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.

If there are tasks that can be continued under these circumstances, we encourage the reallocation of budget in order to retain relevant staff. Please keep in mind how this may impact total personnel costs if your testing goes beyond your original schedule.

We will be reviewing budgets on a case by case basis and will allow SMOs to potentially reallocate their budget based on the challenges they are facing but will not issuing any additional funds.

For FIT, innovation refers to new or improved solutions including “business models, policy practices, approaches, partnerships, technologies, behavioural insights, financing mechanisms or ways of delivering products and services”.

We are not in a position to know if the number of candidates will be affected by COVID-19. We have no plans to change funding amounts or number of application intakes at this time. We aim to fund between 50 to 70 initiatives over the course of the program.

Nothing has changed with the program to date. We hope to support ideas to test in many countries (with approx. 50% in Sub-Saharan Africa). Any changes would be broadly communicated when an intake is launched.

Yes, if the solution is new to the context, it could be funded by FIT. You should clearly describe the context and how your solution will respond well to the local challenge.

Each funded SMO must have its own Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Policy and/or Code of Conduct, and ensure that their local partners are equally committed to preventing sexual exploitation and abuse. Local partners can have their own policy or adopt yours.

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