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Malawi: COVID-19 Private Sector Engagement and Partnership Funding Opportunity

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 21, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on May 29, 2021
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The Department of State and USAID have launched the COVID-19 Private Sector Engagement & Partnership Fund with new assistance funds.

The Fund has been established to strengthen the efforts of the private sector and bolster ongoing response efforts, helping the world’s most vulnerable overcome the devastation inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the purpose of the Fund?
a) To create a formal and transparent process to surface the most innovative private sector solutions to mitigating the secondary impacts of COVID-19 in developing countries, and
b) to seed-fund the most promising of these solutions within the context of State and USAID global programming.

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Who qualifies to apply?
U.S. and overseas private and commercial entities, U.S. and overseas-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and institutions of higher education, are encouraged to apply.

What we’re looking for?
The Department is looking for concept papers that will enable people around the world to mitigate the detrimental economic effects of COVID-19 on their societies.

The Department encourages creativity and innovation from the private sector.

The application is a two-step process.
1. Applicants must first submit a concise (5-page) concept paper at the address given on the website.
The concept paper should not go to the Embassy, consulate or USAID Missions.
The concept paper should be designed to clearly communicate their program idea and objectives.
2. After merit review of eligible concept papers, selected applicants will be invited to expand on their program idea(s) by submitting a full proposal application.
Full proposals will go through a second merit review before a final funding decision is made.

The anticipated award amount ranges from USD$50,000 to USD$1,000,000.

Concept papers will be accepted beginning August 5, 2020 and be reviewed on a rolling basis through 11:59PM Eastern Time on May 30, 2021.

Please note that projects will be funded on a rolling basis. The Department reserves the right to close this announcement sooner than the given date if the available amount of funding has been exhausted.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 21
Apr 21

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order 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 by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resources section!
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Apr 23
Apr 23

Thanks, Ana.