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Eligibility Criteria

Maximising Impact – Eligibility Criteria for Partners

In its commitment to young people and its donors, the Bottletop Foundation’s prospective project partners must meet the following eligability criteria to be considered for support:


Appropriate size and stage of development: With rare exceptions prospective project partners running costs should not exceed £100,000. In most cases our partners have budgets in the £5,000 – £50,000 range. Our aim is to identify organisations at a relatively early stage of their development. The size of Bottletops grants are between £3,000 and £15,000 each year.


Direct involvement with young people: Project partners must work directly with young people. We do not support groups engaged exclusively in advocacy and research.


Capable management: Systems and processes for ensuring the responsible management of funds must be in place. At a mimimum, organisations must have basic reporting and accounting systems as well as phone and email access. Grants will be made in a series of staged payments based on a reporting system that is established with partner organisations.


Local leadership: We believe prospective project partners must be led by individuals who work and live in the community. We do not fund the local offices or affiliates of national or international organisations.


Legal status: Project partners must be registered with local or national government as not for profit organisations. If the political context makes legal registration unfeasible, organisations must demonstrate non profit equivalency. We do not provide start up funding for the creation of new organisations.

    Selection Guidelines

    Beyond the basic eligability criteria we use the following guidelines to identify exceptional organisations:

    Empowerment: We give priority to organisations that engage young people as active participants in their own growth and development rather than passive recipients of services.

    Innovation and creativity: We give priority to organisations that tackle old problems in new ways, demonstrating innovation and creativity in their program strategies and approaches.

    Community involvement: We give priority to organistions that are rooted in their communities and operate with community input, involvement and investment, embracing the community as an integral part of their success.

    Effectiveness: We give priority to orgnisations that can demonstrate sustained, meaningful improvement to the lives of young people.

    Strong leadership: We give priority to organisations that have committed, respected, dynamic leadership with a vision for change.

    Potential for sustainability: We give priority to organisations that have a strategy for the long term sustainability of their programs through donor diversification, mobilisation of government funding, income generating activities and other creative measures.

    Reputation: We give priority to organisations that are recognised and trusted in their communities.

    Distribution of Funds: The Bottletop Foundation has established an international grants programme, which supports poverty alleviation schemes in areas where we produce our products and grass roots education initiatives that empower young people.

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