Insuresilience Solutions Fund
Call for Proposals

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The 6th Call for Proposals will be launched in late Q3/early Q4 in 2021.

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You are planning to develop a climate risk insurance project and look for financial support?
Apply for ISF co-funding of product development costs.

In light of the ongoing pandemic, holistic approaches on disaster relief and preparedness are more vital than ever. Therefore, the ISF especially welcomes concepts for insurance products for target groups highly affected by the pandemic, e.g.

  • governments and communities
  • (M)SMEs
  • poor and vulnerable households

in order to prove additional funding for measures such as

  • emergency relief
  • business interruption
  • food security
  • public buildings and critical infrastructure

mitigating the effects of compounded risks due to climate change such as flood, wind/storm, excess rain, drought/heat waves, cold spells (in combination with other perils).

All documents relevant for the application process and further guiding documents are published here.

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Terms of funding

The ISF provides grant-based co-funding of up to 2.5m EUR only to Partnerships consisting of public and/ or private organisations

1) which want to

  • develop new climate risk insurance products, especially for governments or
  • scale-up already existing products, e.g. into other regions or to other groups

in order to
increase the resilience of poor and vulnerable people in developing countries to climate change

2) where at least one partner is

  • representing the demand and needs of end-beneficiaries (e.g. national or regional government bodies, NGOs, local insurers)
  • willing to act as a risk taker (e.g. reinsurance company)
  • located in the target country

3) which provide an own contribution

  • matching the grant funding (in-kind and/or as financial contribution, including funds from their own resources and co-financing2)

Further parties, e.g. other product implementing partners such as risk modelling agencies, insurers, brokers, can additionally be involved.

In case of applying, please bear in mind that the grant-based co-funding of up to 2.5m EUR does not include your own contribution.
Hence, the formula is as follows: ISF grant + own contribution = total project costs.

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Target Countries and Groups

  • Focus on poor and vulnerable households (< 15 USD PPP per day) either directly (through micro-level insurance) or indirectly (through meso- or macro-level solutions).
  • Countries in Asia and the Pacific, Africa and Latin America which are eligible to receive official development assistance (ODA) as defined by the OECD Development Assistance Committee and are vulnerable to extreme weather events.
    Nevertheless, countries that are official candidates for accession to the European Union or beneficiaries of the European Neighbourhood Instrument East are considered to be non-eligible for ISF funding. These include: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Target group of the ISF are joint initiatives of:

  • (local) public entities (e.g. national and regional government bodies or communities),
  • private companies in the insurance sector, and
  • NGOs, humanitarian organisations.

Additional Criteria

  • The insurance product covers at least one of the following perils:
    flood, wind / storm, excess rain, drought/ heat waves, cold spells (a combination with other perils is possible).
    Examples: Nat Cat, business interruption, property or agricultural insurance
  • The project has a lifespan of up to 24 months / the product is ready for market placement and launch within 24 months after funding approval.
  • A work, budget and time plan containing reliable cost estimations exist.
  • Relevant experience of implementing partners, reference project exist.
  • Funding is requested for product development related costs (e.g. data collection, IT, risk modelling, etc.).

If you require more information on the criteria to receive financial support by ISF, please refer to the Funding Criteria.

Examples for cost items eligible for funding

  • Development of new risk / hazard models
  • Technical product design incl. actuarial risk characteristics
  • Data collection and equipment
  • Policy terms and pricing
  • Legal costs, e.g. for the identification of a suitable implementation structure
  • Sales and distribution channel development
  • New technologies for product improvement and scale up

What ISF does not fund

  • Early stage development projects e.g. research ideas
  • Projects without a focus on the above-mentioned target group
  • Likely unsustainable projects, e.g. relying on long-term subsidisation
  • Financially-unstable and unexperienced product partners
  • Projects with a questionable demand

If you require more information on cost items eiligible for grant-based funding, please refer to the Eligible & Ineligible Measures.

1) Lower rates may apply if state organisations/ public entities or none profit organisations provide the most part of the contribution.
2) Co-financing can be sourced from other public donors, but may not include any resources from funders of the InsuResilience Solutions Fund.

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