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Creating Shared Value (CSV) Prize

Grants to USA, Canada, and International NGOs and Commercial
and Social Enterprises for Rural Development Initiatives

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Nestle and Ashoka

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Deadline Date:

12/20/17 23:30 CET


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International social enterprises, commercial enterprises, and nonprofit entities for initiatives that address challenges in nutrition, access to clean water, and rural development. A letter of intent is due October 31, 2017.

More details on the program areas are as follows:

Proposals will be accepted that propose social innovation that seeks to improve the nutritional health of children around the world, addressing issues such as obesity, encouraging breastfeeding, undernutrition, and malnutrition. This is based on Nestlé’s 2030 ambition of helping 50 million children lead healthier lives. For example, initiatives could include rethinking ways to educate communities about nutrition, or they could introduce new technologies and methods to address health issues. Projects will be evaluated on their level of innovation, and will also be assessed on criteria such as environmental sustainability, impact and growth potential.

Rural Development
Priority is given to social innovation initiatives that broaden rural employment opportunities for youth, addressing issues such as unemployment, sustainability, and productivity. This is based on Nestlé’s 2030 ambition to create economic opportunities for 10 million youths around the world. High potential projects could, for example, promote education within the agricultural sector, or they could be developing networks among farmers to increase the productivity, sustainability, and health of their livelihoods. Projects will be evaluated on their level of innovation, while also being assessed on criteria such as environmental sustainability, impact and growth potential.

Proposals are sought that deal with social innovations in sustainable water resource management as well as in broadening access to water and sanitation. High potential projects working with sustainable water resource management may include, for example, developing new technologies within irrigation, fertilizing practices and drainage systems, while projects concerning accessibility could be devising new community led strategies for providing clean and sustainable access to water and sanitation. Projects will be evaluated on their level of innovation, while also being assessed on criteria such as environmental sustainability, impact, and growth potential.

The Creating Shared Value Prize (CSV prize) is designed to recognize and support outstanding initiatives addressing challenges in Water, Nutrition, or Rural Development that:

- Have a proven concept tested through a pilot or small-scale enterprise.
- Have the potential to scale and replicate in other settings or communities.
- Have promise of substantial social impact through improving access to nutrition, enhancing rural development, or having a significant impact on water management or access to clean water.
- Is built on a sound and viable business model.

Applicants have a chance of winning prizes totaling CHF 500,000; a trip to the 2018 World Water Forum in Brasilia; an opportunity to pitch live to the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Council; an impact-focused boot camp run by Ashoka; and a chance to fast track to social investment in an Ashoka Accelerator. One winner will receive a lifetime Ashoka Fellowship.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150750

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Up to CHF 400,000 cash prize
- One Lifetime Ashoka Fellowship (following Ashoka’s in depth Venture Selection Process)
- A place on the Ashoka Social Investment Accelerator

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications for the Creating Shared Value Prize are open to social enterprises, commercial enterprises and nonprofit entities creating shared value in any country around the world.

The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize is international in scope. Entities may reside in any country in the world and cover programs implemented in low, middle and high-income countries that benefit underserved parts of the community.

If your answer is ‘yes’ to each of these questions, you are eligible to apply.

- Are you the founder, co-founder, CEO or hold an equivalent leadership position within the initiative your application represents?
- Is your initiative beyond proof of concept stage, with a successful pilot underway?
- Does your initiative have the potential to grow on a broad-scale, or replicate in a new community or context?
- Are you making a social and/or environmental impact, by either improving access to nutrition, enhancing rural development, or having a significant impact on water management or access to clean water?
- Does your initiative have a viable business model or financial sustainability plan?
- Are you able to submit your application in English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese?


- Initiatives that are already financed or supported by Nestlé S.A., affiliates, subsidiaries, joint ventures are not eligible.
- Employees of Nestlé S.A., their parent companies, affiliates and subsidiaries, joint ventures, participating advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible.
- Previous CSV Prize winners are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Program areas:

Guidelines and eligibility:

One application per initiative will be accepted. Applications can be made in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese only.

After submitting, you may view other entries, revise your entry, and re-submit it until the deadline on October 31, 2017, at 23.30 CET

One Entry per program is allowed. In the event that more than one Entry is received with the same or nearly identical submission, only the first such Entry received will be eligible.

Key Dates

- August 29, 2017 - October 31, 2017 (11:30 CET) - Entry Phase. During this time, participants may submit entries, edit, and resubmit until the entry deadline.
- November 1-20, 2017 - Application Screening and Community Review. Participants are welcomed to view, review, and comment on one another’s entries.
- December 1-20, 2017 - 50 Semi Finalists will be selected and invited to refine their entries and provide additional information. Semi Finalists may edit their entry based on feedback until the deadline of December 20.
- February 14, 2018 - Finalists announced.
- March 15-18, 2018 - Finalists attend Ashoka Bootcamp and pitch live at the World Water Forum in Brazil
- March 18, 2018 - Winners announced.

Contact Information:

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

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Ashoka Global Headquarters | Changemakers
1700 North Moore Street, Suite 2000 (20th Floor)
Arlington, VA 22209, USA

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Geographic Focus:

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


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.