ICF calls for application on Small Grant Proposals on Local Peace Education, Advocacy, and Networking and Alumni Follow-up activities. Read below for more details.
Term of Reference and Criteria
for the Approval and Release
of ICF Small Grants
- The ICF Small Grant: Rationale
The Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) programs, such as the School of Peace, Thematic Workshops, and Peace Institutes are venues to spot out and train potential persons to become trainers and facilitators of peacebuilding programs in their local or national contexts, and even in ICF activities. ICF encourages these alumni to take the initiative of holding follow-up activities for the ICF Alumni. Moreover, ICF expects the alumni to practice what they have learned by organizing peace education, advocacy, and networking for the youth on the local or national level in their respective countries.
In this light, ICF will provide a support fund to the ICF national forums, if any, alumni clusters, and ICF peace networks to support their programs that promote peace education, peace advocacy, interfaith communal harmony, training on peacebuilding, and other related themes.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What is an Alumni Follow-Up Activity?
Answer: An Alumni Follow-Up activity is one that the national forum (if any), or a cluster of alumni organizes for the ICF alumni. The activity includes strengthening the national ICF group or forum through continuing education activities.
- Who are the ICF Alumni?
Answer: The ICF alumni are those young people who have participated in the ICF programs, namely, Thematic Workshops, School of Peace, and Peace Institutes (formerly mini-SoP).
- What is the nature of the Local Peace Education, Advocacy, and Networking?
Answer: The Local Peace Education, Advocacy, and Networking are activities that a cluster of ICF alumni, ICF peace network, or a national forum initiates for the youth in a local community, or at the national level. The activity must seek to “address peace and reconciliation concerns and issues emerging at the local or national contexts,” in a creative way. This will also encourage the local youth who have not joined any ICF-initiated activities to make efforts to become peacebuilders in their local contexts.
- How many applications for Small Grant does ICF support?
Answer: For the phase 2020-2023, ICF will support eight (8) Alumni Follow-Up activities and eight (8) Local Peace Education, Advocacy, and Networking activities.
- How many applications could the ICF Alumni of a participating country submit?
Answer: The ICF Alumni could submit one application for an Alumni Follow-Up activity and one Local Peace Education, Advocacy, and Networking activity.
- How much does ICF give to support the Alumni Follow-Up Activity and Local Peace Education, Advocacy, and Networking?
Answer: For each activity, and depending on the request, ICF will give a small one-time grant ranging from USD 500 – USD 2,000.00. The approval of the application will also depend on the kind of program or activity. ICF encourages, however, that the applicant will also seek to work with local or national organizations to contribute funds as a local counterpart.
- What are the criteria for the approval of the applications?
Answer: The application must generally meet the criteria of relevance, cohesive participation of alumni, and integrity of the application. ICF will also consider the institutional linkages between the implementing partner in the local areas and ICF, to ensure greater transparency and accountability in implementing the program. The applicant group must submit a project proposal following the ICF format.
- ICF Alumni Follow-Up Program – The proposal should show how the follow-up program strengthens the Alumni cluster or the national forum. It must show the capability of the proponent to implement the program activities.
- Local Peace Education, Advocacy, and Networking – The proposal must clearly show that it seeks to raise the consciousness of the local or national youth participants on specific justice and peace issues. These activities are vehicles for the empowerment of the participants to help their local communities address the emerging justice and peace issues.
- What guidelines should the applicant consider in writing the proposal for application?
Answer: The elements of a project proposal must be there.
- The Background and rationale must be clear.
- The Objectives are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic/relevant, and time-bound).
- Clear Expected Results in terms of –
- Expected Impact.
- Innovation – the value added to the activity,
- Program Schedule (one that reflects your module of the topics up for discussion)
- Budget – a reasonable estimate of the funds need, funds requested, and a matching local contribution.
- Can the applicant or proponent of the application invite resource persons?
Answer: ICF encourages the alumni to hone their skills as facilitators. If the alumni recognize their limitations to facilitate on a certain topic, they can invite resource person when it is direly needed. In inviting a resource person, please note the following:
- the resource persons must be limited to facilitate the maximum of four (4) main topics of the activity;
- when deemed necessary to give an honorarium, the total amount must not go beyond 15% of the activity’s total budget;
- consider gender balance among the invited resource persons.
- Does ICF require a specific format of the application or project proposal?
Answer: Yes. ICF has a specific application form, as well as the format for the reports. The applicant’s proposal or application for support should state the specific problem of unpeace or peace issue, along with a conflict map. Subsequently, the applicant must also indicate how the activity will address such issues of unpeace. Moreover, the applicant must comply with ICF requirements in terms of balance in gender and representation of religions among the participants of the activities.
Please see the Application Form through this link: July 2021 Updated Application Form for SMALL GRANTS
- When does ICF expect to receive applications?
Answer: Please the matrix below.
|Deadline for Submission of Applications||Screening of Applications|
|1. every January 15 of the year
|2nd week of February – Screening Committee reviews and approves the applications|
|2. every July 15 of the year
|2nd week of August – Screening Committee reviews and approves the applications|
- When does ICF expect to receive the Activity Report?
Answer: ICF expects the applicant to submit the Implementation Report within a period of two weeks maximum after the activity. The report should include the following:
- a narrative report following the format,
- documentation of the activities and processes
- financial report with scanned copies of the receipts,
- one (1) news article for the e-newsletter, The Peacebuilders;
- one (1) – two (2) reflection papers from participants, and
- photos in jpeg or png.
Please see the Activity Report Form through this link: June 2021 Updated Format for the Report on Small Grant
Please submit your Applications to:
Muriel Orevillo-Montenegro, ICF Coordinator
Baidido M. Saganding, ICF Program Officer
Annika Denkmann, Seconded Personnel to ICF