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Organizational Development Initiative and its Cycle

Organizational Development Initiative (ODI) provides focused advice on how best to improve the institutional capacity of the targeted CSOs.  By utilizing the Capacity Mapping Initiative (CMI) tool, ODI assesses the beneficiary CSO’s institutional capacity and provides core support, as well as technical assistance, to develop and implement organizational development strategic action plans in 6 main areas:  governance and management, program management, accounting, human resources, internal as well as external communications, fundraising, etc. The ODI consists of several activities:

Open Door grant recipients who qualify for organizational development support and are interested in the ODI will first undergo an initial baseline assessment using the Capacity mapping Initiative (CMI). Based upon the outcome, EPF will provide concrete recommendations on how the organization could continue to improve its standing in all six capacity areas (governance, financial management, human resources, program management, communications, and fundraising). EPF will use its own resources and experts to perform the assessment.

EPF will provide CSOs support in developing strategic plans for their organizational development. Once an organization receives its initial baseline assessment report with concrete recommendations on ways to improve its organizational capacity, each CSO will be responsible for developing an organizational development strategy and its implementation action plan. For this purpose, EPF will provide both expertise and financial assistance (GEL 6,000-15,000) to each organization.

Upon approval of the organizational development strategy and its implementation action plan,EPF will award ODI grants. The ODI grants will allow recipients to implement their action plans to improve their capacities in governance, financial management, human resources, program management, communications, and fundraising. The maximum ODI grant award for CSOs will be GEL 15,000. The lower limit of grant funding is GEL 6,000. The ODI grant activities will be implemented by CSOs during the Open Door grant period. Throughout the entire lifetime of theODI grant, EPF will monitor and evaluate the implementation process according to the agreed schedule and assist CSOs with tangible organizational development advice and grant management expertise.

After the completion of the grants, EPF (using its resources and experts) will conduct a follow-up assessment of the CSOs to measure the progress made since the completion of the baseline assessment report. At the end of this assessment, EPF will provide the partner CSO with another set of recommendations on further institutional growth.

Each Open Door grant recipient CSO that satisfied ODI selection criteria and is interested in organizational development, must indicate this in the grant application form. In addition, they will be requested to provide a written explanation demonstrating how the CSO will benefit from ODI support. 


After a CSO signs an Open Door grant agreement, EPF will agree with each CSO on the timeframe for conducting the initial organizational assessment and request in advance the needed documents. The initial CMI assessment with document revision and baseline report submission will take up to three weeks for each grantee. From three to six weeks will be given to CSOs to develop and submit the strategic plan. The expected duration of the ODI grant should not exceed Open Door grant duration. The follow-up assessment will be implemented again in a three-week period for each CSO.

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