Who can apply for ISIF Asia funding?

Project proposals from Asia Pacific-based organizations will be considered. Applications from public, private sector, academia (such as universities or research and development institutions), non-profit and social enterprises are welcome to all grant categories. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Applications must be aligned with ISIF Asia program objectives, eligibility criteria, and administrative guidelines.

How do we submit a project proposal?

Project proposals must be submitted through the relevant online application form. Please read carefully the guidelines, terms and conditions. There is no limit about the number of applications that you can submit on a particular category, or across different categories. There are no restrictions to apply for different categories at the same time.

Can we submit a grant proposal in collaboration with another organization(s)?

Yes. ISIF Asia applicants are encouraged to collaborate with like-minded organizations. However, most project activities under the ISIF Asia funds should be conducted in the region, explicitly benefit the Asia Pacific region. When preparing the application, please include information about the partnership, such as the list of the organizations or groups involved in the partnership, and a detailed description on how the partnership is going to work, how the roles and responsibilities for the project implementation will be distributed, how the decisions will be taken, and which organization will be the leading the partnership. It is important to clarify that: 1) The leading organization must be based in the Asia Pacific region; 2) The due diligence review will be completed only for the leading organization; 3) Only the leading organization will sign the grant agreement with ISIF Asia and be entitled to receive and administer the allocated funds.

What is the maximum amount of funds that we can apply for?

Maximum amount to be provided through grants, depends on the specific category that you are applying for and the contributions from our donors and sponsors for a particular year. For full details visit the Grants section of the website.

What is the deadline to submit a grant proposal?

Calls for grant proposals will be open for a fixed period time, normally for a period between 2 to 3 months. Clear deadlines will be announced on the ISIF Asia website and through email announcements and social media posts. All proposals must be submitted in their entirety using the relevant online application form. No additional information can be filed after that date, and will not accepted by email or postal mail unless specifically required by the ISIF Asia secretariat.

What economies are considered by ISIF as part of the Asia Pacific region?

The project activities must be conducted in one or more of the economies considered by ISIF Asia as part of the Asia Pacific region, based on the service region of APNIC. This is the full list: Afghanistan; American Samoa; Australia; Bangladesh; British English Ocean Territory; Brunei Darussalam; Bhutan; Cambodia; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; China; Dem. People’s Republic of Korea; Cook Islands; Federated States of Micronesia; Fiji; French Polynesia; French Southern Territories; Guam; Hong Kong SAR; India; Indonesia; Japan; Kiribati; Laos People’s Dem. Republic; Macau; Malaysia; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nauru; Nepal; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Niue; Norfolk Island; Northern Mariana Islands; Pakistan; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Pitcairn; Samoa; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Sri Lanka; Republic of Korea; Taiwan; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Tokelau; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu; Viet Nam; Wallis and Futuna Islands.

Can we get an assessment about why our application was not selected?

Yes, it is possible but it will be a slow process. The ISIF Asia Secretariat is willing to review the comments gathered during the selection process and provide a summary. This should allow the applicant to improve future applications. The decisions are final and cannot be challenged.

What type of contract/agreement do we have to sign to receive the funding?

Grant agreements are signed only with grant recipients. A grant agreement will be signed between the leading organization of a grant proposal and the ISIF Asia Secretariat, the APNIC Foundation. There is a copy of the grant agreement available upon request.

How long will it take to receive the funding?

The ISIF Asia Secretariat is committed to provide funding in a timely manner. The first disbursement will be done no more than 30 days later than the grant candidate has accepted the terms and conditions and complied with all the required administrative procedures.

What kind of reporting is expected from grant recipients?

Grant recipients are required to provide two technical and two financial reports using an online reporting system. The ISIF Asia Secretariat will provide assistance about how to use the reporting system. Additional reports might be requested by the ISIF Asia Secretariat at anytime during the project cycle. The technical reports must be descriptive and detailed, providing information that can be used for promotion and follow-up. Reports must document the activities conducted and include documentation efforts conducted as part of the project. It is advisable to include pictures, diagrams, audio and/or video to document the activities. These additional materials will be used to development ISIF Asia promotional materials, and as such ISIF Asia reserves the right to reuse them either totally or partially. Therefore, to credit the authors full details must be provided. Grant recipients will be showcased in the ISIF Asia website and final technical reports are published, including profiles of team members according to the licenses and copyright policy of ISIF Asia. The first set of reports (technical and financial) must be submitted halfway through the project cycle and the final reports must be submitted no longer than 30 days after the project activities have finished. Reports are subject to approval by the ISIF Asia secretariat. No funds will be released until reports are approved. Approval might take two to four weeks and therefore it is recommended that project activities are budgeted accordingly so there are no delays in implementation.

Is the ISIF Asia secretariat going to visit the project for follow-up?

The ISIF Asia secretariat reserves the right to organize site visits at anytime during the project cycle or after project implementation has concluded. Recipients will be notified accordingly to organize the logistics.

Are recipients expected to participate in online and/or face-to-face meetings?

The ISIF Asia Secretariat will notify fund recipients about any meeting planned and will provide detailed logistic information with enough anticipation to guarantee participation. Mandatory participation to specific events will be part of the terms and conditions for the release of funds.

Are there any online networking tools for ISIF Asia recipients?

The ISIF Asia Secretariat supports a networking strategy among all the recipients based on common interests. A mailing list has been created to promote information sharing and networking among the recipients. A social media networking strategy requires recipients to share updates and promote their initiatives mainly on Facebook and Twitter.

Which are ISIF Asia copyright policies?

Ownership of the project idea and materials will remain with the recipients of the ISIF Asia funds. All project reports are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

I’ve just heard from ISIF and the call for proposals is already closed. When is the next call for proposals?

Calls for grant proposals open annually, but there is no specific calendar to follow. If you want to apply for the next one, please register to receive the official announcements, so your organization will have enough time to prepare accordingly. To register, just add your contact details to the form on the homepage.