With and For Girls Award Selection Criteria
- 1. Annual income bracket comprised between either 1) USD 5-17K , or 2) USD 17-100K or 3) USD 100K-500K [Income levels will be verified using: audited accounts or accounts plus bank statement and letter from Board of Directors confirming income and/or reference letters from partners or current funders].
- 2. Operating for a minimum of 12 months for the Emerging Award category and for a minimum 3 years for the Small and Large Award categories [Verified using registration document or fiscal sponsor reference].
- For organisations in the Emerging Category, we will consider groups with a minimum of 6 months of operations based on referral partner recommendations and WFG background checks.
- 3. Girl Centred organisation & programmes
- Organisational mandate (mission, vision and goals) focused on girls
- Programming determined by the girls’ context, needs and perspectives
- Our definition of girls is between the ages of 10 and 19 years old
- 4. Grassroots organisation
- Organisation located in the community within which the organisation works
- Significant engagement of community members in organisational level decisions.
- 5. Does not propagate religious beliefs
- Organisation does not propagate religious beliefs in programming
- Organisation works with beneficiaries regardless of their religious beliefs
- 6. Not a government agency or affiliated to any political party
- Supporting documents required to assess eligibility include audited accounts (if available), or financial accounts plus bank statement and letter from Board of Directors confirming income and a legal registration document (if not available, the contact details of a fiscal sponsor).
Eligible applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:
- The extent to which they demonstrate that they are girl-centred: where girls’ contexts, needs and perspectives determine programming.
- The extent to which they demonstrate girls leadership within their organisation with girls making organisational level decisions- i.e budget allocations or strategic direction - and are meaningfully involved in the planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of programmes.
- The quality of programming: with programmes that are relevant and adapted to the environment in which the organisation operates and that improve the well-being of and the enabling environment for girls. Applicant should also be able to demonstrate the results of its work on the lives of girls.
- The strength of institutional systems in place to ensure responsible management of funds (i.e responsible Board, reporting and accounting systems). At a minimum, an organisation must have basic accounting and reporting systems as well as phone and email access.
Please note, in addition to the above, we will also be looking at how the applicant demonstrates that it is:
- Grassroots and locally-led: driven by the community it serves, tackling issues the community finds important.
- Working in collaboration with other
- Respectful of diversity and focusing on including those from marginal communities
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the common queries submitted by Referral partners
- What do you mean by girl-centred organisation?
We mean an organisation which has girls at the centre of its programmes and activities. The logic behind the organisation’s intervention will be to address the situation of girls in whichever context and sector it operates. The needs and aspirations of girls will be crucial in influencing the leadership of the organisation.
- What do you mean by girl-led organisation?
A girl-led organisation is one that includes girls in its management, governance and decision making processes, to the extent that this is feasible. Girls will shape the organisation’s activities and overall strategic direction, and will be included wherever possible in leadership positions in the organisation. Girls will also be involved in designing and running the organisation’s activities and will have been involved in founding the organisation, to the extent that this is possible.
- Does girl-led organisation mean that a girl has to be CEO of the organisation?
No. Girl-Led means that girls are meaningfully included in the leadership of the organisation, but do not have to hold executive positions.
- What should I say to nominated organisations?
You should tell them about the With and For Girls Collective and encourage them to apply and join a global movement of Funders and NGOs aiming to promote girl-leadership and good funding practices! You should tell them to fill in their Expression of Interest as well as the visual application following closely the instructions, trying to be as detailed as possible while remaining in the word limits. Remind them to proof-read applications if possible, and above all make sure to communicate how girls are involved in the organisations’ work!!
- What if the organisation I want to nominate is youth-led or women-led?
In this case, you should consider whether girls are included at all in the leadership of these organisations, or if they are involved in running or shaping any of their programmes. If girls are not included at any level, then you might consider nominating another organisation.
- Will all my nominations be invited to participate in the Awards Process?
Ideally, Yes. The With and For Girls Collective reserves the right to conduct an initial eligibility assessment on nominated organisations to verify if they fit the Award criteria. If organisations pass this screening, they will be invited to apply.
- What is the difference between eligibility and assessment criteria
The eligibility criteria are used to determine whether an organisation will be taken into consideration for the Awards. The assessment criteria will be used to score organisation against each other and determine a ranking of organisations in the Awards process.
- OK I'm interested innominated organisation, what I do now?
If you are interested you should:
- Let the With and For Girls team know by email that you agree to the TOR and would like to nominate.
- The With and For Girls team will then send you a nomination form
- Complete the nomination form and inform the nominated organisations about the award.
- What type of info do I need to provide on the nomination form?
You will be asked to provide contact information for a person in the organisation, what relationship you have with them, and their income category (Emerging, Small or Large). You will also be asked to provide some information on why you nominated them, whether you believe they fit all the eligibility criteria and if you think they possess the Legal and Financial Requirements to receive unrestricted funding.
If you have any additional queries please feel free to contact us at email@example.com and we will be happy to arrange a call with you!