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09 Mar 23

The SDG Impact Finance Initiative announces its second call for proposals

Following the success of its first call for proposals, the SDG Impact Finance Initiative is pleased to announce a second call for proposals targeting a new set of SDGs.

The SDG Impact Finance Initiative awards grants for innovative impact finance solutions that will mobilize private capital for sustainable development in emerging and frontier markets. The Initiative is funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency SDC, the UBS Optimus Foundation, and the Credit Suisse Foundation.

This second call for proposals will focus on solutions that target SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 14 (Life Below Water), and/or SDG 15 (Life on Land). Through its grant funding, the Initiative aims to accelerate advancements in the impact investing market by supporting the launch of innovative solutions that address market failures, deploy financial products that are under-supplied or supplied at insufficient volumes, and mobilize funding into new sectors and geographies.

With support from Convergence, the global network for blended finance, the SDG Impact Finance Initiative will award grant funding for feasibility studies, proof of concept, or expansion of existing solutions.

Learn more and apply

Concept notes must be submitted by May 1, 2023.

The SDG Impact Finance Initiative and Convergence will host a webinar on March 15, 2023 at 4-5 pm CET / 11-12 am EDT to share more details about the application process, evaluation criteria, how to submit a successful application, and more. Register here.

An additional webinar with a focus on SDG 14 (Life Below Water) and SDG 15 (Life on Land) will be held on April 19, 2023 at 4-5 pm CET / 10-11 am EDT. Register here.