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Co-Impact offering Systems Change Grants (US $10-25 million)

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted March 2, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on March 30, 2020
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Co-Impact is pleased to invite submissions from qualified organizations and partnerships for the 3rd round of systems change grants.

Co-Impact supports a small number of transformative systems change initiatives, each of which is poised to bring about significant and enduring improvements for millions of women and men in the Global South.

Co-Impact also invests in strengthening program partners so they can achieve strategic coherence and develop critical capabilities needed to effectively advance systems change. They identify grant opportunities through a sourcing process that includes an open call for concepts and referrals from experts within their networks.

Co-Impact seeks to support initiatives that:
a) Focus on improving the lives of one million people or more;
b) Have a clearly articulated approach to changing systems at scale;
c) Are led by and deeply rooted in the Global South/countries in which they seek to make a difference;
d) Address gender equity and inclusion, and are substantively led by women (in at least 50% of the initiatives they will support);
e) Have a strong track record of results; and
f) Use evidence-informed pathways to achieve specific outcomes in health, education, and/or economic opportunity.

Co-Impact provides flexible grants, typically of US $10-25 million over 5 years, for systems change initiatives in the areas of health, education, and economic opportunity, and that address gender equity and inclusion in meaningful ways.

Qualification - Please ensure that you fulfill the following criteria before writing a concept note:

1. Outcomes: Enable enduring change in health, education, and economic system(s) that significantly improve the lives one million or more disadvantaged women and men, disaggregated by sex (in one or more low- or middle-income countries in the Global South) within 5 years.
2. Scale of Impact: Proposed initiative has a high potential for large-scale change and is poised to:
a) Improve one million lives or more in 5 years, in at least one of the target outcomes; and
b) Enable “adoption at scale” of a proven model.
3. Global South Rootedness: The anchor partner/lead organization is led by and rooted in the Global South.
4. Gender: Proposed initiative has a proactive and strategic approach to addressing discrimination against women and girls to exercise voice and participation, set agendas and make decisions.
5. Countries: Proposed initiative is focused on one or more low- and middle-income countries in the Global South.
6. Evidence: Independent, third-party evaluation shows that the core approach/model/idea(s) at the center of the initiative works and achieves the intended people-centered outcomes.
7. Scale: The proposed or very similar systems change initiative is already well underway (not a startup or initial pilot), and in the past year has benefited at least 10,000 persons in a significant way.
8. Organizations:
a) Initiatives has significant capacity and track record to work at scale; the annual budget in the last audited financial report of the Lead Organization is at least US $1 million or equivalent.
b) Partnerships between multiple organizations are encouraged but not required; partnerships should designate a lead organization.
c) Organization/partnership is not a political campaign promoting a specific candidate or party. While policy interventions may be a part of an initiative, lobbying organizations primarily seeking to change legislation are not eligible.
d) For-profit organizations are eligible provided the primary objective of the effort is to achieve lasting social impact for millions of people in the domains.

Utilize This Offer

All submissions must include the following three components:
1. A completed concept note (see guidelines)
2. An independent, third-party evaluation including an executive summary (see guidelines)
3. Responses to a general set of questions about your organization and initiative (see our online portal)

The deadline for submission is 11:59pm PDT on March 31st, 2020 via the online application portal.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 02
Mar 02

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... - they will enlighten and inspire your network.

Anita Shrestha
Mar 02
Mar 02

Thank you for sharing

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 03
Mar 03


Jill Langhus
Mar 04
Mar 04

Thanks, Ana.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 04
Mar 04