Apply Now - Second Window

Apply Now - Second Window

Call for Expression of Interest - SHIFT Challenge Fund Facility Opens Second Window

The second window of the Challenge Fund titled “Fostering innovative business models for women’s financial inclusion” will award up to US$1.8 million in matching grants to projects offering either an innovative approach or scaling-up an existing approach for financial service delivery to women in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam.

The SHIFT Challenge Fund Facility invites financial institutions, non-bank financial institutions and businesses to submit an Expression of Interest between the 22 February and 15 April 2016. Following a transparent and competitive selection process, the challenge fund will award the best proposals with matching grants from $100,000 to $500,000 covering approximately 50 per cent of the project’s costs.

SHIFT's Challenge Fund Second Window is primarily funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The UNCDF's Expanding Financial Access (EFA) programme provides earmarked funding to the Second Window in Myanmar. 

Information Workshops will be organised to provide a presentation on the Challenge Fund Second Window and clarify questions pertaining to the Expression of Interest (EoI) preparation and submission. The schedule of the Information Workshops will take place as follows:

Date Time Venue Location
21 March 2016 1:30pm-4:30pm Sunway Hotel, No. 1, Street 92, Sangkat Wat Phnom Penh, Cambodia
25 March 2016 2:00pm-5:00pm United Nations Development Programme, Lane Xang Avenue Vientiane, Lao PDR
29 March 2016 2:00pm-4:00pm

GOUNH, Green One UN House, Ground Floor, Conference Room C2, 304 Kim Ma

Hanoi, Viet Nam



Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

31 March 2016 2:30pm-4:30pm Park Royal Hotel, 33 Alan Pya Phaya Road, Dagon Township

Yangon, Myanmar


APPLY NOWSecond Window Expression of Interest Application Form.
For more information, download the Second Window Information Note.

Submission Deadline: Friday, 15 April 2016 at 23:59 (ICT)

Please submit your completed application form to the following email addresses: and Please mention in the email subject line: "Confirm Interest in submitting EoI – SHIFT Second Window"