Concept Note

The Concept Note provides small and medium-sized organizations (SMOs) with the opportunity to briefly describe/pitch your innovative solution to advance gender equality and empower women and girls in the Global South. FIT will review Concept Notes and invite SMOs with the most promising innovative solutions to submit a Proposal for potential funding.

How to prepare your document


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  • Due date is posted on the Application Process page

  • Approximately 5 pages in length. Arial 11 Font. Single-spaced.

  • Online submission (emailed submissions are not accepted). See below for instructions on creating your user account during an intake period.

  • Include the 5 sections below (Background/Context, Innovative Solution, People/Expertise, Financials, Other) in your PDF submission. Copy and paste each section of your Concept Note in the Concept Note Details tab of your online account (this information should correspond exactly to your PDF)

  • Please note document saving standards provided in the online application system.

  • You will be required to upload your organization’s Articles of Incorporation and Financial Statement  (of the most recent fiscal year).

  • Feel free to include other relevant information in your submission. Be clear and succinct.

Concept Note Guidelines

Keep in Mind…


Be sure to do the online eligibility check before you submit your application

Create your user account in the online application system ahead of submission.

FIT is a competitive program.

FIT supports the testing of innovative ideas within a short time period. It does not provide new or ongoing support for general programming.

Review resources on FIT’s website: Whistler Principles to Accelerate Innovation for Development Impact, Feminist International Assistance Policy, Global Affairs Canada’s definition of innovation, FIT Rapid Gender Scan, Inclusive Innovation, FIT Workshops such as Testing Framework, etc.

Visit the FAQs page for further information.

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Creating your User Account for Online Application System


If you have not yet completed the Self-Assessment form, we strongly recommend that you do so before registering on our online application system to ensure you are eligible for our program.

If you are eligible, please use the button below to register on the FIT application platform or login to your existing account.

The online application system will only be open from September 16, 2020 to October 15, 2020.

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