Our investment strategy is to specifically address the 10 opportunities we’ve identified to help South Africans escape the inequality trap, so ensuring your project directly or indirectly addresses one or more of these is important. That being said, we do recognise that not all projects fit neatly into these boxes so we will still consider projects on merit, however addressing at least one of these opportunities greatly increases your chances of being funded by DGMT.
Can you clearly describe exactly what your project aims to achieve and how it will do this? Having goals, strategies and an implementation plan means your project is more than just an idea – you’ve given it thought and have a plan to make it work in the real world, giving it a much better chance of succeeding.
As a public innovator, DGMT strives to explore and test new ideas and approaches to escaping the inequality trap. We can’t keep tracing the same old pathways to development in South Africa. We need bold and decisive ‘twists’ in our thinking that get us out of the rut, give a fresh perspective and create new opportunities. Watch a short video explaining our approach here.
In order to consider your application, we’ll need you to submit the following documents and information in our grantee portal. It’s best to have all of these ready as incomplete applications will not be considered.
Project proposal: A document outlining the case for investment into your project, including its goals, strategies to achieve these goals, an implementation plan and why your organisation is in a position to do this (maximum of five pages). Imagine that you’re embarking on a journey. We’re interested in your final destination and how you plan to get there, as well as the condition of your vehicle! It should include:
- A problem statement, showing that you have a deep understanding of the problem you seek to address or the opportunity you plan to seize.
- A clear, strategic and specific approach to tackling this problem.
- A strong implementation plan for delivering this strategy.
- Your plan for analysing and adjusting your approach as you learn along the way.
Project budget: You can download the project budget template from our grantee portal.
Organisation documents: You need to submit your non-profit organisation (NPO) or public benefit organisation (PBO) documents, financial statements or annual reports.
What we don’t fund
- Organisations that aren’t carrying out public benefit activities
- Projects outside of South Africa
- Bursaries for individuals
- Infrastructure and vehicle expenses
- The operations of individual schools