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Applications & offers
This is a subsection of the fundraising lexicon developed as part of the GFMD MediaDev fundraising guide.
In addition, bidders may be asked to meet a set of criteria that demonstrate they have experience of delivering a programme of a similar scale and an equivalent value, possibly also in a comparable environment.
This is a 4-5 page document setting out the fundamental ideas and approach for a project as well as describing any formal partnerships that are integral to the project design.
Concept notes are usually requested as the first stage of a grant application process, thereby giving donors the chance to short-list those proposals which, in their view, best reflect the goals and priorities of the programme.
A Technical Offer is the term used to describe the narrative proposal in a competitive tender. It often includes a set of CVs for Key Experts whose professional qualifications are evaluated as part of the bid.
However, in the scoring matrix, the weighting usually is placed on the Technical Offer, meaning that bidders with a very strong proposition may not feel the need to make an economically advantageous bid.