Status: Application Submitted!

With only 3 days remaining before the deadline, we found a local NGO with 60+ computer labs who was interested in RACHEL Offline & the NetHope 2017 Device Challenge Grant. We met with them and three other non-profits to determine how to apply. We decided that they would submit an application that included adding an additional computer lab in partnership with one of the other non-profits.

Sparky & Bear is optimistic that we’ll be able to help deploy 60+ RACHEL Offline installations because that would be a great user-base with which to learn how best to implement offline servers in Indonesia.


Win a $250.000 to $1.000.000 grant from the NetHope 2017 Device Challenge by coordinating a coalition of Indonesian NGOs.

Applications due 28 February, 2017.

Can we do it?!     Can you help us?!

Who is running projects that could expand with more phones, tablets or laptops/PCs?

Target Projects

Achieve “significant impact in humanitarian aid, international development and conservation efforts via internet connected devices. Such devices made available directly to the target population or in the hands of front-line staff can greatly amplify program impact.”

Can be “new and existing field programs.”

Preference for “demonstrate the impact that smart phones, laptops and/or tablets can have in amplifying the impact of education, economic opportunities, civic engagement, conservation, health, child protection and other development programs.”

Cab be “multiple smaller applications featuring different projects and types of work.”  Can be a newly created NGO but require “proof of non-profit status and audited financial statements during the application process.”

Evaluation Criteria

  • “The key evaluation criteria here is scaled impact (impact at scale) on vulnerable populations.”
  • “Estimated number of the target population to be served.”
  • “Measurable social impact.”
  • “Applicant’s organizational strength and stability.”
  • “Strength of applicant’s programs.”
  • “Matching resources or “co-investment.”
  • “Applications from organizations targeting and working with the most vulnerable populations, such as women and girls, will be prioritized.”
  • “Preference will be given to programs that enable the use of devices by the target population (either through a direct or shared access model).”

Costs Funded

Minimum award is $100.000 but $250.000+ is the target.

At least 60% spent on hardware: “phones, tablets or laptops/PCs” Prefer locally sourced equipment.  Need to provide the details of all providers (name, web address & information about suppliers).

Up to 40% spent on “procurement, integration, training, administrative overhead/support and connectivity cost.”  This includes “solar panels, internet service, networking equipment, robots or robotic kits, applications and software” and “deployment, program integration, training, support and communications costs (includes monthly smartphone internet/data service).”  Also “telecommunications equipment, infrastructure and energy, and payment for internet service.” Also “(switches, routers, projectors) and solar power equipment (panels, batteries).” “But not ICR” (Investment Cost Recovery).

“Devices are not intended to be used for NGO staff collecting statistics for monitoring and evaluation purposes. (Exception: If the field staff are members of the target population.)  Devices are to be used primarily by the target population. Example use cases: Giving devices to pregnant mothers, to refugees, or deploying shared devices in classrooms or technology community centers. These types of examples are within the scope of the grant guidelines. Front-line workers, such as health workers doing interventions with families, are also a proper use case.”

Regarding “Networking equipment: e.g., to give internet access to large groups (be it a refugee camp or students/classes) & Robots/robotic kits: to teach basic robotics classes in refugee settings/classes The intent for this grant is to maximize impact on a vulnerable population through devices that give them access to products and services they do not currently have. The most direct way to do that is to provide the target population with tablets, smartphones or laptops with internet connectivity using a direct or shared access model. Proposals with other scenarios will be evaluated on their projected scaled impact on the target community.”

“School or college lab establishments? Yes, as long as the lab is focused on vulnerable populations. This would be a good example of shared access implementation.”

Both new & existing programs are acceptable. “The grant can be used for current programs as long as the organization buys new devices that augment the existing program.”

This grant may be all or part of a program’s funding.

Timeline & Reporting Requirements

“These are one-time cash grants with quarterly reporting on their usage required for one year.”

Awards announced March 31.  Funds available by April 15.  Multi-year projects acceptable but funds must be spent and “devices should be purchased, distributed and impact reported” within 12 months, with “final annual report targeted for the end of March 2018.   There may be ongoing monitoring and evaluation work beyond this timeframe.”  Require quarterly “implementation reports on June 30, September 30 and December 31, 2017.”

It is possible to ask for help from (but support is not promised).


Must be in English.  Original Form.  FAQ.  Form to ask questions.

We ask that each organization complete our internal copy of the application form (Google Sheet). (Currently public & view only. Will make a second secure editable form for applicants only.)

The above information is quoted from the main page & FAQ page.

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