If there is an open call for proposals, there will be a section that lists eligibility requirements. You need to ensure that your organization meets all the requirements, or is partnering with an organization that does. Eligibility requirements are fairly specific to individual funding streams, but there are some questions that are worth considering each time:
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
- Is this funding targeting a particular sector (health, education, emergencies)? Are you required to be delivering a certain kind of activities? Which costs related to activities are eligible?
- Is this funding prioritizing or exclusively targeting certain groups? Does your organization serve those groups, or are you led by members of these groups? Do you have experience working with the targeted groups and credible community connections?
- You may be required to have a certain number of years of experience delivering programs related to the proposal call. And you will likely need to be able to demonstrate that experience.
- Opportunities are sometimes targeted to organizations with a specific level of annual revenue. You may also need to have audited financial statements going back a certain number of years.
If you have gone through this checklist and still have questions, most funding opportunities list an email address where you can inquire for further information. This is always a good opportunity to engage government officials and get them to learn more about your work, as well as to signal your interest.
If you see an opportunity that interests you, but your organization does not meet all the requirements, you can consider partnering with another organization that does meet the requirements and may be interested in collaborating.
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