One thing we noticed from our call for proposals, which we issued in five different languages of the region, was that many youth-led groups don’t have access to someone who can speak English, and so, they can only apply for funding if applications are in their local language. We really see a need to advocate among other groups in the region to translate funding calls and technical assistance documents so that young people at the grass-roots level can access them.
Another thing we learned is that we can provide something of value even to applicants who are not selected for funding – feedback. One of the things we’re working to do in 2012 and 2013 is to revise the grant application scoring process so that each organisation that applies but does not receive a grant, receives written feedback on why their proposal wasn’t accepted and how they might think about improving it for future funding rounds.
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