County Innovation Challenge Fund (CICF)--Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Death in Kenya

The County Innovation Challenge Fund (CICF) operates as part of the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) “Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Death in Kenya (2013-2018)” programme; a five-year programme implemented by UNICEF, Marie Stopes International / Options Consultancy Services Limited (Options), the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), and other partners.

The Programme supports a range of interventions to improve maternal and neonatal health (MNH) including training of health workers, health systems strengthening, community mobilisation, and demand generation. It is implemented across six counties with different socio-demographic contexts: peri-urban informal settlements in Nairobi; nomadic pastoralist communities in Garissa and Turkana; and rural agrarian populations in Kakamega, Bungoma and Homa Bay.

In its delivery, the CICF invites innovations that can deliver impact and increase access to and/or utilisation of quality MNH services within the unique socio-demographic contexts of the six focus counties by: 

  • Strengthening health systems to manage and delivery quality maternal and newborn health services
  • Increasing demand for quality maternal health services

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$245,683

Deadline

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November 30th, 2016

How to Apply

About This Funding Opportunity

Funding Stats

Point of Contact Email: 
info@mnhcicf.org
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21 months
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Eligibility Details

CICF Round 3 Competition Eligibility Criteria
You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

  1. Your project idea must contribute to positive change in the maternal and newborn health sector in at least one of the six target counties. These are Bungoma, Garissa, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Nairobi (Embakasi and Kamukunji sub-counties), and Turkana counties. Applications targeting Garissa County are strongly encouraged.
  2.  The lead applicant must be a legally registered organisation that has been in operation for at least two years. This can be international, national or community based organisations/institutions including non-governmental organisations, faith-based organisations, civil society organisations, academic or research institutions, innovation hubs, social enterprises or private sector organisations. Locally registered organisations are highly encouraged to apply.
  3.  International organisations are only eligible to apply with sub-contracting of a minimum of one locally established organisation and must include a budget for capacity building of their local partners. Your organisation will be considered international if it is a subsidiary, an affiliate or a member of an organisation that is not registered in Kenya.
  4.  Sole proprietors and government line ministries, including semi-autonomous government agencies, will not qualify for funding.
  5.  The funding request must be within the prescribed funding limits. The two funding limits are up to either a maximum of £200,000 or a maximum of £400,000. There is no minimum amount.
  6.  Lead applicants must have an established and verifiable institutional track record. Lead applicants submitting applications under the funding limit of £200,000 must have cumulative gross revenue over the last two years of at least 1 times their application. For example, applicants applying for £150,000 funding should have cumulative gross revenue of £150,000 over the last two years. Lead applicants seeking funding under the funding limit of £400,000 must have cumulative gross revenue over the last two years of at least 2 times their application. For example, applicants requesting for funding of £300,000 should have cumulative gross revenue over the last two year of £600,000. Interested applicants not meeting these criteria are encouraged to partner with eligible organisations that meet the criteria.
  7. ​ The direct beneficiaries are women of reproductive age, particularly poor rural women and adolescent girls, newborns, county and sub-county health management teams, health facilities and community units in Bungoma, Garissa, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Nairobi (Embakasi and Kamukunji sub-counties) and Turkana Counties. Innovations that target adolescent girls and the youth in general are strongly encouraged.
  8.  The CICF is currently financing projects in the six target counties selected during Round 1 and Round 2 competitions. Innovations that are already being funded under the CICF may not qualify for funding. Kindly visit the CICF website (www.mnhcicf.org) for details of the projects being funded. Employees of Marie Stopes International, Options Consultancy Services Limited, Population Council, KPMG and any other partner sub-contracted by Options Consultancy Services Limited to implement the MANI project as part of UK DFID’s “Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Death in Kenya” programme, and any organisation directly involved with these employees and their immediate families, are not eligible to apply.
  9.  If you have previously submitted this idea for funding and are currently being funded for the activities described in this proposal, you will not qualify for funding under the CICF.
  10.  We encourage applications that:
    1.  Address maternal and newborn health service delivery within the unique socio-demographic contexts and priorities of the six focus counties; and
    2. Demonstrate Partnerships with county/sub-county health management team and/or community based organisations.
  11.  CICF reserves the right to reject any application which, in CICF’s opinion, gives rise, or could potentially give rise to, a conflict of interest.

Application Guidance

The Application Process
 How do I apply for CICF funding?
From the website (www.mnchcicf.org), you will need to download and complete the application form and submit it to the Fund on or before 30 November 2016. The application will require you to provide some basic information about your company and an outline description of the project you are proposing.

 How many applications can be made per organisation?
The Fund allows multiple submissions from an institution / organisation. We encourage applicants to submit their best idea(s).

Can one apply for more than one county in one application?
The CICF allows applicants to submit applications that cover multiple counties. However, we urge applicants to demonstrate the company’s capacity to implement the business ideas in several counties.

 Do I have to be based in an eligible county to apply?
No. As long as the project is going to be implemented in at least one of the six target counties and has a positive impact towards increasing access to and utilisation of quality maternal and newborn health services, you can apply for CICF funding.

What is the minimum and maximum amount I can ask for from CICF?
Applicants may request for funding based on the scope and scale of the innovation up to a maximum of the prescribed funding limits. The two funding limits are up to either a maximum of £200,000 or a maximum of £400,000. There is no minimum amount.

 What size of organisation should apply for CICF?
Only applicants that have been in operation for more than two years and have an established and verifiable institutional track record can apply. The lead applicant submitting applications under the funding limit of £200,000 should have cumulative gross revenue over the last two years of at least 1 times their request. For example, applicants applying for £150,000 funding should have cumulative gross revenue of £150,000 over the last two years. A lead applicant seeking funding under the funding limit of £400,000 must have cumulative gross revenue over the last two years of at least 2 times their application. For example, applicants requesting for funding of £300,000 should have cumulative gross revenue over the last two years of £600,000. Interested applicants not meeting these criteria, for example start-ups, are encouraged to partner with eligible organisations that meet the above condition.

Can two or more organisations apply for CICF funding as a consortium?
Yes. However, one organisation must be the lead recipient responsible for the implementation of the project. International organisations will only be eligible to apply, as lead recipients, if they sub-contract to at least one locally established organisation.

What should I include in my application?
The application form that is downloadable from the website is a template that contains information on what to include in your application form.

How will I know whether I am successful or not?
Each applicant will be notified of the progress of their application at each stage of the evaluation process. The CICF will communicate the results of your application through the email address from which you submit your application. This will include, in brief, information on why you were not successful.

 If I was not successful in the first and second rounds, can I apply for the third round?
Applicants who were not successful in the first and second rounds can apply for the third round. If resubmitting an idea that had previously been rejected, you should take into account any feedback provided following the evaluation of your previously submitted application.

How do you measure value for money?
The CICF compares the costs reported in the budget vis a vis the impact of the project. The application should also demonstrate that the innovation is implemented using the best possible approaches that are cost effective.

 What happens once I submit my application?
The application goes through a two stage evaluation process Firstly, once the CICF receives your application form, you will receive an email acknowledgement with your unique application number. An independent Applications Evaluation Panel will review all eligible applications received and come up with a shortlist. Technical assistance will be provided to the shortlisted applicants who will then be given an opportunity to refine and enhance their application. Final applications will be submitted to the CICF Grants Selection Committee who will give a provisional selection of applications that may receive CICF funding. Applicants may be requested to present their ideas to the Grants Selection Committee. In the second stage, the provisionally selected applicants will undergo a pre-grant assessment. The Fund Manager will communicate the results of this pre-grant assessment to the Grants Selection Committee. This Committee will then give final approval on the projects that will receive CICF funding. 

How long will it take to know my application results?
Once the competition closes, the CICF will acknowledge receipt of your funding application through the email address from which your application was submitted. Once the funding application has been processed, and if your application is correctly completed, the Fund will send you a Unique Project ID Number through email. This process will be completed within 2 weeks of the closing date. The second step is the assessment of the funding applications. The assessment of the applications will take about 3 months from the closing date. At this point, the Grants Selection Committee will have met and provisionally selected projects that may receive funding. The provisionally selected applicants will then undergo a pre-grant assessment. The Fund Manager will communicate the results of this pregrant assessment to the Grants Selection Committee. This Committee will then give final approval on the projects that will receive CICF funding. Winners will be announced on 28 April 2017.

 Is feedback given to rejected applications?
The CICF gives feedback to all applicants. This response is based on both the eligibility and selection criteria.

For how long will my project be funded?
The third round of funding will target innovation projects for implementation over a period of up to 21 months.

Are matching funds required? No. The Fund does not have a matching fund requirement.

 If I am successful, what are the conditions of the CICF grant?
The terms and conditions of the CICF grant will be detailed in the CICF grant agreement and will be communicated once an applicant is successful but before the grant agreement is signed. This includes information on project implementation modalities, progress monitoring and progress reviews. 32. Whom may I contact to discuss about my application before submission? All queries regarding your application can be channelled through info@mnhcicf.org.

How can I learn more about the Fund?
For more information about the competition, the County Innovation Challenge Fund and how you can get involved, follow @mnhcicf on Twitter, The County Innovation Challenge Fund on Facebook or visit our website on www.mnhcicf.org. Visitors to the website are encouraged to subscribe to email alerts and receive information about the fund and events to be hosted by the CICF.

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