Funds up to normally a maximum of US$1 million are available for project implementation. No minimum limit applies on the size of projects funded, but projects should preferably be in the range of US$250,000 and US$1 million in size.
Beneficiaries must contribute to the project from their own resources, either in the form of financing or in-kind contributions such as staff time, use of premises, vehicles or other already existing assets. The beneficiaries’ own contribution to the project depends on the beneficiary country or countries' classification in the most recent OECD Development Assistance Committee List of ODA recipients, as follows:
- Beneficiaries from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Other Low Income Countries (OLICs) should contribute at least 10% of the requested STDF contribution to the project;
- Beneficiaries from Lower Middle Income Countries (LMICs) should contribute at least 20% of the requested STDF contribution to the project; and
- Beneficiaries from Upper Middle Income Countries (UMICs) should contribute at least 60% of the requested STDF contribution to the project.
Beneficiaries from UMICs must additionally demonstrate that the project will have positive spill-over effects for other LDCs, OLICs and/or LMICs, e.g. through innovative or demonstration projects.
The STDF encourages regional projects (i.e. with two or more beneficiaries in different countries). The beneficiaries’ own contribution varies according to the involvement of LDCs and OLICs:
- For regional projects with at least one LDC or OLIC, beneficiaries should contribute at least 10% of the requested STDF contribution to the project; and
- For regional projects without an LDC or OLIC, beneficiaries should contribute at least 20% of the requested STDF contribution to the project.
See the Guidance Note for Applicants for detailed information on STDF funding opportunities and requirements.
Download the STDF Project Grant Application Form