GSMA mWomen Innovation Fund Grants

on 5th May, 2013 at 6:25 AM CEST

DEADLINE:12 June, 2013

Open to:  to NGOs from Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, The Pacific region


7 grants of up to $140,000 each  


The GSMA mWomen Programme is pleased to announce the launch of the first round of Innovation Fund grants for NGOs. Please note that the term “NGOs” includes for-profit social enterprises which have a strong focus on delivering social impact. This round comprises three grants, valued up to US$ 140,000 for projects up to ten months long. The goal of the GSMA mWomen Programme is to promote greater mobile access and usage by resource-poor women in low- and middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, and Asia Pacific1. The programme does so by encouraging industry to serve women, increasing availability of life-enhancing value-added services and promoting solutions to women’s technical and cultural barriers to adoption.  

How to apply A two-step application process is as follows:  

oncept note stage: NGOs first submit a three-page concept note to describe their current activities, the specific project objectives, definition of success, high-level approach, anticipated deliverables and outcomes, internal participants and external partners. The Fund Manager reviews concept notes to invite applications based on alignment with Fund objectives and fulfilment of project and organization eligibility requirements. A successful concept note does not imply that the subsequent application will be funded. The concept note is available here Please send the completed Concept Note to the Grant Manager and Fund Administrator at mWomengrants@gsma.com.

Application stage: In this stage, applicants prepare a 10-page application including greater detail on the proposed project, approach, budget, key performance indicators and internal governance process for the project, both for the duration of the funding period and beyond. These applications are then reviewed by a Selection Panel which awards grants to to those best positioned to deliver on the Fund objectives.      


Grants: 7 grants of up to $140,000 each    


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