- Department for International Development
- 18 July 2017
- Last updated:
- 10 August 2017, see all updates
- Eligible organisations:
- Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), UK-based non-profit organisations, Companies, and Educational institutions
- Value of funding:
- Up to £100,000
Allow service providers to support unconventional solutions to longstanding problems in the low-cost private education sector in Lagos.
The Fund will support ambitious innovations designed by Lagos’ private schools’ proprietors, service providers and other entrepreneurs.
The concept at the heart of the Fund is ‘innovation’.
The deadline for applications is 15 August 2017 at 11:59pm, local time in Lagos, Nigeria.
What the fund will achieve
The Developing Effective Private Education Nigeria (DEEPEN) Challenge Fund is pleased to announce that it is accepting project proposals for supporting sustainable business models aimed at improving education quality in primary level low-cost private schools (LCPS) in Lagos.
The Fund will provide the Lagos LCPS-focused service providers with an opportunity to support unconventional solutions to longstanding problems in the private education sector in Lagos, through the ingenuity of private enterprise. It is also an opportunity to fund ambitious innovations designed by Lagos’ private schools’ proprietors, service providers and other entrepreneurs. Our aim is to scale up ongoing and emerging pilots, boost market linkages in hitherto unconnected market segments and highlight opportunities that might not have been noticed if not supported externally.
The concept at the heart of the Fund is ‘innovation’. The Fund team takes a broad view of innovation and encourages proposals that go well beyond ‘business as usual’ and challenges applicants to find new ways to improve the performance, governance and influence of their proposed intervention in the LCPS. The DEEPEN Challenge Fund’s working definition of innovation includes, but is not limited to, products and services that are:
- New to Lagos, Nigeria or Africa
- New in education sector (not previously used for education purposes)
- Specifically, new in the low-cost private school sector
- New in delivery or method of application (e.g. If the provider of a traditional training course comes up with a way of providing this service to schools simultaneously to reduce costs)
- Adapted to address persisting constraints in low-cost private school sector
- Adapted in terms of cost structure to make the product or service more accessible
- In pilot stage and delivering results, but have not been formally launched into the market
- Able to unlock constraint faced by private school
- Associations in delivering to their primary markets
Although the Fund is open to all innovators and providers, we are particularly interested in innovations with the following focuses:
- Improving schools’ compliance with rules and standards
- Improving access to teaching development initiatives and services
- Creating innovative business models for schools and ensuring supporting services are introduced to the market
The items above form the thematic focus of the Fund. Limited consideration will be given to the following additional themes:
- Increasing the quantity and quality of information available to parents and other primary stakeholders
- Improving the financial performance of schools (e.g. through improved fee payment mechanisms or access to finance for schools)
These interventions will only be considered where there is a) compelling innovation on offer; b) a tangible learning outcome achievable in the timeframe provided; and c) sufficient budget to fund the project once other projects that are more in line with the Fund’s aims have been allocated funding.
Prospective grantees are required to provide key information, such as:
- The scope of innovation, creativity and variety in the focus of proposals and in the nature of existing grantee partnerships with beneficiaries
- How proposals will deliver innovative and transformative changes that have a sustained impact on LCPS governance and learning improvements
- Evidence of compliance with grant rules and the fit with thematic areas identified above
- Company registration details and evidence of compliance with local regulations – while preference will be given to established companies with a history of performance and scale, we will consider investing in promising small start-ups where there is compelling evidence that the innovation will generate improved learning outcomes
- Ability to deliver results by August 2018
The Fund only provides grants to project related expenditure (e.g. hardware, venue hire) and does NOT provide funding or support to: routine operating costs such as monthly rent or electricity, ongoing or recurring projects, large-scale construction, and non-project-related general budgetary needs. See Guidance Notes accompanying this Call for Proposals for more information.
Proposals which do not clearly state how they meet the above criteria, in addition to the stated financial and time limits will not be considered.
Grants will range from £10,000 to £100,000. Project activities funded by the Fund must begin no later than 10 September 2017 and be completed by 15 March 2018.
How to apply
Applications must be submitted electronically using the application form. All required documents must be uploaded to the site. The deadline for applications within this Call for Proposals is 15 August 2017, 11:59pm local time in Lagos, Nigeria. Proposals received after this deadline will not be taken into consideration.
Background information on the fund
A bidders’ meeting will be held in Lagos on the 1 August 2017. This is a briefing session open to all prospective grantees. It will provide clarity on grant requirements towards strong proposal development by potential grantees. The Fund Team will be available at firstname.lastname@example.org, in line with procurement rules, we will only be able to provide clarifications at the bidders’ meeting once this call for proposals is live. .
The Fund Team will be available at:
Address: DEEPEN Challenge Fund , 3rd Floor REALS Plaza, Plot 1 Junaid Dosumu Way, Central Business District, Agidingbi - Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: +234 908 720 6995
Published: 18 July 2017
Updated: 10 August 2017
- Bidder clarifications and draft evaluation criteria added.
- Fund documents added.
- First published.