The largest part (around 80%) of JOA’s budget is allocated to grant aid. It funds one year projects and sometimes part or all of multi-year programmes. Additional opportunities for projects outside the usual funding round may also be considered, but only at the Commission’s invitation.
JOA will only consider applications within its current focus group of targeted countries listed which were chosen on the basis of needs (as represented by Human Development Index Scores), the likely ability of development efforts to effect lasting change (using Transparency International’s Corruption Perception score as a proxy) and on JOA’s previous experiences:
Africa: Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia
Asia: Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar
South America: Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala
At the moment, projects submitted to JOA should in general be capable of completion within 12 months from commencement, and each project should not exceed £100,000. However, JOA is actively reviewing these regulations, and will soon begin to fund larger, multi-year projects worth up to £1m.
JOA will consider co-funding projects where the application clearly identifies the area of the project that funding is requested with a view to ensuring that the funded part of the project has a specific identity capable of measurement and assessment and is sustainable in the long term. The payment of funding in such cases will be deferred until such time as the agency confirms that the co-funding has been secured.
All project costs are in theory eligible, but must be instrumental in bringing about the proposed outcomes, rather than in supporting the day-to-day running of the recipient organisation or its partners. JOA will not normally consider funding more than 8% of overhead or administrative costs. Large capital expenditures such as office equipment or vehicles are discouraged except where specifically a goal of the project, and their use after the duration of the project must be explained.
JOA is committed to encouraging learning and improvement in itself and its partners, to maximising the impact of the assistance it provides, and to providing excellent value for the Jersey taxpayer. For this reason, all projects must demonstrate how progress will be monitored, and are encouraged allocate part of the overall grant to monitoring, evaluation and learning. Additionally, JOA reserves the right to commission independent mid-term or final evaluations of any project it funds.
Organisations must procure inputs with propriety and fairness, seeking best value for money at all times. Applicants must demonstrate that all goods and services required for the project will be purchased in accordance with an ethical and transparent procurement policy. Typically, any purchases of over £5,000 must be tendered using competitive bidding.
Final financial and narrative reports must be submitted within three months of the end of the project. Evidence of all expenditures must be kept by the partner and made available to JOA on request. Narrative reports must include a publishable summary which will be made public on JOA’s website.