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How we fund

We scale inclusive finance to foster resilient communities

SCBF invites financial service providers and social enterprises who are involved in furthering inclusive finance and are endorsed by an SCBF member, to submit an innovative/interesting proposal in financial inclusion under the various intervention categories that we support. More instructions on how to apply can be found below.

Focus area

Our primary focus areas

We would be supporting projects that have a nexus between finance and agriculture, health, housing and climate, as well as climate resilience, addressing the needs of women and migrants as cross-cutting priorities across.

Agriculture

Enable equitable access to agri-finance solutions, markets and resources; Strengthen agriculture ecosystem players to be more resilient to climate shocks; Promote adoption of climate resilient agriculture practices.

Health

Reduce out-of-pocket expenditures; Increase access to primary care; Increase access to care for Non Communicable Diseases.

Housing

Increase access to eco-friendly home ownership; Increase access to affordable housing; Enhance green and disaster resilient construction.

Climate

Support inclusive finance enablers making financial services accessible to all.

Apply for a grant

Apply for grant application in 3 simple steps

1. Check the guidelines

Prospective project must meet certain guidelines

2. Complete the templates

Prospective project must meet certain guidelines

3. Send the grant application

Prospective project must meet certain guidelines

Guidelines

How to receive a project grant?

The main guidelines include the eligible countries, the overall criteria, the specific criteria for the different interventions, as well as the selection criteria.

All these criteria are explained on this page below. The complete proposal guide contains all information and can be downloaded below:

Who can qualifies for grants

Eligibility criteria for grants

Location
Type of intervention
General

Sub-Saharan Africa (Priority)

Asia

Latin America

MENA

Oceania

Sub-Sahara Africa

Technical Assistance Grant

Repayable Grants

Impact-linked Finance

  • Funding technical assistance for innovative financial products, channels and services (no infrastructure)
  • Eligible countries as listed (except for projects focusing on smallholder farmers, which is all countries that receive ODA)
  • Minimum outreach to at least 4’000 new clients; low-income households, smallholder farmers and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME)
  • Third-party contributions (desirable)
  • Mid- and end-of project financial report with mandatory audits of the grantee for projects equal to or greater than CHF
  • Mid- and end-of project financial report with mandatory audits of the grantee for projects equal to or greater than CHF 100’000 (SCBF contribution) by external / independent auditor, which will be financed by SCBF
  • Financial and institutional self-sufficiency is reached or on a clear path towards it
  • Proven social mission in serving low-income clients, notably women, preferably in rural areas
  •  Compliance with responsible finance practices and data / privacy standards
  • Involvement of FSP’s senior management
  • Mobilisation and development of local / regional competences through hiring of local consultants and by having international consultants spending at least 60% of their expert days in-country (desirable)

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Final financial report (same file as implementation plan/budget)

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Implementation Plan, Budget and TOR Template

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Factsheet FSW Template

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Milestone Report Template

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Factsheet FEW Template

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Milestone Report Template

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Final Report Template FEW

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Guideline to Write a Final Report FEW

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Financial Education
Final Report

Final financial report (same file as implementation plan/budget)

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Financial Education
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Audit Requirements on the Grantee

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Auditor’s Instruction Package

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Acknowledgment of Receipt and Fee for the Planned Audit

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Audit Report on the Final Financial Project Report

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FAQ

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What types of projects are eligible for funding?
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Is there a specific geographic focus for the projects you fund?
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