Funding Windows


WINDOW 4: Formal Sector Coaching of Management & Supervisory Staff


WINDOW 4: Formal Sector Coaching of Management & Supervisory Staff

Grant Upper Ceiling

Maximum Grant Element

Key Focus Areas

GHS 100,000

75% (matching grant of 25% of the total costs of the project)

  • Agribusiness and renewable energy
  • Other areas with great potentials

Key points:

  • Support the training and coaching of management and supervisory staff of companies and associations on how to practice HRD and improve production efficiency will be established.
  • Priority will be given to mid-level management and supervisory staff of companies already supported by SDF (I and II), but staff of companies with no previous relationship with SDF and senior management staff are eligible
  • To qualify for this support the enterprise must have a minimum of 20 staff and a well-established management structure
  • The actual training/coaching will be provided by a specialist identified by the applicant. If relevant, the coach may be contracted from outside Ghana.

 

1. Focus of Window 4

This window offers support for the training and coaching of management and supervisory staff of companies and associations on how to practice HRD and improve production efficiency. While priority will be given to mid-level management and supervisory staff of companies already supported by SDF (I and II), also staff of companies with no previous relationship with SDF and senior management staff will be eligible for support. SDF will make a special effort to ensure that female management and supervisory staff are included. In order to qualify for support by the SDF, the enterprise must have a minimum of 20 staff and a well-established management structure. The grants for areas are agribusiness and renewable energy although others areas with good potential to improving productivity and competitiveness will be considered.

The actual training/coaching will be provided by a specialist identified by the applicant. If relevant, the coach may be contracted from outside Ghana. Possibly, this service will be provided in collaboration with ILO's Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises Programme (SCORE). At present, only one organisation in Ghana is accredited to offer the SCORE programme. The SDF II will seek to increase the number of accredited SCORE service providers in order to stimulate competition. The SDF II will cover up to 75% of the cost of the management training/coaching.

2. Grant award process

Projects to be funded under Window 4 will pass through a two stage selection process in accordance with the guidelines of the SDF Manual. The first stage is submission of a concept note indicating the skills challenges to be addressed and the proposed way to do this. A standard format is available for this (see Volume 1 of the SDF Manual). The SDF Secretariat will screen the notes and decide which ideas are eligible for the next stage, preparation of a full project proposal. Hence, for concept notes that have passed the screening, the second stage is preparation of a fully-fledged proposal.

Intermediary service providers selected by the SDF are available to assist prospective applicants with the preparation of the full proposal in accordance with the SDF Guide-lines. For successful applicants, the SDF meets the cost of this assistance.

The proposals will be subject to an evaluation by two external evaluators. The final decision on which projects to fund rests with the SDF Steering Committee. The grant agreement to be prepared on the basis of the approved project proposal will spell out the details of the project including the details of the implementation.

3. Support to firms

Matching grants will provide support to firms that have benefited from earlier calls of SDF but are faced with management and supervisory difficulties and as a result, do are not experiencing the full benefit of the skills training. Current applicants of Window 1 grants can also concurrently apply for SDF grants under Window 4. Beneficiary firms will receive matching grants requiring up to 25% co-financing by the firm. There is no mini-mum grant size but no firm or group of firms under common control may receive more than GHC 100,000 in grants, total. This commitment for providing matching grant will be documented in a Grant Agreement between SDF and these entities and actual funding so provided reported in project financial reports.

SDF does not support the following types of activities:

  • Seminars and conferences designed to stimulate discussions and/or keep partici-pants abreast of the latest trends in skills upgrading
  • Induction/orientation programmes
  • Appreciation programmes of short duration
  • Programmes specific to company procedures/policies
  • Training for spiritual, cultural and social enhancement, e.g. religious studies and appreciation of music
  • Professional-training programmes, involving the upgrading of personnel such as doctors, lawyers, accountants and architects
  • Postgraduate training programmes, involving the pursuance of higher education leading to the award of an advanced diploma, graduate diploma, degree or post degree qualification
  • Attachment of engineers and senior managers to advance their skills and knowledge in existing or new work areas.