The DRM Innovation Fund provides support to short-term innovative projects in domestic revenue mobilisation. Prospective recipients partake in a two-stage application process. Successful applicants will receive an amount of up to 100 000 euros for their proposed project.

Who can apply?

  • Public entities on the list of eligible African countries dealing with domestic revenue mobilisation.
  • Partnerships between public entities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), academia and private sector firms based in African countries dealing with domestic revenue mobilisation. At least one out of the two applying organisations in the partnership or joint venture must be a public entity.

Eligibility

  • The DRM Innovation fund invites applications for projects that develop, adapt or test new and innovative solutions, methods, approaches or tools which aim to tackle challenges related to domestic revenue mobilisation in African countries.
    • "Innovative" in this context is broadly defined by the DRM Innovation Fund as developing new solutions and approaches to tackle persistent problems related to revenue mobilisation.

      List of eligible African countries:

      The Governing Committee which comprises the DRM Fund’s main financiers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), have composed a country list for the current round of applications.

      Only public entities who originate from one of the countries below will be considered eligible to apply for support.

      1. Algeria
      2. Benin
      3. Burkina Faso
      4. Burundi
      5. Cameroon
      6. Côte d'Ivoire
      7. Egypt, Arab Rep.
      8. Liberia
      9. Malawi
      10. Mali
      11. Mauritania
      12. Morocco
      13. Mozambique
      14. Namibia
      15. Rwanda
      16. Senegal
      17. South Africa
      18. Tanzania
      19. Togo
      20. Tunisia
      21. Uganda
      22. Zambia

      Project implementation period and funding amount

      • The project implementation period needs to be between 6 to 10 months.
      • Total amount of project funding cannot exceed the maximum threshold of 100 000 Euros. (Funding amounts range between 50 000 to 100 000 euros per project)

      Application process and timeline

      The application process is divided into two stages

      • Stage one: submit online form and upload a concept note and a self-assessment checklist on fiduciary risk.
        • Applicants’ concept notes and fiduciary risk self-assessment checklist will be screened and shortlisted based on general eligibility.
      • Stage two: shortlisted applicants will be asked to complete and submit a detailed budget, logical framework and (if required) further supporting documents.
        • The DRM Fund Secretariat will directly contact, guide and assist all shortlisted applicants through this second stage of the application process, relevant templates/documents will be sent directly to shortlisted applicants.
        • Technical assessment of applications will take place and a further fiduciary risk assessment (also known as the GIZ commercial and legal eligibility check on potential recipients) will be conducted on the applying organisation by an external auditor assigned by the DRM Innovation Fund secretariat.
      • Kindly note:
        • For shortlisted applicants who are looking to pursue a GIZ grant agreement, the fiduciary risk assessment/GIZ commercial and legal eligibility check on potential recipients conducted by an external auditor will take place in addition to the submission of the self-assessment checklist on fiduciary risk that is required in stage one of the application process.
        • Depending on the above, final funding decisions will be made by the Governing Committee.

      To apply

      Should your application be shortlisted: the DRM Fund Secretariat will be in touch to request the submission of further documentation and guide/assist applicants through the second stage of the application process.

      • Please see further details on “Formal Administrative Requirements” below

      For applicants who have been successfully shortlisted:

      The DRM Fund Secretariat will directly contact and guide shortlisted applicants who have progressed to the second stage of the application process.

      Applicants will be requested by the DRM Fund Secretariat to submit further documentation which includes, but are not limited to, the following:

      • A logical framework (relevant template will be provided directly to shortlisted applicants).
      • A detailed budget (relevant template will be provided directly to shortlisted applicants).
      • Official letter of approval for the project from the management of applying public entity.
      • Should an application be submitted from a partnership or joint initiative, a letter of cooperation is required from the partner organisation.
      • Other additional documents may be required for the fiduciary risk assessment/GIZ assessment on commercial and legal eligibility.
        • As per GIZ's rules and procedures pertaining to direct financial contributions, the GIZ assessment on commercial and legal eligibility will be conducted by an external auditor assigned by the DRM Fund Secretariat. [Read more about "Formal Administrative Requirements" below]

      How to check the status of your application:

      • Applicants can view the status of their applications by logging into their profile and checking their dashboard.
      • Should you experience technical difficulties with your dashboard/online profile. Please contact us.

      Formal administrative requirements

      The DRM Innovation Fund is implemented by the GIZ and operates under the organisation’s procedures and rules.

      Kindly note that GIZ will only be able to offer applicants a grant agreement (direct financial contribution) dependent on an assessment of the applying organisation’s fiduciary risks.

      Receiving a direct financial contribution in the form of a GIZ grant agreement

      • To be eligible for a GIZ grant agreement, shortlisted applicants will have to meet fiduciary risk requirements denoted in the GIZ commercial and legal eligibility assessment.
      • All applicants must complete a self-assessment checklist on fiduciary risk together with the concept note in stage one of the application process.
      • Should an application progress, the DRM Innovation Fund secretariat will assign an external auditor to conduct a fiduciary risk assessment/ GIZ commercial and legal eligibility check on potential recipients. The external auditor may request interviews and additional documentation/information from the applicant’s organisation. (For shortlisted applicants only)
      • Only public entities/organisations are eligible to receive direct financial contributions.
      • The DRM Innovation Fund accepts applications from joint ventures or partnerships if one of the two applying organisations is a public entity.
        • In applications which are collaborative projects the public entity will be the main recipient of the grant agreement.
      • If the applying organisation does not meet the formal requirements for a GIZ grant agreement the DRM Fund Secretariat will notify the shortlisted applicants, and explore alternative means of support.

      On information submitted by applicants

      • Information submitted by applicants during the application process will not be distributed to third parties.
      • However, the DRM Innovation Fund reserves the right to distribute application information within GIZ and to the entities and organisations on the Governing Committee and chosen external experts for the purposes of assessment and selection.

      Notes on funding or additional support from other GIZ programmes and donors

      The DRM Innovation Fund requests that prospective recipients disclose if they have previously received, or are currently receiving technical or financial support from a GIZ programme or other donors.