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Apply Now! $11 Million in Grant Funding for Your Technology Projects from USAID, DFID, GSMA

By Wayan Vota on March 28, 2018

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We are excited to bring you five different grant funding opportunities to support your technology for development projects in disaster response, Internet connectivity, agriculture, digital financial services, and technology innovation across the Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.

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Humanitarian Grand Challenge for Development

USAID, DFID, and Grand Challenges Canada have launched the Humanitarian Grand Challenge for Development to find life-saving or life-improving innovations in WASH, renewable energy, life-saving information, and health products and services to help the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people impacted by humanitarian crises caused by conflict.

  • Funding: 15 grants for $250,000 CAD, 4 grants for 1,000,000 CAD
  • Deadline: Register by April 9, Apply by April 12.

If you are interested in applying to this Challenge, please read about the related Technology Salon where we identified 7 technologies to mitigate humanitarian crisis and increase community resilience and sign up for Technology Salons in your city.

WomenConnect Challenge

USAID’s WomenConnect Challenge is seeking comprehensive solutions that empower women and girls to access and use digital technology to drive positive health, education, and livelihoods outcomes for themselves and their families in USAID presence countries.

  • Funding: 10 grants totaling $1,000,000 USD
  • Deadline: Apply by May 4th

Proposals should demonstrate a clear understanding of the local context and barriers that prevent women and girls from having full access to digital tools and solutions have the potential to reach women and girls through replication or adaptation in new geographies, sectors, or contexts.

Fall Armyworm Tech Prize

The USAID Feed the Future Fall Armyworm Tech Prize seeks digital tools and approaches that provide timely, context-specific information that enable smallholder farmers and those who support them to mitigate, identify, treat, and track incidence of fall armyworm in Africa.

  • Funding: Grants totaling $400,000 USD
  • Deadline: Apply by May 14th

Proposals can include any form of digital innovation that might enable farmers and those who support them to identify and intervene in the incidence of fall armyworm. This can be mobile phone applications, IVR or SMS services, WhatsApp peer networks, FM radio, etc.

GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund, supported by the DFID and the Australian Government, provides selected start-ups in Africa and Asia Pacific with equity-free funding, technical assistance, and the opportunity to partner with mobile network operators to help scale their products and services into sustainable businesses with positive socio-economic impact.

  • Funding: 10 grants of $350,000 USD
  • Deadline: Apply by April 15th

The Fund is sector-agnostic and open to post-revenue start-ups using mobile technology to solve local challenges. Applicants need target low-income citizens, rural populations, women, or youth and have 50% matching funding for the total grant amount requested.

Zambezi Prize for Financial Inclusion

The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT and the Mastercard Foundation have partnered in the Zambezi Prize for Financial Inclusion to unearth and celebrate the startups that are solving Africa’s biggest financial inclusion challenges, from financial literacy, to digital identity, to commercial viability.

  • Funding: 10 grants totaling $200,000 USD
  • Deadline: Apply by June 1st

In addition to the cash prizes, selected firms will get fast-tracked to MIT’s $1 Million Inclusive Innovation Challenge, get introduced to investors and mentors from the MIT Legatum network of global leaders, and attend the Zambezi boot camp at the MIT campus in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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4 Comments to “Apply Now! $11 Million in Grant Funding for Your Technology Projects from USAID, DFID, GSMA”

  1. Dennis Asingwiire says:

    Katerera Area Cooperative Society (KACE) is a registered farmers society in western Uganda Rubirizi district with a total membership of 6211 farmers of which 97% depend on maize growing which was affected by Fall Army worm.
    Having seen the above opportunity, i wanted to know the procedures of applying.
    if there is a application form to fill in applying.
    Asingwiire Dennis
    Manager KACE

  2. Tikambenji Banda says:

    Am so proud and grateful to the organizations that are helping to improve and develop world at all angles..may you continue with your good work.

  3. WACHILA MANZE says:

    How do I apply I can’t see where to put attachment!

  4. Wonderful Ayewenre says:

    How do l apply l cannot see it