This is an overview of the grant process:
- Applicants submit Expressions of Interest.
- The FLA Grants Manager reviews Expressions of Interest for eligibility and comments on eligible proposals.
- The Grants Selection Panel (including at least three Directors of the Board of FLA) reviews Expressions of Interest. Shortlisted applicants are invited to submit a more detailed application. Unsuccessful applicants are notified.
- FLA works with short-listed organisations as they develop a more detailed proposal. FLA staff undertake due diligence checks on full applications and may seek peer or referee comment.
- Grants Selection Panel reviews detailed proposals and makes recommendations to the Board.
- FLA Board decides on funding grants.
- Successful applicants are contacted and funding agreements are prepared and signed. Unsuccessful applicants are informed.
- FLA publishes information on its website about the successful applicants and their projects.
FLA is committed to both high standards of governance and an efficient allocation of grants.
Conflicts of interest
Measures are in place to ensure there are no conflicts of interest.
- People with perceived conflicts of interest are excluded from involvement in relevant decision making. Any director or staff member with a conflict of interest would abstain from discussion on that application.
- Some donations to FLA have conditions about the purposes that will be funded, but donors are not involved in decision-making about grants.
- FLA is transparent about the grant criteria and selection processes.
- The FLA website reports on grants allocated and on the outcomes of the funded projects (including evaluation reports).
- FLA publishes its annual audited financial statements.
Grant applications will be assessed to check:
- the application meets the criteria
- the applicant organisation is appropriate and has the governance structure to sustain the project
- the project has a high chance of meeting its goals.
The due diligence process will be proportional to the size of the grant and the risks involved. The process may involve referees and confidential consultation with peers and subject matter experts.
The FLA Board makes the final decision on grant approval, with advice and recommendations from the Grants Sub-committee.