The latest round of Network grants closed for concept note applications on Thursday 26 August at 5:00pm (UK time).
Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application.
Since 2015 AmplifyChange has run four Network funding rounds, awarding 93 Network grants. The purpose of a Network grant is to contribute to the development of stronger and more inclusive movements advocating for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Network grants ensure a movement is resourced. Our appraisal of applications will therefore include an assessment of how resources are allocated across partners to contribute to equitable and effective allocation of resources across a movement.
Please see the specific eligibility criteria listed in the sections below for each Network grant call.
We hosted a webinar for Network grant applicants on 13 August 2021. During the webinar, we give a brief introduction of AmplifyChange and cover the rules and eligibility criteria for Network grants, including a Q&A session at the end.
2 - 5 years
Network grants support organisations working on one or more of the SRHR priority themes of AmplifyChange.
The eligibility criteria refers solely to the lead applicant:
We strongly advise you to download our calculator to check if you are financially eligible to apply for this grant.
Applicant organisations can only submit one application as the lead, however they can be downstream partners on other applications. If you have a pending application with AmplifyChange you can still apply for this round.
“Civil society is an arena of voluntary collective actions around shared interests, purposes and values distinct from families, state and profit seeking institutions. The term civil society includes the full range of formal and informal organisations that are outside the state and the market – including social movements, volunteer involving organisations, mass-based membership organisations, faith-based groups, NGOs, and community-based organizations, as well as communities and citizens acting individually and collectively.”
(Voice and Accountability for Human Development: A UNDP Global Strategy to Strengthen Civil Society and Civic Engagement, UNDP 2009)
In 2021 AmplifyChange developed a strategy which highlights that AmplifyChange is more than a fund; it is a wider platform committed to organisational strengthening, generating and sharing knowledge for advocacy, reflecting on lessons and impact, and in engaging selectively to influence SRHR policy. We ask applicants to consider how these elements, outlined in more detail in our strategy, will form part of the application.
AmplifyChange welcomes all applications that address our five priority themes. Please note that whilst we will consider applications that support all five priority themes, if more applications are recommended for funding by our Independent Technical Review Panel than we can fund, we will moderate in favour of projects that fulfil our fund results framework.
We take a broad and inclusive interpretation of the five priority themes and recognise their intersection and the relevance of cross-cutting approaches which may include gender norm transformation, sex positivity.
Network grant funding is part of a growing range of contributions already made by AmplifyChange to southern-led SRHR advocacy organisations and networks. We will therefore consider the current composition of the AmplifyChange portfolio and the underrepresented themes within it when make the final selection of grant awards.
What type of Networks are we looking to support?
Applications should be developed jointly with network members. The proposal development, share of the budget and governance of the network should reflect the participation and involvement of the whole network.
Applications should propose an effective approach to ongoing monitoring and relationship-building with civil society organisations. This may include:
How much funding is available?
Network grants will initially be between £300,000 to £825,000 (GBP) for up to 3 years (36 months). The minimum time-period for a Network grant is 2 years (24 months). Please ensure you meet the financial eligibility criteria outlined above.
In this Network grant round applicants will be able to apply for grants that last up to 3 years (36 months) initially. AmplifyChange’s support will be based on regular grant performance reviews and the availability of funding to AmplifyChange. All awarded contracts will reflect these clauses and timings. AmplifyChange is seeking to establish long-term relationships with Network grant holders and potentially extend the grants up to 5 years (with a maximum of £1,375,000 (GBP) grant support over the entire grant period). The extension will depend on grant performance and the availability of AmplifyChange funding to continue support.
We anticipate awarding approximately 12 Network grants in this round, depending on the applications received and our available funding. Subject to successful completion of due diligence and all other grant related processes, selected Network grants are expected to be able to start from quarter 2 of 2022.
If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact email@example.com
We run a two-step process to identify network grantees – consisting of a concept note phase, followed by an invitation to submit a full application for shortlisted entries.
Requests for Network grant proposals are posted four to six weeks in advance of the opening date for submission of applications. Applicants generally have four weeks to complete their concept note and a further six weeks to complete full applications after we have shortlisted concept notes.
All applications must be submitted online using our online application system. You need to complete a narrative describing your project using the online form. You will also need to upload a budget, workplan and definition of milestones against the AmplifyChange indicator framework using the most up-to-date AmplifyChange templates. These templates can be downloaded from the online application system.
We asked our Technical Review Panel (TRP) to provide their top-tips for writing a strong application. Watch the film below and download the PDF guide to see their advice.
For more help to develop your proposal please see the selected films below and watch our full user guide series.
Some of the best AmplifyChange grantees have shared practical advice from their experience of strengthening their organisations and the tactics they have successfully used to advocate for improved SRHR.
Check out amplifychangelearn.org to read practical how-to guides.