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Full Application Format

The application shall be drafted following the headings and structure provided below. The application may not exceed 16 pages, excluding annexes (using font size 12).

Name of applicant organisation:

Legal registration number, country and year of registration:

Legal status:

Postal address:




Name of contact person:

Website of applicant organisation:
Any change in contact details must be notified in writing to Sida. Sida will not be held responsible in case it cannot reach an applicant due to incorrect contact details.

Title of the project/programme:


Duration: (State number of months and preliminary start/end dates.)

Amount applied for:


Maximum 2000 characters.


4.1 Presentation of applicant

  • Present the type of entity and category of the applicant, and describe the applicant organisation/actor. For example of entity and category see 2.1.1 in the Guidelines.

  • Present possible vision and mission of the applicant organisation/actor, the main sector(s) and target group(s) of operation, and location of operation (country, region, global).

  • Describe the organisational and management structure of the applicant organisation/actor.


5.1 Expected results/Objectives1

  • If relevant, describe the overall objective(s) (impact) towards which the intervention aims to contribute.

  • Describe the specific objective(s) (outcome (s)) that the intervention aims to achieve2.

  • Describe in detail the expected results of the intervention (outputs and outcome)3. Indicate how the defined outputs will deliver the desired outcome(s).

5.2 Problem analysis and target group
5.2.1 Background

  • Provide a general presentation and analysis of the problem which the intervention seeks to remedy.

  • Provide a detailed presentation of the target group(s)4 and the final beneficiaries5 and their estimated number.

5.2.2 Relevance

  • Demonstrate the relevance of the intervention to the needs and constraints in general of the target country (ies) or region(s) and to the target groups/final beneficiaries in particular. Also demonstrate how the intervention will provide the desired solutions, in particular for the targeted groups and population.

  • Demonstrate the relevance of the intervention to the priorities and requirements presented in the Call Guidelines.

5.3 Design and implementation strategy
5.3.1 Activities and outputs

  • Identify and describe the main activities to be undertaken in order to produce the intended expected results (outputs).

  • Motivate the choice of activities by describing why they are the most appropriate and cost-efficient means to achieve the intended outputs.

5.3.2 Implementation


  • The main preconditions and assumptions necessary for successful implementation and results achievement.

  • The organisational set-up and team proposed for implementation of the project/programme (by function, there is no need to include the names of individuals).

  • The possible involvement on any implementing partners, their role and relationship to the applicant.

  • The methods of implementation and reasons for the proposed methodology.

  • The role and participation of the various actors and stakeholders (local partners, target group, etc).

  • If the intervention is the prolongation of a previous action or project: explain how the intervention is intended to build on the results of the previous action or project;

  • If the intervention is part of a larger programme: explain how it fits or is coordinated with this programme or any other eventual planned project.

5.3.3 Organisational capacity, planning, monitoring and evaluation system

  • Present the overall organisational implementing capacity of the applicant organisation/actor.

  • Present the procedures and systems in place for planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME-system). Describe in particular the system in place to manage for results. (For example, flexibility and capability to adapt activities in relation to eventual results, including contextual changes and circumstances.

5.4 Sustainability
Explain how sustainability will be secured after completion of the project. Make a distinction between the following three dimensions of sustainability:

  • Financial sustainability

For example: financing follow-up activities, sources of revenue for covering future operating and maintenance costs.

  • Institutional sustainability

For example: which structures would allow, and how, the results of the project to continue to be in place after the end of the project? Address issues about capacity development and local ownership of project outcomes.

  • Policy level sustainability

For example: What structural impact will the project have – e.g. will it lead to improved legislation, codes of conduct, methods, etc.
5.5 Risks and risk management
Sida’s definition of risk is an uncertain event or set of circumstances that, should it occur, will have an effect on achievement of objectives. Risk is always about future uncertainty.
Provide a detailed risk analysis and possible contingency plans.

This shall include:

  • A list of internal and external risks associated with each expected result proposed.

  • Internal risks are factors under the control of the programme that may hinder success such as: human resources, capacity or management capabilities, monitoring and reporting of results, audit processes and financial control, procurement regulations, corruption, ownership and failure to sustain results.

  • External risks are conditions outside the programme which could have a negative influence on the achievement of results. External risks could be related to unexpected political, institutional, economic, environmental, social or technological conditions.

  • An analysis of the listed risks accompanied by relevant mitigation measures and/or contingency plans; (an analysis of fiduciary risk and of corruption risks shall always be presented, including risk mitigating measures).

5.6 Results Framework
Please fill in Annex 1 of the full application format.
  • A results framework is an analytical tool for planning, management, monitoring and evaluation. It summarises the expected results of a development intervention and explains how these are to be achieved, including the causal relationships and underlying assumptions. The budget represents the inputs of the intervention and the outputs, outcomes and impacts are the results of a development intervention.

  • An indicator is a quantitative or qualitative factor or variable which measure achievements and reflect changes connected to an intervention. The indicators should preferably be accompanied by baseline values, i.e. a value describing the situation prior to a development intervention against which progress can be assessed or comparisons made (or how/if a baseline study will be included in the intervention), and target values, a value on an indicator planned to be achieved at a certain point in time, during or at the end of an intervention.


6.1 Budget and sources of funding
Please fill in Annex 2a and 2b of the full application format. Note that the excel document has two sheets; one for the Budget and one for Sources of funding (include both eventual other funding for this intervention as well as other sources of funding for your organisation as a whole).
6.2 Systems for management and control

  • Describe the management structure and what instruments are in place to ensure internal financial management and control, to avoid mismanagement of funds.

  • Provide a copy of the two most recent externally audited annual reports, if possible including audit memorandum/ management letter. If the applicant organisation/actor has not been externally audited explain why.

  • Provide a copy of the organisation’s proof of registration.

  • If funds are transferred to sub-grantees; describe the system in place to assess the administrative capacity of the sub-grantees and the financial reporting and audit requirements for the sub-grantees.


For presenting previous experience within the area of expertise and operation, please fill out Annex 3, of the full application format.


Annex 1 Results Framework

Annex 1b Help text, result framework

Annex 2a Budget

Annex 2b Source of funding

Annex 3 Previous experiences of similar projects

Annex 4 Risk Analysis
In addition provide:

  • Most recent externally audited annual report including audit memorandum/management letter.

  • A copy of the organisation’s proof registration.

1 Consult Annex 1 for complementary information.

2 The outcome is usually expressed in terms of a desired change of behaviour, performance, welfare or condition of an organisation, a system or a group of direct beneficiaries, most often by the end of the implementation period. It should be the solution to the development problem that is to be solved by the development intervention.

3 An output is usually a product, capital goods and services that result from a development intervention.

4 Target groups are the groups who will be directly positively affected by the project/program at the expected results level.

5 Final beneficiaries are those who will benefit from the project/programme in the long term at the level of the society or sector at large.

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