Guidance for applying for a Community Partnership grant

Here are some guidance tools designed to support you to develop a strong application for UK Aid Direct funding.

Please note: this guidance applies to a previous UK Aid Direct funding round and is for interest only. New guidance will be provided on 20 February 2019 for applicants considering applying for the latest UK Aid Direct funding round.

 

 

General grant holder guidance

1. Financial guidelines

  • Principles of reporting

    This document presents the basic guidelines for financial reporting covering the UK Aid Direct fund, including:

    • The financial obligations of the grant holder
    • Timing of transactions
    • Financial and reporting years
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  • Budget classification and budgeting

    This guide explains the classification system of UK Aid Direct budgets, and the methodologies used in calculating the expenditure of grants. It covers:

    • Budget structure
    • Budget headings
    • Budget management
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  • Exchange rates

    This document presents operational guidelines on the treatment of foreign currency denominated transactions and appropriate methodologies for the budgeting, recording, and management of exchange rate fluctuations. It covers:

    • Setting appropriate exchange rates
    • Mitigating against fluctuations
    • Underspends and overspends
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  • Due diligence requirements

    This document informs applicants about due diligence and how the process will be conducted.

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2. Further printable guidance

  • A guide to logframes

    This guide explains:

    • What a logframe is
    • Their purpose
    • How to develop and use them
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  • A guide to developing a Theory of Change

    This guide explains:

    • What a Theory of Change is
    • Its purpose
    • How to develop one
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  • Value-for-money case study from grant holder

    This case study looks at a highly rated, completed UK Aid Direct supported project and specifically, at what Women for Women International (WfWI) did that demonstrate excellent value for money.

     

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  • A guide to value for money

    This guide explains:

    • What Value for Money is
    • Why it is a useful tool
    • How to use it
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  • A guide to beneficiary feedback mechanisms

    This guide explains:

    • What a beneficiary feedback mechanism is
    • Why they are useful
    • How they can be used during project implementation
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  • A guide to sustainability

    This guide explains:

    • What sustainability is
    • How to address it within your project documentation
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  • A guide to gender equality

    This guide explains:

    • Why gender equality should be considered at all stages of the project life cycle
    • How it can be considered
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  • A guide to disability inclusion

    This guide explains:

    • What disability inclusion is
    • How to address it within project documentation
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3. Presentations

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX-yySd4aak
    How to measure disability

    This is the first publication in the User Guide series, a learning resource compiled in collaboration with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Washington Group.

    The User Guide is a narrated video on the UK Aid Direct Youtube channel, which provides information and advice on how groups can improve reporting on disability.

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  • General funding round: full application webinar 16 March 2017

    This is a copy of a presentation given by members of UK Aid Direct Team on 16 March 2017 for the general funding round launched on 14 November 2016. Concept notes were submitted 31 January 2017.

    Please note: the full application form has since changed but you may continue to find the information from previous funding rounds useful.

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  • Full application webinar - financial

    This is a copy of a financial presentation given by members of UK Aid Direct Team on 16 March 2017 to successful concept note applicants.

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  • Full application webinar - questions and answers 1.

    This document features the most commonly asked questions from applicants at our webinar on 16 March, 2017 regarding full application to the general funding round. Our technical team has provided the answers.

    Please note: the full application form has since changed but you may continue to find the information from previous funding rounds useful.

    Please note: the full application form has since changed but you may continue to find the information from previous funding rounds useful.

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4. Lessons learnt and application feedback

  • Review of UK Aid Direct funding round 2 and the lessons learnt

    We have compiled a lessons learnt document to profile: general feedback on the full applications received for Impact and Community Partnership grants during the November 2016 general funding round. We hope this is helpful for organisations considering applying for a UK Aid Direct grant in the future.

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