Grant Making Process

This page outlines the general steps in the GPSA grant-making process. Specific guidance about the GPSA’s 4th Call for Proposals will be made available on this website once the call is launched.


Calls for Proposals

In opted-in countries, prior to issuing a Call for Proposals a consultative process with stakeholders including government, civil society and other donor agencies, is organized to define the key governance issues (thematic areas) per country that CSO proposals should address. This country-tailored, problem-solving approach maximizes the alignment of GPSA activities with the development strategies of countries.

While CSOs in participating countries respond to country-tailored calls, all proposals compete at the global level. Our process for selecting which proposals will be funded is outlined below.


GPSA Grant Selection Process

After the Call for Proposals is closed and applications have been received, the process for selecting the projects that will receive a grant is the following

1: Eligibility Screening

Applications are reviewed for compliance with general eligibility criteria, as outlined in the GPSAs Operations Manual and in the Application Guidelines published at the launch of the Call for Proposals.


2: Technical Review

The GPSA Secretariat draws on the expertise of expert reviewers to assess the proposals’ technical quality. Based on these reviews, the Secretariat produces a ranking of proposals and recommends top ranked proposals to the Steering Committee.


3: Pre-selection of Finalists

The Steering Committee considers the list of proposals recommended by the Secretariat and pre-selects the list of finalist proposals, by consensus. After the Steering Committee meeting, the GPSA Secretariat publishes the list of pre-selected finalists proposals online.


4: Commenting and Due Diligence period

Pre-selected proposals are sent to the governments of participating countries for a 10-day comments period. After this, the proposals are made available for public comments for a 5-day period.


5: Project Package

The GPSA Secretariat and the pre-selected grant recipients consider any comments received. The proposals then undergo a due diligence process, along with the preparation of a project package, following internal World Bank project processing requirements.


6: Grant Agreement

World Bank Country Directors and grant recipients sign Legal Grant Agreements.


7: Announcement of Grant recipients

The GPSA Secretariat publishes the list of grants recipients along with approved proposals on the GPSA website