Frequently Ask Questions (FAQs) forAdvocacy Challenge Fund (ACF)

This frequently asked questions (FAQ) are listed questions and answers, commonly raised to get the general information to Advocacy Challenge Fund (ACF) managed by International Labour Organization (ILO) with financial support of Danish Embassy in Nepal.

No. The fund willbe provided in local currency i.e. Nepalese rupees.

Yes. It will be granted through bank account of the granted organization.

Approval process takes at least two to three months from the submission of concept notes.

No. The fund is not for the political party and/or their sister organizations.

Yes. All the above mentioned organizations are eligible to the fund.

Yes. Joint applications are accepted, however, the maximum limit of the fund remains the same for the joint application.

Yes. Your Association is fully entitled to apply, if for a different action. Usually, the larger umbrella associations deal with wide concerns, while your association will propose to undertake an action linked to its own concerns.

Yes. However, the organizations would show the credibility and visibility in the project district before the funding.

Preferably your organization/institution should be based in seven project districts or working in the eastern development region of Nepal,however, national level organization/institution or umbrella organization can also apply for Advocacy Challenge Fund. Further, International Organization also can apply for the fund.

Yes. You can re-submit the proposal after the improvement on first submission in consultation with Advocacy Challenge Fund management team.

The core selection criteria of the proposals are divided in two parts. One is content related criteria and another is implementation related criteria. Content related criteria includes relevance of the proposal, quality of result, sustainability and innovation; and implementation related criteria includes quality of the partnership, quality of management, quality of the methodological approach, and budget.

Though your application (concept note) satisfied all the eligibility criteria, other applications scored higher marks during the evaluation as per the selection criteria. Nevertheless, your application could be re-submitted in the next call for applications. You could even improve it. On our side, your application will not be disclosed, like every non-selected application. Only awarded action will be made public, for the sake of transparency but also examples to be used.

ACF will acknowledge the application through email.

No. The applicants must submit the concept note first on related issues. If the concept note is approved by the Fund Manager then you will be contacted to develop the full proposal.

Yes. Once the concept note is approved, the Fund Manager will provide technical support in developing full proposal.

Immediately after each question; insert the answer in the box. A clear instruction has been given in the concept note template to put your ideas.

All concept notes can be submitted electronically via Advocacy Challenge Fund web site with in the given deadline. Alternatively, the applicants can download the concept note template and send it via mail or email.

Yes. This will ensure that all the necessary information is provided in consistent way, so that the appraisal and selection process can be fair and transparent. All interested applicants must use the concept note and proposal template. Additional information that the applicants think are essential may be added.

Yes. Applicants could submit the concept note in Nepali language, however, suggestion is to submit in English language, if possible.

The sustainability window support will not be provided independently andonly be provided alongside funding for advocacy projects. Small organizations, irrelevant issues with lesssubstantially potential and small outreach will be not be supported. The fund will not support projects that have an unmitigated negative social and environmental impact.

The concept note/proposal actually calls information needed to understand and score your project. It simply helps you provide objective information about idea, your action and capacity of your organization. This is seen as the best way to ensure transparency and fairness of selection.

Advocacy Challenge Fund offers Funding Windows that have targeted specific areas for all seven districts include: (A) Window 1-Advocacy for policy dialogue; (B) Window 2-Sustainability;and (C) Window 3-Public awareness.

Each window will generally offer more than one Funding Round for additional new applications.

The maximum project duration is 11 months.

The general target groups for applying to the funds are public and private organizations/institutions and include: Farmer’s Association, Commodity Associations, Business associations, Research Organizations, Government organization, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Trade Unions, Employer Organizations and Media Houses. The interventions supported will be in the area of four value chains (Orthodox tea, Ginger, Dairy and Cardamom). The challenge fund further targets key national, regional and district business organizations such as Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Federation of Nepalese Cottage and Small Industries (FNCSI) and District Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) along with producers’ and commodity associations.

The maximum amount provided by the fund is USD 100,000 and minimum amount USD 10,000 per applicant i.e. regardless of the number of windows the applicant is applying for, the budget should not exceed USD 100,000.