Thank you for participating in the Connectivity Challenge. We recommend reading all requirements for this application before you begin. We encourage you to review the Scoring Rubric that will be used to assess all valid applications. Applications must be submitted in English. You must propose a project and budget for $100,000 (USD) - not less. Portions of your applications may be published online and will be shared with others during the evaluation process.
Be sure to review your application as it will appear after it’s been submitted (link at the bottom of the page) and confirm your changes have been saved. When you have completed all of the requirements, a message will be displayed on the screen. At that point, you can submit your final application. Once you have submitted the application, you will no longer be able to make changes.
You must submit your application no later than Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 5:00 PM Mountain.
All fields are required unless otherwise noted.
This is your opportunity to make a strong first impression. Offer a brief and compelling overview of your proposal. Avoid using jargon or language that a layperson may not understand. The information in this section is likely to be made publicly available in a variety of online settings.
Project Title (10 words)
Provide the title of your project. Choose a name for your project which easily identifies your solution and distinguishes it from any other projects.
Project Description (25 words)
Provide a short description for your project in one sentence.
Executive Summary (150 words)
Write a one-paragraph overview of your project that answers the following prompts:
Your Executive Summary should be a stand-alone statement of the problem and solution. It should not require any other context to clearly explain what you are seeking to accomplish.
Please select the location of your proposed project (Select One).
You are required to submit a video that captures your project and why it should be funded. The video is an opportunity to showcase your passion and to pitch your story in a succinct format. We want you to share your vision with the judges in a way that is different from the written proposal format. This DOES NOT need to be a professionally produced video.
In order to complete this part of your application, your team will upload a short digital film using YouTube.
Set the Privacy Settings on your video to Public or Unlisted – do not set them to Private.
Your video may be extracted from your submission and made available to the public and other donors. Appeal to a broad audience. Video submissions should follow these guidelines. Failure to do so will render the application ineligible:
Here are general suggestions for delivering a high-quality video pitch:
Now that you’ve provided a brief overview of your project, focus on the talent and management of your team.
During registration, you identified the Principal Organization responsible for receiving and taking accountability for any grant funds, as well as providing the direction, control, and supervision for the project. If the Principal Organization has changed, please Edit Registration Form from the Profile menu to update this information.
Principal Organization Website or Social Media Page
What is the URL of the website or social media page of choice for the Principal Organization? If your Principal Organization does not have a website or social media page, then please insert “Not Applicable.”
Collaboration Among Organizations
Does your team consist of two or more organizations with an executed MOU? (You are not required to have an executed MOU to apply.) (Select one)
Why Your Team (250 words)
Explain how your team is uniquely positioned to deliver results and why you are the best choice to solve this problem. Emphasize why you believe you have the right capabilities, experience, and commitment to execute your project. Showcase your combined talents integrating research, policy, and practice to meet your team’s goals. If your team consists of two or more organizations, present a clear case as to why it is important to collaborate: what can your organizations accomplish together that they couldn’t accomplish alone? Your response may include, but is not limited to:
Demonstrate your understanding of the problem that you want to solve
Challenge Statement (250 words)
Describe the specific problem that your team will solve, using non-expert language (do not cite papers or studies). Share the most specific articulation of those issues and, if appropriate, connect it to any larger social concerns or systems. As part of your description address:
Focus on setting the stage for your solution (versus describing how you intend to solve it).
Geographic Focus (100 words)
Describe the specific geographic boundaries where the problem is most intense and explain where you intended to implement your solution within those boundaries. If your geographic focus crosses any local, state, or international borders, please explain. Your answer should only represent the facts/data regarding your geographic focus. In the next questions, you are invited to describe the conditions within those boundaries.
Local Conditions (200 words)
Please describe the local conditions in and around where you intend to implement your solution. This is your opportunity to showcase that you’ve taken time to understand the ecological, economic, and political implications of your solution within a local context. The Connectivity Challenge is designed to reward teams who understands how to navigate the many local barriers which may inhibit any proposal. Therefore, please include specific references to local interests who may have an invested interest in your success or failure.
Explaining how you intend to solve the problem.
Solution Deep-dive (250 words)
Please address the following questions:
Stakeholder Engagement (200 words)
Explain how you have engaged local stakeholders, to garner their respect and support. Your explanation may include any specific reference to stakeholders representing different local jurisdictions who would be required to cooperate in order for your team to implement your solution. For example, if your solution crosses any jurisdictional boundaries (local, state, international), then describe how stakeholders from each of those communities have engaged in your planning process. However, if your solution is contained within a single such jurisdiction, you will describe how stakeholders in that community have informed your plans.
Please upload letters of endorsements from those who have been identified in the previous description of local conditions. This is your opportunity to show our judges that the communities where you intend to implement your solution are in full support of your plans. Therefore, any endorsement must include specific mention of the challenges that you intend to overcome. It is your responsibility to solicit endorsements from those who best represent your target community or communities. You will choose who best represents the broadest and most important constituents within the boundaries that you have previously described.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (150 words)
Explain how you intend to engage and ensure the active participation of a broad range of target community members, including those who represent the most diverse range of representation and those who may not be equitably represented in other programs from within the community. How will you include them too?
This section provides the opportunity for you to offer evidence that supports your proposed solution.
Evidence of Effectiveness (250 words)
You may share an example of where your proposed solution has previously been implemented. Describe the local conditions that the intervention measurably improved and how. Present any internal or formal academic evidence you may have, including any results from complementary or previous work. If you have not previously implemented such a solution, then please offer the basis upon which you have previously asserted any projected positive impact for the target beneficiaries (both human and wildlife).
Timeline, Milestones & Measurement of Results (250 words)
What is your expected timeline for the project completion and what outcomes will you track to know if you are successful or on track to be successful over that timeline? Your timeline should occur over an 18-24 month period (with a progress report due midway and an impact/lessons learned report due at the end).
Barrier Assessment & Risk Mitigation (150 words)
Describe the most threatening barriers to the short- and long-term success of the project, as well as any potential unintended consequences, and your plans to mitigate them. Barriers can include problems inhibiting solution scalability, political or public policy concerns, or any other potential operational or tactical hurdles that may hinder your solution’s success.
Research, Policy, and Practice (250 words)
Now that you have outlined local conditions and your plan to overcome specific barriers, this is your opportunity to describe how your solutions takes into account key considerations stemming from a combined understanding of research, policy, and practice. How does your proposal take into account these three key ingredients? Does your success build upon existing policies or practices, and what – if any – gaps in local policies and practices would your solution fill?
Other Considerations (150 words)
This is your final opportunity to raise any other considerations. Here, you may emphasize or expand upon a previous point or provide new information, as necessary.
Indicate and describe the financial resources required to successfully implement your team’s project.
Budget Narrative (200 words)
Offer a general overview for how your team would spend a $100,000 (USD) grant to implement your proposed project over an 18-24 month period. Please explain what portion of the budget, if any, is expected to be spent on capacity building (a perfectly acceptable use of funds) to ensure effective execution on the project. Please also specify what portion of the budget is expected to be spent on measurement and evaluation of results. Otherwise, please offer a narrative breakdown of your spending plan that does not exceed $100,000 (USD).
Provide specific line items from your team’s budget narrative (above). To help us understand your team’s priorities, please provide this detailed budget according to how you would spend a $100,000 (USD) grant. Please make sure that any funds identified in this table reflect and clarify your team’s general explanations provided in your team’s budget narrative above.
Other Needs (150 words)
In addition to the $100,000 (USD) budget that you have specifically outlined (above). Please describe any non-financial needs that you may have. For instance, if you require more support from key constituents, regulatory authorities, or others in your target geographic area, please describe them here. This is your opportunity to seek support beyond the provision of any grant. We welcome a frank and open explanation of all the key ingredients required for your team to succeed.
Other Resource Providers (100 words)
If the successful execution of your proposed project includes the provision of other resources which have already been committed from other sources, please describe them here. While you’re proposed budget may not exceed $100,000 (USD), we invite proposals which may exceed the grant provided through this Connectivity Challenge. So, explain those other sources of funding and describe the level of commitment from any other sources of additional necessary partners. If no other sources are required, please enter “not applicable.”
The Connectivity Challenge reserves the right to perform background checks on key individuals associated with the project, and the refusal by key individuals to provide necessary authorizations will give reason to reject any application for further consideration. Background information and results of any background checks will be kept confidential.