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Grant Selection Process

When will funding decisions be made?

Grant applications are only accepted in response to a Call for Proposals. For a list of all Calls for Proposals please visit the overview and read the process carefully.

In general, if you are applying for an Influencing grant, you must apply before the deadline published in the Call for Proposals; Voice will review all applications received and provide funding decisions with-in six-weeks of the deadline.

Voice will review all other applications (for Empowerment and Innovation & Learn grants) received on a rolling basis on at least a quarterly basis.

How will your application be assessed?

Voice will use a 3-step assessment process. These are:

  1. Threshold criteria: minimum standards that all applications must meet. If an application does not meet all of the threshold criteria, it will be rejected.
  2. Criteria relating to the quality of the project proposal (project check).
  3. Criteria relating to the quality of the applicant organisation or the lead party of the consortium (organisational check).

For the small grants (empowerment grants up to €25,000) a lighter / adapted version of these types of criteria will apply.

You will receive written notification if your organisation has not been approved for funding. We encourage you to contact the in-country Voice Country Teams (link to country teams) to arrange for discussion about your application.


Question about Voice, eligibility, or other matters may be submitted by email or during consultative sessions. The questions will be anonymised and published with answers on the F.A.Q.'s page. Questions about global calls can be submitted by email to: or to the country email address in case of national calls (for example Before sending in your questions, please read the F.A.Q's section carefully to see if you question has already been answered. Answers will be updated on the website on a regular basis. Consultative meetings will be held in all Voice focus countries - details will be published on the country pages.