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BPP India Window 2018

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at midnight 12 April 2018 (AEST).

Applicants must refer to the Business Partnerships Platform India Window 2018 Guidelines for Applicants when completing their application.

Applicants must download, complete and upload the Business Partnerships Platform India Window budget template to their application. To assist with completing the budget template refer to the guidance note and budget example template.

Applicants must upload a business plan to their application. The business plan must follow the structure outlined in the Business Partnerships Platform India Window 2018 Guidelines for Applicants

Introduction to the Business Partnerships Platform

The Business Partnerships Platform has been established to enable businesses to partner with DFAT on investments that deliver a combined social and financial return on investment. The platform will enable DFAT to increase the number of its private sector partners, leveraging the experience and ability of business to address intractable development challenges.

The BPP’s Goal is to: “create scalable shared value partnerships that advance Australia’s economic and social development objectives”. These partnerships are being created in the following ways:

  • Reconceiving products and markets.
  • Redefining productivity in the value chain.
  • Enabling local cluster development.

The BPP will assist Australian and overseas entities to invest in new shared value approaches through access to DFAT’s significant expertise in:

  • Convening, brokering, networks and influence in partner countries.
  • Deep knowledge of development as well as the business, political and regulatory environment in partner countries.
  • Support in creating a more attractive business operating environment through our broader policy reform and governance programs.
  • Catalytic funding to encourage and support businesses and NGOs/NFPs looking to increase commercial and social returns in line with our strategic priorities.

Eligibility and how to apply

For full eligibility criteria, refer to the Business Partnerships Platform India Window 2018 Guidelines for Applicants.

  1. Applications to the India Window 2018 are open to Australian, Indian and other organisations either undertaking, or looking to undertake, activities of a commercial nature in India. These may be businesses, NGOs/NFPs, or other types of organisations or consortia.
  2. Applicants must contribute at least 50 per cent of proposed implementation costs (including both cash and in-kind contributions).
  3. Applicants may request funds from DFAT of between AUD250,000 and AUD500,000 only (for each application).
  4. Applicants must specify an implementation period (and contract period) of one to two years.
  5. Organisations submitting applications must not have any reason preventing them from operating in India.
  6. Applications are to be made by established organisations that meet (or are able to meet) the requirements of DFAT’s due diligence process.
  7. Established financial history
  8. Applications must align to at least one of the three BPP India Window 2018 priority sectors: (a) agribusiness, (b) energy and resources (including water) and (c) health.

Selection process and contracting 

After the submission date closes, applications will be assessed and shortlisted by DFAT and the BPP Fund Manager.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview between 7-17 May 2018. It is essential that applicants be available at some point during this period to participate in an interview, either in person or via video/conference call.

After interviews, a final selection will be made by DFAT.