Partnership grants are open for ‘concept note’ applications and will close on 6 May 2021 at 5:00pm (UK time). The concept note application form can be found online at grants.amplifychange.org/grants/dashboard/.
The Partnership grant is a new instrument (replacing the Strategic grant). This funding responds to the need expressed by grantees to extend the reach of AmplifyChange and strengthen solidarity and linkages between civil society groups working on the same subject in the same region. This funding will better embed support and advocacy within local settings.
The purpose of Partnership grant funding is to support established organisations from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to build and strengthen civil society movements advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
Partnership grants help strengthen the capacity of a growing constellation of organisations in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to be dynamic regional and global leaders in advocating for SRHR to support more sustainable and resilient local responses. This will encompass the facility to on-grant to smaller local groups to foster their capacity.
Partnership grant funding will enable organisations to provide grants, and organisational support, to smaller grassroots civil society organisations within their movement advocating for SRHR. Partnership grantees can also provide knowledge for advocacy support to smaller grassroots civil society organisations by enhancing the recognition, connections and contributions to the SRHR evidence-base by southern civil society organisations.
Building on our experience since 2014, AmplifyChange will work closely with those organisations holding partnership funding as they develop their on-granting, organisational strengthening and knowledge for advocacy approaches.
AmplifyChange aims to develop long-term partnerships with organisations holding partnership funding, the parameters of which will be decided together with successful applicants.
Partnership grants will initially be between £200,000 to £1,500,000 for up to 3 years (with the potential to extend the grants up to 5 years – and up to £2,500,000 – depending on grant performance and the availability of AmplifyChange funding). The minimum time period Partnership grant applicants can apply for is 2 years.
Please see the specific eligibility criteria listed in the sections below.
During this webinar recording, we introduce Partnership grants and provide an overview of the rules and eligibility criteria for this funding round.
*With the potential to extend the grants up to 5 years - and up to £2,500,000 - depending on grant performance and the availability of AmplifyChange funding.
2 - 3 years*
*The minimum time period Partnership grant applicants can apply for is 2 years.
Partnership grants support organisations working on one or more of the SRHR priority themes of AmplifyChange
Previous or current experience with on-granting to smaller civil society organisations within the SRHR movement is preferable but not required.
International non-governmental organisations based in, or originating from, the Global North are not eligible to lead a Partnership grant application; they may contribute to a project where relevant and demonstrate good value for money.
Organisations may submit only one application as a lead organisation in this Partnership grant round. It is possible for an organisation that is awarded a Partnership grant as a lead organisation to also be indicated as an implementing partner in another Partnership grant application led by another organisation.
All eligible organisations are welcome to apply, including current AmplifyChange grantees. All applications will be considered equally. We strongly recommend that applicants consider this guidance prior to submitting their concept note, and carefully judge whether they are likely to meet the eligibility and scope of activity for a Partnership grant.
Across AmplifyChange, we encourage applicants to consider the wider intersections of issues within our aim to attain SRHR for all. These include all locally relevant approaches to gender norm transformation, sex positivity, and menstrual health as cross-cutting issues.
Partnership grant funding is part of a growing portfolio of southern-led SRHR advocacy grants that AmplifyChange has already awarded. We will consider the current composition of the AmplifyChange portfolio and the underrepresented themes in it.
We therefore especially encourage applications from organisations that aim to support regional or national work on the following issues within the 5 thematic areas of AmplifyChange. Our terminology of ‘especially encourage’ means that if there are high-quality applications that are equal in all other respects, we will moderate for the following:
In this Partnership grant round 1, applicants will be able to apply for grants that last up to 3 years. 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 Partnership grant holders and potentially extend the grants up to 5 years (with a maximum of £2,500,000 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 5 Partnership grants in this round, depending on the applications received and our available funding envelope. Subject to successful completion of due diligence and all other grant related processes, selected Partnership Grants are expected to be able to start in quarter 4 of 2021.
What can Partnership grant funding be used for?
The proposed project can include:
Partnership grants are open for ‘concept note’ applications and will close on 6 May 2021 at 5:00pm (UK time).
Applicants can apply in English or in French. Applicants will need to apply through the AmplifyChange online application portal. No other method of application will be accepted.
Following the concept note reviews, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application. We anticipate that full applications will open in June 2021. The applicants invited to submit a full application will also submit their application online via the AmplifyChange website (amplifychange.org), along with a full project budget, workplan and proposed indicators.
How will Partnership grants be assessed?
Partnership grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. AmplifyChange utilises an independent Technical Review Panel (TRP) to review applications, and reserves the right to balance recommended applications based on the wider AmplifyChange portfolio considering SRHR needs and geography.
All submitted concept notes will be screened by AmplifyChange for compliance with eligibility criteria. Compliant eligible concept notes will be reviewed by the AmplifyChange independent TRP. Recommendations will be provided to the AmplifyChange Board of Directors. The Board will approve applicants to be invited to submit a full application. The submitted full applications will be also reviewed by the AmplifyChange independent TRP and the Fiduciary Risk team. Following this process, the Board of Directors will make their funding decision. The Board’s decisions are final.
The eligible concept notes will be assessed against key criteria that relate to: