Community Impact Grants

Through the Community Impact Grants, ISIF Asia will allocate 2 grants of 30,000 AUD each focusing on new initiatives, testing of new ideas, proof of concept or prototypes.

In addition, one 50,000 AUD grant to scale-up an existing solution. Sucessful applicants for the scale-up grant will receive a capacity building package valued at around 10,000 AUD, that will provide them with the knowledge, tools and contacts they need to take their innovations forward.
Innovation and a development focus should be an integral part of the project, focusing on areas such as women & girls in IT, democracy enhancement, open data, applications for economic empowerment, poverty alleviation, health and education.

There is a strong emphasis about documentation of impact and knowledge sharing through papers, videos, and other communication materials. Sucessful applicants will have to include a clear communication strategy for the disseminartion of project outcomes.

Organizations and companies working on Internet development from the public and/or private sector are encouraged to apply.

Project outcomes will be shared on the ISIF website for the benefit of the Internet as a whole. Recipients will be encouraged to share “behind the scenes” lessons learned during the project cycle as well as made them selves available for interviews and other promotional activities around the dissemination of project results.

Key dates for 2016

Grants applications open 24 February
Grants applications close 31 May 2016 midnight UTC (other timezones here)
Selection process June - July
Due diligence review and contracts August
Announcement of successful application/s September

Eligibility criteria

Applications accepted for full review will be scored by all Committee members based on selection criteria. Only proposals accepted by full consensus of the Selection Committee will be granted funding. The proposals will be assessed based on the criteria below:

  • Aligned with grants purpose/scope.
  • Clear benefit for the community.
  • Clear objectives and well structured methodology.
  • ISIF Asia will ONLY support initiatives managed by organizations based in the Asia Pacific region, with funds allocated to be invested within the Asia Pacific region, as described in the list of economies served by APNIC. During the selection process, the ISIF Asia secretariat will give consideration to regional diversity and balance.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage funds, conduct project activities and document outcomes effectively, within the specified budget and time limits.
  • Project proposals submitted by public or private sector organizations, university, or research and development institutions and non-government organizations will be considered. Individuals are not eligible.
  • Potential for growth/further development.
  • Engagement within the community relevant to the project proposed.
  • Innovative approach to addressing issues that that have been clearly identified and defined as part of the proposal.
  • Relationship with other existing projects at a regional/global level
  • Realistic budget and timeframe proposed. Administrative overheads will not be funded. Project proposals exceeding that maximum grant amount and timeline must specify where the additional funds will be obtained to bring the project to completion. The ISIF Asia program may decide to partially fund a proposal.

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