How to receive a project grant?

The main guidelines include the eligible countries, the overall criteria, the specific criteria for the different interventions, as well as the selection criteria. All these criteria are explained on this page below. The complete proposal guide contains all information and can be downloaded below:

What does SCBF offer?

0.1 years
Maximum duration for project funding
Maximum amount per project

Priority and eligible countries

Priority countries*

Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Eligible countries*

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam

Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru

Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank & Gaza, Yemen 

Papua New Guinea

Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

*All countries that receive ODA are eligible for projects focusing on smallholder farmers

Eligibility criteria for grant proposals

Eligibility criteria according to type of intervention

Innovation and Product Upscaling

  • Social performance measurement system or rating available
  • Training of staff of financial institutions
  • Contribution to industry building and knowledge sharing
  • Focus on rather small TA teams and favoring medium-term specialists

Feasibility Study

Only available to SCBF Members.

  • It should be the groundwork for developing subsequent product up-scaling proposals
  • Strong commitment to launch the new innovative financial products by the FSP
  • Mobilisation of local and regional consultants

Financial Education

Only available to SCBF Members.

  • Linked to product up-scaling proposals
  • Offering of training services should go beyond the completion of the SCBF funding
  • Contain generic financial literacy training components beyond components on business advisory, financial product explanation and responsible marketing of the financial product

Selection criteria

The following are the key selection criteria for receiving a grant from SCBF: