APPLICATION INFORMATION

MATCHING GRANT PARTNERSHIPS

APPLICATION INFORMATION

MATCHING GRANT PARTNERSHIPS

 

One Day’s Wages is a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions coming together to alleviate extreme global poverty. We do so by partnering with trusted organizations that empower indigenous leaders on the ground to create lasting change.


 

HOW TO QUALIFY

  • Applicant must be a certified non-governmental nonprofit organization and must be willing and able to show documentation regarding its status as a charity. While we do welcome partnerships with faith-based organizations, we do not accept applications from churches or other religious institutions.
  • Organization mission and vision must align within ODW’s core values: dignity, empowerment, mutuality, transparency, and impact.
  • Project scope must fit within one or more of our focus areas: Children’s Education, Climate Impact, Gender-Based Violence, Girls’ Empowerment, Global Hunger, Human Trafficking, Jobs & Skills, Maternal & Child Health, Preventable Disease, Refugee Relief, and Water & Sanitation.
  • Project location must be in a country ranked as Low or Medium on the United Nations Human Development Index, with the exception of anti-trafficking projects predominantly in Southeast Asia and Ukraine Refugee Relief.
  • Project budget must be between $15,000 and $40,000. We rarely accept proposals outside of this range. Exceptions may be made for successful past partners. Please click here to contact our granting team about re-applying.
  • Project budget must not exceed 30% of the organization’s annual operating budget. Project budget must not be a majority overhead costs. 
  • Applicant must be able to demonstrate their ability to raise a portion of the funds from their own supporters (see more about how ODW’s matching grants work below).
  • Proposals must be for projects that can be completed within 12 months. 
  • Applicant must be able to report back on project outputs, impact and budget in a timely and thorough manner.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DOES THE GRANT VETTING PROCESS LOOK LIKE?

ODW takes pride in our thorough vetting process because it allows us to build credible, sustainable, and high-impact partnerships. The grant vetting process has three steps: letter of inquiry (LOI), grant application, and grant recommendation.

Stage 1 – LOI: If an applicant is interested in a potential partnership with One Day’s Wages, they submit a Letter of Inquiry through our portal. The Letter of Inquiry is a short document that allows our grant vetting team to get to know your organization and your project concept.

Stage 2 – Grant Application: If your LOI is accepted, we will send you a more thorough grant application, which requires financial documentation and letters of reference. On the grant application, you will be asked to provide a more detailed overview of your project including objectives, activities, and outputs; beneficiary estimates; a project timeline; and a plan for community involvement.

Stage 3 – Grant Recommendation: If your grant application is approved, a recommendation will be made to ODW’s Board of Directors, who has final say on all of our matching grants.

Applicants will receive either an approval or denial at each phase of the vetting process. Please note that being issued an LOI or grant application from One Day’s Wages is not a promise or commitment for grant approval.

HOW LONG DOES THE GRANT VETTING PROCESS TAKE?

The grant vetting process for a matching grant can take anywhere from 3-4 months, depending on how quickly an applicant is able to submit materials and depending on how many follow-up questions the grant vetting team may have along the way.

If your organization is applying for an Emergency Relief Matching Grant, your grant application will be processed with an expedited timeline in an attempt to accommodate the pressing nature of the applicant’s programming. This can be as short as 3-5 weeks, depending on how many follow-up questions the grant vetting team may have along the way.

WHAT IS A MATCHING GRANT?

Matching grants require our partners to raise a portion of the grant, which is then matched by One Day’s Wages dollar for dollar. Most of our matching grants are 50/50 matches. For example, if a proposed project budget is $30,000, the partner would be responsible for raising $15,000 on ODW’s fundraising platform and ODW would match up to $15,000. Please note that if you apply for a $30,000 matching grant, this does NOT mean that your total grant awarded would be $60,000. 

While we do occasionally award a 75/25 matching grant, these grants are exclusively awarded to community-based organizations (CBOs) that do not have a Western-based branch, board, or network of donors.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE RAISE MORE THAN OUR HALF?

If the project budget is $30,000, the partner would be responsible for raising $15,000 on ODW’s fundraising platform and ODW would match up to (but no more than) $15,000. Funds raised in excess of the grant goal will be disbursed to the partner, but they will not be matched.

WHAT HAPPENS IF OUR ORGANIZATION GETS APPROVED?

If your application is approved by the board, we will send you an approval email along with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for two members of your organization to sign. ODW’s Granting Team will contact you to plan a launch date for your matching grant campaign. You may begin fundraising as early as 1 month from your approval. Once you begin fundraising, you have 90 days to reach your goal. Once your goal has been met, your campaign will be closed and ODW will send you a check for the full grant amount within 30 days. You will have 12 months (1 year) to complete your project from the date that your check is awarded.

CAN WE FUNDRAISE FOR THE MATCHING GRANT SEPARATELY?

All fundraising for matching grants happens on ODW’s online fundraising platform. We will build a webpage for the matching grant campaign where your donors will have the option to give. They can also start a peer-to-peer fundraiser, a personalized fundraising page to encourage their friends to help you meet your goal. Applicants must be willing to direct their donors to this page on ODW’s website for the matching grant partnership. We cannot accept donations that have already been made to a partner organization. In addition to donations made on our website, checks and stock donations can be made directly to ODW.

ARE THERE PROCESSING FEES?

ODW does not take any percentage of funds raised. We are a 100% model organization, which means 100% of funds raised go directly to projects on the ground. However, there is a transaction fee for credit cards of 3-6% depending on card type. Donors can choose to cover this fee as they are donating or they may choose to write a check to ODW to avoid the fee.

WHAT IF OUR APPLICATION IS DENIED?

At this time we cannot guarantee any personalized information on applications that are denied. If you wish to re-apply, we ask that you wait at least 1 year to submit another grant application.

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