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Apply for Funds

PPIAF accepts grant proposals that are in line with its mandate to support governments in creating and strengthening a sound enabling environment for private participation in infrastructure through the following types of activities:

  • Framing infrastructure development strategies
  • Designing and implementing policy, regulatory, and institutional reforms
  • Organizing stakeholder consultation workshops
  • Building government institutional capacity
  • Designing and implementing pioneering projects

Who is eligible for PPIAF support?

PPIAF supports national governments and regional institutions. It also supports sub-national entities, which include:

  • Special-purpose government entities delivering infrastructure services (such as utilities, authorities, and state-owned enterprises);

  • General-purpose sub-national government entities (such as municipalities, provinces and states); and

  • Financial intermediaries and entities (e.g., banks; funds and facilities; country development banks; and municipal funds), with a primary focus on sub-national infrastructure lending.

For more information on eligibility, please refer to our Guide to Applying for PPIAF’s Funding.

Questions?

For general information regarding PPIAF, applicant eligibility, and the application process, please contact PPIAF at ppiaf@ppiaf.org
For specific proposals, please contact the appropriate PPIAF staff in the relevant region.
For step by step guidance on how to apply please read the How to Apply section below or download the application guidance document. 

How to apply

  • Step 1: Consultation with PPIAF

    Applicants are invited to check PPIAF’s website to review its current priorities, and to read previous activity reports and lessons learned. The first stage is to contact the relevant PPIAF team member(s) to assess whether it is eligible and offers a good strategic fit. Applicants with eligible proposals who are not part of the World Bank Group can then be helped to find a “sponsor” task team in the WBG to implement their activity.

  • Step 2: CONCEPT REVIEW

    Applicants submit a brief concept note that outlines the activity’s objectives, scope, budget, implementation plan and timeframe. On the second week of every month PPIAF reviews concept notes and selects the ones that will proceed to the next stage considering the above-mentioned criteria and constraints, such as funding envelope for the period. Successful concept proposals will be sent to PPIAF’s donors to flag potential issues affecting a go/no go decision. Meritorious concepts that are not selected only because of funding limitations can be re-considered in the next review period. Applicants for Program Grants must submit a revised concept note that incorporates PPIAF’s feedback, which is submitted to PPIAF’s donors for no-objection before proceeding to the next stage; other applicants who pass this concept screening stage can proceed to the next stage and incorporate PPIAF’s feedback.

  • Step 3: APPLICATION

    For all types of grants, a detailed application package is then prepared and reviewed, usually following the month after approval of concept note. It comprises an application form, a detailed budget, terms of reference for any procurement, an official government request letter, and a clearance note from the World Bank country director/manager. It must include details about implementation, risk mitigation, procurement and dissemination.

    A revised package will be submitted for clearance to the PPIAF program manager, who approves requests of $100,000 or less and sends those above $100,000 to the PPIAF donors. After 10 business days and the provision of clarifications to donor enquiries, provided there are no objections, the application will proceed to the award stage.

  • Step 4: AWARD AND IMPLEMENTATION

    Grant processing is usually completed within two to three weeks after the award letter is sent. PPIAF will then monitor grant implementation through regular exchanges between the relevant PPIAF team member(s) and the Task Team Leader (TTL), plus via quarterly status update.

Types of Grants

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Technical assistance grants support a particular country, region or sector to achieve our operational objectives, and comprises two types of grants:

Program Grants are a comprehensive series of activities grouped under a strategic umbrella and developed in close coordination with development partners to achieve greater impact. Multi-year programs often help more than one client or country to tackle different aspects of the enabling environment.

Coverage Grants are one-off activities designed to plug gaps in enabling environments and help drive sector reform. These smaller activities often act as the first step toward developing new programs, or else fill a gap within an existing program.

KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTS

Knowledge products focus on creating, curating and disseminating knowledge for various target audiences. These types of grants are divided into two main categories:

Strategic Knowledge Initiatives are conducted in collaboration with institutional partners and have the same application process as coverage grants.

Commissioned Products focus on stimulating knowledge creation and developing global knowledge products. These grants are awarded via a semi-annual competitive “call for knowledge proposals”.

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