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DFID - Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF)

 

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) announced the launch of the Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF), which is a demand-led fund to support projects focused on service delivery in support of poverty reduction and the most off-track Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in poor countries.

 

Projects will be selected on the basis of demonstrable impact on poverty, clarity of outputs and outcomes, and value for money.

 

The GPAF will contribute to DFID's priorities as stated in its Structural Reform Plan and provide funding to civil society organizations that are best able to demonstrate real and practical impact on poverty reduction, significant capability across their systems and have a clear fit with DFID's values and priorities.

 

The Civil Society Department, Policy and Research Division under DFID is responsible for this Fund. The deadline to apply is 14 December 2010.

 

Under the GPAF, DFID is providing funding support under two funding categories:

 

1. Innovation Grant.

 

2. Impact Grant.

 

 

DFID's Innovation Grant under the Global Poverty Action Fund

 

This funding opportunity is available only for "small" UK-based not for profit organizations.

 

The Innovation Grant is part of DFID's Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF) aimed to fund poverty reduction initiatives that are ground-breaking and new. Civil society organizations can submit innovative proposals that deliver real benefits for men, women, boys and girls. These may be small scale service delivery projects but should emphasise learning to allow scaling up. Innovation grants will encourage potentially higher rewards from ground-breaking work.

 

Proposals can be submitted with proposed funding of up to a total value of £250,000. These may be small scale service delivery projects but should emphasise learning to allow scaling up. Innovation grants will encourage potentially higher rewards from ground-breaking work.

 

Only small UK-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit groups with an average annual income of less than £500,000 for the past three years can apply for this funding opportunity.

 

There will be two funding rounds under this grant category and organizations can apply with two proposals under each funding.

 

Projects can be submitted for DFID focal countries and also for the bottom 50 Human Development Index countries.

 

Organizations which are actively involved in proselytizing, encouraging activities that may lead to civil unrest, linked to any terrorist organizations and practice any type of discrimination based on gender, disability, race, colour, ethnicity, religion etc. can not apply. Also, think thanks, academic institutions, research organizations, DFID's PPA partners, governmental and inter-governmental organizations and organizations outside of the UK can not apply for this funding.

 

The deadline to submit proposals under DFID's Innovation Grant in the GPAF is 14 December 2010. For more information, visit this link - dfid.gov.uk/Documents/funding/gpaf/glob-pov-act-fnd-innov-gnt-frq-ask-qstns.pdf

 

DFID's Impact Grant under the Global Poverty Action Fund

 

The Impact Grant under DFID's Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF) is available to support locally registered civil society organizations in countries where DFID has a country office in addition to supporting "medium" sized UK-based not for profit organizations.

 

DFID has allocated 90% of the GPAF's £34 million for the Impact Grant aimed at funding poverty reduction initiatives which are directly linked to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and those projects which are focused on off-track MDGs will be given priority. Impact grants should be lower risk projects for work at greater scale to deliver real benefits for men, women, boys and girls.

 

Organizations can submit up to three concept notes in each funding round under Impact Grant. There is one funding round per year for Impact Grant. NGOs can propose projects in a range from £250,000 up to £4 million for the life of the project. However, the annual value of all GPAF grants that you hold must be less than 40% of your organizational annual income.

 

Projects can be proposed for a period of up to 36 months in duration. In fact, the funding also allows organizations to hold a maximum of three grants at any time. These can be a combination of individual and consortium projects.

 

UK-based NGOs or locally registered civil society organizations in countries where DFID has a country office or in any of the bottom 50 countries of the Human Development Index can apply for this funding opportunity. To find out the countries where DFID has an office, visit this link dfid.gov.uk/Documents/funding/gpaf/elig-cnts-glob-pov-act-fnd.pdf  you can also download this document which has the list of eligible countries for the entire Global Poverty Action Fund.

 

A match funding of at least 25% is required for submitting the proposal.

 

Organizations which are actively involved in proselytizing, encouraging activities that may lead to civil unrest, linked to any terrorist organizations and practice any type of discrimination based on gender, disability, race, colour, ethnicity, religion etc. can not apply. Also, think thanks, academic institutions, research organizations, DFID's PPA partners, governmental agencies and inter-governmental organizations can not apply.

 

The deadline to submit concept notes under GPAF- Impact Grant is 14 December 2010. For more information, visit this link dfid.gov.uk/Documents/funding/gpaf/glob-pov-act-fnd-imp-gnt-frq-ask-qstns.pdf

 

 

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