Project proposal must:
- Be fully completed including budget and church endorsement;
- Show a clear link between the identified needs and the proposed activities;
- Demonstrate clearly the urgency of intervention in the case of rapid response projects;
- Show convincingly the relevance of the project’s objectives and activities in relation to the expressed needs;
- Give a realistic scope of the project’s objectives and activities in relation to the budget and the capacities of the applicant;
- Outline a coherent approach and reflect meaningful stakeholders’ involvement, in particular of youth and women.
Ongoing projects are not automatically extended and must apply for a new cycle based on the following criteria:
- Relevance: objectives build up on the achievements of the previous phase and/or activities are scaled up to new geographical areas and target groups;
- Sustainability: the new phase strengthens the achievements of the previous phase to ensure that the positive change will last after the project has ended;
- Increasing financial ownership: the budget must reflect a progressive reduction of LWF’s share and a consequent increase of the project’s own contribution and/or third-party contribution in order to set the basis for LWF funding withdrawal;
- Projects can only be extended once.
- The LWF applies a policy of equitable sharing of financial resources. Most project grants are in the region of EUR 10,000 – EUR 25,000 annually. Exceptionally the LWF can grant up to a maximum of EUR 50,000 per year based on funding availability, project design, matching needs and proven implementation capacity.
Rapid response project (Currently there are no open calls for this campaign)
- Up to EUR 10,000 per project, based on funding availability, project design, matching needs and proven implementation capacity. Any amount above this must come from other sources;
- Up to 6 months (exceptionally up to 12 months, if justified by objectives / activities).
The following criteria apply:
- Regional balance in allocation of grants is observed, depending on the most urgent needs and churches’ own available resources to respond;
- The application process will be competitive, taking into account the identified needs and how the proposal clearly demonstrates compliance with the above criteria;
- For fairness, member churches or related diaconal institutions should have only one long-term project at any given time.
Application must be submitted via our online portal: