Innovation Grant Program

Supplemental Grant Application Form Template

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Supplemental Grant Application Form 15.06.2017

United States Government Funded Millennium Challenge Account-Zambia Awards US$3 million

On February 24, 2017, the Millennium Challenge Account Zambia Limited (MCA-Zambia) celebrated the signing of contracts with nine private sector organisations who have been awarded grants worth about US$3 million to implement various innovative projects in water supply, sanitation and drainage that are aimed at improving lives of beneficiary communities.
The Innovation Grants awards that were signed are part of the US$355 million Lusaka Water Supply Sanitation and Drainage project, funded by the United States government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation. The project is being implemented by MCA-Zambia. Six contractors are at currently at various stages of construction and expansion of infrastructure in water supply, sanitation and drainage, which once completed will benefit residents in many parts of Lusaka. The grant recipients will carry out projects to complement the infrastructure. (For more click on link below)


Forms for Grant Negotiations

Guidance on Economic Benefits

List and Details of Successful Concept Note Applications

IGP Proposal Application Workshop – Questions & Answers

IGP Proposal Application Workshop Presentations

Poverty and Gender Assessment Form 

Forms for Proposal Application 2016

IGP Grant Cycle 2 Budget Template 11Apr16




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:

Advert – Call for concept notes 5 Jan 2016

IGP Detailed Problem Statement 4 Jan 2016

Grant Cycle 2 Grants Manual 7 Jan 16

Additional Information for Loan Facility for Construction of Water Closets and Related Works IGPM Review 5Jan16


Poverty Data Analysis for Selected Lusaka Peri


2010 Census of Population Summary Report

MCA Mtendere Socio-Economic Household Survey SCAN

Concept Note Workshop Presentations and Questions & Answers

IGP CN GC2 Workshop Program

IGP GC2 CN Workshop Environment & Social 

IGP GC2 CN Workshop Financial Management

IGP GC2 CN Workshop Gender & Social 

IGP GC2 CN Workshop M&E 

IGP GC2 CN Wkshp Main Presentation 18Jan16

Concept Note Workshop Questions and Answers 

IGP Additional Questions and Answers

IGP Additional Queries 25 Jan 16

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.

IMG_7134Overall Goal:

To increase and sustain access by the poor to improved services in water supply, sanitation, and drainage (solid waste management).

Specific Objectives:

·         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.

Target Beneficiaries:

Low income and economically vulnerable people living in peri-urban areas in Lusaka.  There will be a particular focus on the program reaching women and girls and other vulnerable groups.

Objective 1:

To improve water use, sanitation, and hygiene

Potential Activities:

·         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.

Objective 2:

To reduce blockage of sewer and drainage systems

Potential activities:

·         Interventions in solid waste management chain

·         Organic waste processing

·         IEC in solid waste disposal practices

·         Improve CBE/commercial solid waste collection/processing

Objective 3:

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.

Objective 4:

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)

IMG_4099Who is Eligible?

  • 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
  • Individuals

Grant Process: Major Program Steps

grants timeline

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