The largest part (around 70%) 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
JOA usually funds one-year projects up to a value of £100,000 and all or part of multi-year programmes (2-4 years) up to a value of £300,000, although these limits are being reviewed. Additionally, JOA will make grants of up to £1m in response to specific calls for proposals, issued on JOA’s website or shared with selected partners.
JOA will consider co-funding projects with another donor or donors. The application must clearly set out where JOA’s funding fits in to the wider programme, and include the detailed budget and logical framework for the larger project as well as for the activities JOA will fund. The payment of funding in such cases will be deferred until the partner agency confirms that the co-funding has been secured.
JOA is committed to enabling partners to recover the full cost of delivering projects. Any legitimate (including salaries and admin support) costs are in theory eligible, but they must be instrumental in bringing about the proposed project outcomes, rather than in supporting core activities of the recipient organisation or its partners. Large capital expenditures such as land 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 £10,000 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 may be made public on JOA’s website.