|Stage||Stage 6: Sustained Scale|
|Region||Africa and Middle East and North Africa|
|Focus Areas||Economic Growth and Trade|
Climate Change and Resilience (Environment)
|Countries Implemented In||5|
|Target Beneficiaries||The activity must have a genuine development impact, for example by raising incomes, creating jobs, empowering women and girls, providing access to goods and services for the poor, or mitigating climate change.|
|Planned Usage of Funds||Companies may work in any sectors except for extractives, arms / defence, tobacco, gambling and alcoholic beverages.|
The activity should have an element of innovation. This could include a new geography, market, sector, product or an innovation in the business model.
Companies must be able to show that the proposed activity would not occur at all, as quickly, or with as much benefit to the poor without BPF support.
The activity must not duplicate other activity funded by DFID or other organisations.
|Potential for Scale||The activity must have potential for growth as part of the core business with a view to establishing a long-term commercially viable business model.|
|Financial Statements||The company must invest it own resources alongside BPF support, at a levelthat demonstrates the company's strong commitment to the success of the project.|
|Impact Evaluation/M&E Plan||Companies are responsible for delivering the project and completing a project evaluation by March 2019.|
|Reporting Requirements||Companies are expected to share knowledge and lessons learned from their project with the BPF.|
Companies will be asked to regularly report on project progress and provide data to measure the outputs.
|Other||The company should have sufficient existing or potential in-country capacity to implement the project. If not, partners that can address this gap should form part of their application.|
The total length of time to complete the application process depends on the complexity and maturity of the project concept. On the basis of our initial discussion, we can advise you on the estimated timeline to prepare and submit your application.
The BPF Core Fund has a rolling application process – we are open to applications for projects that will be implemented by March 2019.Cristina Bortes(BPF Programme Director):firstname.lastname@example.org
TheBPF Selection Panelmeets regularly to review applications. Once your application is submitted, you can expect to wait between 2 to 8 weeks for a decision (depending on when the next Selection Panel meeting is scheduled).
If successful, the project can begin as early as 3 to 6 weeks after the approval decision (subject to agreeing contracts).