BOOST collaborative space grants

February 28, 2019


Deadline: March 31, 2019

BOOST (Boosting Bottom-Up Societal Transformation) is a program powered by Hivos aimed at enabling grassroot social entrepreneurs to create the positive change they envision for their communities. This year’s edition of the program, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims at BOOSTing inclusive employment in North Africa. Hivos supports the efforts of young social entrepreneurs from North Africa who are trying to create inclusive employment opportunities for young people, in particular young women, in medium-sized towns in North Africa.

Within this context, Hivos is inviting collaborative spaces from Algeria and Libya to apply for a collaborative space grant.

What is a collaborative space?

A collaborative space is considered a workspace where individuals (mainly entrepreneurs and freelancers) and/or organizations share common utilities (and sometimes specialized equipment) in order to work on creating a certain value added. The space should also involve community networking and support mechanisms. Example of collaborative spaces include coworking spaces, art hubs, makerspaces, hackerspaces, fablabs and tech hubs.

Collaborative Space

Grant Scope

The goal of the BOOST collaborative space grants is to accelerate the pace of new business formation and entrepreneurial activity in collaborative communities, by supporting infrastructure, operations, and/or activities that fuel community-based social innovation that lead to job creation. Following this, collaborative space grants can be spent on:

Grants have a value between 5.000 – 15.000 euros (including VAT)

Eligibility criteria

  • You are the (co-)founder of an operational physical community space in Libya or Algeria;
  • You are a Libyan or Algerian national;
  • You are committed to implement activities between June – October 2019.

How to apply?

  • Please submit your application by completing the online form. You can access the form via this link.
  • Deadline: March 31, 2019 by 5pm EST.
  • The online form consists of the following parts:

o   General information

o   Space information

o   Team information

o   Community information

o   Financial information

o   Grant information

Evaluation Criteria

  • The capacity of the implementation team;
  • The expected impact on the space and its community;
  • The quality and feasibility of the proposed plan to reach financial sustainability;
  • The potential to support creating employment opportunities in your space community.


Step 1: Submission of grant proposal through online form by space founder by March 31, 2019 by 5pm (EST);

Step 2: Shortlisting of applicants is made by a Hivos selection committee between April 1 – 5, 2019;

Step 3: Shortlisted candidates are invited for an online interview by April 12, 2019;

Step 4: Selected candidates are notified by April 19, 2019;

Step 5: Selected candidates sign contract by May 31, 2019;

Step 6: Activity period June – October 2019;

Step 7: Submission of reports by November 30, 2019.

Reporting & Payment Schedule

Successful candidates will receive 50% of the total grant amount as a first payment upon signing the contract. During the course of activities, a narrative and financial progress report is requested, based on which a second payment of 25% will be made. Upon completion of the project period, a final narrative and financial report should be submitted in order for Hivos to measure the outcomes and the overall benefit/added value of the collaborative space grant. Based on the approval of these reports the remaining 25% will be transferred. The reports should follow the format that will be provided by Hivos.

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