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Questions raised during and after the June 7, 2012 webinar, and the answers to them.

Questions raised during and after the June 7, 2012 webinar, and the answers to them.

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  •   Innovation  Fund   Post-­‐Webinar  Questions  &  Answers     Revenue Criteria 1. Can  the  1/3  match  be  made  by  the  umbrella  organization  to  which  the  applicant   is  connected?   a. Perhaps.    If  the  umbrella  generally  subsidizes  its  subsidiary,  then  such   support  would  not  qualify  as  a  match.    However,  a  special  allocation  from   the  umbrella  to  the  subsidiary  so  that  the  proposed  initiative  can  be   executed  would  qualify.    In  other  words,  support  needs  to  be  over  and   above  normal  transfers  and  specifically  allocated  for  the  proposed   project     Program Content and Geography   2. We  are  an  international  NGO  with  an  office  in  US.    The  office  was  established  last   year  but  the  NGO  has  been  in  existence  since  1995.    Are  we  eligible  to  apply?     a. Yes.    The  10  year  requirement  is  designed  to  demonstrate  continuity  in   the  delivery  of  program,  and  not  the  establishment  of  the  US  based   nexus.       3. We  are  an  organization  that  looks  to  innovate  its  funding  stream  by  having  the   government  of  the  country  take  over  the  funding  many  of  service  delivery  costs   we  have  historically  covered.  Is  this  a  viable  proposal?   a. Generally  speaking,  we  would  not  consider  cost  shifting  to  governments   be  a  viable  proposal.    That  would  not  be  an  innovation  with  a  focus  on   market  or  quasi-­‐market  partnerships  for  social  problem  solving  at   sustained  and  scalable  levels.       4. Can  we  use  the  grants  for  projects  that  will  improve  resource  mobilization  and   contribute  to  sustainable  revenue  (such  as  those  that  raise  an  organization’s   visibility  or  improve  efficiency)?     a. Simply  improving  visibility  would  not  qualify.    However,  improved   efficiency  gets  a  “qualified  yes.”    If  by  improving  efficiency  you  are  freeing  445 DOLLEY MADISON RD., SUITE 208, GREENSBORO, NC 27410• 336-376-7710 MAIN • 336-851-0410 FAX • innovation@afgg.org EMAIL • www.afgg.org WEB
  • up  resources  that  will  be  allocated  to  diversify  revenue  then  yes.    To   create,  build,  or  support  a  nonprofit  fundraising  team  or  effort,  no.     5. If  we  are  a  re-­‐granting  organization  to  grassroots  groups  in  the  developing  world,   could  we  qualify?     a. Generally  speaking,  regranting  does  not  qualify.    If  you  are  essentially   acting  as  a  US  based  fiscal  agent,  and  the  grassroots  group  is  an   independent  freestanding  organization,  then  you  as  the  U.S.  based   organization  could  apply  on  behalf  of  the  organization  for  funds  to   implement  that  organization’s  proposal.       6. If  the  project  is  based  in  the  US,  but  involves  and  benefits  program  participants   who  live  in  developing  countries,  is  that  use  of  funds  eligible?   a. Yes,  if  the  benefits  are  in  the  developing  world.       7. We  are  a  US  based  organization  that  trains  college  students  in  all  aspects  of   small  enterprise.    They  carry  out  their  small  enterprise  on  college  campuses,  and   the  profit  they  generate  is  allocated  to  a  US  -­‐based  development  organization   that  uses  microfinance  to  support  small  enterprise  among  rural  women  farmers   in  Africa.  Is  this  a  model  that  would  fit?     a. If  the  focus  of  the  organization’s  proposal  is  the  benefit  to  the  work  the   NGO  is  accomplishing  for  rural  women  in  Africa  and  the  US  program  is   simply  a  way  of  contributing  to  that,  the  model  would  fit.    If  the  focus  of   the  proposal  is  on  the  benefit  to  the  US  based  programs,  then  it  would   not  fit.    There  would  also  need  to  be  demonstrated  that  the  profit  is   necessarily  allocated  to  the  microfinance  fund,  that  it  is  built  in  to  the   process,  and  is  not  simply  a  voluntary  grant  on  the  part  of  the  US  based   organization.   8. We  design  a  product  that  is  built  and  used  in  the  developing  world.    We  are   generating  funds  for  our  work  in  the  developing  world  by  starting  a  program  to   sell  our  product  in  the  U.S.    Would  this  US  effort  count  if  all  the  revenue  is  used   to  fund  our  work  in  the  developing  world?   a. If:  a)  funds  from  US  sales  are  truly  creating  a  new  source  of  revenue,  and   a  grant  will  not  simply  cause  a  reallocation  of  funds  that  would  otherwise   support  domestic  program;  and  b)  revenue  is  necessarily  used  to  support   program  outside  the  US,  then  the  proposal  would  meet  the  guidelines.   9. Is  global  biodiversity  conservation  eligible  under  the  Environment  category?   a. Yes.  Page 2 of 4 |
  • 10. Does  the  Health  critical  area  include  mental  health?   a. Yes.   11. If  the  US  based  organization  is  helping  artisans/  artisan  groups  in  developing   countries  gain  access  to  new  markets  for  their  work,  is  that  eligible?  Would  the   fund  provide  support  for  several  pilot  situations  helping  artisans  gain  access  to   new  markets/speciality  retailers,  etc?   a. This  is  well  within  the  intent  of  the  innovation  fund.       12. Whether  the  mission  to  advance  freedom  of  information  and  expression  in   support  of  democracy  and  democratic  institution  building  would  qualify  for  this   RFP?        Would  the  fight  against  impunity  in  crimes  committed  against  human   rights  and  freedom  of  expression  defenders,  including  journalists,  qualify  for  this   RFP?   a. Within  its  five  areas  of  focus,  the  Innovation  Fund  defines  its  current   priorities  in  the  developing  world  as  follows:   i. Global  Health,  with  specific  reference  to  health  systems;   ii. Education,  with  specific  reference  to  sustained  broad  access  to   basic  education  among  all  disadvantaged;   iii. World  Relations,  with  specific  reference  to  entrepreneurial  effort   and  job  creation  in  conflict  areas  of  the  world;   iv. Environment,  with  specific  reference  to  access  to  clean  water;   v. Poverty,  with  specific  reference  to  innovations  in  increasing  family   incomes,  small  and  micro  enterprise  strategies.   Policy  work,  advocacy,  or  projects  to  advance  a  cause  in  public  opinion  or   government  policy  corridors  are  not  qualified  for  Innovation  Fund  grants.   13. Can  you  make  up  of  an  example  of  an  ideal  project  that  meets  the   requirements?   a. There  is  no  ideal  project.    More  important,  we’re  confident  that   applicants  and  the  creativity  they  bring  to  the  problems  they  face  will   fashion  initiatives  that  meet  our  criteria  better  than  any  hypothetical  we   could  offer  up.    That  said,  the  following  is  a  relatively  clear,  if   unimaginative,  example  of  an  initiative  that  meets  our  criteria.           An  organization  in  the  clean  water  space  is  working  in  five  villages.    It   believes  it  has  developed  a  technology  that  can  turn  the  provision  of   clean  water  into  a  business.    It  has  a  plan  to  make  that  happen  but  it   needs  is  a  beta  test  in  two  villages  to  determine  the  skills  and  capabilities   that  are  needed  to  execute  the  plan  and  to  finalize  (because  the  Fund  is  Page 3 of 4 |
  • targeted  at  the  go-­‐to-­‐market  phase)  revenue  structure  that  both  enables   entrepreneur  profit  and  (if  required)  payment  back  to  the  originating   technology  owner  via  fees  or  licenses.    They  are  seeking  funding  for  a   beta  test.    This  would  qualify.  Application Process 14. In  regards  to  the  organizations  not  chosen  as  finalists,  will  they  have   the  opportunity  to  receive  a  critique  of  their  proposals?   a. Yes.  Other 15. Can  you  help  clarify  your  definition  of  "innovation"  i.e.  are  you  focusing  on  new   methods  of  fundraising,  or  to  help  our  organization  expand  into  a  new   fundraising  method  for  us?   a. By  innovation  we  do  not  mean  the  improvement  of  traditional   philanthropic  grant  acquisition.    We  are  really  talking  about  social  finance   and  the  investment  in  medium  sized  non-­‐profits  to  make  them  able  to   play  on  this  social  finance  field,  and  thus  provide  some  needed  stability.   16. How  do  you  define  social  finance?   a. It  is  everything  from  program  related  investment  to  impact  investing.     There  are  many  different  aspects  to  social  finance.    What  it  generally   means  is  strategies  that  have  the  ability  to  reach  markets  or  quasi   markets  in  a  reliable  way  to  generate  profits  for  social  problem  solving.       17. Will  this  opportunity  be  offered  only  once,  or  will  it  be  offered  again  in  the   future?   a. Yes.    Plans  are  for  this  to  be  an  ongoing  offering.     June  15,  2012  Page 4 of 4 |