In order to apply for the grant, applicants should submit a summary proposal.
Template files can be found at this page.
The concept note should be no more than 4 pages. It should include brief descriptions of the following:
Peacebuilding Relevance (10 points): The proposal should clearly articulate a peacebuilding and conflict resolution focus and relate to a peacebuilding agenda.
Creativity and Novelty (10 points): If relevant, the proposal should explain how it aims to reach out to rarely recognized issue/group; offers a new methodology and/or a creative and unique solution to the problem.
Urgency of the Project (10 points): The proposal should state whether it addresses an urgent issue to be solved (i.e. a humanitarian crisis, an ongoing violent conflict) or whether it reaches out to hard-to-access and/or vulnerable groups/regions.
Description and Significance of the Project (20 points): This section of the proposal should identify the problem, the relevance, and importance of the project; how it will contribute to the solution of the problem; where it will take place; who the key stakeholders, the target groups, and the beneficiaries are.
Project Goals and Activities (25 points): This section of the proposal should state the objectives and goals of the project and proposed activities and methodologies.
Theory of Change (25 points): Theory of change provides the causal link between the activities of the program and its stated goals. Theory of change should identify anticipated results of the project and explain how project activities will produce the desired changes and outcomes of the project (It is highly recommended to use charts and tables. Lots of samples can be found on internet.)
Applicants should upload short bios of key personnel during the application.
Key personnel include those in charge of implementing, managing and overseeing the implementation of the project such as project directors, project managers, and facilitators.
Short bios of up to 5 (five) key personnel should be combined in a single PDF document.
Each bio should be single page with the font size 12.
Bios should highlight relevant experiences and qualifications of key personnel to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities involved in project implementation.
The project proposal should submit a budget breakdown in an excel sheet. The budget should outline the proposed costs and expenses for the implementation of the project.
Budget narrative is not required for the application.
The currency used in the budget should be only US Dollars.
Overhead/indirect costs total should not be more than 10% of the budget (Overhead/indirect costs refer to an ongoing operating expenses of the regular business of the applicant that are not directly related to the project.) This percentage should be explicitly shown in the budget file.
If there are any matching funds, sources of these funds and how they will contribute to the project should be clearly explained in the budget.
While the evaluation process has been rather taxing on me, I must say that I have gained a good amount of knowledge in regards to the current 'market place' of ideas held in high esteem by the professional practitioners of peace. I think it has been an invaluable experience for me.