Find Out how to Get 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 SCBF Offers:

0.1 years
Maximal duration of project funding
Maximal SCBF grant size per project

Priority and Eligible Countries

Priority Countries*

Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal, Hindu Kush Region (Afghanistan, Pakistan), Mekong Region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar)

Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia

Bolivia, Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua

Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Lesotho, Niger, Malawi, Mali, Senegal, Eswatini, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Great Lakes (Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda), Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan)

Eligible Countries*

India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam

Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Yemen

Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru

Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Sierra Leone

*Except for smallholder farmers projects which is all countries that receive ODA

Eligibility Criteria for Grant Proposals

Specific Eligibility Criteria for our Interventions

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 PFI
  • 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: