AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


APAC Sustainability Seed Fund

Supporting the most innovative tech-driven solutions to combat climate change and drive sustainability in Asia Pacific


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About the fund

The APAC Sustainability Seed Fund is a new landmark initiative catalyzed by AVPN, with support from Google.org and Asian Development Bank (ADB) as the strategic and outreach partner, to combat climate change and drive sustainability in the Asia Pacific region.

Asia Pacific, especially low lying and small island countries, is extremely vulnerable to disastrous impacts of climate change such as extreme precipitation events, heat waves, rising sea levels, and loss of biodiversity. And the USD 3 M APAC Sustainability Seed Fund will scale up the most innovative nonprofit sustainability initiatives and solutions that help vulnerable and underserved communities in eleven (11) market countries – Australia, India, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong SAR China – to adapt and mitigate the detrimental effects of climate change.

The fund will provide grants to support scaling up non-profit innovations in the following areas:

  • Increasing access to renewable energy /decarbonisation efforts
  • Adaptation to the effects of climate change
  • Biodiversity protection
  • Water preservation
  • Circular economy
  • Air quality
  • Waste management

Grantee Announcement

The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), Asia’s largest network of social investors announced the selection of 13 NGO grantees  of the Asia-Pacific Sustainability Seed Fund at Asian Development Bank’s Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2023 today. The APAC Sustainability Seed Fund is supported by Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The Asia-Pacific region, especially its low-lying and small island countries, is extremely vulnerable to the disastrous impacts of climate change such as extreme precipitation events, heat waves, rising sea levels and loss of biodiversity. The APAC Sustainability Seed Fund was set up by AVPN to support the most innovative tech-driven solutions to combat climate change and drive sustainability in the region.

The 13  selected NGOs include:
As the largest network of social investors in Asia, AVPN is committed to fostering collaborations to drive innovative climate actions and sustainability in the region.

Congratulations once again to our selected impact partners, and a big thank you to all external reviewers who helped surface these amazing solutions.

We can’t wait to work together to advance sustainable development in Asia.

By Google.org

Supporting nonprofits to create a sustainable future through technology

Selected Impact Partners

13 NGOs for Innovative Approaches to Combat Climate Change in Asia-Pacific

These amazing organisations were chosen by AVPN at the Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2023 for their innovative approaches to addressing the disastrous impacts of climate change in vulnerable low-lying and small island countries.

Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI)
Azure Alliance
BGET Foundation
Coalition for Our Common Future
engineering GOOD
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies IGES
Mahila Housing Trust
Ocean Recovery Alliance
Solar Chapter
Taiwan Green Energy for Charity Association TGECA
Uncharted Waters Ltd
Water Stewardship Asia Pacific


What do our selected impact partners say about the AVPN Sustainability Seed Fund?

Through the AVPN initiative, we aim to build a multi-stakeholder data platform to facilitate the diffusion of climate technologies in like-minded countries, reducing the information gap between supply and demand, and thereby accelerating the green transition.
Hongjin Kim

Director at Coalition for Our Common Future

The APAC Sustainability Seed Fund is supporting ASRI to expand and invest in climate solutions developed by indigenous peoples and local communities (IPs & LCs) across Asia and the world to protect tropical rainforests. Thanks to AVPN's support, ASRI and Rainforest Exchange partners will develop AI-powered, near-real-time deforestation monitoring tools, which will be accessible to IPs, LCs, and the global community. By pairing direct global investment with IP & LC solutions, AVPN and ASRI are addressing the triple crises of climate change, declining biodiversity, and social injustice.
Nur Febriani

Executive Director at ASRI

Engineering Good is grateful for support from the AVPN Sustainability Seed Fund. These funds will be utilised to refurbish and repair laptops donated to the communities and also owned by the communities. We will also conduct workshops to train people from all walks of life on how laptops can be repaired and thus reduce the consumption of precious and often toxic materials while reducing the creation of harmful chemicals at landfills. We appreciate the trust-based philanthropy approach of AVPN as this will allow us to identify new ways of addressing the issues and unmet needs that we come across.
Patrick Hee

CEO at Engineering Good

We would like to thank AVPN and the APAC Sustainability Seed Fund for supporting our work. Through this fund, BGET aims to provide support to install solar systems for schools or childcare centers and rural low-income households or businesses. The schools will be able to keep food refrigerated and fresh for children. The households and businesses will have opportunities to earn more income from access to electricity. The electricity fees will be used for hiring and training local technicians to provide maintenance services. Thank you again for making this possible.
Salinee Hurley

Director at BGET

Azure Alliance is a non-profit organization committed to promoting clean water resources as well as the maintenance of marine and freshwater ecosystems without pollution. Our vision is “Create a clean future with green technology”, and our mission is to introduce appropriate solutions for water bodies affected by plastic pollution.
Szu-Ying Chen

CEO & Co-Founder at Azure Alliance


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