Frequently Asked Questions

You can send questions regarding the competition, the application form, and the process to info@higgs3.org until the 3rd of April.
The answers will be posted at the end of each week.

Should applicants in the competition have formed a legal entity in order to apply?

Individuals and informal groups without legal form can participate in category (a). Only legal entities can participate in category (b).

Which were the three Greek Ideas that participated in the Balkan competition last year?

Last year’s ideas that competed in the Balkan competition were Community Energy River, Sustainable Food Movement Greece, and Solmeyea.

Should the proposed ideas be coming from a group or it could be coming from an individual?

Proposed ideas for participation in category (a) can come from an individual or a group.

Proposed ideas for participation in category (b) must come from a legal entity. For both categories, the application is submitted by an individual who will represent the group/legal entity in the competition. 

Where can someone submit their question until the 30th of March?

Update: Questions can be submitted until 3 April via email to info@higgs3.org. The answers will be posted on the site at the end of each week. 

Which are the scoring criteria of applications of the Competition?

You can find the scoring criteria in the following link: https://greenideasgreece.org/scoring-criteria/

In the criteria for the assessment of the proposed idea, what role does the duration (in terms of years) of the initiative play?

The duration of the initiative doesn’t play any role in the assessment of the proposed ideas. For an initiative to be eligible it must not be more than three years old.

Which language should the application be filled in?

The application can be filled in Greek or in English.

We are a group in the process of setting up a legal entity. Could we apply to participate in the category (b) if the registration process is not concluded by 15 April?

Yes. As long as you think that the registration process will have been completed by the time of the local competition. You should take into account that the cash prizes of category (b) must be disbursed to the bank account of your legal entity.  

Our legal form is older than 3 years but the idea/project is more recent than that. Could we still apply?

Yes, as long as the initiative/idea is different from the previous activity of the legal form, and this is clearly described in the application.

What is the exact date of the local competition?

The local competition is scheduled to take place in Athens on 12 May 2020. Due to the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic, there is a possibility for the competition to be conducted via online, or to be postponed for a future date. In this case, an announcement will be posted on the website of the competition and on social media. 

In the links provided, I read that there is a possibility of language assistance by an interpreter (https://www.philanthropyforgreenideas.org/regional-competition/). Is that the case for the local competition in Greece too?

In the local competition there will be language assistance from English to Greek, in case the participant wishes. The presentations can be conducted in any of the two languages. Unfortunately, there is no possibility of language assistance in other languages.

Are there any restrictions regarding the cash prize in the ‘New Ideas’ category or is it just a prize without restrictions? If so, could you please elaborate on the restrictions?

The cash prize must be used to support the development of the winning idea/initiative, without further restrictions.

Is there the possibility for online attendance in the local competition?

Transport and accommodation expenses to/from Athens will be covered by the organisers. In case the participant cannot travel to Athens, there will be the possibility for online attendance.

In which language will the presentations be conducted in the local competition?

The presentations in the local competition can be conducted in Greek or English.

From the 10 ideas/initiatives that will qualify to compete in the local competition, what will their distribution be among the two categories “New ideas” and “Early Stage Initiatives”?

Three (3) initiatives will qualify for category (a) “New Ideas” and seven (7) initiatives for category (b) “Early Stage Initiatives”.

Are there specific scoring criteria for the selection of the ideas that will qualify/win the local competition and if so, what are they?

You can find the scoring criteria to the following link: https://greenideasgreece.org/scoring-criteria/

Is there any provision, due to the pandemic, for postponing the competition?

Due to the extenuating circumstances of the pandemic there is a possibility for the competition to be conducted online or to be postponed for a future date. In this case, an announcement will be posted on the site of the competition and on social media.

If the idea wins, should it be implemented afterwards? The question is made because if the organisation proceeds with implementation, the initiative will be on a small scale with an impact on the urban local community, but if the idea is theoretical it can be materialised on a bigger scale with better results/benefits and a social and environmental impact.  

The winning idea must be implemented. It lies on the applicant’s judgment to submit an application/proposal that describes the achievement of the desired outcome.

Should the estimated budget be less than the €4.000 of the cash prize?

In the respective field of the application concerning the budget you are invited to elaborate on how you will use the €4.000 prize. The overall estimated budget of the initiative can be more than €4.000 as long as there is the possibility of own contribution. In this case we would ask you to mention it on your application.

We are active in the field of sustainable mobility, our company was founded in 2015 but we have a project we have been working on lately (<3 years) and we will need further support to develop it. Will our participation be valid?

Yes, as long as the initiative/idea is different from the previous activity of the legal form, and this is clearly described in the application.

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