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What we do not fund

GIF does not typically fund the following types of projects: 

  • Traditional development projects or approaches that are similar to current practices (e.g. building schools, drilling wells, or delivering other goods and services to the poor through commonly used methods)

  • Innovations that are applicable to very specific, narrow contexts and/or lack potential to have meaningful social impacts on a large scale (e.g. potential to reach millions of people)

  • Basic scientific research (e.g. laboratory research)

  • Plans to expand private businesses in developing countries without demonstrable potential to achieve significant social impacts (e.g. reducing poverty)

  • Religious activities (e.g., building a church). Note: Religious organizations conducting activities with broader development goals are welcome to apply, however.