Applications for the Afri-Plastics Challenge Strand 1: Accelerating Growth 2021 are now open. The Challenge aims to reduce marine plastics in Sub-Saharan African countries by developing and scaling innovative solutions to plastic mismanagement in a way that promotes gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.
Over 17 million tonnes of waste are generated by Sub-Saharan Africa annually, and only 12% of plastic waste is recycled. The Challenge will help communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa to prevent plastic waste from entering the marine environment by finding ways to minimize reliance on plastic and new ways of managing plastic waste.
- In October 2021, 30 Semi-Finalists will be selected and each receive a £10,000 grant, and of those, 15 will be selected to move forward to the finalist stage and will receive a grant of £100,000 to implement their scaling plans.
- At the end of this finalist stage, the 15 finalists will be required to submit a detailed scaling report outlining progress against their scaling plans, together with a pitch video for evaluation by the judges against the criteria.
- Three winners will be selected, the first receiving a prize of £1m, a second receiving a prize of £750,000, and a third receiving a prize of £500,000.
- Applicants must be delivering an existing solution that tackles the reduction of plastic pollution.
- As a processor or a waste collector, you must deal with at least 10 tonnes of plastic waste per month and no more than a maximum threshold of 200 tonnes of plastic waste per month at the time of application.
- Delivery of solutions must be in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Applicants must be formally constituted and operating in Sub-Saharan Africa as either a registered business, non-governmental organization (NGO), or government agency.
- Applicants can be a single entity, an African partnership or an international partnership. For partnership applications, the nominated lead applicant must be operating in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Applicants must own or have permission to use relevant intellectual property.
For more information, visit Afri-Plastics Challenge.