How We Work

We've designed a streamlined application process that includes timely feedback at every stage.

After each step in the application process, we’ll also be seeking your feedback so we can incorporate your suggestions and keep improving our process and your experience.

The application has 3 steps. At each step, you will be notified of your eligibility to continue to the next part of the process.

Learn more about the steps to apply for funding below.

Application Steps

Step 1: Eligibility

Complete the online eligibility self-assessment. You'll be notified immediately if you're eligible to apply for our program.

Eligibility Criteria

Step 2: Concept Note

If eligible, you'll be invited to create an account on our online application system and submit your concept note.

Concept Note

Step 3: Proposal

Following the review process, organizations with concept notes that show the most promise will be asked to submit proposals. Top proposals will be offered funding to test their innovative solutions.

What You Can Expect

Where needed we'll adjust our process as we learn from our experience and gather feedback from SMOs.

We're aiming to respond to applicants according to the timelines listed below.

  1. Eligible applicants will have 6 weeks to submit a Concept Note.
  2. Concept Notes will be reviewed and selected within 6-8 weeks.
  3. If your Concept Note is selected, you will have 8 weeks to submit a full proposal.
  4. Proposals will be reviewed and successful applicants will be notified of decision.
  5. After each step in the application process, we'll send you a brief survey to provide feedback on your experience.
  6. You'll receive clear communication and updates throughout the application process, including webinars to answer common questions.

Key Dates for Intake 6

Intake 6 Launch: Thursday May 2, 2024 

Concept Note Application Deadline: Wednesday June 12, 2024 at 1 pm Central Time - no longer accepting applications.

Concept Note Decisions: Early August 2024

Proposal Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 25, 2024 at 1 pm Central Time

Proposal Decisions: Early November 2024

Testing: Beginning no later than January 2025