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Apply for the DiPS fund

If you want to apply for funding through Diaspora Project Support (DiPS), you can access all relevant information and documents here.

If you plan to apply for funding from DiPS you should read the DiPS Fund Application Guidelines for all instructions and information. You can find them further down on this page. Here you can read more about:

  • What projects can be funded
  • Who can apply
  • How to apply
  • Support for applying for the DiPS fund
  • What happens after submission
  • Questions

Next Deadline: November 1st, 2022

The DiPS fund grants approximately 2.000.000 DKK per year to Danish-based Somali and Afghan diaspora organizations for development and rehabilitation projects in countries of origin or heritage. There are two annual deadlines to apply for funding, May 1st and November 1st. Applicants can apply for funding under TRACK 1 (up to 150.000 DKK) or TRACK 2 (150.000- 300.000 DKK) for projects lasting up to 12 months. Applications are assessed and selected according to three main criteria; diaspora engagement and contribution, impact, and motivation.

Applicants for TRACK 1 funding do not need to have previous experience implementing projects and do not need to be officially registered diaspora organizations at the time of application. To be eligible for TRACK 2 applicants must have a registered organizations in Denmark, and show documentation of previous experience managing grants. For TRACK 2 the applicant must also provide 5% own contribution of the total project expenditure.

Changes to the application process

For the November 1st deadline 2022, DiPS has made some changes to the application process including:  

  • Updated application process: all applications and attachments must be submitted through an online application form, rather than sending an e-mail with attachments to DiPS. (Read more under ‘How to Apply’ below) 
  • Edits to questions in the concept note (in the online application form). 
  • Extension of the assessment phase from one to one and a half month. 
  • Edits to assessment criteria. (Find the assessment criteria in the updated Application Guidelines in the ‘Application Package’ below) 

Application Package

How to Apply?

To apply for the DiPS fund, you must submit your concept note and attachments through the online application form by the deadline. The concept note questions are answered directly in the application form (you can also find them in the ‘Concept Note Questions’ document in the ‘Application Package’ above) 

How to fill inn the online application form: 

  • Access the online application form here
  • Step 1: Fill in the cover page
  • Step 2: Fill in answers to the concept note questions and attach required documents
  • Step 3: Review (use the checklist in the beginning of the application form) and submit
  • Step 4: Receive a receipt in your inbox (remember to check your spam folder

Please note that you can save your progress by clicking on ‘save my progress and resume later’ and entering your email in the bottom of the online application form. You can then get back to your application form by clicking on the link in your email.

Attachments:

  • The budget (use DiPS template, which can be found in ('Application Package' above)
  • For those applying for TRACK2, you also need to submit proof of the diaspora organization`s previous experience with implementing a grant of 100.000 DKK or more. 

Guidance for how to fill out the application form and budget document itself. For further guidance you should read the application guidelines (see 'application package' above) thoroughly and attend DiPS’s upcoming workshops.  You can also get individual support with your application (read more below).

What projects can be funded?

Projects activities that contribute to rehabilitation and/or development for people affected by conflict and displacement in Afghanistan and Somalia or neighboring countries hosting significant Afghan or Somali communities may be supported by DiPS. The project can last up to a maximum of 12 months.

It is mandatory for all projects to include a component focused on information sharing related to the project. The format and target group for the information-sharing activity is flexible but examples include;  awareness-raising in Denmark, sharing results, or lessons learned. You are encouraged to allocate a small portion of the budget to these activities.

Projects will be assessed and selected to continue to the develop phase based on scores in three categories;

  • Constructive diaspora engagement and diaspora contribution
  • High project impact
  • Diaspora applicant motivation and capacity development potential

Read more about the assessment criteria and what can/cannot be funded in the Application Guidelines (see 'Application Package' above)

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Photo: DRC

Who can apply?

The diaspora applicant

Only Somali and Afghan diaspora individuals and organizations in Denmark are eligible to apply for funding through the DiPS fund.

The requirements that you must meet are:

For TRACK 1 and 2: The diaspora applicant may not be involved in an ongoing project funded by DiPS at the time of application. It is allowed to submit applications as collaborations between two or more diaspora organizations.

For TRACK 1: Individuals from the Afghan or Somalia diaspora can apply for funding without being part of an established diaspora organization. However, you must have the intention of forming a diaspora organization as this will be mandatory if your application is selected for the develop phase. During the develop phase it will also be mandatory to have two diaspora representatives actively involved in developing the project. It is not a requirement to have any previous experience with implementing projects.

For TRACK 2: Applicants must be an established Somali or Afghan diaspora organization in Denmark. This means that your organization must:

  • Have a board with at least three members (chairman, vice chairman and treasurer);
  • Be bound by valid articles of association (statutes or “vedtægter” in Danish), in which it must be clearly stated who is authorized to sign on behalf of the organization (signatories);
  • Be diaspora-led, meaning that the majority of board members self-identify as diaspora;
  • Be a non-profit organization.

Two contact persons from your diaspora organization must be included in the concept note and if your application is selected for the develop phase two representatives will need to be actively involved in the project development. Your diaspora organization must have previous experience implementing projects and managing grants of 100,000 DKK or more. Proof of previous experience must be submitted together with the application.

Local partner:

It is not mandatory to have a local partner to apply for or implement a DiPS-funded project. However, in most cases it is expected that a local partner will be necessary to ensure that the project can be effectively implemented with strong participation from the local community.

Examples of a local partner could include local entities such as a non-governmental organization (NGO), formal representative body of the beneficiary community (e.g. a Community Development Council), a local branch of the diaspora organization, or a local volunteer network.

Read more about the requirement of participation from the local community in the Application Guidelines.

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DiPS Annual Grand Meeting, November 2021

Photo: Jamil Ghafuri

Support for applying for the DiPS fund

DiPS organizes free training activities for members of the Somali and Afghan diaspora and their local partners interested in applying for funding from DiPS. These include workshops about how to fill out the concept note and budget, developing an idea for the concept note, and setting up your project team. Participation in these events is highly recommended. Find upcoming workshops here.

You are also highly encouraged to schedule a meeting with the DiPS team to discuss your project ideas prior to the application deadline. These meetings will take place in the last month before the application deadline and you can register here. It is also possible to request one-on-one support in the project planning from a DiPS consultant. Read more about individual meetings and support here.

Are you resubmitting a concept note?  

The Diaspora Project Support fund is a competitive fund. DiPS receives more applications for funding than there are resources available. It is therefore common that DiPS encourage resubmissions of applications that were not selected. 

Several applications that are selected for the develop phase have actually been resubmitted once, twice or more.  

If you are resubmitting your application, your advantage is that you have already received feedback on how you can get a higher score. We highly recommend that you review the feedback and improve your application before resubmitting it. Please note that you are however not guaranteed the same score.  

Please be aware that there might be updates of the templates, requirements or assessment criteria between deadlines. See what has been updated in the final page of the Application Guidelines (find them in the ‘Application Package’ above) 

What happens after submitting your application on November 1st?

The DiPS fund is a competitive fund. DiPS receives more applications for funding than there are resources available which means that funding is allocated through a competitive assessment and scoring process. In the Application Guidelines you can find an overview of the steps for assessing and selecting your application.

Question and Answer with the Advisory Board

As part of the assessment process for project applications submitted to DiPS, applicants will be invited to attend a short question and answer session with the DiPS Advisory Board, CISU, and DiPS. This is an opportunity for you to meet with them during the assessment process and answer any potential questions they may have about your application. Participation is optional but recommended. Dates for the Q&A sessions will be announced when time approaches.

Questions

Do you have any questions about how to apply for the DiPS fund, please do not hesitate to reach out to the DiPS team on [email protected].

Contact DiPS

Diaspora Project Support (DiPS)

Diaspora Project Support (DiPS)

+45 33735006 [email protected]

Diaspora Project Support (DiPS) is funded by Danida.