Slovak Challenge Fund
SCF follows the global trend that emphasizes the need to engage all possible financial resources, public and private, local and international, to increase the impact of development activities.
SCF, launched in 2019, is financed by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (MFEA SR) and implemented by UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub.
SCF is looking for solutions of Slovak companies to address the following specific development goals: natural resources and nature-based solutions, energy transition, innovations in agriculture, implementation or improvement of e-governance, and resilience of societies within the context of current crises to ensure well-being and safety of citizens.
SCF supports exclusively Slovak companies, however only in partnership with local entities in the receiving country to ensure sustainability in local conditions and potential scaling of the solutions.
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How it works
Calls are always published at UNDP Procurement Notices website. The SCF team uses additional channels, including this webpage or www.slovakaid.sk page, to inform about a new call. SCF Calls are usually open once a year. All details regarding a specific call are available in the Call for Proposals.
Once a call is open, applicants submit their proposals as per Terms of Reference and SCF guidelines. Application and budget form templates are available as attachments in the Public Procurement Notice. Applicants have to submit their applications on the prescribed templates only.
Given that, de iure, SCF selection is based on procurement process, the application deadline is binding. After the deadline, applications or changes made to applications submitted before the deadline shall not be accepted.
After the application deadline, submitted applications are reviewed for approval or otherwise. Successful projects are then announced.
Successful applicants can receive support of up to USD 40,000 for their project.