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When I hear the word innovation I reach for my gun – ok so my holster is pretty worn out but …

When I hear the word innovation I reach for my gun – ok so my holster is pretty worn out but …

Why do grant-makers:

1. prefer innovation to ‘tried and trusted’,
2. then decline truly innovative projects because the results are uncertain,
3. and fall for application from large organisations merely dressed up as innovation?

Hopefully DFID’s new innovation fund will be different:
http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Working-with-DFID/-Schemes/-for-not-for-profit-organisations/Development-Innovation-Fund-DIF

This seeks to help “community based organisations involved in providing specific small scale, one-off support that directly targets poverty in the developing world and includes a significant development awareness component in the UK. “

“Key elements
• A total of £7m for an initial period of 16 months, with a mid-term review by August 2010 and an evaluation before the end of March 2011.
• An application based Fund.
• Small scale proposals up to £60,000 ceiling
• Up to 100% funding for an application.
• Applications to cover a period not exceeding one year.
• Applications will be appraised at 3 decision making rounds.
• Applications can cover work in any low or lower-middle income developing country.
• Open only to not for profit organisations.
• Applications must show that the intended activities will improve the lives of poor people in the developing world.
• Applications must demonstrate how the intended work will be used to help raise awareness of development issues in the UK.
• A limit of three applications per group/organisation at any one time.
• Successful applicants can re-apply for funding but only after they have accounted for any previous grants provided.”

Good luck!

John Baguley

www.internationalfundraisingconsultancy.com

John Baguley is the CEO of the International Fundraising Consultancy (IFC) and a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising. IFC has a global reach with twelve country directors and runs the free Top Table business breakfasts for fundraising directors. John is a regular speaker at international fundraising conventions, and a writer and blogger on fundraising.

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