Selection Process

Planning

Release call for Expression of Interest (EOI)
1

Application

Full application submitted
2

Selection

Selection of businesses
3

Award

Signed Agreement
4

Implementation & Monitoring

Project completion
5

Open calls

Governorate Anbar
District Al-Ka'im
Opening Date 25/02/2024
Closing Date 08/03/2024
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Governorate Anbar, Anbar
District Falluja, Ramadi
Opening Date 25/02/2024
Closing Date 08/03/2024
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Governorate Ninewa, Ninewa
District Al-Ba'aj, Sinjar
Opening Date 18/02/2024
Closing Date 10/03/2024
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Governorate Salah al-Din
District Tikrit
Opening Date 18/02/2024
Closing Date 01/03/2024
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Governorate Ninewa
District Al-Hamdaniya
Opening Date 20/02/2024
Closing Date 10/03/2024
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Governorate Anbar, Anbar
District Falluja, Ramadi
Opening Date 11/02/2024
Closing Date 16/03/2024
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Recently Expired calls

Governorate Sulaymaniyah
District Sulaymaniyah
Opening Date 16/01/2024
Closing Date 05/02/2024
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Governorate Diyala
District Khanaqin
Opening Date 21/01/2024
Closing Date 09/02/2024
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Governorate Diyala
District Khanaqin
Opening Date 21/01/2024
Closing Date 09/02/2024
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Governorate Erbil
District Erbil
Opening Date 21/01/2024
Closing Date 08/02/2024
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FAQ's

The level of risk is higher with newly established businesses since the business model has not yet proved to be successful and the business owners wouldn't have the necessary experience to operate the business. There are exceptions made for start-ups and early-stage businesses for EDF innovation and EDF women. For more information, refer to the guidelines of each open call for Expression of Interest (EOI).

The eligibility criteria are the basis for selection, if your business doesn't meet the minimum requirements outlined in each call for Expression of Interest (EOI) then your business will automatically be rejected by the system.

Registration is not an eligibility criteria, businesses that are not registered can still apply. However, if the business is selected for the grant, they will be requested to start the process of registration as part of the expansion plan.

IOM supports businesses that are not registered at the time of application but are willing to register as part of the expansion plan for their business.

Yes, you can apply. However, you need to consider that the selection depends on the nature of your business and the round of funding that you apply for. EDF innovation and EDF women support start-ups, early stage businesses and businesses with e-commerce services. For more information, refer to the guidelines of each open call for Expression of Interest (EOI).

Yes, you can apply, and you have an equal opportunity like any other applicants

The Enterprise Development Fund targets Iraq business owners only. However, there might be some specific calls for applications that target Syrian business owners in the future, so you need to keep an eye on IOM's social media platforms for such and respond to the call.

No, you can’t. The system will automatically reject your application.

You need to read the information handouts clearly and ensure that your business meets the eligibility criteria before you decide to apply. You can apply again if your business has been rejected and you have received a notification from IOM. If your business is still on the waiting list, it means it is pending our review, the system will not allow your application to proceed.

The email address is optional, you can apply without adding it to your application. IOM needs at least one communication channel to communicate with the applicants.

IOM adjusts the selection criteria based on the market assessments and the needs in the targeted communities. The main changes to the criteria every time are the sectors of intervention and the target locations since these are based on the Market Assessments recommendations.

You can show previous purchases, including receipts of machinery already purchased within the last 6 months. If you don’t have that, photos and a description may be accepted, but this is determined on a case by case basis. This information is not required until the full application. This will also be physically verified by IOM as part of the selection process hence accurate information should be submitted.

You could demonstrate by photos and descriptions of the amount invested in the business recently, then IOM staff will verify the information during site visit. However, if you cannot prove that the machinery was purchased in the last 6 months, it will not be considered a matching contribution, and this may negatively affect your chances of being selected.

The purpose of the contribution is to amplify the impact of the limited funding IOM has and demonstrate a commitment to the success of the project. It will not exclude the person from applying but it would help their chances if they could match IOM’s contribution.

To qualify for EDF grants you need to have an operational business by the time of the application. However, IOM releases call for applications specific for destroyed businesses, you need to keep an eye on IOM social media platforms to get updates on when these calls will be open. https://www.facebook.com/IOMIraq

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