The Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme is an initiative of Expo 2020 Dubai. The grant programme provides funding, business support and exposure to innovative solutions that benefit communities and/or the environment. 



The grant programme is open for applications twice a year. Please refer to our calls page for a selection of open calls. 



The programme grants funding of up USD 100,000 per initiative. Funding levels depend on the maturity stage of a project, its capacity to implement and grow and the extent of its impact. 


Project focus 

The theme of the grant programme is: "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future". The aim of the programme is to create sustainable solutions to global problems. This is divided into three subthemes: 


  • Opportunity: unlocking the potential within individuals and communities to shape a better future
  • Mobility: creating a smarter and more productive movement of people, goods and ideas
  • Sustainability: respecting and living in balance with our planet 


Target countries 

The Expo Live programme focuses on developed countries as well as emerging countries.


Eligible applicants 

The fund focuses on non-profit organizations, social enterprises (SMEs) and governmental entities, capable of utilizing grants up to USD 100,000 to capacitate their project.  



Expo Live is a competitive grant programme, attracting far more applications than can be funded (roughly 5% of the applications get funded). Selection follows a three-stage procedure:


  • Stage one: concept note
  • Stage two: full proposal, subject to Expo Live's positive evaluation of the concept note
  • Stage three: shortlisted applications will be invited to Dubai to present their project in person


Why work with Advance Consulting 

Advance Consulting assists companies to access impact finance: grants, concessional loans and social equity intended to create positive impact beyond financial return. We have first-hand knowledge of funding options that may apply to your case. Note that Advance Consulting is not affiliated with the programme. Contact Bernardo Sousa ( for further information on the Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme.