THE INNOVATION FUND
To address this issue and drive ongoing invention and improvement, The SOL Foundation and Laureus Sport for Good partnered in 2018 to create Sport for Development’s first ‘Innovation Fund’ – designed to identify the most innovative work in the sector and allow it to flourish. The Innovation Fund is designed to support truly innovative work and solutions at a stage before traditional funders would be able to justify involvement – i.e. before impact of the given initiative has been proven.
The most innovative work in the sector will be able to utilise this funding to prove their innovative ideas and secure larger-scale or continuous funding from more traditional sources. In the first year of funding, this included interventions as diverse as eSports, running and yoga in USA, coaching for LGBTQI+ rights in St.Lucia, fighting screen addiction in France, and dance with street children with intellectual disabilities in Kenya.