The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the proposals for Smart Communities Coalition Innovation Fund (SCCIF) that aims to bring private sector-led innovative solutions to displaced populations and crisis-affected host communities to develop service delivery, economically empower displaced populations, and contribute to economic and social integration.
The fund is designed to address three strategic pillars to trigger a paradigm shift in humanitarian settings – energy, connectivity, and digital tools.
The Smart Communities Coalition Innovation Fund (SCCIF) seeks to advance and accelerate co-designed and co-implemented public-private programs in the humanitarian context.
The SCCIF’s first window focused solely on access to modern energy services, providing support to (social) entrepreneurs, companies, financial service providers, and consortia to expand their delivery chains and bring innovative solutions to displaced populations including refugee camps, settlements and host communities in refugee-hosting areas.
- The current call will award a total of EUR 220,000 to multiple applicants. Successful applicants will receive between EUR 40,000 to EUR 80,000, depending on the stated needs and business model.
Which countries are being targeted under the current call?
- The Innovation Fund accepts applications from individual private companies, (social) entrepreneurs and financial service providers as well as consortia. Locally-led enterprises, including those led by refugees and/or host communities, are particularly encouraged to apply.
- To be eligible, individual private companies, (social) entrepreneurs and financial service providers need to:
- have a legal personality i.e. be registered in Uganda (documentation to be submitted upon application), and
- have been active in the Ugandan energy and / or connectivity sector for at least two years.
- Prior experience working with international development partners and the promotion of gender equality within the organisation are advantageous.
- Please note that selected applicants will undergo a commercial suitability check covering among others the criteria outlined above in more details as well as accounting practices. Only selected applicants that successfully pass the commercial suitability check will be able to receive funding.
- Eligible companies, entrepreneurs and microfinance institutions may choose to submit a proposal as part of a consortium with e.g. NGOs, United Nations and intergovernmental organisations, local and national governmental agencies. While only the lead applicant needs to fulfill the criteria set out above, pass the commercial suitability check, and will be the signatory to the grant agreement, all other consortium partners need to be registered within Uganda.
For more information, visit https://www.usaid.gov/powerafrica/sccif