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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 the relevant information and documents here.
Next Deadline: May 1st, 2024
The DiPS fund grants approximately 1,700,000 DKK per year to Danish-based Somali and Afghan diaspora organizations for development and rehabilitation projects in their countries of origin. 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.
How do we apply for the DiPS Fund?
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’)
How to fill inn the online application form:
Access the online application form (to be published).
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.
The budget (use DiPS template, which can be found in ('Application Package')
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') thoroughly and attend DiPS’s upcoming workshops. You can also get individual support with your application.
DiPS Application Package
Frequently Asked Questions
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 12 months.
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)
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. At least one of the two contact persons must be a member of the Afghan or Somali diaspora. 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.
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.
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)
If you have questions about applying for the DiPS fund the Application Guidelines (see Application Package) is very helpful. DiPS also provides help through workshops and trainings before the application deadline. You can also book a 30 minute meeting with DiPS or a meeting with DiPS consultant Dharbaxo to discuss your idea. Read more in our capacity development page.
The DiPS fund is a competitive fund. DiPS receives more applications for funding than there are resources available which means that funding is allocated by assessing, scoring, and selecting the highest-scoring applications to continue to the develop phase. You will usually receive an answer about if your application has been selected for funding 6-8 weeks after the deadline. 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 2023:
Somali applicants: Saturday June 3rd, from 14:00 - 17:00
Afghan applicants: Sunday June 4th, from 15:00 - 16:30
If your application to DiPS is successful, you project idea gets selected for the DiPS project development phase. This means that the idea in your concept note received a high score from the DiPS assessors. While you have a great idea for a project, there are still many steps left before the project idea from the concept note can be successfully implemented.
If your project gets selected for the development phase
Having your application selected for the development phase does not mean that you are guaranteed to receive funding from DiPS to implement your project. It means that funding will be reserved for your project until the end of the development phase. It also means that you and your project team will work together and with DiPS to see if you can develop your idea into a full project plan that is ready to be implemented and eligible to receive funding from DiPS. This is what the development phase is all about. The development phase is expected to last approximately 4/5 months and will include one-on-one meetings and collaborations with DiPS to develop your project, attending workshops and trainings with other diaspora organizations, and working extensively on your project with your project team. You can read more about the project development phase in the Development Guidelines.
Do you have any questions about how to apply for the DiPS fund, please do not hesitate to reach out to the DiPS team at [email protected].
Diaspora Project Support
+45 33 73 50 50