GSMA: Inviting applications for ‘The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund’ to promote innovation in the use of mobile technology to address humanitarian challenges.

Funding brief: The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund aims to promote innovation in the use of mobile technology to address humanitarian challenges.

This funding round will test new technical solutions, catalyse ideas to improve or transform institutional systems, and enable solutions to empower, assist or protect individuals and communities affected by complex emergencies and forced displacement. Project impact should be delivered in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, or Latin America.

The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund (“the Fund”) aims to promote innovation in the use of mobile technology to address humanitarian challenges. This funding round will test new technical solutions, catalyze ideas to improve or transform institutional systems, and enable solutions to empower, assist or protect individuals and communities affected by complex emergencies and forced displacement.

All grant funded projects are expected to provide examples of best practice and lessons learnt on how mobile technology can address 5 key themes within humanitarian contexts:
● Mobile Enabled Utilities
● Gender & Inclusivity
● Mobile Financial Services
● Digital Identity
● Food Security, Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change

The Fund is especially interested in projects – implemented through collaborative partnerships – that can demonstrate long-term sustainability (i.e. commercial, technical, social, economic, environmental) beyond the lifespan of the grant.

The Fund is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the GSMA, and its members

To be eligible, applicants must make use of mobile technology to support solutions in the context of ‘complex emergencies’ or ‘forced displacement’.

Complex Emergencies Forced Displacement For the purposes of the Fund, a complex emergency is defined as a major humanitarian crisis of a multi-causal nature, which requires a multi-faceted, cross sectoral, international response that goes beyond the mandate or capacity of any single agency. Complex emergencies are typically characterized by:
● Extensive threat to lives and livelihoods;
● Population displacement;
● Widespread damage to societies and economies;
● The need for large-scale, multi-faceted humanitarian assistance;

Forced displacement: Displacement refers to the forced removal of a person from his/her home or country, often due to armed conflict or natural disaster. The Fund is particularly interested in solutions that address challenges specific to protracted displacement

Donor Name: GSMA
Funding name: The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund

Deadline: Applications for Round 2 opened on 16th, July, 2018 and will close on 10th, August, 2018 at 18:00 BST.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Funding of up to £300,000 per project is available, as well as mentoring, networking, project support and promotion.

The support package includes:
● Grant funding between £100,000 and £300,000.
● The funding requires between 30% and 50% match funding dependent on the requested amount.
● Mentoring on the use of mobile technology (note: for highly technical projects the Fund may be able to seek advice or facilitate with GSMA’s technology teams).
● Working Groups (a programme of expert-led sessions and targeted networking) as well as regular and bespoke project support from the GSMA.
● Grantees will benefit from enhanced visibility through the programme’s insight publications, learnings through exchange with other grantees and exchange opportunities with the programme’s networks and events

The Fund requires a matching contribution in order to demonstrate buy-in and commitment from all applicants. Acceptance of match funding is subject to approval by the Fund:
● All applicants must provide a matching contribution of between 30% and 50% of the amount requested.
● Up to £ 150,000 requested – 30% matching contribution.
● £150,000 – £200,000 requested – 40% matching contribution.
● Above £ 200,000 requested – 50% matching contribution.

For example: if applicant is requesting £150,000 from the Fund, a contribution of at least £45,000 from other sources is required; If applicant is requesting £300,000, a contribution of at least £150,000 from other sources is required.
● For successful applicants, evidence of matching contributions (e.g. MoU, letter of confirmation, proof of funds etc.) must be provided to during the formal proposal stage.
● Matching contributions can be ‘in cash’ and/or ‘in kind’. Please note that in-kind contribution should not exceed 50% of the match funding.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: Project duration for all grants must be between 12 and 18 months

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Applicants must:
● Be able to provide formal evidence of a partnership (e.g. contract/MoU) with one or more eligible organization(s) where the collaborating partners will be involved in implementing the grant project.
● Clearly demonstrate how the proposed project meets one of the Fund’s five focus areas.
● Have a minimum viable product / solution (grant funding cannot be spent on Research and Development at ideation stage.
● Have the necessary rights / permissions required to operate in the selected implementation area as relevant (i.e. refugee settlements)
● Commit to providing the required match funding for the selected grant type.
● Be in satisfactory financial health, have adequate financial systems and human resource capacity to implement the grant project. GSMA may require the applicant to undergo a pre-selection assurance review. Such review, if required will be conducted by an independent organization chosen by GSMA.

Eligible organizations and lead applicants:
● Eligible organizations must be legally registered and have the right to operate in country(ies) of operation. Lead applicants are responsible for: starting an application, adding and removing collaborators to the application, assigning questions to collaborators, answering questions relevant to you, reviewing content entered by collaborators, submitting the application before the deadline, signing the contract with GSMA Foundation if a grant is awarded.
● In order to be eligible for a M4H Fund grant, the primary applicant (i.e. the organization that will sign the Grant

Agreement with the GSMA must be a mobile network operators (MNO), non-governmental organization (NGO), humanitarian agency or a private company.
● The following organizations cannot serve as lead applicants but are encouraged to join eligible partnerships as an implementing partner:
– United Nations agencies
– Academic institutions
– Government bodies

Eligible Country: The Fund is open to eligible global or national organizations and companies whose projects are implemented in the following regions:
● Sub-Saharan Africa
● Asia and the Pacific
● Middle East and North Africa
● Latin America

Please note, as a U.S 501(C)(3) organization, GSMA is obliged to comply with the sanctions laws and regulations of the United States and other sanctions regimes as may be applicable. This may restrict the GSMA from distributing grant funding to certain entities or regions. Any such restrictions will be made clear through the application portal.

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
● Form (Proposal): Click to view
● About: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).


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