9. Common templates

Module nine of the GFMD MediaDev Fundraising Guide. Please note that access to the templates is for GFMD members only.

This section looks at templates commonly used by donors and provides some insight into how they should be completed.

Generally speaking, most templates cover the same focus areas, are based on a similar structure and follow the same logic.

Main building blocks for templates

Rationale: the reasons why the project is needed

Target groups: who the target groups and final beneficiaries are; why they have been selected

Impact and outcomes: how the project will improve the situation of its target groups and beneficiaries

Activities: what will be done in order to bring about this change

Methodology and approach: why these activities have been chosen and how they will be implemented

Monitoring and evaluation: how you will measure the project’s progress towards its expected outcomes and targets

Sustainability: how you will ensure that the project continues to benefit its target groups after the end of grant funding

Risks and assumptions: what factors could prevent the project from achieving its goals and what conditions need to be in place for the project to remain viable

Timeline: when activities will be delivered and when key milestones will be met

Resourcing plan: who will deliver the activities and how their work/performance will be managed

For more detailed information about all of the above see the Application forms section of the Fundraising Lexicon that accompanies this guide:

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For advice on how to complete a logical framework (logframe) for media development and journalism support applications see our guidelines HERE.


If you work for a GFMD member or GFMD affiliate you can access our guide to completing a grant application for funding from the European Commission under the EIDHR programme and relevant templates below.

If you work for a GFMD member or GFMD affiliate you can access our guide to completing an application form for funding from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) below.

If you work for a GFMD member or GFMD affiliate you can access our guide to completing a proposal in response to a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) published by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and their Form of Application Submission below.

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