Following the first OSF-SA Grantee Survey that OSF-SA concluded earlier this year and the recommendations included in the responses to that Survey from grantee organisations, we wanted to let you know that we have heard our grantees and that we will amend the process by which we accept grant applications to make it simpler for our grantees to apply for funding from OSF-SA. Our ordinary due diligence requirements including site visits, and conflict of interest policy requirements will not be altered.
Returning grantees who have received funding for at least two consecutive years through a formal grant cycle and whose grant period comes to an end in any month in 2019, will be automatically invited to proceed with submitting an application with a detailed budget, for review in 2019:
- Applications will be reviewed by April 2019 and/or September 2019 depending on the end date of the applicable Grant.
- This means that all eligible returning grantees for the year 2019 will not be required to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) and will be able to proceed immediately to step two in our normal grant application process, that is, proceeding to submit a full application.
We have also amended our application and budget templates so that we can get a more substantive sense of each returning grantee’s work. Grantees who have qualified for an auto-renewal in 2019 or who are on a two- or three-year grant that only concludes in 2020 or later, will not be required to submit an application for 2019 (they will however be required to submit an application for 2020 in late 2019 or early 2020, based on the end date of their current Grant).
- For returning grantees in the first OSF-SA grant cycle for 2019 (April) the deadline for completing the application is 10 December 2018. The link to submit your application will be shared with you by the Grants Support Unit at OSF-SA shortly.
Site visits will be held from January – February 2019.
- For returning grantees in the second OSF-SA grant cycle for 2019 (September) the deadline for completing the application is 20 May 2019. The link to submit your application will be shared with you by the Grants Support Unit at OSF-SA by mid-January 2019.
Site visits will be held from June – July 2019.
New Organisation / New Applicant funded for 1 year or less:
New and interested organisations that are not currently funded by OSF-SA, or only for 1 year or less, and who have new and innovative project proposals will still be encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to OSF-SA, through a dedicated EoI call that we will publicly release mid-January 2019 on our website, and which will remain open until April 2019 (the call will set out our strategic focus areas and application criteria, including transformation, governance and financial controls, among others). This will also ensure that we remain committed to the principle of ‘open calls’ so that anyone in South Africa can apply to OSF-SA for funding support. Returning grantees who have been funded for at least 2 consecutive years are not eligible to use the 2019 open call but are encouraged to propose any new ideas or projects in their overall application to OSF-SA for support.
- Our Programme Team will review all EoI’s and shortlisted organisations will be invited to apply with a detailed budget that will be considered by end 2019.
Due to the sectors request that we issue multi-year grants to existing grantee organisations to provide long-term sustainable support, coupled with a shift in our strategic focus areas we will limit the number of new applicants that we will consider in 2019 (and also in 2020).
If you still have any questions about what this means for your organisation and its existing grant, we encourage you to speak to the programme officer that manages your grant or contact our Grant Support Unit (GSU) at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For a full list of organisations funded by OSF-SA, please see osf.org.za/about
– The OSF-SA Team