The Claude Leon Foundation


Some of the following criteria, inter alia, will be used by the Foundation when evaluating education projects and approving grants. They are:


Scalability – a stable project which is capable of going to scale and making a significant shift in education practices; a project which can be taken to the state for replication purposes.
Proof of concept – the project must demonstrate in practical terms that its core pedagogic methodology ‘works’ and that its educational claims as (promised in the conceptual proposal seeking funding) can actually be realised on-the-ground.
Advocacy – success in this project will be used to encourage others (including the state) to adopt the method.
Co-investment from the state – the state should be encouraged to support the project, take ultimate ownership, and ideally, take it to scale. Any potential to move along this continuum towards state ownership is a plus for the project under consideration.

Arising from these criteria, the Foundation will ask a number of specific questions about the value of the project, including, inter alia, the following:

1.   What problem in state delivery does this address?
2.   Is the project structured in such a way that proof of concept and impact will be demonstrated?
3.   Is the funding model sustainable at scale?
4.   How is this going to influence the state?
5.   Are there possibilities of partnership with other funders?
6.   Will this have an impact on learning outcomes?
7.   Is there involvement of the beneficiary community? Does it strengthen organized civil society?
8.   Has the organisation developed an ‘exit strategy’ with regard to the Foundation's funding?


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