The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) for the years 2012 and 2013 on April 13, 2012 to provide funding of up to $100,000 for new project ideas and again $1 million to $15 million for scaling up of innovative ideas for several years. Interestingly, USAID has opened this opportunity to NGOs from all countries around the world. Even if you are a small NGO based in a developing country or a huge organization leading several projects across different parts of the world, you are eligible to apply and win grants under DIV.
DIV is accepting proposals for projects which offer innovative solutions to problems related to development. As this opportunity seeks to address different kinds of development challenges, you can submit proposals for any sector, whether it is livelihood development, agriculture, climate change, environment, democracy, human rights, peace and conflict etc. The problems or challenges existing in these sectors can be addressed innovatively by NGOs in their project areas and USAID would be more than willing to understand them, review your project ideas and fund them right from the start up. If your organization is already implementing innovative solutions to address development problems, then you can share them in your proposal and if USAID approves it, you can scale them to other project areas.
Before we can explain you how to apply for this funding opportunity, it is important to understand why NGOs should apply for it.
This is a unique grant opportunity because NGOs from all across the world are invited to apply for it. Secondly, you can submit your project ideas in any sector or area of interest. Thirdly, DIV funds new ideas or start-ups (not many donors would do this). Fourthly, there is scope for receiving additional funding from USAID; if your innovative project receives initial success, then you have better chances of getting more funds to replicate the same project in other areas. Lastly, and more importantly, USAID believes that in the coming future, funding for NGOs would be limited and thereby, it is necessary to innovate and implement cost-effective solutions to address development challenges. [Click here to continue reading]