Frequently asked questions

I have an innovative idea but I do not have any affiliation with an NGO or think tank. Can I apply as a single person?

No. Unfortunately, we can not consider your application if you were to apply on your own since the fund is exclusively open for GIZ projects, political partner, NGOs, think tanks or networks. However, we encourage you to approach any institution qualified for application to the Inequality Challenge in order to present your ideas and seek out their support.

Is there a template of the application form so I can prepare the answers and upload them online later?

No. Unfortunately, we can not provide you with the template of the application form. However, you can use the key questions laid out under Application Info and prepare your answers offline.

Do I have to limit my answers to 2,500 characters for each of the key questions or does the number refer to all questions in total?

We encourage you to limit your answer to each question to 2,500 characters (incl. spaces).

We are an international NGO. Can we also apply?

No. Due to legal and administrative reasons, we only accept application from GIZ projects, political partner, NGOs, think tanks or networks whose headquarters are in partner countries of German Development Cooperation.

Is it possible for an international NGO to apply in a consortium with a local NGO within a specific partner country of German Development Cooperation?

It is possible that a local NGO’s project idea is co-financed by other organisations besides the Inequality Challenge’s funding. Please be aware that the Inequality Challenge exclusively funds activities implemented by the respective local NGO in partner countries of German Development Cooperation. This implies that the application has to be submitted directly by the local NGO. The application would also include the completed Due Diligence Checklist. In case of co-funding by another organisation, the local NGO names the respective organisation in its application. Moreover, the local NGO indicates the other organisation’s funding in the budget plan and earmarks which activities are to be covered by the Inequality Challenge and which by the other organisation.

Can a local NGO sub-grant to other organisations such as international NGOs?

No. The Inequality Challenge exclusively funds activities implemented by local NGOs in partner countries of German Development Cooperation. Subsequently, to sub-grant funding to international NGOs is not an option provided within the terms of the Inequality Challenge fund.

Are own financial contributions required?

It is not mandatory to make own financial contributions but regarded as an asset. Typically, such contributions are the coverage of personnel costs, office space, travel costs, etc. There are, however, certain general exclusions from funding which are indicated in chapter 2 of the application info.

Is it possible for public research institutes and universities to apply?

Yes, research institutes and universities are eligible for funding as long as they fulfil the special requirements for individual applications as described on the website (application info, see chapter 7). Please be aware that you have to complete Due Diligence Checklist in order to apply individually.