Eligibility and Assessment Criteria

What we look for when assessing organisations

Applications are evaluated on the extent to which the organisation possesses the vision, drive, experience, and skills required to create and sustain a project that will advance OSF-SA’s objectives. This includes the following considerations:

  • Does the organisation demonstrate the skills, breadth of experience, and discipline needed to accomplish the project with a high degree of success in a timely and cost-effective manner?
  • Does the organisation’s track record distinguish it to be able to lend a new or important voice to the advocacy community and to be an agent for change?
  • Does the organisation possess the leadership and analytical qualities needed to raise the level of local or national discussion and influence policy debate on the issues underlying the project?

Eligibility criteria

  • Legally registered/hosted in South Africa.
  • Demonstrated record of strategic effectiveness.
  • Ability to strengthen, support, and defend institutions that safeguard democracy.
  • Possess organisational practices that are rooted in ethical and non-violent principles.
  • Check the exercise of all forms of power.
  • Willingness to learn from both South African and foreign projects/organisations.
  • The ability to account for funds.

Please note that the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) undertakes operational projects and accepts only solicited proposals. If you require more information about RAU kindly contact Nkateko Chauke, Nkateko@osfsa.org.za.

What do we look for when assessing projects?

  • Is the project relevant to OSF-SA’s strategic priorities? (For our strategic priorities, refer to our programmes listed below)
  • Is the project sufficiently innovative in its approach and sound in its strategy to have an impact on public opinion, policies, and/or reform activities at the national, regional, or local level?
  • Are the project goals and timeline realistic and manageable?
  • Is the project’s budget sufficient to achieve the anticipated objectives?
  • Does the project identify and build on existing efforts by organisations or individuals already working on the issue?