FAQ

CAN I DOWNLOAD THE TEMPLATE FOR A PROGRESS REPORT FROM YOUR WEBSITE?

The template is currently not available on the website. We will make this available with the new call for applications.

WHAT IS A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING?

A Memorandum of Understanding is a formal agreement between the assisted and assisting organisations. It shows the arrangement between the two for the NLDTF grant being applied for.

WHAT IS THE TURNARUOND TIME FOR TRANCHE PAYMENT?

Tranche payments are paid once the progress report has been processed. All progress reports are processed chronologically. While we would like to pay within a month of receiving the reports, it depends on the number of reports we have to process and any additional information we might require.

WHAT IS THE TURNAROUND TIME FOR A PROGRESS REPORT TO BE ASSESSED?

See above.

HOW LONG DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS TAKE?

All applications are processed chronologically. The turnaround time will depend on the number of applications the NLB receives. As a result of the NLB workshops and help desks, the number of applications has increased. This has affected the turnaround time.

WHAT IS A MICELLANEOUS APPLICATION?

The Miscellaneous Purposes sector considers activities that fall outside the mandate of the Charities, Sports and Arts sectors. The sector also funds natural disasters and projects of national importance. The miscellaneous Purposes sectors grants must not be seen as an opportunity to apply for funding when you have missed the call for applications.

WHAT IS THE TURNAROUND TIME ON AN APPEAL?

The turnaround time is based on the number of meetings an agency might have and the number of appeals the office has to process. Applicants must make sure the appeal is realistic. The appeal process is not an opportunity to submit information that was not submitted with the original application.

WHAT IS THE TURNAROUND TIME ON A DECIATION?

The NLB understands the urgency and will try to get back to applicants as soon as possible. Please ensure that you plan carefully and give the NLB enough time to process your information. Also, if a prior application was denied, you cannot request this through a deviation.

AFTER SUBMISSION OF A GRANT AGREEMENT HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE PAYMENT?

Upon receipt of a duly signed Grant Agreement with all required information and supporting documents, payment will be effected within 30 calendar days.

WHY IS THE NLDTF NOT ALLOWED TO GIVE INFORMATION TO THE PARTNERING ORGANISATIONS?

The main applicant is the entity with which the NLB has a legal and binding agreement. The NLB can only liaise with the identified contact persons. The partnering organisations should list one contact person from each organisation where possible.

IF TIMEFRAMES ARE NOT MET, WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?

Timeframes are not cast in stone. We will continue to make every effort to speed up the processes. The volume of applications and reports is what affects the turnaround times.

WHEN IS THE NEXT CALL FOR APPLICATIONS?

The NLDTF makes every effort to issue at least one call per year in each sector, but this cannot be guaranteed. A new call for applications is made once the applications from the previous call have been processed.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR FUNDING?

Currently, the NLDTF only funds non-profit organisations, including registered NPOs, NGOs, non-profit companies, public benefit trusts, and public entities such as municipalities, schools and colleges, and institutions that are established by an Act of Parliament. Funding requirements:

 

  • Prescribed application form (currently FORM 2010/1)
  • Proof of registration as a non-profit entity
  • Signed & dated constitution with a dissolution clause/endorsement
  • Business/Implementation Plan
  • Project Budget • Motivation
  • Previously funded by NLDTF: One set of the most recent Annual Financial Statements. Not previous funding by NLDTF: Two sets of the most recent Annual Financial Statements. Signed auditor or accounting officer’s report.
I HAVE POSTED MY APPLICATION FORM; DID YOU RECEIVE IT?

Only applications received during an official call for applications are considered and processed. Once an application has been received and recorded an SMS with a project number is sent to the applicant to acknowledge receipt.

CAN I FAX OR E-MAIL MY APPLICATION FORM?

Unfortunately no faxes or e-mails are allowed.

WHY DOES THE NLDTF NOT ACCEPT A SCANNED GRANT AGREEMENT?

The grant agreement is a legal document and we need original documentation.

WHY ARE AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS REQUIRED; I OWN A CRECHE AND ONLY HAVE BANK STATEMENTS?

Annual Financial Statements are drawn up by an independent accounting officer and give an indication of how you have managed your funds. Annual financial statements are also a requirement for registration as an NPO, or non-profit company etc. They must be prepared by an accounting officer registered with an NLB-approved professional body. Based on the mandatory requirements the financial statements submitted with an application do not have to be audited but the person signing off on them must be registered.

WHY WOULD I RECEIVE ONLY HALF THE AMOUNT IF AN ALLOCATION HAS BEEN MADE?

The value of requests far exceeds the amounts available for distribution. Therefore, we are not always able to fund the entire request made for funding. We also want to avoid total dependence on NLDTF for projects

WHY DOES DOCUMENTATION STILL GET LOST AFTER I HAVE SUBMITTED IT MANUALLY AND HAVE RECEIVED A CONFIRMATION LETTER?

This should not happen. Often information gets misfiled. Please keep a copy of all information you submit and confirmation of receipt. Also make a note of the name of the person to whom you handed your documents.

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