The Department of State and USAID have launched the COVID-19 Private Sector Engagement & Partnership Fund with an additional $10 million in new assistance funds. The Fund has been established to strengthen the efforts of the private sector and bolster ongoing response efforts, helping the world’s most vulnerable overcome the devastation inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The purpose of the Fund is to create a formal and transparent process to surface the most innovative private sector solutions to mitigating the secondary impacts of COVID-19 in developing countries, and to seed-fund the most promising of these solutions within the context of State and USAID global programming.
The Department is looking for concept papers that will enable people around the world to mitigate the detrimental economic effects of COVID-19 on their societies. The Department encourages creativity and innovation from the private sector.
- The anticipated award amount is $50,000 to $1,000,000, however, concept papers over this amount will be considered.
- U.S. and overseas private and commercial entities, U.S. and overseas-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and institutions of higher education, are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
- The application is a two-step process.
- Applicants must first submit a concise (5-page) concept paper at the address given on the website.
- The concept paper should not go to the Embassy, consulate or USAID Missions.
- The concept paper should be designed to clearly communicate their program idea and objectives. After merit review of eligible concept papers, selected applicants will be invited to expand on their program idea(s) by submitting a full proposal application.
- Full proposals will go through a second merit review before a final funding decision is made.
For more information, visit https://mw.usembassy.gov/covid-19-private-sector-engagement-and-partnership-funding-opportunity/