From Monday, 12th to Wednesday, 21st December, 2016, STAR-Ghana for the first time undertook a series of information sessions in all ten (10) regions of the country to ensure that remotely located as well as smaller and community based organisations/associations have the opportunity to participate in its grants making processes.
Information sessions were aimed at improving the quality of project proposals from applicants and increase confidence in the grant-making process. Specifically, the Information sessions sort to:
- Achieve a shared or common understanding of the grants process and its requirements;
- Provide clarity on the specific components of the calls;
- Enables applicants to articulate what their intentions are as the sessions provide space for engagements and addressing key applicant concerns and issues;
- Provide additional information on the application process and application templates;
- Lay the foundation for constructive and collaborative partnership with applicants during the implementation phase of their projects.
- Provide feedback loop to STAR-Ghana to improve the application process
The information sessions took the form of a facilitated discussion rather than a presentation. The information sessions started with self-introductions by participants. This was followed by an overview of STAR-Ghana and an overview of the GESI and Media Calls. A presentation on the application processes, including the eligibility criteria, key assessment areas, key application templates which included detailed explanation on the budget, the Project performance plan, the application templates and the application timelines. Over 1000 prospective applicants participated in the information sessions.
Click on the link below for the specific Information Session presentation.