Applications for LWF Member Churches’ Projects

 

Eligibility criteria for project applications

The second round of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund (RRF) to address the continued social, spiritual and economic impact of COVID-19 on LWF Member Churches and the communities they serve is now open.

Deadline for applications: 15 November 2020

The following eligibility criteria apply to COVID-19 RRF grants:

  • Eligibility of project holder:
    • Any LWF member church or related diaconal institution is eligible to apply.
    • Only one application for per church may be submitted for the second round of the COVID-19 RRF.
    • Project holders of the first round are eligible to apply for a second round.
  • Eligibility of project concept: The project concept has to show a clear link between the proposed activities and the impact that COVID-19 has on member churches and the communities they serve. The project should focus on addressing urgent needs and/or contribute to the process of recovery through church activities, diaconal action and/or advocacy.

Examples: addressing basic needs (food, health, hygiene, etc.), support to livelihoods, economic recovery, prevention of domestic violence/support to survivors, advocacy for equal access to public services, supporting changes in pastoral approaches caused by COVID-19, etc.

  • Maximum amount requested to LWF: EUR 5,000 per church or related diaconal institution
  • Project duration: Up to 6 months

The following screening and approval criteria apply to eligible applications:

  • The application must:
    • Be fully completed including budget and church endorsement;
    • Identify and analyze clearly the COVID-19 related need to which the project is responding;
    • Demonstrate convincingly the relevance of the project’s objectives and activities in relation to the expressed needs;
    • Justify clearly the reason why the need requires a timely response;
    • Outline a coherent approach and reflect meaningful stakeholders’ involvement; in particular of youth and women;
    • Show that the scope of the project’s objectives and activities in relation to the budget and the capacities of the applicant is realistic.
  • Regional balance in allocation of grants will be observed, depending on most urgent needs and churches’ own available resources to respond.

We are calling for FOUR NEW projects (one for Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean) starting in 2022. The overall budget for these four long-term projects together will be capped at around EUR 100,000 for the first year (2022).

Deadline for applications: 03 January 2021

The following eligibility criteria apply to long-term grants:

  • Eligibility of project holder:
    • Any LWF member church or related diaconal institution is eligible to apply.
    • Only one application per church may be submitted.
    • Project holders of a current project in its first phase running from 2019-21 are eligible to apply for a second cycle.
  • Eligibility of project concept: The project concept has to show a clear link between the identified needs and the proposed activities. Projects should aim at:
    • Deepening the participation of churches in holistic mission, i.e. proclamation, diakonia and advocacy. Please note that we welcome the submission of a communication project.
    • Strengthening churches’ presence in the public space and their local witness by addressing important needs of congregations and the wider community.
  • Maximum amount requested to LWF: EUR 150,000 over three years, max EUR 50,000 per year – please note: a lower amount is recommended for the first year as the overall cap for four projects sits at about EUR 100,000
  • Project duration: Up to 3 years, maximum one renewal

The following screening and approval criteria apply to eligible applications received from churches:

  • The application must:
    • Be fully completed including budget; church endorsement and church profile;
    • Identify and analyze clearly the needs to which the project is responding;
    • Demonstrate convincingly the relevance of the project’s objectives and activities in relation to the expressed needs;
    • Demonstrate clearly how the project will achieve sustainability;
    • Outline a coherent approach and reflect meaningful stakeholders’ involvement; in particular of youth and women;
    • Show that the scope of the project’s objectives and activities in relation to the budget and the capacities of the applicant is realistic.
  • The application process will be competitive taking into account the identified needs and how clearly the proposal demonstrates compliance with the above criteria.
  • Member Churches or related diaconal institutions with no current project will be prioritized.