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Characteristics of a proposal

The application must be complete

A complete application must clearly and accurately describe the main elements of the project.
The proposal demonstrates that it meets the following characteristics:

  • Consistent with the orientations of the Foundation Sibylla Hesse
  • Explains the background or the problems related with supporting data
  • Reflects the needs and individual and community capacity
  • Brings to individuals and communities the tangible benefits
  • With specific goals and has the results evaluation methods
  • Based on “best practices” in the proposed area of intervention
  • Relies on competent human resources and open to innovative practices
  • Has a support and an environment of cooperation
  • With a solid financial framework ensuring the duration of the activities developed by the endowment of the Foundation when the funding it will cease
  • Accompanied by all relevant documents


A strategic demand:

  • Must encourage commitment and resilience and identify precisely the challenge and context
  • Without necessarily having a permanent impact, it must have the potential to bring about lasting change and must devise a plan that allows to realize it, and even after the term of the commitment of the Foundation
  • Implies that the recipient has a clear idea of its mission and its objectives, a “customer” who supports and is involved, competent managers, dedicated volunteers and an experienced and supportive Board
  • Must be able to build on the collaboration with groups, organizations and sectors to build partnerships capable of providing and sustaining long-term improvements
  • Has the means to assess and integrate provisional results or emerging lessons in continuing program design

Things to avoid

An application must not:

  • Be “boilerplate” form without specific project
  • Be a list of potential project ideas by inviting the Foundation to choose the one that the “most interested”
  • Fail to detail about the objectives and the expected measurable results
  • Fail to specify the project’s funding sources
  • Aim to fill a shortfall for activities normally funded entirely by government
  • Use jargon or acronyms without its full designation