Procedures for funding
The previous Request for Proposals for other civil society organizations ended on 22 July 2013. Applications received in between funding rounds will not be taken into consideration.
The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF) aims for a balanced portfolio, which means that proposals of comparable quality may be assessed differently in order to cover different subjects, different focus groups and different regions. Partial financing may be considered.
1. Networks that meet the set definitions and criteria can submit an online application form during a new Request for Proposals (currently there are no funding opportunities).
2. All proposals received before the closing date will be checked on the eligibility criteria for proposals and applicants by the Fund Management Agent (Aids Fonds). Applications that do not meet these criteria, will not be considered eligible for further assessment and will receive notification of this by Aids Fonds.
3. Once proposals are considered eligible for further assessment, two technical experts with matching expertise (identified by Aids Fonds) will review these proposals. The reviewer will fill in a designated form. The review form is published on the website.
4. Independent reviewers that are approached for one or more proposal reviews, are required to disclose conflicts of interest (e.g. where they are associated with a grant application) to the Fund Management Agent. Reviewers with a conflict of interest will not be asked to review that proposal.
5. Applicants will receive the review forms anonymously and will be given the opportunity to address the review comments by writing a rebuttal.
6. The Program Advisory Panel (PAP) will receive the application, the reviews and the rebuttal from the Fund Management Agency Aids Fonds. Two PAP members will be asked to assess the quality of the review reports and assess the quality of the proposal. Based on the applications, reviews and rebuttal, the PAP will formulate a funding advice to the International Steering Committe (ISC).
7. The International Steering Committee (ISC) will make a final funding decision, based on the PAP’s funding advice. The funding decision will be published on our website.
During the application phase, applicants identify which of the four indicators in the result framework are aligned with their own network’s specific objectives. The final set of indicators, as negotiated between the Fund Management Agency (Aids Fonds) and the grantee, is included in a contractual agreement. Reports from individual grantees will provide information on how their network performs on each of the identified indicators, stated in the contract.
Monitoring and evaluation
The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF) supports international networks through programmatic and corefunding, hereby contributing to the four overall objectives of the program. The results of RCNF are measured through a specially designed framework that makes a distinction between these four different areas.
Read more about the results framework.
In this PDF you find more information about the Theory of Change (TOC), which helps RCNF to position itself in the global HIV response. It serves as a frame to show an evidence-informed way forward, as well as results-accomplished. Furthermore, it enables grantees to position themselves within the TOC and to pinpoint how their (expected) results help to deliver the expected outcomes of RCNF.
Sustainable Development Goals
The results of the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF) are designed to deliver a broad range of internationally agreed goals. These include the Sustainable Development Goals; the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS: Intensifying our efforts to eliminate HIV/AIDS; the new Global Fund Strategy “Investing for Impact”; and ongoing efforts to achieve Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.