Malawi Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund

The U.S. Embassy Lilongwe announces an open competition for organizations to submit proposals to carry out projects through the U.S. Embassy Malawi and the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund. 

The Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund (FTIF) is funded by the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs within the U.S. Department of State. FTIF projects assist governments and civil society organizations (CSOs) working to promote budget transparency, advance best practices in public financial management, and improve transparency in natural resource management. This program focuses on two key result areas; mobilizing rights-holders for just resource governance in the mining sector and influencing duty bearers to utilize open contracting and licensing in mining processes and agreements.

A grant for up to $25,000 U.S. Dollars (USD) running no longer than twelve months will be awarded to one organization that enhance social accountability (civic engagement) for the realization of fiscal transparency (duty bearer’s responsiveness) in the mining sector in Malawi. With an improved oversight role among key stakeholders, the elected oversight structures on Public Finance Management will be empowered to act with a common voice and enforce fiscal transparency in the sector.

FTIF Program Application Schedule

  • Application Period: April 22, 2021 – June 18, 2021 (no later than 12:30 Malawi Time); and
  • Grant Award Timing: no later than September 30, 2021.

Important Notes

  • Limit of ONE (1) proposal per organization;
  • No comingling of funds from other donors; and
  • Submitting a proposal does not guarantee funding.

Applicant Criteria

Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations; public and private educational institutions; Individuals; and public international organizations, and government institutions. In addition, an applicant must demonstrate that it has adequate internal controls and financial monitoring procedures in place, and strong ties and support within mining sector and local governmental bodies.

Proposals due June 18, 2021

All proposals must be received by June 18, 2021 (no later than 12:30 Malawi time). Applications sent by post must be postmarked by that date and time. Proposals received after the closing date will not be considered.

Download the Notice of Funding Opportunity for FTIF Lilongwe applications due June 18 here