Nidos-Making a good funding application to the scottish government

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Nidos-Making a good funding application to the scottish government

  1. 1. Making a good funding application to the Scottish Government 15 December 2011
  2. 2. Focus on: Needs Assessment & Budgeting
  3. 3. Needs assessment activity - 15 mins <ul><li>Needs Assessment and Budgets </li></ul><ul><li>4 case studies: </li></ul><ul><li>Rate the needs assessments – 1 best, 4 worst – and why: record </li></ul><ul><li>Rate budgets – 1 best, 4 worst – and why: record </li></ul><ul><li>Who would you fund? Chose one project </li></ul>
  4. 4. Stage 1 – before the form <ul><li>Needs Assessment: </li></ul><ul><li>Who will benefit /why them? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know what they want? Did you ask them? </li></ul><ul><li>What priorities did this consultation identify? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there also demand? How can you be confident the service will be used? </li></ul><ul><li>Local consultation is key – by whom/when </li></ul>
  5. 5. Other evidence of need Statistics? Local partner experience / past experience? Show knowledge of local and national context and strategies Don’t rely on anecdotes/general statements – it has to be specific to that group of people, that area, that context, recent assessment
  6. 6. Need vs demand What is the difference? Which are indicators of need and which of demand? But...identifying need is not enough in itself. Will there be a demand for your project?
  7. 7. Identifying need <ul><li>Many layers </li></ul><ul><li>Issue – general /global targets – e.g. MDGs </li></ul><ul><li>Country context </li></ul><ul><li>Local situation </li></ul><ul><li>Up to date </li></ul><ul><li>Quantify with statistics and illustrate with stories </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding of ‘what works’ locally </li></ul>
  8. 8. Identifying Need - Example <ul><li>Overall Need </li></ul><ul><li>Improved maternal health/MDG 5 – reduced maternal deaths </li></ul><ul><li>Beneficiary needs could include </li></ul><ul><li>Better access to pre-natal screening and checks </li></ul><ul><li>Trained personnel attending at birth </li></ul><ul><li>Improved hygiene and access to treatments for infections around birth </li></ul><ul><li>Improved nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Etc .... But how does your project fit local needs...? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Stage 2 – filling the form At least three of the questions relate in some way to needs assessment / why your organisation thinks your project is needed
  10. 10. Stage 2 – filling the form 25. How does your project fit with the priorities of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy I ? Show how your project will complement these priorities. You may also wish to refer to District Development Plans, if relevant and appropriate. Maximum word limit, 250 words.
  11. 11. Stage 2 – filling the form <ul><li>Please describe the problem that your project will address and state clearly the reasons why this project is needed. You should provide detail on how the need for the project was derived and the expected impact of this work. (this Q also has other parts) </li></ul><ul><li>Needs Assessment results & statistics: </li></ul><ul><li>what is the issue(s) and why this project? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Stage 2 – filling the form <ul><li>What needs analysis or assessment has your organisation carried out in relation to the development priority issue that your project is designed to address? Maximum word limit, 250 words. </li></ul><ul><li>NEEDS Assessment process : who/when/how </li></ul><ul><li>IMPORTANT – not just about statistics and strategies – real people and places </li></ul>
  13. 13. Budgeting
  14. 14. Budgeting – before the form <ul><li>Key budget lines: staffing; running costs; project delivery costs – workplan related </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real costs of managing projects – staff supervision; monitoring and evaluation; staff training; partner capacity building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inflation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exchange rate fluctuations and charges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diversity and participation costs </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Budgeting – the form The quality of the budget shows your organisation’s: Attention to detail Experience Accuracy – make sure numbers add up Ability to translate plans into practice Paced growth and realism ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK and keep a copy
  16. 16. Budgeting – the form <ul><li>How much should you apply for? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What will your activities cost: detailed costings of workplan not round figures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is realistic for your organisation: paced growth; management capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What should you apply for? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check what is eligible - guidance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>capital costs, vehicles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flights </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scottish staff costs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Financial years: April-March </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish Government funded vs Other funding </li></ul><ul><li>Match funding – useful but not required </li></ul>

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