Grant criteria overview


Grant criteria overview

  • Applications for funding from the SVGPF should fit into one of the Fund’s key focus areas outlined in Issues of Concern.
  • Proposals should be presented in a concise, narrative form, without extensive documentation; they should be clear and compelling, with the objective to create measurable and sustainable long-term results.
  • The organization must display strong and effective leadership.
  • Sustainability must be a key outcome of the project 
  • The proposed activity must be sufficiently visible to leverage additional support from other funding sources
  • The project must demonstrate positive community or national impact


Detailed proposal requirements


This section clearly and concisely summarizes the request. It should provide the reader with a framework that will help them visualize the project.

Qualifications – Organization

This section describes the applicant organization and its qualifications for funding, credibility and track record. It should demonstrate that it is the best organization to carry out the proposed project, with the means and the imagination to solve the particular problem or meet the need.

Qualifications – Individuals

If the proposal includes paying experts to offer technical assistance, please include a short biography on the experts, including their professional qualifications. 

Issue of concern

This section should address the specific problem area or need for which assistance is being sought. Information based on objective research should be provided to justify the need or problem. 

Objectives & action plan

This section should detail the outcomes from the use of the grant in measurable terms. Provide a succinct description of what the organization hopes to accomplish.

This section must stipulate the list of activities that are planned, including date, proposed location and description of activity. 


This section should describe the activities to be conducted to achieve the desired objectives including the rationale for choosing a particular approach. A chronological description of the operations of the proposed project would be adequate.

Lead contact

The proposal must name the person who is the lead person in charge of the implementation of the project. 


The project must specify proposed dates for submission of reports. The first report is usually submitted within one month of the start of the project; subsequent reports will depend on the scope of the project. 


This section should detail the costs to be met by the funding source and where applicable, those to be provided for by other parties. Outline both administrative and program costs. 

Budgets should, where applicable show income as well as expenses and should be structured in accordance with general accounting/bookkeeping principles. Budgets should not be submitted in narrative form. Budgets must specify currency.