Funding Opportunities

The Impact Programme

Would you like to work with us to catalyse impact investing capital for emerging markets?

Applications are no longer being accepted. This call closed on 20 November 2019

How to apply

The UK’s Department for International Development IMPACT Programme is pleased to announce that its first call for concept notes is now open. The first round of funding will channel up to £5,000,000 in grants to design and test innovative investment products, tools, and services that aim to increase the flow and distribution of capital aligned to the Global Goals to Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

The deadline for submitting a concept note is Wednesday 20th November 2019, 7 pm GMT/ 2 pm EST. Please submit your application to before the deadline.

The submission of a concept note is the first step of a two-stage application process; funding will not be provided on the basis of a concept note. At the second stage, we will invite a limited number of organizations to submit a full proposal.

Who should apply?

The IMPACT Programme funds a range of non-state actors, including but not limited to, private sector companies; civil society organisations (CSOs), nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), international nongovernmental organisations (INGOs) research organisations, policy institutes/think tanks; and trade and industry associations.

The Programme will not be investing in individual businesses or impact investing funds but will be focused on reducing market-level barriers in the impact investing ecosystem. Applicants who demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and wider ecosystem engagement with counterpart or match funding will be considered particularly favourably.

What else do you need to know?

· Ideas should demonstrate the potential to be replicated and scaled to strengthen the wider impact investing ecosystem.

· The programme highly encourages initiatives that focus on interventions in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa through partnerships with organisations based in or currently working in these regions.

· We will provide technical assistance to mentor organisations through the application process for those applicants that make it through to the second stage.

How can you find out more?

Please download the ‘Applications Pack’ from the website for the most up to date information. This includes guidelines for applicants, the related templates, and further details on the focus of this call for proposals.

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