How Childhood chooses which projects to support.

Childhood accepts applications from projects seeking funding twice every year. The project that later is granted support has gone through a rigorous application process. Read about how the application process works and how Childhood chooses which projects that will receive support.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Visit the project
  2. The application submitted
  3. Processing of application
  4. Advisory Board recommends
  5. The Board decides
  6. Follow-up

 

Visit the project

In order for an organization to seek support from Childhood the organization must first receive a visit from one of Childhood's Project Directors. In most cases, organizations initiate contact with Childhood to invite us for a project visit. In some cases however, Childhood initiates contact with organizations that have activities that are in line with the projects that Childhood supports or that have been recommended by for example another project partner. The visits are so important for Childhood to be able to form an opinion about the organization and their work on a day to day basis. Normally, the Project Director meets up with the local staff, visits their projects and provides information on how the organization should proceed to seek support.

 

The applications submitted

Organizations that are interested in receiving funding from Childhood and have been visited by one of Childhood’s Project Directors then submit an application. In the application the organization explains the project they are applying for, their goals, what methods they should use and which activities that should be carried out. Moreover, they send in a budget of how much money they are applying for and how the money will be used.

 

Processing of application

Childhood's Project Director thouroughly goes through the applications and asks questions if anything is unclear. In order to create as clear of a picture as possible of the organization and its activities, Childhood also contacts the administrators for additional references.

 

Advisory Board makes recommendations

Childhood's Advisory Board is an independent group of experts who assist with the assessment of project applications. The group consists of people with knowledge of international development work, research and method development regarding psychosocial support to vulnerable children, families and human rights. The members of the Advisory Board first read through all the applications received and then meet with Childhood's Project Director to discuss each application in order to make a recommendation regarding the decision to the Board.

 

The board makes the decisions on support

After the meeting with the Advisory Board, Childhood administrators compile the discussions that were hold around each application and put together a recommendation to the board. The basis for the board includes an assessment including how well the project meets a real need and whether the methods proposed can really lead to a reduced risks of violence and abuse against children. It is also important to ensure that the organization has a plan to follow up with, to show for the actual difference they are making. Childhood also assesses whether the organization appears to have sufficient expertise to implement the project, if the project is innovative and creative, if they included the child's right to play and influence, if there is a reasonable cost in relation to what we want to achieve, what risks that may exist and what the conditions are for the project to be able to get a long-term stable funding. The board then makes the final decision on which projects that are eligible for support.

 

Follow-up

All projects that are granted support from Childhood are in close contact with one of Childhood's project officers during the entire project period. The organization implementing the project submit financial reports every quarter before the money for the next quarter is paid out and all organizations submit reports every six months, describing how the business is performing. The responsible Project Director visits the project twice a year and continuously monitors operations via phone and email. The close dialogue with the projects is one of Childhood's strengths and during the project visits the Project Director often meets managers, employees and also children and families that the organization works with. By gaining in-depth knowledge and understanding of how the organization works and what challenges the organization faces Childhood’s administrators can be more flexible and supportive while also identifying the gaps and needs of the organizations that they can help to fix through specific support capabilities. In this way, both the quality and the long-term perspective of the projects can get strengthened.

 

Text: Frida Rybo, Tara Derakshan