We support projects that use digital technologies in exploring new ways to solve development challenges.
At Wehubit, we specifically target the scaling-up/replication phase of digital social innovations. In other words, proposed solutions must have already passed the early stages of ideation, prototyping, testing and have at least one successful implemented case study, preferably in the country or countries where the proposal is to be implemented.
Wehubit only funds:
- projects that scale-up existing digital solutions so that these are rolled-out at larger scale and become more available, affordable and performing; or
- projects that replicate proven digital solutions in other contexts (sectors, regions...)
GRANTS – are accessible to non-profit organisations. The selection for grants is done through calls for proposals which follow a strict and transparent procedure. Calls for proposals are launched on a regular basis. Each call for proposals has two rounds of evaluation (1st and 2nd round). You can only apply during the open period of the call for proposals. The 2nd round is only accessible to the successful applications of the 1st round.
How to apply?
If you are interested in applying for a grant, we invite you to go to the appropriate section below. There you can download the guidelines and carefully read all the information surrounding the process. These contain all the necessary information and instructions to be followed for submitting your project.
If you feel your project is in line with the guidelines, and you wish to apply, you can click on the 'APPLY' button, which will lead you directly to the starting page of the application form.
During this application form you will be asked to answer questions and upload the required documents (see guidelines). Templates are provided within the webform.
Applicants must ensure that their forms and annexes are complete. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
Tips to improve your chances
The jury is not yet replaced by artificial intelligence. Its members are still working with human brains. Make their life easy by going straight to the point in your answers.
Clearly read the guiding principles section on our website and apply them in your project.
The grant is funded by public money. You’re not allowed to identify upfront in your proposal who you will work with unless it is a co-applicant, or a partner (which implies no money transfer). While implementing your project, you will have to look for service and goods providers: apply transparent and competitive selection procedures during implementation.
For efficiency and “value-for-money” purposes, we recommend you to concentrate yourself on a single country, unless you present a project where the regional aspect is an important component.
Here are some informative documents:
- The guidelines, that we recommend to read carrefully
- The introductory note (where you can find for each of the 13 African partner countries of the Belgian development cooperation a short summary of the specific focus of the bilateral cooperation for the coming years)
- Annex F: Grant Agreement template
- Annex G: Round 1 Grant application file (Concept note) verification and evaluation grid
- Annex H: Round 2 Grant application file (Proposal) verification and evaluation grid
During the first round, we will check your eligibility, your capacity to manage a grant as well as general elements of your project. In the application form of round 1, you will have to answer questions and upload the following documents:
In addition, you'll have to provide
- The statutes or articles of association of the applicant and any co-applicants.
- Financial statements certified by an independent body (audit or statutory commissioner). Those statements may not be older than 2 years. Public entities and co-applicants are not required to submit an external audit report.
- The documents substantiating that the applicant has already managed public funds and successfully implemented grants for at least 40% of the amount applied for.
- Proof of being locally established. This means that the applicant need to prove that you have an office in the country where the action will be implemented. To prove this, you need to provide a local registration document.
Those projects selected under the first round will be invited to present a more complete project description in a second round by submitting:
- Annex A.2: Grant application form round 2
- Annex B: Budget of the project
- Annex C: Logical framework of the project
In addition, you'll have to provide
- A indicative action plan for implementation of the project
Our review process is highly selective and rigorous.
Loans are accessible to private sector companies only. This component is implemented and funded by BIO, the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries. The most important criteria to be eligible for a BIO loan are:
- Your organisation should operate in one of BIO's 52 eligible countries
- Your organisation should be active for at least 3 years
- Your organisation should be profitable or on a good path to break-even soon, and have an EBTIDA of an equivalent of at least EUR 300,000 in 2017
- The minimum amount provided by BIO is equivalent to EUR 1 million (in hard or local currency)
Preference is given for companies with activities in: Agriculture and agribusiness, financial inclusion, Renewable energy and Basic products and services to the population. All sectors are eligible except those excluded by IFC and EDFI.
When making contact with BIO, you will be requested to demonstrate your capacity to manage a loan as well general elements of your project, through the following elements:
- Certificate of Incumbency
- Anti-Money Laundering Questionnaire (Financial Institutions only)
- Audited financial statements of 3 years
- Financial statements year-to-date
- Financial projections
- Business plan
Find further details on BIO’s website.