Understanding the peer review procedure and knowledge of the project evaluation criteria gives the project manager a very powerful tool for obtaining a grant. With this tool, project developers bring the project proposal to perfection, significantly increasing their chances of winning the competition. As you understand, at each stage there are at least two possible assessments – the transition to the next stage or the trash can. There is also the third option – these are expert requests to grant seekers. Experts rarely send such requests in rare cases when the project as a whole meets the requirements, but something is not clear or does not suit the expert. After receiving the answers, the application returns to the two-variant path again and either proceeds to the next stage in case of a positive decision or goes into the category of “waste paper”. After successfully completing the fourth stage, your project team will receive a joyful letter from the fund to support your project and provide a grant for its implementation. Since there are always more project applications than the number of projects that the fund can finance, a competition is organized. And in the competition there are winners and losers. The choice of winning projects is based on specific expert criteria; therefore, it is useless to be offended by the foundation and prove that it is wrong. When developing a project, one should try to take these criteria into account as much as possible and strive for the project and project application to comply with the established requirements of the foundation. This is the key to success. Along with the strong idea of the project, its high-quality content and design in compliance with all formal requirements, a weighted estimate and an elaborate implementation logic. This is the procedure for evaluating your application in the fund. In accordance with the technology of the project development, there are three main parameters for assessing the quality of the project proposal: Relevance, Feasibility and Sustainability.
Relevance. The purpose of any project, as well as its implementation, is to solve certain problems that people face. People whose problems are to be solved with the help of the project are called beneficiaries (beneficiaries). The relevance of the project is how the actual problems of the beneficiaries are solved by the proposed project.
Feasibility. When evaluating the feasibility of the project, the experts solve the problem – can the proposed design be implemented? In this regard, three aspects are evaluated:
The logical sequence of the project (does it make sense?);
Whether the likelihood of assumptions is high (that is, external factors affecting the project and uncontrolled by the project team but necessary to start the project, conduct planned activities, achieve planned results, and set goals);
Are there opportunities for project implementation? Sustainability can be described as the degree to which the results brought by the project to beneficiaries continue to flow to them after the project ends. In assessing how relevant this project is, what the likelihood of its feasibility and the degree of sustainability are, experts use a set of criteria to objectively assess the quality of the project proposal for all key parameters. So, assessing the relevance of the project, the experts find out, for example, are the beneficiaries clearly defined, is the problem that the project aims to solve quite deeply analyzed.