Updated Jan 10, 2018CLOSED

AmplifyChange Strengthening Grant

Offered by Department for International Development, Viiv Healthcare, African Women’s Development Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Global Fund for Women, Danida, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands, Norad and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation as part of AmplifyChange

Strengthening grants support time-limited, projects that seek to engage and contribute to bringing about change in one or more of the sexual and reproductive healthpriority themesof AmplifyChange. This Strengthening grant call focuses on supporting advocacy campaigns and organisational development within civil society organisations seeking to bring about positive change in sexual and reproductive health.

Strengthening grants are intended to support, strengthen quality and scale-up the work of small to medium civil society organisations, partnerships and coalitions who are operating at a local, community, district or national level. Strengthening grants are also intended to support organisational development and boost effectiveness of groups; we understand that this enables groups to better implement projects that are aiming to secure specific change.
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GrantType
CLOSEDJan 31, 2018Deadline
€40,000 - €100,000Amount
6-24Duration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 4: Transition to Scale and Stage 5: Scaling
Created inCape Verde, Comoros, Afghanistan, Guinea, Ghana, Gambia, The, Gabon, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti, Congo, Republic of the, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Chad, Cameroon, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Benin, Bangladesh, Angola, Sao Tome and Principe, Mauritius, Maldives, Malawi, Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria, Niger, Nepal, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritania, Mali, Liberia, Lesotho, Kenya, India, Guinea-Bissau, Cote d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, Bhutan, Togo, Seychelles, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Swaziland, Sudan, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, South Africa, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Myanmar and Pakistan
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RegionN/A
CountryCape Verde, Comoros, Afghanistan, Guinea, Ghana, Gambia, The, Gabon, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti, Congo, Republic of the, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Chad, Cameroon, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Benin, Bangladesh, Angola, Sao Tome and Principe, Mauritius, Maldives, Malawi, Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria, Niger, Nepal, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritania, Mali, Liberia, Lesotho, Kenya, India, Guinea-Bissau, Cote d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, Bhutan, Togo, Seychelles, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Swaziland, Sudan, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, South Africa, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Myanmar and Pakistan
Focus AreasSexual and Reproductive Health (Health)

In this call for Strengthening grant proposals, we will consider proposals working to strengthening one or more of the outcome areas that AmplifyChange supports. These are:

- Increasing individual awareness of Sexual and Reproductive Health as human rights
- Improving access to Sexual and Reproductive Healthresources, information andservices
- Transforming social norms
- Changing policies andlaws
- Building stronger, more inclusive movements for Sexual and Reproductive Health

The project must respond to one or more of the AmplifyChangeoutcome areasas defined by AmplifyChange's Theory of Change.

Other Requirements

Planned Usage of FundsWe ask grantees to see ourTheory of Changeand think about which outcome they will contribute to through their proposed project.

Up to 40% of a Strengthening Grant can also be used to support the costs of organisational development and boosting organisational effectiveness of an organisation dedicated to strengthening Sexual Reproductive Health. We can provide support to cover costs related to:
-Implementing specific activities in line with one or more of the AmplifyChange priority areas
- Staff costs including support staff
- Technical assistance costs
- Travel costs associated with the project objectives and activities
- Organisational capacity building and strengthening support including staff training and development
- Activitymonitoring andevaluation costs
- Indirect project support costs. These are expenses which are incurred in the support of operational activities including, for example, rent, shared utility costs and audit fees.

Management TeamThe organisation must be a Southern-based organisation. AmplifyChange will consider concept notes from civil society organisations based in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia. We recognise the broad scope of civil society and the wide range of organisations, actors and coalitions it encompasses. Therefore, we are happy to receive concept notes from community groups, non-governmental organisations, indigenous groups, charitable organisations, faith-based organisations, research institutes, social enterprise groups, public-private partnerships, communications and media groups and professional associations.

We will only consider applications from sub-Saharan African and South Asian organisations with the ability to define strategy, setting performance targets and other objectives, define a brand identity and governance fully independently of a Global North-based headquarters or support office.
REQUIRED
Financial StatementsWe receive strong competition for Strengthening grants. Therefore, we encourage applicants to provide realistic budgets to match their proposed approach, and not just apply for the maximum amount available.
Impact Evaluation/M&E Plan
When submitting the AmplifyChange application please include a monitoring and evaluation framework, using the AmplifyChange Indicator selection and Milestone identification template . Please read the guidance carefully before completion. We recommend that you consult our user guide series on monitoring before applying. This includes resources to helpdemystify monitoring, how to selectindicators from the AmplifyChange frameworkandidentify milestones​. You can also find advice on establishing means of verification.
Other

We review all eligible Strengthening grant applications we receive. A key review criterion we will use in assessing them is whether the proposed work specifically sets out to contribute to our results framework and benchmarks. The guidance on our priorities, including Levers for change and Possible entry points for policy change offer examples of strategies and activities we seek to support:

Addressing gender-based violence - Levers for change

Addressing the causes of unsafe abortion - Levers for change

Challenging stigma and discrimination - Levers for change

Improving sexual health of young people - Levers for change

Increasing access for marginalised and vulnerable groups - Levers for change

Application Directions

Check out our user guide onapplication writingandsee ouruser guide seriesfor assistance.

You need to apply for a Strengthening grant online via our grant portal. To access the online application form please do the following:

1. Go to the AmplifyChange grantsdashboard
2. Click on the button: ‘Begin Application'
3. This will take you through a series of eligibility checks. If you are eligible you will be able to access the online application form.
4. The online concept note form must be completed online. You will be able to download a PDF of the application at any point during your submission, however this PDF cannot be edited

Applicants also need to download and submit: A workplan and budget, using the AmplifyChange workplan and budget template(all other templates will not be accepted). Please read the guidance carefully before completion If you need a basic introduction to work-planning then please see ouruser guide to planning activities

Application And Awards Process

We accept applications in English and French online. The online application process is easy to use and will automatically save your application as you fill in your details. You can also revisit your application as many times as you wish prior to submitting the application. If you would like to see in advance the application questions you will be asked to complete and the information you will be requested to provide as part of your application, you will be able to download a PDF. Please do not send this PDF back to us as we will only accept applications made online on our grant system.

f you are preparing for an application, you might want to review our Resources page. This includes a wealth information from across funders and civil society to support your application, including:

Contexts – see our resources onpolicies and dataand our resources onresearch

Effective project design – see our resources onwhat works

On 9 January 2018, we willhost aguidance webinar on selecting milestones, indicators, and completing the budgettemplate.

If you missed our introductory webinar for the Strengthening round 3 grant call on the 30 November 2017, we will soon be sharing a link to the recording of the webinar in English and French on this page.

We expect this funding round to be highly competitive, so in the instance that more applications are recommended than we can fund we will prioritise those applications that include the following objectives:
  • Establishment of rigorous advocacy plans for policy and/or law reform and/or defence. If you would like practical advice on how to establish a rigorous advocacy plan, please see our forthcoming user guide
  • Increased participation of civil society in policy and budgetary processes
  • Improvement of national policies, laws, budget allocations through civil society engagement to create a more favourable environment for SRHR
  • Increase the range of SRHR services, including information and products, available

We make funding decisions based on an independent review process, and we take into account our policy and operational benchmarks. When organisations are recommended for funding, they then undergo integrity due diligence checks and financial management assessments. More guidance on how we work and make funding decisions is availablehere. We anticipate the review and checking process will take until early-mid 2018. We anticipate that grants will start in Quarter 3 2018.

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