Apply for the GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation (£250k)

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Startups, SMEs, and social enterprises across Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Eastern Europe are invited to apply for the GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation.

The GSMA, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and the Swedish International Development Agency announced the launch of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation during the Science and Innovation day at COP26.

The objective of this new fund is to help hasten the testing, adoption, and expansion of digital innovations that allow the most vulnerable populations of the world to anticipate, absorb and adapt to the harsh impacts of climate change.

The GSMA is a new member of the Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) which is a global joint effort to increase investment and capacity for research that is action-oriented to aid effective adaptation to climate change.


The GSMA funding opportunity is open to startups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and social enterprises that leverage digital technology – particularly mobile – to deliver climate resilience and adaptation solutions to low-income and vulnerable populations.


Successful projects will have access to the following:

  • Equity-free grant of between £100,000 and £250,000 to scale their innovation over a period of 15-18 months;
  • Relationships with mobile operators and public sector organizations courtesy of GSMA;
  • Learning exchange opportunities with GSMA networks and other grantees; and
  • Opportunities of getting profiled through GSMA publications, social media, and industry-leading MWC events.
Additional information

For further inquiries about the GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation, click the links below.

Terms and Conditions
Launch blog

Or you could register to attend one of GSMA’s webinar sessions where you’ll hear more about the objectives of the Fund, what makes a strong pitch application, eligibility criteria, etc.

Webinar Time Zone 1: Tuesday 30 November, 07:00-08:00 UTC
Webinar Time Zone 2: Tuesday 30 November, 14:00-15:00 UTC

Or simply send an email to [email protected].


Applications close Sunday, January 9, 2022, at 23:59 UTC. You can apply here if you qualify.