The next Global Fund Allocation Period (2017-2019) is coming, and in a few days, the Global Fund secretariat will send out the Allocation Letter to Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs). The Allocation Letter is a formal notification from the Global Fund to CCMs of the allocation amount for the country, and the “disease split” for the eligible disease components.  There will also be two new additional information in the Allocation Letters that reflects important changes in the funding process.  First, the CCM will be advised on the type of application approach it will undertake. In the current allocation period, all applicants followed a single approach, where applicants had to submit a “Concept Note” to request for funding from the Global Fund. In the 2017-2019 Allocation Period, a ‘differentiated framework’ will be applied, where country applicants will be informed which application approach and funding request review modality they will follow for their eligible disease components. There are three approaches: program continuation, tailored, and full proposal. Concept Notes will not be used anymore; the funding request application materials will be based on the approach. Here’s a brief explanation of these differentiated approaches: Program continuation will be recommended for country components that are determined, through separate evaluations by the Global Fund secretariat and the CCM, to have no material change. This approach will go through a shorter application process and will have fewer application materials. Tailored approach will be determined by specific contexts, such as, among others, if material changes have been noted in specific programmatic areas, a country component is transitioning out of Global Fund support, or if a country is considered a challenging operating environment (COE). The full proposal approach will go through the standard process. Majority of countries classified as high impact countries (or those with high disease burden and high funding allocations) will go through this mode. Note that application materials are also being revised, so expect streamlining even for this particular approach. The review modality for funding requests will be tailored based on the approach used. Program continuation funding requests will go through validation by the Technical Review Panel, not a full review. The tailored approach will also follow tailored review, whether it’s for transition, COE, etc. The second significant change is on how CCMs demonstrate compliance with CCM Requirements 1 and 2, which is necessary to determine a CCM’s eligibility for funding during the application process. These requirements pertain to holding broad and inclusive funding request development process and having an open and transparent selection process for the principal recipient.

The change only refers to the documentary evidence that CCMs need to submit to demonstrate compliance. A “standard review” entails submission of eligibility narrative and documentation of compliance. A “light review” (or “superlight”, in some instances) means that only a statement of compliance will be required from the CCM.

We explain these changes in the Tools + Resources section of our APCRG page. A few more things you need to know now that the Allocation Letter is about to be sent out:
  • There are three submission windows for funding requests for 2017 (March 20, May 23, and August 28). Note that the application process is between 3-6 months, so countries should prepare and plan well their applications to make sure there’s no interruption in programme implementation. Extensions under the current allocation period may be requested, but note that the amount needed for the extension, if approved, will be deducted from the country’s 2017-2019 allocation.
  • Countries may request for a re-allocation of the disease split to shift funding from one eligible disease component to another, or for programmes on resilient and sustainable systems for health, which includes community systems and responses. CCMs are required to conduct inclusive and participatory process to make that decision.
  • Country dialogues should be taking place soon. Countries that are aiming to submit their funding requests during the first or second submission windows will need to organise their country dialogues in the coming weeks. Contact your CCM secretariat to know the schedule of your country dialogue.
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