Do you have a solution to address one of the Hout Bay’s community’s challenges? The Hout Bay Partnership is giving away 10 microgrants.

The Hout Bay Partnership is launching the Hout Bay Partnership Microgrant Program, which award a total of 10 grants of R10 000 each, to support collective action to improve the quality of life and social cohesion within Hout Bay. These intentionally small grants are designed to stimulate local community initiative and involvement in integrated social and economic development in Hout Bay.

  • Download the form to print out and complete and contact Ashley Newell to arrange pickup

More information

Contact project coordinator Ashley Newell, who is also available to assist in developing and submitting proposals at ashley@houtbaypartnership.co.za or 072 855 1371.

There will also be a Q&A session at the Hout Bay Library on Tuesday 14 April at 6pm, where questions will be answered and assistance with the application can be scheduled.

Please send completed applications by Friday 8 May 2015 to info@houtbaypartnership.co.za or contact the Ashley Newell to arrange pick-up.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Hout Bay Partnership Microgrants Program?

The purpose of the Hout Bay Partnership Microgrant Program is to support collective action to improve quality of life and social cohesion within Hout Bay. These intentionally small grants are designed to stimulate local community initiative and involvement in more integrated social and economic development in Hout Bay.

The Hout Bay Partnership Microgrants Program will award a total of 10 grants of R10 000 each.

The Hout Bay Partnership will additionally support the grant winners with publicity, networking and partner identification, and mentoring and skills training where required.

The Hout Bay Partnership Microgrants Program is funded by the Hout Bay Partnership (HBP), a non-political, self-governing organisation that seeks to create a model for integrated social and economic development through partnerships between different people and organisations who are dedicated to improving the livelihoods and quality of life of Hout Bay citizens.

The Hout Bay Partnership works on the principles of collaboration and partnership, seeking solutions with mutual benefits, rather than competing with other initiatives. The Hout Bay Partnership therefore pays dedicated and conscious attention to the social and economic development of Hout Bay as an integrated whole. Grants will be awarded to projects that are in line with our values.

What kinds of initiatives will be supported?

The Hout Bay Partnership Microgrants Program will support creative and innovative solutions to local challenges. Strong preference will be given to proposals that:

  1. demonstrate the principle of local collective action, that is, working together
  2. solve problems and/or create a good outcomes that are highly relevant to the local context of diversity of interests, needs and perspectives within Hout Bay
  3. directly involve the people affected and who will benefit from the project
  4. are based on, or will develop, partnerships across communities in the process of achieving the project outcomes
  5. crowd-in additional local and other resources to solve the identified challenges.

Who may apply?

Organisations or groups may apply for the grant. The organisation or group submitting an application does not need to be a registered NPO or company.

What kinds of funding applications are excluded?

The following are not eligible for funding and will not be supported:

  • Proposals that are not aligned with the values and goals of the HBP
  • Applications that will benefit an individual or a limited and defined group of individuals
  • Retroactive funding of projects already completed
  • Direct subsidy of existing services
  • Projects identified with political parties of any kind
  • Proposals by organisations that practice discrimination of any kind
  • General contributions to organisations or to fundraising campaigns, operating deficits or retirement of debt
  • Endowment programs
  • Construction projects or real estate acquisitions.

What is the application process?

  • Applications should be made by organisations or groups.
  • Applicants should complete and submit a grant proposal (a template can be downloaded above).
  • The proposal should be accompanied by letters of support and the skills and experience of the key team members.
  • The shortlisted applicants will be invited to present in person to the HBP Microgrant selection committee
  • Should the proposal be reviewed favourably, a memorandum of agreement will be developed and agreed.

How will successful applicants be selected?

Submissions will be reviewed by a Microgrant Selection Committee comprising representatives of the Hout Bay Partnership and other Hout Bay residents and organisations. Applicants will be contacted if further information is needed.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate proposals:

  • Eligibility: Is the proposal eligible for funding? (see “What kinds of funding applications are excluded?”)
  • Alignment: To what extent does is the proposal aligned with Microgrant Program goals (see “What kinds of initiatives will be supported?”)
  • Significance and impact: How clearly are the goals and objectives stated? How well do the goals address local concerns? Are people most at risk targeted? How many people will benefit?
  • Action plan: Is the action plan well-defined and practical? Is the action plan aligned with the stated goals?
  • Likelihood of success: How feasible is the project in terms of time, budget requests, and available resources?
  • Innovation and creativity: To what extent is the proposal innovative and creative? Does it complement or duplicate existing initiatives?
  • Sustained impact: How and to what extent will the benefits of the project be long lasting?