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GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation 2.0

For more information on eligibility, see the Terms and Conditions and FAQ.


For more information on eligibility, see the Terms and Conditions and FAQ.

What the fund will achieve

All applications to the Fund must be submitted in English.

  • projects that demonstrate how innovative digital technology (especially mobile), can increase the capacity of low-income and vulnerable communities – in particular women – to adapt to, anticipate and/or absorb climate-related shocks or stresses
  • projects that can clearly articulate and measure positive impacts on environment or biodiversity
  • projects that demonstrate that their solution actively reaches female users
  • projects that demonstrate what business or partnership models are required for innovative digital solutions to be adopted sustainably and at scale
  • projects that demonstrate what additional socio-economic, commercial, environmental and climate impact can be achieved by using digital solutions to build climate resilience and adaptation
  • projects that demonstrate the value proposition of these business models for mobile operators and other technology companies and how a partnership with these companies in the short or long run could help scale these business models

This Fund is funded by UK aid from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is supported by the GSMA and its members.

  • leverage digital technology, especially mobile, to deliver solutions described in sections 1 and 2
  • be a small and growing enterprise or start-up to deliver climate resilience and adaptation solutions to low-income and vulnerable populations in countries that are eligible to receive official development assistance (see section 5)
  • have active users and commercial revenue (users and revenue from any products or services offered by the organisation) in at least one eligible country (see section 5)
  • be an existing entity registered and operating in the country of project implementation at the time of application (whether domestic or foreign-owned or a joint venture). In cases where responsibility for service delivery lies with a down-stream partner, rather than the applicant, for example service delivery by a local government, it may be acceptable for the applicant to be registered in a country other than that of project implementation (see geographic specific restrictions in section 5)
  • be fully compliant with relevant business licensing, taxation, employee and other regulations in all applicable countries of grant project operation
  • be registered and have a bank account in the country where they will receive the grant money (if not the same as the project implementation country). This account must be capable of receiving GBP payments as all disbursements will be in GBP
  • be an eligible entity (as described in this section) and demonstrate that a majority of their income is derived from commercial activities. Early-stage companies that have not reached this threshold will need to demonstrate a reliable path to sustainability via commercial activities that generate revenue to be considered
  • commit to providing 25% or 50% matching funding depending on the total grant amount requested (see section 9)
  • only one organisation can apply for funding and become a grantee

The following organisations are not eligible to apply to the Fund. However, eligible applicants are encouraged to have partnerships with such organisations when it strengthens the value proposition of their application:

  • governments, government-owned agencies (or appointed government agencies)
  • non-profit organisations
  • UN Agencies
  • mobile network operators
  • university or academic organisation
  • start-up accelerators and incubators

The Fund will support the following:

How to apply

The Fund is managed and run by the GSMA. An independent Fund Manager, Palladium International Ltd, plays a managerial, compliance and advisory role, executing decisions on behalf of the Fund. Projects in the following countries are not eligible for funding:

Background information on the fund

For any further questions related to the Fund, please see the gsma website or write to us at GSMAIF@gsma.com

  • Africa
  • South and South East Asia
  • Pacific Islands
  • The Caribbean
  • Bolivia, Colombia and Guatemala
  • Albania and Moldova

To apply for the Fund, please complete the online application form by 16 May 2023 at 11:59pm UTC+1 (UK time). Additional due diligence checks and eligibility screenings may be required in certain markets including:

  • Afghanistan
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Cuba
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Libya
  • Myanmar
  • Nicaragua
  • North Korea
  • Syria
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen

If you know a suitable start-up, small and medium enterprises or social enterprise that should apply for the Innovation Fund? Tell us about them by filling in our short nomination form.

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Egypt, Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Haiti
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Republic of Congo
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia (Somaliland)
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe

Applications close on 16 May 2023 at 11:59pm UTC+1 (UK time). However, some exceptions apply. The Fund will provide 15 to 18 month grants to test innovative use-cases, partnerships and business models in order to improve the sustainability and scalability of digital enabled solutions that make a positive impact on low-income populations and those who are most vulnerable to current or future climate risks. Higher priority given to applications focusing on one or more of the following: To be eligible to apply, organisations must meet all of the following criteria: For these markets, applicants must be registered and operating in the country of project implementation. Please note, as a U.S 501(c)(3) organisation, the GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation Inc. is obliged to comply with the sanctions, laws and regulations of the United States and other sanctions regimes as may be applicable. These sanctions and laws and other legal or regulatory regimes may restrict the GSMA from distributing grant funding to certain entities or regions.


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