1. What is FP2020? What is the Rapid Response Mechanism?

Family Planning 2020 works with governments, civil society, multilateral organizations, donors, the private sector, and the research and development community to enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020. For more information, please visit the FP2020 home page.

Family Planning 2020's Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) funds emerging, unanticipated, or time-bound opportunities that will help FP2020 meet its goal of enabling 120 million more women and girls using contraceptives by 2020.  For more information, please visit the RRM webpage.

2. What kinds of projects and activities are normally funded by the RRM?

As noted on the RRM Youth Outreach webpage,  RRM grants are catalytic: unblocking challenges to stimulate FP2020 work and amplifying existing family planning programs in an FP2020 focus country.

The activities in your RRM Youth Outreach project should fall into one of the following categories:

  • Technical assistance provided to key stakeholders in need of expert support (for example, the cost of a high-level consultant to ensure AYSRH issues are incorporated into a costed-implementation plan or national strategy in supply chain management).
  • Non-routine training of family planning providers (for example, to train community health extension workers after a new AYSRH service manual has been approved).
  • Advocacy, including through a pilot project (for example, gather evidence through a pilot on the positive effects of youth-friendly family planning services, to inform upcoming budgetary negotiations, and secure increased funding for this type of service).
  • Increasing access for hard-to-reach and marginalized groups, including adolescents and youth, and in post-crisis contexts.
3. Are there any activities that the RRM is unable to fund?

The RRM cannot be used to fund the following:

  • Purchase of contraceptives
  • Government staff salaries or honorariums
  • Scholarships to individuals
  • Fees to attend a conference
  • Basic research, academic studies, or surveys
  • Capital equipment (such as machinery, vehicles, and office furniture)
  • Routine demand-creation and awareness-raising activities
  • Lobbying or political activities*

*RRM grantees cannot advocate for the adoption, rejection, or introduction of specific legislation in a legislative body (including subnational level). Any such lobbying activities may result in grant termination. If your proposed project involves advocacy, please review the Advocacy Projects Guidelines to ensure that your activities are permitted under the RRM.

4. What kinds of organizations are considered “youth-focused” and “youth-led” by FP2020?

Youth-led or youth-focused registered national civil society organizations are eligible for consideration in this one-time call for RRM Applications. FP2020 considers organizations to be youth-focused if their programs serve adolescents and young people. FP2020 considers organizations to be youth-led if they are both serving and led by young people (under the age of 30). If you are applying as a youth-led organization, you will be asked to provide additional details regarding the organization’s youth leader(s), including name, title, age and background.

5. What do I need to prove that I am a registered CSO?

You must provide official registration documents that include the name of your organization. These documents must be in English or French.

6. How will my application be evaluated?

Applicants must demonstrate that the grant will help address an unanticipated need or urgent opportunity and that there are clear benefits or reasons to secure rapid funding.

Beyond this requirement, strong applications will be grounded in human rights principles and evidence-based approaches. As you draft your application, please review FP2020’s Rights and Empowerment Principles, and well as the FP High Impact Practices brief on adolescent and youth friendly contraceptive services.

FP2020 will review your application form, in consultation with our country support teams as appropriate.  We will contact the reference person listed in your application as needed.

Applicants who have been selected to complete the full grant application will be notified by September 6. 

7. If I am invited to submit a full RRM proposal, what additional information and materials will I need to provide?

If you are invited to submit a full RRM proposal, FP2020 will support you in completing the following RRM application materials:

  • A detailed narrative project proposal
  • A budget describing program, personnel, and administrative costs of your project.
  • A workplan showing when you plan to implement your proposed activities.

In addition to the registration documents that you submitted during the initial phase of the process, you will also need to provide the following:

  • Audit report or bank letter
  • Commitment Letter (only required if the applicant plans to implement its proposed project jointly with one or several partner organization(s)
  • Support Letter from a FP2020 commitment entity (only if the proposed project budget exceeds US$25,000). We recommend that you request this letter (using this template) as you complete the application form if your original budget exceeded US$25,000.

Templates of these documents will be provided to those applicants who are invited to submit a full RRM application.

8. What if I am not able to submit my ideas by August 30?

We understand that not every interested applicant will be able to work within the timeframe of this one-time, youth-focused call for RRM applications. If you are interested in applying for funding for a time-sensitive, catalytic project but cannot meet the RRM Youth Outreach deadline of August 30, you are still eligible to apply for a regular RRM grant on a rolling basis. Please visit the RRM Webpage for more information.

9. If I don’t qualify for RRM funding, what other funding options are available?

FP2020 works closely with many partner organizations to support the efforts of young people and national civil society organizations who serve them. If your project does not meet the requirements of the RRM, you should consider applying to one of the following funding opportunities from our partners:

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