Millennium Challenge Account Zambia Innovation Grant Program (MCC)

The Millennium Challenge Account—Zambia (MCA Zambia) hereby issues this second CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES for its Innovation Grant Program for Pro-Poor Service Delivery (IGP).
 
MCA-Zambia invites private sector (non-state) organizations with innovative ideas to submit ideas that address affordable household sanitation financing to support the Sanitation Finance Action Plan (SCAP) in Mtendere, sanitation improvement in peri-urban areas, and solid waste management especially capacity-building for community-based enterprises, and potable water supply in peri-urban areas.  Concept notes for innovative financing for water supply, sanitation and hygiene, and solid waste management are also welcome.
 
Background.    The Millennium Challenge Account – Zambia (MCA-Zambia) was established under CAP 388 of the laws of Zambia as a company limited by guarantee, and has been designated by the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) as the Accountable Entity to implement activities planned within the US$354 million Millennium Challenge Compact signed on May 10, 2012 between the United States government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the GRZ. One of the components of the Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage (LWSSD) is the Innovation Grant Program (IGP) for pro-poor service delivery. The IGP is a competitive grant and partnership program designed to identify, and provide assistance to, innovative partnership opportunities, particularly through private sector engagement.  Grants may range in size from US$30,000 to US$100,000 (small grants) to $US100, 001 to US$1.5 million (large grants).

Problem Statement. 70% of the population of Lusaka City live in peri-urban areas. These people need access to clean and safe water supply, sanitation, and solid waste management services that are efficient and affordable.  They also need resources to improve water supply and sanitation at household level. These services are critical in order to reduce disease burden, increase time savings and improve economic growth at household level. The poor, women, girls, and other vulnerable groups (such as the elderly, handicapped, unemployed youth, and persons living with HIV/AIDs) suffer particularly when these services are inadequate.  Without improvements in water supply, sanitation and hygiene, and solid waste management, Lusaka’s peri-urban residents will continue to suffer substantial health risks in addition to losses of income, property values, and time in school.
 
Who can apply? Private sector organizations defined as all non-state actors, including for-profit and non-profit organizations, non-government organizations, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, universities, research institutions and foundations, among others.  
All applications should be submitted either in hardcopy and/or electronic versions (preferably in .pdf format; but .doc or .docx is acceptable). Please send by email or on disc) to MCA-Zambia to the email address igpinfo@mcaz.gov.zm by 17:00 hrs on 5th February 2016. All applications must be received by the deadline indicated above. Late submissions will not be considered. The concept note application form is available in Microsoft Office Word (.docx) format on the website (www.mcaz.gov.zm) under the Innovation Grants tab.  

For more information. Applicants are advised to kindly obtain more details from the following link (www.mcaz.gov.zm) for a detailed problem statement and the grant manual with all application forms. These are also available in hard copies at MCA-Zambia offices situated at 1200 Twikatane Road, off Addis Ababa Road, Rhodespark, Lusaka, Zambia).
MCA-Zambia will hold a workshop on 19th January, 2016 with morning and afternoon sessions to guide participants on the application process, including how to fill in the application forms. Those who would like to attend must register by sending an email to igpinfo@mcaz.gov.zm or hard copy correspondence to MCA-Zambia at 1200 Twikatane Road, off Addis Ababa Road, Lusaka, Zambia.  Please indicate the organization, name of the person attending, which session they would like attend (morning or afternoon), and contact details. Information on venue and program will be provided following registration.
 

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Who is Eligible?
For-profit companies, non-government organizations, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, universities, research institutions, and foundations
Zambian or non-Zambian, provided that non-Zambian organizations comply with Zambian regulations for performing business or related activities in the country.
 Small organizations seeking grants are encouraged to affiliate with larger organizations that have the capacity to formulate a work plan and manage grant funding

Who is NOT Eligible?
Government agencies
Political parties
Public international organizations
Individuals

Application Guidance

All applications should be submitted either in hardcopy and/or electronic versions (preferably in .pdf format; but .doc or .docx is acceptable). Please send by email or on disc) to MCA-Zambia to the email address igpinfo@mcaz.gov.zm by 17:00 hrs on 5th February 2016. All applications must be received by the deadline indicated above. Late submissions will not be considered. The concept note application form is available in Microsoft Office Word (.docx) format on the website (www.mcaz.gov.zm) under the Innovation Grants tab.  

For more information. Applicants are advised to kindly obtain more details from the following link (www.mcaz.gov.zm) for a detailed problem statement and the grant manual with all application forms. These are also available in hard copies at MCA-Zambia offices situated at 1200 Twikatane Road, off Addis Ababa Road, Rhodespark, Lusaka, Zambia).
MCA-Zambia will hold a workshop on 19th January, 2016 with morning and afternoon sessions to guide participants on the application process, including how to fill in the application forms. Those who would like to attend must register by sending an email to igpinfo@mcaz.gov.zm or hard copy correspondence to MCA-Zambia at 1200 Twikatane Road, off Addis Ababa Road, Lusaka, Zambia.  Please indicate the organization, name of the person attending, which session they would like attend (morning or afternoon), and contact details. Information on venue and program will be provided following registration.

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