The Secretariat has received 93 requests for funding in the first application window of the 2017-2019 funding cycle, according to the Global Fund’s Funding Request Status Tracker. Under the Global Fund’s differentiated application system, 73 requests used a program continuation application, 13 a full review application, and seven a tailored review application.
The Global Fund has released two resources which will be of interest to persons involved in the applications process – an Applicant Handbook, designed to support applicants in the preparation of funding requests for the 2017-2019 funding cycle; and a Funding Request Status Tracker. This article provides information on both resources.
Differentiated application materials and review methodologies will be used for the funding requests from countries related to the 2017-2019 allocations, replacing the one-size-fits-all approach that was used last time around.
As reported in GFO #293, the Board has awarded Tanzania’s shortened HIV grant an extension of $109 million to allow it to continue providing essential HIV services through to the end of 2017. The original grant, totaling $277.5 million had an end date of 31 December 2016.
The Global Fund is now recruiting experts to join the Technical Review Panel (TRP). This recruitment effort focuses on the following areas of expertise: HIV, TB, malaria, health systems, human rights and gender, program management, challenging operating environments, community systems strengthening, investing for impact, sustainable financing, and transition.
In July 2016, the Global Fund Board approved $388 million in funding for six shortened grants to allow them to continue to provide services from the original end date of their grants to the end of 2017. Of the $388 million, $383 million is new funding. It comes from the $700 million that the Finance and Operational Performance Committee said in March 2016 was available for portfolio optimization.
Applicant experiences in the second wave of regional concept notes (RCNs) improved over last year, but challenges remain for the process.
The Global Fund and its stakeholders would be better served if the Fund released more information related to concept notes
The Global Fund is more transparent that probably any other major funder, but there are nevertheless gaps in transparency that the Fund needs to address. This is the first in a series of commentaries on this topic.