Education sector grants
Developing countries interested in joining GPE can receive up to US$500,000 to develop a solid education sector plan or improve on an existing one. This grant helps a country to perform strategic, consultative and analytical work to develop or revise its sector plan. Of the total grant, one half is to be used to carry out an analysis of the education sector, and the other half for additional studies or to develop the plan.
Eligibility: All countries eligible to become GPE partners, i.e. low-income countries, lower-middle income countries with a primary completion rate lower than 85%, and small island and small landlocked developing states.
Countries can receive US$200,000 (up to US$400,000 in exceptional cases) for the design of an education program that will help the country to implement its national sector strategy.
Eligibility: Countries eligible to apply for GPE program implementation grants
GPE partner countries can receive up to US$100 million to finance a program that supports the implementation of their education sector plan, including among other things funding school construction and rehabilitation, textbooks, teacher training, school meals or sector management.
Eligibility: Eligibility is based on three dimensions: poverty, education vulnerability and fragility. A country is eligible for an education sector program implementation grants if:
- It has an education sector plan endorsed by its development partners, and as of 28 February 2017
- It was classified as low-income based on its Gross National Income per capita, or
- It was classified as an IDA-eligible small island or small landlocked developing state, or
- It was classified as lower-middle income with a Gross National Income per capita of less than US$2,000 and its lower-secondary completion rate is lower than 90% or
- It was classified as a fragile and conflict affected lower-middle income country with a Gross National Income per capita of less than US$3,000 and its lower secondary completion rate is lower than 90%
Implementation grant allocations
and disbursements 2003-2017
These grants are available to countries that can mobilize at least US$3 in new and additional external financing for every US$1 from the GPE Multiplier. More information on the GPE Multiplier.
- Countries eligible for education sector program implementation grants (ESPIG) that are subject to the cap of US$100 million
- ESPIG-eligible countries that have an allocation of less than US$10 million
- Vulnerable lower middle-income countries (with GNI per capita lower than US$ 2,000 and a lower secondary completion rate below 90% or rragile or conflict-affected countries with GNI per capita lower than US$3,000 and lower secondary completion rates below 90%)
- Non-ESPIG eligible countries that are approved as eligible for other forms of GPE funding, such as education sector program development grants
The GPE Board expects to re-examine eligibility for the GPE Multiplier during its June 2018 meeting.