What are we looking for?

Strengthening grant

What are we looking for?

Strengthening grants support particular, usually time-limited, projects (up to 12 months in this funding round) that seek to engage and contribute to bringing about specific change in one or more of the priority themes of AmplifyChange. We do this by financing advocacy activities across the 5 outcome areas of the AmplifyChange Theory of Change.

Alongside financing advocacy activities, strengthening grants are also intended to strengthen the organisational development and effectiveness of small to medium civil society organisations, partnerships and coalitions who are operating at a local, community, district or national level.

Up to 40% of the project budget may be allocated to organisational development and effectiveness.

Examples of how you can use this investment include (but are not exclusive to):

Strengthen your organisation:

  • Developing a strategic plan
  • Fundraising – including business development, income generation and proposal-design
  • Improving Communications capacity – including development of digital channels
  • Strengthen management and leadership practices
  • Building the skills of team members and volunteers
  • Strengthening financial management and control investments in electricity supply (using environmentally sustainable methods as far as possible) or other utilities
  • Investments in computer software and training
  • Office furniture and equipment

Learn advocacy skills:

  • Strengthening technical knowledge and practices related to an SRHR theme (e.g. clinical, public health or legal knowledge and practices)
  • Enhancing the technical quality of advocacy activities
  • Enhancing the quality of monitoring and evaluation
  • Using research, performance and impact monitoring results to support a culture of improvement and boost decision-making and engagement within your organisation or enhance external relations
  • Increasing the scale of the organisation’s engagement with the public and establishing new connections and networks for advocacy
Strengthening grant > What are we looking for?

What are we looking for in this funding round?

For this funding window we anticipate awarding approximately 40 Strengthening grants.

In this call we will consider applications that seek to support both advocacy activities as well as investments in organisational development and effectiveness.

Up to 40% of the proposed budget may be allocated to organisational development and effectiveness that supports the development and execution of capacity building plans (i.e. core costs).

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. If you want to see examples of some of the results that have been achieved by current or previous AmplifyChange grantees please watch our Results Films.

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We can provide support to cover costs related to:

  • Implementing specific activities in line with one or more of the AmplifyChange thematic 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
  • Activity Monitoring & Evaluation 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
Strengthening grant > What are we looking for?

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