The GSMA Foundation: Inviting Applications to test and scale the use of mobile to improve or increase access to energy, water and sanitation services.

Donor Name: The GSMA Foundation
Fund name: Mobile for Development Utilities Innovation Fund

Funding brief: The Mobile for Development Utilities (M4D) Utilities Innovation Fund aims to test and scale the use of mobile to improve or increase access to energy, water and sanitation services.

Objective: The objective of the Innovation Fund is to extract insights from the trial and scaling of these innovative models to inform three key questions for growing the sector:
● How can mobile support utility services?
● For a mobile-enabled solution to be adopted at scale, what building blocks are needed
● What are the social and commercial impacts of delivering community services to underserved mobile subscribers?

Deadline: 16th, April 2017, 23:59 GMT

Funding details link:

Budget limit:

● Seed Grant: The amount can be between GBP 100,000 and GBP 150,000.
● Market Validation Grant: Up to GBP 300,000 in funding, with a minimum match equal to the grant amount.

Applicants must provide a minimum match equal to the grant. For instance, if an organization requests GBP 200,000 from the Fund, a contribution of at least GBP 200,000 from other sources is required.

Project start date: Not Found

Project duration: The total duration of the project is 12 – 18 months. The GSMA expects the implementation period to be 12 months at most, in order to assess the impact of and gain insights from the project in the remaining 6 months.

Eligible organization: The Innovation Fund is open to:
● Mobile operators
● Technology solutions providers
● Energy, water, or sanitation services providers, including:
● Decentralized service providers
● Urban and peri-urban utilities, and
● NGOs trialling business model approaches

Eligibility: To be eligible for funding, organizations must meet the following criteria:
● Be one of the following:
● Energy, water, or sanitation service provider (i.e. enterprise), including
● Decentralized service providers
● Urban or peri-urban utilities, and
● NGOs trialling business model approaches,
● Mobile operator or infrastructure provider/owner
● Technology solutions provider

Preferably, grants that involve urban or peri-urban utilities should be led by mobile operators or technology solution providers.
● Be an entity registered and operating in the country of project implementation (whether domestic or foreign owned or a joint venture) in compliance with relevant business licensing, taxation, employee and other relevant regulations.
● The lead organization must be able to accept foreign grants and deploy them in the country of implementation.
● The lead organization must be in satisfactory financial health and be able to show two years of audited financial accounts; have adequate financial systems to report regularly to the Fund and, if required, undergo an external audit.
● Have adequate internal human resource capability to implement the proposed project within the proposed timeframe.
● Have the potential and appetite to form strategic partnerships with mobile operators.
● Not violate fundamental human rights or international labour standards.

Submission mail: Not Found

Other important link:
Seed Grant:
● Market Validation Grant:
● Concept note template – Seed grant:
● Concept note template – Market Validation grant:

How to apply:
Interested applicants may apply online via given website.
Seed Grant:
Market Validation Grant:


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