What is the difference between the Fund for Innovation and Transformation, and the Impact Development Fund?
Does the innovation have to specifically target women and girls, or can it target a specific development problem with a direct or indirect impact on gender equality or the empowerment of women and girls?
You noted that FIT will support projects in a variety of locations. Will there be an attempt for balanced regional representation across Canada and with partners in the Global South?
If we submit and are unsuccessful in the first round are we eligible to submit another concept for the second round?
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.
Can we consult directly with the FIT team to determine whether our project idea is appropriate before submitting our Concept Note?
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.
Can SMOs use FIT funding to do advocacy work or to bring partners to Canada for educational purposes?
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.
COVID-19: Given the pause and adaptations to our operations, what guidance is FIT providing about retaining key testing project staff?
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.
COVID-19: Will there be additional resources that we can receive above our budgeted amounts that can be utilized during this situation?
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.
Does our project have to involve new technology to be eligible, or can it just be an innovative approach (i.e. to program delivery)?
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”.
COVID-19: Do you anticipate COVID-19 will change the level of applicants? Are you considering increase funding amounts/rounds to apply?
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.