Concept note guidance videos

To support applicants through the concept note application process for UK Aid Direct direct funding we have compiled a series of guidance videos.

This page contains video guidance on the current funding round, including the recording of a webinar that was held on 7 December 2016 and a series of guidance videos on the online concept note application process.

Webinar and guidance videos

The Concept Note Guidance video series is split into eight parts. Videos 4-8 cover specific sections of the concept note application form. We recommend watching the introduction, concept note assessment criteria and the general tips videos before the section-specific videos.

You will also be able to download a PDF version of each Concept Note Guidance video to print and read offline.

Concept note guidance series

  • Video 1 Introduction to concept note guidance pack and funding round focus

    This video covers the purpose and structure of the Concept note guidance series, some practical information about filling in the concept note online form, the focus and approaches of the current UK Aid Direct funding round, along with its Theory of Change. We also explain the two different types of grants available and the eligibility requirements.

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  • Video 2 Assessment criteria

    This is a short but important video to ensure that all potential applicants are clear on the criteria we will be using to assess eligible concept notes.

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  • Video 3 Tips for writing a good concept note

    Here we present four basic tips based on our experience of reviewing hundreds of grant applications across two DFID funds to help you prepare a good application. Please remember that all we use when assessing your application is what is written in your application form. We do not consult your website or refer to any other knowledge about your organisation or experience.

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  • Video 4 Section 1 Introduction

    The introduction section is brief and you are asked to describe your project within 750 words (including spaces).

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  • Video 5 Section 2 Organisational details

    The organisational details section allows us to understand the core aims of your organisation, the areas you wish to focus your project on and your partnership or consortium arrangements.

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  • Video 6 Section 3 Proposed Project

    Describing your project is a crucial part of the concept note process in order for us to assess your project’s relevance.

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  • Video 7 Section 4 Results

    This section in the concept note follows on from the section in the previous video where you explained all about your proposed project approach and key aims. In this section we ask you to go a step further to articulate and quantify the specific change(s) you intend to effect.

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  • Video 8 Section 5 Financial details

    This final installment of the concept note guidance series covers the financial details section, an important part of the concept note process which helps the reviewer to understand your financial position, financial and risk management approaches and capacity.

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Concept note guidance - PDF printable resources

  • Video 1 Introduction to concept note guidance pack and funding round focus
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  • Video 2 Assessment criteria
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  • Video 3 Tips for writing a good concept note
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  • Video 4 Section 1 Introduction
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  • Video 5 Section 2 Organisational details
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  • Video 6 Section 3 Proposed Project
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  • Video 7 Section 4 Results
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  • Video 8 Section 5 Financial details
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