Grants

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In total the PACS programme gave out £15.58 million in grants to Civil Society Organisation (CSO) partners to help socially excluded groups claim their rights and entitlements more effectively. The PACS programme was entirely funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Please note – the grant application process closed in February 2011. PACS is no longer accepting grant applications.

The grant application process

CSOs across the 7 PACS states were invited to apply for PACS grants through an open application process, advertised online and through newspaper advertisements in each State in December 2009.

  • 1,871 concept note applications were received and were selected by the respective Regional Project Selection Committee (RPSC) using strict pre-defined criteria. Guidelines for submitting concept note applications were available.
  • 123 applications passed the initial selection process and were subjected to a pre-funding appraisal, carried out by the IFIRST Consortium. Following a successful appraisal, the CSO partners were then invited to submit a detailed project proposal. Workshops on the project proposal process were carried out for all shortlisted CSOs.
  • 123 detailed project proposals were evaluated by the respective RPSC. Each CSO was given an opportunity to present their proposal before the RPSC.
  • 91 of the project proposals were submitted for approval to the Indian government’s Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) having been approved by the respective RPSC.
  • 90 CSO partners were approved and contracts were signed.
  • 5 CSO partners were discontinued.

The following table shows the breakdown of applications and projects by State:

State

Concept notes received

Concept notes shortlisted

Proposals submitted to DEA – 14/03/2011

Proposals approved by DEA – 15/07/2011

Proposals approved by DEA – 01/02/2012

Bihar (stage 1*)

273

9

8

8

-

Bihar (stage 2*)

245

8

7

-

7

Chhattisgarh

80

12

8

6

2

Jharkhand (stage 1*)

133

8

5

5

-

Jharkhand (stage 2*)

143

13

11

-

11

Odisha

264

17

11

10

-

Madhya Pradesh

171

20

15

11

4

Uttar Pradesh

398

24

19

12

7

West Bengal

164

10

5

5

-

Inter-State

-

2

2

-

2

Total

1871

123 (6.5%)

91 (4.8%)

57

33

* The grant application round in Bihar and Jharkhand happened in two stages. The first stage focused on funding work related to MGNREGA and the Forest Rights Act whilst the second stage included non-discriminatory access to health and nutrition, education and the ownership or lease of revenue land.

Grant rollout

Grants were rolled out in two phases:

  1. The first 57 projects started in July 2011 (3 were discontinued).
  2. The final 33 projects started in February 2012 (2 were discontinued).

All projected were finished by January 2016.

Grant monitoring

Grants were given in stages to partners four times a year. This was dependent on PACS receiving a utilisation report from the partner detailing their use of funds in the previous quarter.

All grants were subject to half-yearly audits by a panel of auditors. The audit periods were April to September and October to March.


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