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Abot-Kamay Community Solidarity Fund

The ACSF is the grantmaking component of the Assets, Agency, and Trust (AAT) - a program jointly implemented by CDP, GlobalGiving, Global Fund for Community Foundation, and NonProfit Finance Fund with support from USAID. 

A central focus of AAT is learning how to partner and build better alliances with the goals of equity and sustainability.  AAT aims to build a program that supports new partnerships holistically, both through financial mechanisms and non-financial support.


One month after we launched the community solidarity fund, we received 127 applications from various organizations that have shared their intent or ongoing actions that contribute to community-led actions and community philanthropy, localization, sustainability, and shifting the power. These 127 applications required 74 million pesos, against the available funding of 21 million pesos.


Given the limited resources, we have agreed on the criteria and selection process and were able to select 33 organizations. Helping and supporting the process are the members of the community selection committee representing the thematic sector of women, persons with disability, and human rights. We also want to stress that apart from the grantmaking component of the program Assets, Agency, and Trust, we hope to engage all organizations who submitted Expressions of Interest in the other pathways where we will be supporting capacities, facilitating active learning sessions, and holding spaces for influencing donor practices. We are excited to be working with you soon as we build the movement of community-led actions and community philanthropy as approaches to shift the power.

Here are the awardees of the Abot-Kamay Community Solidarity Fund. This is an interactive report. You can click on the elements in the data presented below to zero in on specific data you need. Navigate through the different pages of the report by hovering over and clicking on the page numbers on the left side. On the fourth page, you can click on the location of implementation and read about the idea, activity, project, or initiative that will be implemented in that area.

The Selection Process:

  • Shortlisting. CDP, as the fund manager and secretariat, convened a group of four-person team who shortlisted the 127 applications based on the following criteria: nature of the organization, the relevance of the proposed action or idea to AAT, appropriateness and urgency. From 02-15 August, 83 proposals were shortlisted and submitted to the community selection committee (CSC) for individual scoring and ranking. 

  • Request for supporting documentation from shortlisted organizations. CDP has requested copies of the annual report, financial report and evidence of registration from the shortlisted proponent organizations or fiscal sponsors, if applicable.   

  • Criteria and scoring by the community selection committee. The five-person committee individually scored and ranked the shortlisted applications using the following criteria: (1) potential contribution to community-led undertaking and effort; (2) contribution to localization; (3) contribution to shifting the power; (4) contribution to community philanthropy; (5) sustainability; (6) potential to access and leverage external resources and future partnership, and (7) track record of the proponent organization. From 15-30 August, the CSC members reviewed and ranked the 83 proposals and on 31 August, it convened to deliberate the final list of awardees.

  • Deliberation of the community selection committee (CSC). The secretariat/technical team collated the scores from all five CSC members and came up with a ranking. The secretariat also presented an overview of the analytics including the (1) proposed island land group where the project will be implemented, (2) sectoral focus, and (3) grant type. The analytics was helpful as the CSC decided on the final list. The second level of analysis involved comparing the overall ranking against the individual ranking just to get a sense of any possible deviation. This is also when the individual comments and feedback were discussed and deliberated. The process resulted in the final list of 33 proposals matching the USD375,000 fund. A quick reflection session was also facilitated by CDP.         

  • Getting to Know Process (CDP). CDP’s technical team/secretariat led the getting-to-know process to better understand the mission and work of the organization and to discuss some questions raised by the CSC members that are either related to the organization or the submitted action.   

  • Vetting Process (GlobalGiving). Using GlobalGiving’s internal database, the final list of awardees will be checked against the following (1) excluded parts list system (EPLS) / USAID’s system for award management; (2) Office of Foreign Assets and Control Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list (OFAC-SDN), and (3) United Nations Security Council Consolidated List.

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