Application process

Strategic grant 

Application process

This funding round is now closed.

Thank you for all the Letters of Intent submitted. All applicants who submitted have been notified if they were successful or unsuccessful via email. Only those who were successful have been invited to submit a full application. 

The deadline for full applications is 7th November 2017 at 5pm, GMT.

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How and when can organisations apply for a Strategic grant?

AmplifyChange is a challenge fund, and Strategic grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. We strongly recommend that applicants consider this guidance prior to applying, and carefully judge whether they are likely to meet the eligibility and scope of activity for a Strategic grant.

Strategic grant applications will be submitted online via the AmplifyChange website ( 

No other method of application will be accepted. 

This is a two-stage application process.

The first stage – the expression of interest - will open on 27 June 2017 via the grants portal​. Applicants will have four weeks to submit the short expression of interest. The deadline is 5pm (BST) on 25th July 2017. 

Expressions of interest will be reviewed by the AmplifyChange independent Technical Review Panel. Following this review, full applications will be invited based on this assessment. 

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How will Strategic grants be assessed?

Both expressions of interest and full applications will be reviewed by the AmplifyChange independent Technical Review Panel, and funding decisions approved by our Independent Advisory Board. Decisions of the Independent Advisory Board will be final. Further information on how we make decisions can be found here.

This Strategic grant round is being run during a rapidly evolving SRHR global funding architecture. AmplifyChange aims to add value to existing funding mechanisms for SRHR advocacy. In the expression of interest, we will ask for information, and the review criteria may consider the following: how the organisation is likely to be effected by the US Government’s Mexico City Policy during the proposed grant period; and the nature of funding from any of the donors who also support AmplifyChange.

Strategic grant applications will be assessed against key criteria that relate to:

• Demonstrable potential to add value to the sector and respond to the specific needs of the current global SRHR context

• Responsiveness to purpose, eligibility and expectations set out in this Strategic grant guidance

• Relevance and potential to make a difference on AmplifyChange priority themes and to contribute to our areas for action

• Strength of supporting analysis and clarity of anticipated results and outcomes

• Soundness and effectiveness of strategy and approach, supported by evidence and Theory of Change

• Management and operational arrangements, including for managing risk

• Approach and arrangements for learning, monitoring and evaluation (LME)

• Budget and the extent to which anticipated results, outcomes and approach represent a good use of the resources sought

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What can Strategic grant funding be used for?

The proposed project can include support to the ongoing strengthening of an organisation - i.e. core support - alongside project funding.

Whilst Strategic grant funding can support institutional costs, significant capital or infrastructure expenditure will not be supported. Any such proposed expenditure must be supported with good reason in relation to outcomes linked to intended results in a sustainable manner.

Applying organisations will need to demonstrate the anticipated results and outcomes to which Strategic grant funding would contribute, and these need to be linked to AmplifyChange’s Theory of Change and Results Framework. AmplifyChange support (within the 2-year funding limit) will be linked to the provision of evidence of impact, outcome and monitoring on a six-monthly basis.

Strategic grants > Application process

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