How to Apply

Frequently Asked Questions

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How can CSOs apply for funding?

Organisations should apply online via our grants portal. The way to apply for a grant depends on the type of grant you are applying for:

Opportunity Grant:  Application form.

Strengthening Grant:  Application form.

Network Grant:  Concept note, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application form.

Strategic Grant:  Statement of Intent, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

Please read through the guidance for each grant type to find out more about the application process and decide which grant type is relevant to your organisation.

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Can I submit an application in my own format?

No. We will only accept completed AmplifyChange application forms through our online system​, so please do not submit documents in your own format or documents you may have used elsewhere.

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. Once you are content with your completed application, just submit it.

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Do I need to register each time I want to submit an application?

Applicants do not need to register each time they wish to apply for support. However, applicants are required to submit a new concept note/application for each funding round. Previous applications will not automatically be considered in a new funding round.  

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Can I submit a video for my application?

We welcome applications that provide material such as video clips to help demonstrate and illustrate what an applying group is aiming to achieve.

Opportunity Grant applicants can submit a video file or a video link as the main part of their application (instead of a written application) or as an additional piece to the written application form. Video material should address the information requested in the application form. Video clips should be no more than 5 minutes in duration.

If applying for a Strengthening or Network Grant, applicants can submit a link to a video as part of their application, however this must be in addition to the written information required in the application form.

Budget forms will still need to be completed separately and be submitted to accompany the 'technical' application. 

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Which internet browser should I use for online applications?

The system will function on the latest two versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome. The fastest and smoothest experience will be on Google Chrome, however the application form will function on all three.

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Can I stay logged in and be inactive for long periods of time?

The system will log you out after a while if you stay inactive and it may not be obvious to you that you have been logged out (for example, if you are logged in for over an hour without using the system at all). If you have been away from your login screen for an hour or more the best thing to do is log out and then log back in again to avoid information being lost. The system should save your application information as you provide it, so there is no risk in logging out. But it is always good to check that the information you provide is being saved.

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Can I log in via more than one internet window?

No, please only log in via one internet window, otherwise you risk losing your content.

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How do I reset my password?

If you forget your password, the Login section of the website contains a ‘Forgot your password?’ link through which applicants can reset their passwords.

To go straight to this link please PRESS HERE.

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How should I describe my organisation?

Civil Society organisation:

Civil society organisations (CSOs) refer to the wide array of non-governmental and not-for-profit citizens’ associations. They have presence in public life, and provide benefits, services, or political influence to specific groups within society. CSOs include business forums, faith-based associations, labor unions, local community groups, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), philanthropic foundations, and think tanks. Branches of government (government agencies and legislators), individual businesses, political parties, and the media are not considered CSOs.

Non-Governmental organisation:

A non-governmental organisation (NGO) is a not-for-profit, voluntary citizens' group, which is organized to address issues in support of the public good. NGOs are not created to generate personal profit. Although they may have paid employees and engage in revenue-generating activities they do not distribute profits or surpluses to members or management; NGOs are voluntary. This means that they are formed voluntarily and that there is usually an element of voluntary participation in the organisation; NGOs are distinguished from informal or ad hoc groups by having some degree of formal or institutional existence. Usually, NGOs have formal statutes or other governing document setting out their mission, objectives and scope. They are accountable to their members and donors; NGOs are independent, in particular of government and other public authorities and of political parties or commercial organisations.

Private Sector organisation:

A private sector organisation is defined as one of the following:

  1. Individual, for-profit, and commercial enterprises or businesses;
  2. Business associations and coalitions (cross-industry, multi-issue groups; cross- industry, issue-specific initiatives; industry-focused initiatives);
  3. Corporate philanthropic foundations.

Academic organisation/institution:

Academic institution is an educational institution dedicated to education and research, which grants academic degrees.

Faith-Based organisation:

Faith-based organizations (FBOs) are organizations that derive inspiration and guidance for their activities from the teachings and principles of the faith or from a particular interpretation or school of thought within that faith. They comprise a range of religious charitable organizations affiliated with one or more faith and spiritual traditions, which may include:

  • Religious congregations (such as churches, mosques, synagogues or temples);
  • Charities sponsored or hosted by one or more religious congregations;
  • Non-profit organizations founded by a religious congregation or based upon faith and spiritual traditions; and
  • Coalitions that include organizations described above

Women-led organisation:

A women-led organisation is one in which all or the majority of its leadership roles are filled by women.

Youth-led organisation:

A youth-led organisation is one that is predominantly governed and staffed by young people.

Community based organisation:

A community-based organization is a group of individuals organized by and for a particular community of people based on shared interests and/or attributes. A community-based organization focuses on issues and concerns at the local level (e.g. neighborhood, layperson, city, county), not on a national scale. They are often organized around a particular purpose or cause and tend to be grass roots in nature, working from the ground level upward to address issues.

Grassroots organisation:

Grassroots organisations are self-organized groups of individuals pursuing common interests through volunteer-based, non-profit organisations, that usually have a low degree of formality but a broader purpose than issue-based self-help groups, community-based organisations or neighborhood associations.