Q 1: Is it possible for an organization to apply for funds under two umbrellas? For example, if an organization has applied for the EOL funds in one OC as an individual organization, can it be the lead applicant in another OC, e.g. OC3?
A 1: Organizations can only receive funding from one OC.
Thus, an organization receiving funds for activities from one OC will not be able to receive additional funding from another OC. However, organizations participating as strategic collaborating partners in OC 3, will still be eligible for OC 2.
Q 2: Can members of a network, which will be participating in EOL activities under OC3, also participate under OC2. If for example, a national coalitions network gets funded under OC3 with some of its national members, will they be eligible under OC2 to provide leverage to the overall network partly funded under OC3?
A 2: OC3 applicants receiving financial support through an EOL grant cannot receive additional funding from other EOL budget lines, e.g. OC2. However, individual organisations may still join an alliance as a strategic partner offering additional leverage to the alliance without benefitting from financial support.
Q 3: Can members of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) that have been financed under OC1 participate as part of an alliance outside of GCE in OC3 if it is demonstrated how this help leverage the funding already received under EOL OC1?
A 3: OC1 Grantees can only participate in an alliance in OC3 (open call) as national partners for strategic collaboration, while it should be demonstrated how this will leverage funding received. E.g. a national coalition can be a strategic in-country partner of an OC3 applicant to leverage its access to policy spaces to ensure that the regional/global advocacy is rooted in national evidence and has strong links with national education sector plans.
Q 4: Are there limitations on how many concept notes/alliances an organization can join? E.g. can an organization be the lead applicant on one concept note and join as a partner (non-lead) in another as long as the funding requested is not duplicative?
A 4: An organization can be part of more than one concept note/alliance, but in subsequent applications this can only be as a strategic collaborating partner without receiving any funding. If it is submitting two proposals as full fund receiving alliance member, only one proposal will be considered for approval.
Q5: Can a private company qualify as a civil society actor and participate in an alliance?
A5: The alliances in OC3 must be made up of civil society organizations. Private companies are not eligible for EOL funding.
Q 6: Can strategic partners be participants in the activities outlined without receiving funding?
A 6: Yes, partners for strategic collaboration will support broader outreach of the project and can very well participate in activities without receiving funding.
Q 7: The guidance indicates that proposals should be submitted by a single organization as the lead applicant. Does a single organization imply a single organization on behalf of the alliance (the lead applicant) or a maximum of one proposal per organization? i.e. is It possible for an organization to be the lead applicant of 3 separate alliances in 3 regions (Asia, eastern Africa, and western Africa)?
A 7: Referring to a single organization means that one single organization should be submitting the proposal as the lead of an alliance made up as described in the Guidelines for Applicants p.4-5.
An organization can only receive funding for one proposal but can participate in other proposals as partner for strategic collaboration. If an organization submits more than one proposal as lead applicant, only one will be eligible for funding. An organization can only be eligible for funding for one proposal as lead but can participate in other proposals as partner for strategic collaboration without receiving financial support.
Q 8: A call for proposal may be launched for OC2 while year zero for OC3 is still in process. In this situation will it still be possible to submit a concept note for OC2?
A 8: Yes, as year zero doesn’t automatically lead to approval, a concept note for another OC being launched during the year zero period can be submitted. However, all eligibility terms for each OC are still fully applicable, which might lead to not being eligible for one OC application if/when the other proposal is approved.