How to Apply

There are two application cycles every year: 30 April and 30 September. The GSI Executive Committee meets shortly after these dates to review applications.

The GSI Project Team is here to help you with your applications. Contact us as early as possible - at least a few weeks before the deadline - so that we can discuss your proposal and help you prepare a good submission.

Next Deadline: 30 April 2018

Next Deadline: 30 April 2018
You can apply for funding for these types of projects. We set out below what we are looking for generally in each type of project. See further below for more details about funding conditions:
  1. Income-Generating projects at Field-level
    • Financial viability: What will be the costs and revenue of the business? How will the profits of the business be used for mission?
    • Missional impact: What Kingdom impact will this business have? How will this business result in vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached?
  2. Financial Sustainability at the individual Missionary level (i.e., small businesses)
    • What is the vision for sustainability and how will a GSI grant help the missionary?
  3. Business Consultancy
    • What do you hope to achieve?
  4. Training Programs that lead to Financial Sustainability (e.g. vocational training programs run by a field, business management training, project management training)
    • What are the costs and potential revenues?
    • Description of the program and its learning objectives

Contact

Start a conversation with the GSI Project Team at seangpin.saw@om.org if you plan to submit an application.



GSI Business Funding Conditions

  1. The business has the full support of OM Field and Area leadership
  2. The business is designed to be commercially viable and profitable
  3. The business has Kingdom impact and an outreach plan
  4. Financial benefits are used to support the training and sending of Global South missionaries, Global South mission mobilisation, or Global South field operational costs
  5. The business is owned by OM (exceptions can be applied for in the case of small businesses run by individual missionaries)

How Applications are Evaluated

A business project is more likely to be supported by GSI where:
  1. It is a proven business model that has been tested
  2. The project owner or project team has a good track record in business-as-mission
  3. Many opportunities for evangelising the least reached
  4. Recouping back of startup capital in five years, or in the case of real estate, seven years
  5. Portable: The business idea could potentially also work in other fields and regions
  6. Scalable: The business can be expanded in size and scope
  7. Useful for training and launching bi-vocational missionaries
  8. The project does not require specialised or unique skill sets that are difficult to multiply

Funding Policy

  1. GSI almost never funds projects 100%. Applicants are expected to raise at least part of the project costs.
  2. Part of GSI funding is likely to be by way of interest-free loan: As a sustainability principle, we wish to see successful projects give back so that other Global South projects can benefit.
  3. The funding may be released in stages over time, as the project progresses and as milestones are achieved.
  4. Where funding is for large set-up capital costs, e.g., purchasing land or property, we are usually the last funder, i.e., we will release our funds only when all the rest of the funding has been raised.
  5. Where any GSI funding is not used for the project and for the stated purposes, it must be returned to GSI.
  6. GSI does not fund personal support costs.