What we Fund
Indigo Trust funds mobile and web technology work aimed at improving transparency, accountability and service delivery in sub-Saharan Africa. We will consider a range of transparency and accountability work, including but not limited to access to information, legislative transparency, budget data work and parliamentary monitoring. Please see our recent grants for examples of the sort of work we will consider. In addition, we fund some work with technology and innovation hubs interested in driving social change and development.
When considering proposals we take a number of factors into account. As a flexible funder, we recognise that conditions vary from country to country and organisation to organisation and so the following criteria should be seen more as guidelines than absolute rules. In general, however, when considering proposals we look for some or all of the following elements:
- The applicant must be operating wholly or partly in at least one African country or else specifically seeking to benefit those who do work and live in Africa
- They must be implementing or hoping to implement a technology-driven project or seeking to raise the profile/efficiency of technology as a development tool in Africa
- Technology must be integrated into a well-devised project, which will have a social impact in promoting transparency, accountability and better delivery of public services
- The project must be well researched and tackling an unmet need
- Any technology used must be appropriate, i.e. available and usable by the target population
- Projects ought to be sustainable, replicable and/or scalable
- There should be a robust evaluation mechanism in place that enables the impact of the project to be measured
- Any organisation must be willing to be transparent and open about their work, unless security concerns mean that such openness would present a credible risk of harm to people involved in the project
- We generally only provide approximately £10,000 to projects. The project budget can be higher, although it’s very unlikely that we would be able to cover the full cost
We also have a soft spot for the following:
- Local, i.e. in-country African organisations
- Open source projects
- Small organisations (with a budget of less than £500, 000)
- Interoperable solutions
- Two way interactivity
We don’t support infrastructure, general equipment costs or generic ICT training. We also actively encourage collaboration and, in addition to acting as funders, we see one of our key roles as making connections between grantees, other organisations and funders. If you do apply to us, we’d recommend you take a look at some of these FAQs, as we are very likely to ask you most (or all) of them.
How to Apply
If you think your project/organisation could be suitable for consideration by us, please contact us in the first instance to tell us a little more about it. If you would prefer to submit a concept note or proposal directly, please use the e-mail addresses on the Contact page. We strongly recommend that applicants submit brief proposals and concept notes of between two and four sides A4 where possible. Remember, if we require further information to be able to come to an assessment or decision, we will be in touch to ask you. By asking applicants to keep proposals brief, we hope to reduce the burden both on them and on us. We do not want applicants to spend lots of time creating proposals or concept notes for us, especially if we are unlikely to fund them. In any event, a typical proposal should contain:
- Brief background information on your organisation, the country/countries it operates in, approximate size etc.
- If appropriate, an overview of the project for which you are seeking funding, including details of the technology involved, the numbers/types of people it aims to reach, current status etc.
- A statement of need, i.e. what problem does this project address
- A rough budget for the project
- Details of how you will evaluate and monitor the project including Milestones or Objectives
- Any other information, which you think we should know or may be helpful, such as details of partners you’ll be working with
Once we receive your proposal or concept note, we will confirm receipt and it will then be added to a list to be discussed with the Indigo trustees. For this meeting, we will abbreviate the information you have provided for presentation to the trustees. Thereafter, we will contact you to inform you of the outcome of that meeting and may request further information or clarification before we reach a final decision. This may require several rounds of questions or a call. Overall, you should expect the process to last anywhere from six weeks to three months, although all cases are treated individually and so this timeframe could be considerably reduced or increased depending on circumstances.
If you have any questions about anything here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re always happy to clear up any doubts or questions people may have. We look forward to hearing from you.