Guidance on Economic Benefits
List and Details of Successful Concept Note Applications
IGP Proposal Application Workshop – Questions & Answers
IGP Proposal Application Workshop Presentations
- IGP GC2 Proposal Workshop Financial Management 14Apr16
- IGP GC2 Proposal Workshop Monitoring and Evaluation 14Apr16
- IGP GC2 Proposal Workshop Presentation Environment Social Protection 14Apr16
- IGP GC2 Proposal Workshop Presentation Gender & Social 14April 16
- IGP Grant Cycle 2 Proposal Main Presentation 14Apr16
- IGP Grant Cycle 2 Proposal Workshop Scoring Review 14Apr16
Poverty and Gender Assessment Form
Forms for Proposal Application 2016
Innovation Grant Program- Second Call for Concept Notes
MCA-Zambia is pleased to announce the second call for concept notes for its Innovation Grant program for Pro-Poor Service Delivery (IGP). We are inviting the private sector (non-state) organisations with innovative ideas to submit Concept Notes. For details click on the links below:
Concept Note Workshop Presentations and Questions & Answers
IGP Additional Questions and Answers
CORRECTION NOTICE: The Concept Note application form has been corrected. It may be more than 10 pages. However, please be concise.
IGP First Cycle Grantees Documentary
What is the Innovation Grant Program?
The Innovation Grant Program (IGP) is a competitive pro-poor grant program to engage the private sector in innovative partnership opportunities in water supply, sanitation and drainage (Solid waste management).
Private Sector = All non-state actors
IGP : Part of LWSSD under Institutional Strengthening
Definition of Innovation
Dynamic processes which focus on the creation and implementation of new or improved products and services, processes, positions and paradigms.
Result in improvements in efficiency, effectiveness, quality or social outcomes and impacts.
To increase and sustain access by the poor to improved services in water supply, sanitation, and drainage (solid waste management).
· To improve water use, sanitation and hygiene
· To reduce blockage of sewer/drainage systems
· To expand opportunities for entrepreneurship and income generation activities related to WATSAN and drainage
· To ensure access for women and vulnerable groups to project benefits
Focus Areas of Innovation Grants:
· Improved water supply services
· Improved sanitation & hygiene
· Solid waste management
Sustainability is a core element in the three focus areas.
To improve water use, sanitation, and hygiene
· New water sources and treatment options (i.e. recycle water, Innovative means of delivering water to peri-urban areas).
· Innovations in water management and payment systems.
· Waste water treatment system.
· Reduce cost/improve access to sanitary products.
To reduce blockage of sewer and drainage systems
· Interventions in solid waste management chain
· Organic waste processing
· IEC in solid waste disposal practices
· Improve CBE/commercial solid waste collection/processing
To expand opportunities for entrepreneurship and income generation activities related to water supply, sanitation and drainage, e.g. Solid waste: manure from degenerative waste, artefacts from plastic, biogas, etc.
To ensure access for women and vulnerable groups to project benefits e.g. Target beneficiaries.
Main Grant Features
Total Grant Portfolio: $6.25 million
•Small Grants: Minimum $30,000 to $100,000
•Intended to include smaller organizations especially those working directly with women and vulnerable groups
•Simpler application form and evaluation criteria
•Large Grants: $100,001 to maximum grant size $1.5 million
•Cost-sharing requirement: 25% of the requested budget. Can be cash or in kind.
•Co-financing possible (working with other development partners in one project)
- For-profit companies, non-government organizations, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, universities, research institutions, and foundations
- Zambian or non-Zambian, provided that non-Zambian organizations comply with Zambian regulations for performing business or related activities in the country.
- Small organizations seeking grants are encouraged to affiliate with larger organizations that have the capacity to formulate a work plan and manage grant funding
Who is NOT Eligible?
- Government agencies
- Political parties
- Public international organizations
Grant Process: Major Program Steps
Grant Process: Monitoring and Evaluation
- Applicants must develop a simple logical framework and propose project indicators
- Some baseline data/beneficiary estimates will be expected
- Some projects to be selected to work with Performance Improvement Team (PIT)
- Quarterly reporting against progress; monthly financial
- Field/Project visits by IGPM and MCA-Zambia
Grant Process: Environment and Social Protection (ESP)
- Projects must comply with Zambian regulations and IFC Performance Standards
- Environmental screening at proposal stage
- IGP will not fund obtaining Environmental and Social Impact Statements or Project Briefs—must be completed as condition of grant effectiveness
Grant Process: Social and Gender Assessment (SGA)
- Small grants window in order to include innovators working directly with poor, women and vulnerable groups
- Evaluation points for data related to gender and description of targeted beneficiaries
- Disaggregated beneficiary data with applications
- Specialized field monitoring visits
Grant Process: Procurement by Grantees
- Grantees will largely carry out their own procurement
- In certain circumstances MCA-Zambia may facilitate procurement
- Grantees must follow MCC principles of procurement (i.e. transparency, objectivity, equal treatment of bidders and consistency)
- Procurement plan is part of project proposal and grant agreement
- Procurement exempt from VAT
Grant Process: Financial Management and Disbursement
- Estimated budget due at concept note stage
- Detailed budget due at proposal stage
- Allowable and unallowable costs detailed in grants manual
- Fiduciary risk assessment by IGPM during proposal stage
Grant Process: Financial Management and Disbursement
- Dedicated bank account
- Cash book and bank reconciliations
- Quarterly disbursement in advance, incl. funds utilization and milestone achievement
- Monthly financial reporting (may be quarterly for large grants)
- 1st call for concept notes – was in the third week of October 2014
- Workshops after call for concept notes and proposal invitations
- Award for the 1st Call- October 2015
- 2nd call for concept notes- January 2016
- Workshops after call for concept notes – 19th January 2016
- Award for the Second Call- October 2016