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Solution Search: Water Pollution and Behavior Change Contest

Competition for USA, Canada, and International Organizations
and Institutions for Solutions to Water Contamination

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Conf. Date:

11/19/20

LOI Date:

11/30/20

Deadline Date:

01/10/21

Description:

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Opportunity to participate in a contest for USA, Canada, and international organizations and institutions for effective solutions to water contamination. Winning entrants will receive prizes of $5,000, $10,000, or $25,000. Eligible solutions address the behaviors contributing to water pollution.

Human beings and the ecosystems they inhabit rely on clean water. This Solution Search contest focuses on unearthing existing and successful solutions that are reducing water pollution by changing behaviors.

Reducing water pollution is critical for protecting aquatic life, ensuring public health, achieving social justice, and fomenting a resilient and thriving economy. Currently, many types of contaminants run through the world’s rivers, streams, basins and oceans, including synthetic chemicals, plastics, nitrates and fecal coliform. Behind each of these different sources lies a chain of people who engage in actions that lead up to the pollution seen today.

Some of these behaviors include littering, dumping raw sewage into fields, depositing industrial waste into waterways, and using and overusing synthetic fertilizers. Therefore, solving water pollution will require changing those behaviors that are contributing to it. To achieve this, the traditional tools of information, rules and regulations and financial incentives must be complemented with strategies rooted in behavioral science, including emotional appeals, social influences and choice architecture.

Fortunately, solutions that aim to do just this are already emerging worldwide. This Solution Search is designed to surface, spotlight, and accelerate the most promising of these approaches.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193327

Estimated Size of Grant:

Finalist: All finalists attend a capacity-building workshop and awards ceremony with some of the biggest names in conservation, development, and behavioral science.

Grand Prize: Two prizes of $25,000 awarded to the Judges' Choice (selected by the panel) and People's Choice (recipient of most votes).

Early Entrant Prize: A prize of $5,000 awarded to the best entry received by November 30th, 2020 at 8 pm EST.

Environmental Justice Prize: A prize of $10,000 awarded to the best entry that achieves progress on environmental justice and addresses the disproportionate impact of water pollution on communities of color, indigenous groups, and marginalized communities.

Youth Prize: A prize of $10,000 awarded to the best entry that is led by youth (25 years or younger) and highlights the role of young people in powering solutions to water pollution.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility: Any organization or institution worldwide is eligible (e.g. city government, business, non-profit, university, etc.). Individuals are not eligible to enter.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join a virtual Q&A session to get help with the Solution Search: Water Pollution & Behavior Change entry form.

Nov. 18, 2020 from 12:00 -2:00PM ET or Nov. 19, 2020 from 9:00 -11:00PM EST.

To Register: https://solutionsearch.org/entry-form-qa-sessions

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- October 8, 2020: Open for entries
- November 30, 2020: Deadline to submit for early entry prize
- January 10, 2021: Entry deadline
- April 2021: Top 10 finalists announced
- May 2021: Voting period begins
- June 2021: Voting period closes

Finalist workshops, networking events, and summit may take place in August- September 2021. Final dates to be determined.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and Enter Online: https://solutionsearch.org/contests/water_pollution_title/entry/add

For questions, contact info@solutionsearch.org

Spencer Carter: scarter@rare.org

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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)

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

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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