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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Individuals, Nonprofits, IHEs, NGOs, Agencies, and Companies to Address Climate Change

Climate Resilience Challenge


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/10/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International individuals, nonprofit organizations, IHEs, agencies, companies, and NGOs to participate in a challenge that addresses climate change. The purpose of the challenge is to address the following themes: prevention, preparedness, and recovery as they apply to those disproportionately affected by climate-related risks and disasters. Emphasis will be placed on wildfires, floods, and extreme weather events.

New solutions are necessary to support climate adaptation, particularly in frontline communities. For this Challenge, OpenIDEO defines frontline communities as neighborhoods or populations of people that feel the most immediate and worst impacts from climate change, who are physically exposed to climate risks due to the locations of their homes and businesses, and – importantly – who have fewer resources, capacity or political power to respond to those risks. Historically, people of color, people who identify as women or non-binary, people who have lower incomes, who have disabilities, who are children or elderly, or who are LGBTQ have been disproportionately affected by climate-related risks and disasters. The goal for this challenge is to solicit new, empowering ideas for and with these communities.

This Challenge is built around three themes:

  1. Prevention: Eliminating the risk of climate-related disasters and/or reducing the likelihood or severity of its impacts.
  2. Preparedness: Taking actions to prepare communities and individuals for climate-related disasters.
  3. Recovery: Taking immediate and long-term actions to recover from the impacts of disasters.

For additional information, see the Full Grant Text RFP link. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Program is open to individuals and legally registered and organized entities, including organizations, universities, governments, NGOs, cooperatives, partnerships, and companies.

OpenIDEO is especially interested in participation from communities on the frontlines of climate change, and organizations or entities that work directly with those communities. They particularly encourage people of color, people who identify as women or non-binary, Native individuals, and members of the LGBTQ+ community to apply.

While the primary focus for solutions is on North America, Open IDEO will accept scalable and transferable solutions from around the world. The primary participant submitting the proposal must be at least 18 years old.

OpenIDEO is not looking for:
- Solutions that specifically support emergency response during a disaster (e.g., firefighting during a wildfire)
- Solutions that primarily target social and/or emotional impacts of climate disasters on communities (e.g., long-term mental health support)
- Solutions that primarily target mitigating climate-change (e.g., reducing greenhouse gasses or carbon footprint)
- Singular infrastructure and/or construction projects that are not scalable (e.g., building a dam, improving a road, etc.)

Pre-Application Information
To submit a Solution, start by creating an account.

- Deadline for submissions is July 10, 11:59 PM ET 2023.
- After July 10, a panel of judges will begin reviewing all ideas to select finalists for the prizes. Finalists will be announced by July 18, 2023, they will receive feedback from the judges on how to improve and revise their submissions. Ideas that were not selected will no longer be considered for the prizes.
- Selected finalists will refine their ideas for the Challenge and resubmit their ideas by July 25, 2023.
- Another panel of judges will review the finalists’ submissions and select winners for each prize category. Winners will be announced on August 1, 2023.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Multiple awards will be given in each of three categories.

Estimated Size of Grant
Emerging Innovator Award: Early-stage concepts: Up to $50K USD
Mid-stage Innovator Award: Growth-stage concepts: Up to $100K USD
Advanced Solutions Award: Scaling-stage concepts: Up to $200K USD

Moreover, solutions submitted will receive:
- Media Coverage and Visibility: Throughout the Challenge, participants will be promoted through a variety of media and channels, including an extensive partner media, social media, website, and email campaign.
- Exposure to Networks: All submissions and participants will be visible to experts, investors, and funders across a wide range of industries, academia, policy organizations, and sponsor partners.
- Connections to Like-minded Partners: All submissions and participants will benefit from engaging with the open innovation community and getting acquainted with like-minded individuals who can become future collaborators and/or partners in each others’ ideas.

Contact Information
To apply, first create an account on the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Please direct any questions or communications about the Challenge Terms and Conditions or the Program to

CSAA Insurance Group
Corporate Headquarters
3055 Oak Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

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