Grand Circle Foundation has a long history of giving back: to the places where we travel, to the people who live there, and to the city of Boston and communities around the world. The Foundation has pledged or donated more than $97 million throughout the world in locations including Africa, Asia, South Pacific, Europe and the Americas. With the support of Grand Circle Foundation, Solar Village Project was able to install a much needed water filtration plant for the off grid village of Chikulia in Uttar Pradesh, India.
CPW (Community Pure Water) is committed to providing purified drinking water to people in rural areas of India. Few people in rural India have access to clean, drinkable water. The consequences of the water problem lead to serious illness and is a leading cause of early childhood mortality. According to a Global Burden of Disease study by Lancet over 100,000 children in India died of water borne illness in 2015 alone. CPW’s solution to this problem consists of installing water filtration plants within individual villages, providing clean water at affordable prices (less than less than 1 cent per liter). By providing villages with their own water filtration plant CPW eliminates the need for transportation of purified water from urban centers while simultaneously supplying water with a quality equal to packaged bottled water.
ISEP – the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy – is an interdisciplinary research program that uses cutting-edge social and behavioral science to design, test, and implement better energy policies in emerging economies. The aim of ISEP is to identify and pursue opportunities for policy reforms that allow emerging economies to pursue human development at minimal economic and environmental costs. The initiative pursues such opportunities both pro-actively, with continuous policy innovation and bold ideas, and by responding to policymakers’ demands and needs in sustained engagement and dialogue. A unique feature of ISEP is the pragmatic recognition of the administrative, political, and socio-cultural constraints on policy reform. The initiative is based on the premise that the obstacle to energy policy reform is rarely the lack of better alternatives to the current situation, but rather the vexing difficulty of enacting, implementing, and sustaining these alternatives. As such, the initiative focuses on innovative ways to overcome obstacles to energy policy reform in emerging economies. We adopt a balanced method that considers both sustainability and access to energy crucial priorities; conducting rigorous research for evidence-based policy advice.
Solar Village Project is a proud participant in the Combined Federal Campaign.
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is a 56-year Federal workplace giving tradition that has raised more than $8 billion for charitable organizations. It is one of the largest workplace giving campaigns in the world. The funds raised each fall through this campaign help neighbors in need around the corner, across the nation and throughout the world.
During the campaign, Federal employees can choose from a list of thousands of vetted charities to support. The CFC makes it easy to Show Some Love to the causes you care about. Whether you are passionate about disaster relief, veteran services, animal rights or cancer research, the CFC has a charity for any cause you want to support.
The Solar Village Project’s CFC number is #13590
In the Summer of 2016 Solar Village Project received it’s first operating grant from The Island Foundation. The Island Foundation was founded in 1979 by W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. and Mary H. Clark. They envisioned a family foundation that was capable not only of reacting to the needs of the community, but also providing leadership grants and taking chances other foundations might be unwilling to consider. Van Clark believed in solutions. He believed that the world could be managed for the better. He believed that bright people, dedicated to a common goal would inevitably achieve that goal. He was an activist who was willing to, in his own words, “Step up to the plate and make a good cut at the ball.” A restless and imaginative man, he fought for better outcomes in all of his endeavors. Over the years, the Island Foundation has alternately talked and listened, but always with the goal of motivating action and creative solutions. There is a challenge embedded in every opportunity. Stephen H. Clark
Rock Spring UCC is a progressive Christian community dedicated to peace and social, economic, and ecological justice. The Rock Spring congregation has been a steadfast SVP partner — supporting solar lighting projects in India and Puerto Rico. In 2018, Rock Spring UCC provided funds for SVP’s groundbreaking micro finance research project to distribute solar lights under a more sustainable development model in India and around the world. In 2019, the congregation again contributed funds to support the installation of solar lights in the remote village of CAMBU in Puerto Rico, along with our partners from Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADR) and Footprint Project.
Immediately after disasters, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief listens to affected community members and responds with supplies, work crews, and amplifying the grassroots community-led initiatives that blossom following disasters. SVP worked with MADR in the immediate after math of hurricanes Maria and Irma through the distribution of solar lights. In the October of 2019 SVP along with MADR, the Rock Spring Congregation and Footprint project joined together to install a 3kw off grid solar array for the CAMBU community center in Bucarbones Puerto Rico.
Footprint Project was one of the organizations that collaborated with SVP on the CAMBU solar array installation in Puerto. Footprint Project’s mission is to turn every disaster into an opportunity for sustainable development. Providing relief and recovery services is energy intensive, especially when performed at an industrial scale. Footprint designs and deploys renewable microgrid systems to develop clean interventions, working one-on-one with relief agencies to track energy use and transition their programs off fossil fuels.