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The Grant-Making Process
Transcript of The Grant-Making Process
Once the final list of grantee partners is approved by the Board of Directors, we then consult references to evaluate the organization's ability to manage a grant from The MATCH International Women's Fund. Within this process we often tap into the deep networks and expertise of our partners within the international network of women's funds.
THE REVIEW PROCESS
Staff & Volunteers
Board of Directors
STEP 1: A GLOBAL CALL
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2013, we closed our very first call for proposals for The MATCH International Women's Fund.
In total, we received nearly 1,200 applications from women's rights organizations Holding Ground and Breaking Ground around the world.
Organizations from over 100 countries applied for support to address a broad range of issues faced by women in their communities, be it violence, poverty, armed conflict or reproductive rights.
The Holding Ground funding stream supports organizations that are contributing to the sustainability of women’s rights, women’s justice and equality.
These are organizations that face financial or political vulnerabilities in delivering programs and are in need of financial and non-financial support.
Our ‘Holding Ground’ Grants are Designed to:
Provide flexible core support to organizations working to ‘hold the line’ by providing critical services and programs in response to increasingly violent backlash against women’s equality globally;
Support capacity building and/or strengthen organizational sustainability.
Around the world, women are developing new and innovative solutions to challenge the barriers they face.
The Breaking Ground funding stream supports organizations that have a proven or promising early stage innovation and that need additional support to create the capacity and conditions necessary to effectively sustain their work.
Our Breaking Ground’ Grants are Intended to Support:
A tested innovation that is grounded in systems change;
Innovation and/or demand for program expansion;
Collaboration and partnerships across sectors;
New infrastructure demands and activities for growth and transition to scale;
Business planning and capacity building needs.
STREAM 1: HOLDING GROUND
STREAM 2: BREAKING GROUND
ADVISORY COUNCIL REVIEW
Staff, Board and selected volunteers carefully read all applications to identify those that best fit the Holding Ground and Breaking Ground criteria.
Meet the MATCH Staff at http://matchinternational.org/staff-volunteers/
Our Advisory Council comprises a broad and deep range of expertise from social innovation, to women's rights, to systems change. Together, they compile a list of top projects.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
Read all our advisory council bios at http://matchinternational.org/advisory-council/
The MATCH International Women's Fund Board meets to collectively review the recommendations put forward by the Advisory Council, assess financial contributions and determine grant-making prioritization.
Meet the MATCH Board at http://matchinternational.org/board-of-directors/
Throughout the duration of our grants, we strive to monitor and evaluate the impact our grantees are having on systems change in the most responsible way possible, balancing the need for detail with the need to not overburden our partners.
We work with other women's funds and social investors to develop the most appropriate M & E tools, taking into consideration local contexts and resources available.
From left to right: MATCH Volunteer Sarah Saska and MATCH Staff, Julia Ehrhardt and Stephanie Needham.
Our Advisory Council at The MATCH International Women's Fund office in January 2014.
Meet our Advisory Council at http://matchinternational.org/advisory-council/
MATCH Board Members with ED Jess Tomlin at our 2013 Annual General Meeting.
We announce a global call for proposals on our website, on social media and through our global partners and other women's funds.
Applications are available in English, French and Spanish.
We fund women's organizations in two thematic areas: Holding Ground and Breaking Ground.
Once references have been checked, we work with the grantees to negotiate contracts and make the first grant installment.
TO SOCIAL INNOVATION RESEARCH
Around the world, women-led innovation is greatly undervalued and not well invested in.
We work with researchers in Canada to establish the link between women-led innovation and positive systems change for gender equality using data from our grantee partners' monitoring and evaluation.
We seek to better understand why and how women innovate within the most difficult of circumstances be it extreme poverty, humanitarian crisis or situations of conflict.
HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN WE'VE ACHIEVED SYSTEMS CHANGE?
Researchers working in the area of systems change have identified six major shifts that indicate positive social change has taken place.
A shift in individual and/or community behaviour that leads people to do things differently and for the better.
An increase in engagement through grassroots organizing that reaches a 'tipping point' when a new practice or belief becomes the norm.
Changes at the level of local, national and international institutions, policies and systems to better serve women and their communities.
The redefinition or reframing of an issue or concept so that it is seen in a new, more positive light.
The ability to maintain the gains made for women's rights in the face of rising backlash from individuals and communities.
The building of sustainable institutions that are devoted to systems change or women.
HOLDING GROUND. BREAKING GROUND.