The Development Impact Fund supports traditional development projects with funds ranging from $500K- $2Million for 3 to 5 years. FIT funding is targeting projects at the testing phase of their lifecycle, with smaller scale funding ranging from $150K to $250K Cdn, and for a shorter period of time.
Organizations submitting proposals will have to outline how they will be evaluating their testing outcomes. Within that, they will need to consider gender as part of their testing indicators. So, while a project doesn’t have to specifically target women and girls and could instead be a project that has indirect or direct impact on gender equality, the SMO will have to have a clear plan to test gender outcomes to prove this.
No, an organization does not need to contribute their own cash (or in-kind) to a FIT project to test an innovative solution. So no cost-share component is required. FIT will not be able to provide an overhead allocation for the project either.
Proposed projects must be implemented in countries that are eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA). You can find the link here.
Ideally, we will fund projects from across Canada and the Global South, but it depends on the quality of submissions received.
Yes, SMOs that are unsuccessful may re-apply at a later date with a different project.

Yes, funding can be spent on expenses in Canada as they relate to the testing of innovative development ideas.

This may be an eligible expense depending on the degree to which this activity is required for innovation testing. We recommend that you include in your budget what is required to test your innovative solution, including hiring and travel costs. You also have a limited amount of time to test your solution, so we encourage you to plan for the right kind of expertise.

FIT will not review project concepts aside from the formal “Concept Note” submission. Please review the Concept Note Guidelines carefully (on the Application Process page) and assess whether your innovative ideas matches the criteria provided. 

No. The applicant must have a Canadian Business Registration Number or a Canadian Charitable Status Number to apply. You may partner with an organization which is eligible as long as the application is in their name.

All FIT funding should be directed toward testing your innovative development idea. If you can justify that expenses related to bringing partners to Canada for educational purposes are essential to the testing process, they will be eligible. However, we do not anticipate advocacy work in Canada to be an essential component of the testing stage. Please refer to the Testing Innovation section for more information.

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