Unsolicited Proposals: Guidance for Concept Notes

Please follow the instructions for drafting your concept note to begin an application for funding for international development projects. If you do not respect page limits and other instructions, we will not assess your concept note.

You must submit your unsolicited concept note through the Partners@International portal to ensure that your concept note and the date you submitted it are logged in the system. If you send us your concept note any other way (e.g. in person or email) we will not consider it as submitted.

Please note:

Page limit:

Annexes:

Format:

Structure:

Basic information

You may wish to format the following information as a short table to save space.

Title: title of your proposed project

Duration: Specify the number of years

Country(ies) and sector: Identify the country or countries in which the project will take place and the main sector the proposed project will address. This will ensure that the most appropriate program receives your concept note.

Funding requested: Indicate the amount of funding you are requesting from Global Affairs Canada in Canadian dollars. Please keep in mind:

Contact name, title and email: You only need to specify 1 contact for this initiative because your organization’s information is already in the Partners@International portal and the concept note you submitted through the portal is attached to it. You may include a second contact if you wish.

Revenue (yes+A/B/C or no)?:

If any component of your project will generate financing or revenue, indicate “Yes” to this question in your basic information section. If you indicate “Yes” to any of the questions below, write the letter(s) of the questions to which you answered “Yes” in the Basic Information table. Be sure to provide more specific details in the annex.

  1. Will any of the requested funding be used to make investments, issue loans, perform credit activities (including micro-financing or micro-credit) or offer financial guarantees or loss protection for the purposes of attaining development outcomes? Yes or no.
  2. Will your organization or any intermediary(ies) generate revenues over the course of the project? Revenues could include income generated from investments, loans, credit activities, financial guarantees, as well as revenues from other sources. Yes or no.
  3. As part of the project activities, will your organization or any intermediary(ies) in the project structure acquire an ownership interest or equity position in a corporation or funding vehicle and/or acquire, hold, assign, exchange, sell or otherwise dispose of shares? Yes or no.

Revenue Can$: If you answer “Yes” to Revenue, estimate as closely as possible the amount (in Canadian dollars) of Global Affairs Canada’s funding that will be used in the revenue-generating component of the proposed project.

Signatories: List signatories you plan to include on a funding agreement with Global Affairs Canada if funding is approved. If none, indicate N/A.

Partners: List implementing partners or local partners you have already identified. If none, indicate N/A or “not yet”, as appropriate.

Development challenge

Solution

Organization capacity

Annexes

  1. Optional, all concept notes
    • 1 page/500-word maximum in English or 1.2 page/600-word maximum in French
    • May include a preliminary logic model, photographs and/or infographs.
  2. Mandatory if you answered “Yes” to the revenue question
    • 250-word maximum in English or 300-word maximum in French
    • describes the following:
      1. project activities that may be used to make investments, issue loans, perform credit activities (including micro-financing) or offer financial guarantees or loss protection for the purposes of attaining development results
      2. how revenues may be generated by your organization or any intermediary(ies) over the course of the project (e.g. income generated from investments, loans, credit activities, financial guarantees, as well as revenues from other sources)
      3. investment activities if as part of the project activities your organization or any intermediary(ies) in the project structure will acquire an ownership interest or equity position in a corporation or funding vehicle and/or will acquire, hold, assign, exchange, sell or otherwise dispose of shares
      4. total estimated amount (in Canadian dollars) of Global Affairs Canada’s contribution that will be tied to financing/revenue generating activities as noted above
    • if the revenue-generating element of the project is of high value and/or complexity, we may request more information before completing the assessment of your concept note
  3. Mandatory if you answered “Yes” to the revenue question
    • Wiring diagram: a graphic representation of the initiative’s flow of funds between and toward different organizations or parts of organizations and reflecting the roles of all proposed partners, intermediaries and beneficiaries
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