs to supercharge their replicable, scalable and sustainable climate action projects. HCLTech is looking to supercharge innovative, replicable, scalable, and sustainable climate solutions. 

Proposal scope:

Proposals are inclusive of both new projects, from the idea or inception stage, as well as ongoing climate action-focused projects that the applicant organization is currently engaged in. The proposal’s approach to climate action is inclusive of, but not limited to, indicative focus areas such as wildlife and biodiversity conservation; land and ocean action; clean energy; climate advocacy; campaigns; and climate risk reduction. The proposed project can encompass approaches to climate action through adaptation, mitigation and resilience, amongst others.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Application is available to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who meet the prerequisite guidelines.

1. Organizational qualification criteria: The applicant organization should be a legally registered entity as a non-governmental organization (NGO), not-for-profit organization (NPO) or a charitable organization for a minimum of three years in the country, where the proposed project will be implemented. The applicant organization must showcase a track record of effectively managing grants of comparable nature, with an average value of $125,000 or higher (desirable), over the preceding three-year period.
2. Date of incorporation: The applicant organization must have completed a minimum period of three years (desirable) from the date of incorporation as of March 2024.
3. Organization registered address and project geography: The applicant organization must be legally registered in the country where the proposed project will be implemented. These will include the following ten countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and the United States of America. The proposed project needs to be tagged to a single one of the aforementioned countries, even if the applicant organization has registered offices in more than one country.
4. Ability to provide audited financial statements: The applicant organization must be able to provide documentation of audited financial statements for the last three financial years (desirable).

There are no application restrictions for past or current partners.

HCLTech Grant – Climate Action (Americas) is open to projects that involve funding from other sources. Details will be requested during the application process.

- The grant amount must not be used solely for infrastructure development/purchase of fixed assets like land, buildings, and vehicles, among others.
- The applicant organization, including its governing body members, must not have any pending litigations.
- The applicant organization must not be blacklisted by any government agency, department, ministry, donor or international agency.
- The organization must not have faced cancellation of its license, registration or membership from the country-specific regulatory or statutory body.
- The applicant organization or its board members or employees must not have any political or religious affiliations.

Pre-Application Information
Application deadline: December 17.

A confirmation will be sent to your registered email address. If not received within 24 hours, please check your spam folder or reach out to HCLTech Grant PMO team at the email address, below.

All winners (first place and two runners-up) will be announced in March/April 2024. Official date coming soon.

The HCLTech Grant selection process will take place in six distinct steps, which have been outlined as follows:
Step 1 - Call for abstracts: Announcement of the HCLTech Grant – Climate Action (Americas) through online portal and outreach through virtual townhalls/symposiums (hybrid mode).
Step 2 - Abstracts screening & review: Abstracts will be screened based on predefined eligibility criteria and selection matrix, by the governance partner, internal domain experts & CSR council members. The review will include a mix of objective and subjective parameters such as governance, relevance of the problem and solution, potential impact and innovation, and others.
Step 3 - Call for detailed proposals: Organizations selected in step 2, will be requested to submit a detailed organization profile and proposal. These applications will go through the next level review process with a few additional parameters such as capacity to deliver, financial modelling, sustainability, use of inclusive approach, potential for partnership and scalability, and others. Upon completion of this assessment, the top 10 NPOs will be selected to move to step 4.
Step 4 - Field level validation & detailed due diligence: The top 10 NPOs would undergo detailed due diligence including field visits by members of local CSR Councils. At this stage, four NPOs will be recommended for employee voting & Selection Committee review.
Step 5 - Employee voting: HCLTech employees from the 10 countries will get an opportunity to cast their vote for the top four NPOs. The ‘employee voting’ scores will also be presented by governance partner to the Selection Committee as part of the case presentation. Weightage will be applied.
Step 6 - Selection Committee proceedings: It will comprise a high-level panel of five members from the HCLTech leadership, one client representative & one external domain expert, who will review shortlisted applications based on case presentations. The winner and two runners-up organizations will be selected.

Organizations may submit only one application per login ID. You may submit multiple applications for various climate action solutions. However, the applicant organization would require unique login IDs for each application submission.

Funds must be utilized only by the winning organizations for their one-year projects outlined in the application.

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Additional Funding Information

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Number of Grants
Three organizations will be selected each year: first place and two runners-up.

Estimated Size of Grant
First place will receive $500,000 and two runners-up will receive $250,000 each.

Term of Contract
One-year project.
Projects will begin in April/May 2024.

Contact Information

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