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ICF Project Grants - Assessment Criteria

ICF project grants are assessed by rotating panels of Indigenous community members.  Applications are assessed using a five-point rating system:
  • 5 = excellent, 4=very good, 3=good, 2=fair but not quite ready for funding, and 1=not ready for funding
  • Applications must be evaluated at a rating of 3 or higher to be considered for funding.
  • If unsuccessful in their grant application, applicants are encouraged to get feedback from the ICF Grants Facilitator, who can support them in reapplying at a later deadline.
Assessors base their scoring on the following criteria, which is equally weighted:
  1. Strength and Clarity of Project Vision
  • The intentions, goals and desired outcomes of the project are clearly articulated and distinct.
  • There is a clear and compelling history or past activities that connect the applicant to the project.
  • There are vital and relevant community influences and connections.
  • If there are collaborators or partners, they are highly suited to the project activities.
  1. Community Impact
  • There are clear and relevant goals and plans for having an impact for communities, audiences, and/or participants.
  • There is a unique and compelling contribution to applicant’s development or the group/collective/organization’s objectives.
  • The community context is clearly articulated, and the project is suited to that context and considers local protocols.
  • If the project has collaborators or partners they are well-chosen and highly appropriate to the community context.
  1. Project Readiness and Viability
  • Past history of project and budget management is clear, relevant to the current project and indicates a high probability of success.
  • The work plan is coherent and realistic, includes all the major activities required, and has sufficient time and resources dedicated to each phase.
  • If there is a plan for raising any additional funds, it is realistic and includes a strong contingency plan.  Projections of fees and other expenses are backed up by careful research and planning, and compensate collaborators appropriately.
  • If the project has collaborators or partners, the roles are clearly outlined and they have the demonstrated experience to fulfill their expected responsibilities on the project.