October 25, 2020 Fiji Economic Recovery, Skills Development
BPP Fiji Call for Partnerships
Are you an inclusive business? Do you have a commercial idea that could help Fiji to build back better? The Australian Government is calling for inclusive business partnerships to help improve livelihoods, create opportunities for women and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
While women in Fiji are especially affected by the impacts of COVID-19, they are also well placed to drive economic recovery. Businesses are constrained during these challenging times but there are growth opportunities that can drive both business growth and create meaningful social impact. Impacts may take the form of job creation for women, skills development for women in business, income generating opportunities for women suppliers, or opening new market opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women-led businesses.
In Fiji, the BPP is inviting applications from businesses that wish to partner with the Australian government in the following high-potential areas:
Digital and e-commerce platforms that promote commercial opportunities and enable the increased participation of women as consumers, suppliers or producers. We are particularly interested in ideas that provide business linkages and positive impacts for women in the informal sector.
Firms offering business services (B2B) that can create new jobs or upskilling opportunities for women
Apply for a BPP COVID-19 Recovery Partnership to receive from AUD100,000 to AUD500,000 in funding to scale a business initiative for social impact. Applicants must match or exceed BPP funding through cash and in-kind investment. The BPP also supports partnerships through independent partnership brokers and business, gender and inclusion advisers.
A business can apply on its own or in a consortium with other businesses, social enterprises, investors, non-government organisations or other types of organisations. Applicants must be registered with a business or other recognised registration/accreditation body and have a financial history. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will undertake a due diligence process before entering a contract with successful applicants.
Businesses must specify an implementation period of between one and three years in their application. The implementation period must fall between 1 May 2021 and 30 June 2024
How you apply
To apply for a BPP Fiji COVID-19 Recovery Partnership, you must first register through the application portal and complete a concept note (see concept note template). The concept note will gather information about your commercial initiative, the social and environmental impact it aims to create and the ability of your business to successfully deliver the initiative.