Through our single-entry portal Wehubit, your Digital for Development (D4D) initiatives can gain access to financing grants & loans.
GRANTS – are accessible to non-profit organisations established in one of the 14 partner countries of the Belgian bilateral cooperation: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Palestine, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania or Uganda. The grant agreement is signed with Enabel.
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.
LOANS – are accessible to private companies. The contract is signed with BIO.
The selection for loans is done through an open window below, where you can apply for a loan at any time. After an administrative and eligibility check, these applications will follow the BIO procedure for loans.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying for a grant or a loan, we invite you to go to the appropriate section below. There you can download the respective 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, the next step is to create an account. You will receive an email which enables you to log in and change your password.
You will be redirected to a secured area where you will be asked to fill in an application form and upload the required documents (see guidelines). At the bottom of this area you can download all templates.
Applicants must ensure that their forms and annexes are complete. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
Grants - Calls for Proposals
07/01/2020 > 21/02/2020 (13:00 Brussels time)
Please note that only projects that are in line with our Policy & guiding principles will be selected.
Under the first round, we will check your eligibility, your capacity to manage a grant as well as general elements of your project. Documents to be sent under round 1 are:
- the completed on-line application form
- annex A.1 - grant application form round 1)
- annexes listed under chapter 2.2.1 of the guidelines
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
- your project timetable
Our review process is highly selective and rigorous.
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.
20/05/2019 > 08/07/2019
07/01/2019 > 21/02/2019
25/06/2018 > 10/08/2018
Loans are accessible to private sector companies (only). This private sector component of Wehubit is funded by BIO, the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries. Besides the guiding principles of the Wehubit program, 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. Find further details on BIO’s website.
Via the permanently open window below, you can apply for a BIO loan.
Please note that only projects are in line with our Policy & guiding principles will be selected.
Under the first round, we will check your elegibility, your capacity to manage a grant as well general elements of your project. Documents to be sent under round 1 are:
- 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
Those projects selected under the first round will be invited to present a more complete project description in a second round.