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Lighthouse launches a call for proposals to support initiatives that provide a holistic and innovative response to challenges related to social and ecological sustainability.



There are many initiatives around the world that work for sustainability and in which various social and ecological dimensions are connected.

These initiatives often lack the opportunity (without lengthy and demanding selection processes) to …

      1. … systematise what they already know and reflect on it to use it effectively in their work.
      2. … share what they have learned through their experience with other groups of people or initiatives
      3. and network with them.
      4. … receive financial support.

If you identify with this call, we want to get to know you, include you in our network and support you, because we believe you can be holding the key to some of the greatest challenges we face as human beings.



In this call Holding the Key 2021, we are accepting applications from European initiatives, which are oriented towards social and ecological sustainability. They can be informal groups, associations, a participatory research project, etc. acting locally or internationally, on one or more aspects of social and ecological sustainability.


We offer financial support, up to 2,000 Euros, for selected initiatives that have a concrete proposal in which to invest this money. For example, we could fund the purchase of tools for the creation of an urban cooperative garden or the printing of posters for an anti-racism awareness-raising event – surprise us with your proposal!

We offer methodological support for the collection of the knowledge produced in your own initiative. For example: through transformative methodologies in a workshop format that can systematise the accumulated knowledge of your experience, and at the same time, generate new perspectives for your longer-term goals. We prepare a proposal of formats, sessions, objectives, and agree with your team what can be most useful. The results are analysed and explained in accessible formats such as articles, infographics or animated videos. These results are carried out and financed by Lighthouse, independently of the 2,000 Euros of financial support.

We offer communication support, to support you in disseminating your lessons learned, your key proposals, your experiences that could be replicated for their great value. We can publish the results of the systematisation of your knowledge on our website, prepare a presentation for a conference or a meeting with the local government, or an awareness-raising action in the public space, among others.

Depending on the type of initiative and the results, Lighthouse organises creative formats of communication and exchange with other initiatives that can learn from yours or that can enrich your team. These may be close in terms of subject matter or geographical area, among others.

We offer the possibility of future collaborations with Lighthouse and the inclusion in our international network of initiatives, groups, organisations and individuals working in a transdisciplinary, cross-cultural, creative and innovative way for a more sustainable future.

Steps and Dates

– Download and fill in the questionnaire (editable PDF document) in one of the available languages: English, German, Spanish.

– Send it to contact@lighthouse.global before 31.03.21, 12:00 pm, CET. Write in the Subject: Holding the Key 2021

– You will receive a confirmation of receipt by email.

– Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a virtual interview in April 2021. This interview can be conducted in English, German or Spanish.

– The final selected applications will be informed by 30.04.2021 and published on our website.

– During the month of May 2021, the support plan will be agreed with the selected initiative and subsequently the agreed amount will be transferred, and virtual and/or face-to-face meetings will be arranged to propose and schedule the other types of support.

– A closing date will be agreed with the selected initiatives. Before this closing date, the selected initiatives will send a simple justification of the spending of the money and another, also simple, presentation of the project for our website. We can support you in these steps and are available for enquiries.

– At a later stage, selected applications may be contacted for future meetings with other selected applications in order to allow for any common synergies that may arise.

– Selected applications will not be eligible for future calls for proposals.

– If you have any questions regarding this call, please do not hesitate to contact us: contact@lighthouse.global

Questionnaire Holding the Key 2021