01. What is Bangladesh NGO Foundation?
Bangladesh NGO Foundation was established through a Government Resolution on 02 December 2004. Subsequently, on 04 August 2005, it was registered with the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms under Companies Act of 1994. Thereafter it started functioning as a fully autonomous organization in accordance with the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association under Finance Division of the Ministry of Finance. It is a not for profit organization and mandated to take up socio- economic development activities and poverty alleviation through NGOs having previous experience of implementing similar programmes. It provides financial grants and need-based support to develop their skills for stepping up such activities.
02. Which ministry of Government looks after Bangladesh NGO Foundation?
Bangladesh NGO Foundation is under the Bank and Financial Institutions Division of Ministry of Finance.
03. What are the sources of fund of Bangladesh NGO Foundation?
The government of Bangladesh has donated Tk. 1520 million during the period from 2005 to June 2013 from the national budget. Out of this fund the Foundation has spent some 10.70 million Taka to meet initial expenditure and invested Tk. 1503.30 million as endowment fund. It is mandatory that, each year 25% of the profit earned from the deposits must be added to the capital. Remaining 75% will come up to serve two-fold purposes, viz. 80% of it for grants and capacity building of the partner NGOs/ CBOs and 20% for office expenditure. The total present deposit stands atTaka 2000 million.
04. What are the objectives of Bangladesh NGO Foundation?
- Sanction financial grants in favour of partner NGOs for development activities of the poor, destitute, vulnerable and under-privileged people.
- Give financial assistance to organizations working for capacity-building of the backward and under-privileged groups of people.
- Extend financial grant to the partner NGOs working with the objective of leading women, children and backward people into the mainstream of all development efforts after establishing mutual relationship with the beneficiaries based on service and co-operation.
- Publish reports and other papers for furtherance of the aims and objectives of the Foundation and engender interest among general people about activities related to socio-economic development.
- Undertake research work especially ground-reality-based research at grassroots level for achieving the goals of the Foundation.
- Organize meetings, seminars, conference and workshops at national as well as international levels for socio-economic development of Bangladesh.
- Set up need-based criteria for social development and adjudge achievement within the parameters of the said criteria.
- Give reward as incentive to those persons/ organizations making significant contributions towards poverty alleviation and socio-economic development.
- Establish and develop partnership with the government, NGOs, other national and international organizations/ individuals and communities involved in development activities.
- Take loan or release fund in favour of various organizations in accordance with the decision taken by the Governing Board for fulfilling the aims and objectives of the Foundation.
- Open branch offices of the Foundation and ensure proper management and control of affairs deemed necessary to fulfill the aims of the Foundation.
- Obtain registration/ acknowledgement for the Foundation from national and international authorities and take all necessary steps and adopt strategies / plans to accelerate BNF activities.
- Pay due honorarium to any individual/firm/association/organization/institution rendering services for fulfilling the aims and objectives of the Foundation.
- Expend the income of the Foundation as per terms and conditions laid down in the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association for furtherance of its aims and objectives.
- Take all kinds of legal actions, as and when necessary, deemed essential for streamlining the goal-achieving process of the Foundation.
05. What are the processes and criteria for getting grants from Bangladesh NGO Foundation?
Bangladesh NGO Foundation is a not for profit organization and mandated to take up socio- economic development activities and poverty alleviation initiatives through NGOs having previous experience of implementing similar programmes. BNF provides financial grants and need-based supports to develop their skills for stepping up such activities.
The Foundation follows a detailed but stringent procedure based on strict impartiality to provide grants to the NGOs. It invites applications in prescribed forms for disbursement of grants among registered NGOs always through open advertisement in national dailies. A sub-committee consisting of 05 members of the Governing Board shoulders the responsibility of sorting out & selection of prospective NGOs for providing grants under specific guidelines.
An NGO will be disqualified for grants on any of the following grounds:
- Did not submit the application on the prescribed form or did not attach the prescribed form with it.
- It did not obtain registration from the respective agency of government at least three years back.
- Does not have budget of its own and its activities have no relevance to bank accounts.
- Not audited by an authorized audit firm for the last two years and latest report is not enclosed.
- The chairman or chief executive of the NGO is an office bearer of a political party.
- Activities are limited in only microcredit.
- Photocopy of both side of National ID is not enclosed.
- Previously the applicant NGO received grants from the Foundation.
- If wrote “not applicable” in the concern column of application form or any column remains blank (have to write “yes” or “no”.)
- Copy of approved constitution and list of members of executive committee of the NGO are not enclosed. Meeting of executive committee and general committee of NGO are not held as per constitution.
- Applied for grants out of the selected districts.
- The proposed project is not acceptable.
- The application is incomplete.
06. To what kinds of activities Bangladesh NGO Foundation provides funds?
Bangladesh NGO Foundation provides financial grants to the Partner Organizations (POs) for implementing any field of social development sectors except only microcredit. Currently P.Os of BNF are implementing as many as 30 activities like empowerment of women, WATSAN, education, health care, disabled development, afforestation agriculture, pisciculture, income generative activities (animal husbandry, sewing training, vegetable cultivation), adolescence development, ICT, safe highway, awareness creation on HIV/AIDs, anti-drug campaign etc.
07. What are the Benefits of Partner Organizations?
Partner Organizations (POs) get financial support from Bangladesh NGO Foundation for their capacity building. BNF provides 20% overhead/administrative costs to the POs out of total disbursed grants for the programmes implementation. As a result POs of BNF can afford to meet office rent, appointment of staffs & messengers, expenses of phones, faxes, stationery, honorarium of executive director etc. Simultaneously the Foundation has taken up programmes for development of skills of the personnel of the Partner Organizations (POs). At present the Foundation is running courses on Organization Development and Management for the Chief Executives of the POs; Maintenance of Accounts and Fund Management for the personnel of the Partner Organizations, who are responsible for maintaining accounts; and Monitoring and Evaluation for the Filed Workers. Besides, Partner Organizations may be engaged in implementation of special programmes.
08. Does Bangladesh NGO Foundation register NGOs/CBOs?
09. Which NGOs may receive training facilities from Bangladesh NGO Foundation?
The Foundation has taken up programmes for development of skills of the personnel of the Partner Organizations (POs). At present the Foundation is running courses on Organization Development and Management for the Chief Executives of the POs; Maintenance of Accounts and Fund Management for the personnel of the Partner Organizations, who are responsible for maintaining accounts; and Monitoring and Evaluation for the Filed Workers.
Besides, personnel of any registered NGOs/CBOs who are not partners of BNF may have training facilities on payment of 50% expenses.
10. What are the subjects of training programme of Bangladesh NGO Foundation?
The Subjects of Training programme are as follows:
- Accounts & Finance Management
- Monitoring & Evaluation
- Organizational Development & Management and
- Orientation on Development Package & Way of Implementation.
11. What is the system of Monitoring and Evaluation?
Bangladesh NGO Foundation likes to deal with partner NGOs firmly on the principles of transparency, trustworthiness and tangibility. Activities of the Partner Organizations are closely monitored at regular intervals. A panel of capable retired officers, university teachers and others has been prepared and entrusted with the job. BNF is trying to enlist the retired officers from the Government and Non-Governmental sectors, who have retired from the equivalent or above the rank or pay scale of the Deputy Secretary to the Government. These officers undertake regular field visits and submit independent views to determine next course of action. Prima facie extract from field visit reports appears favorable for the foundation, as none of the grant recipient NGO is found fake or non-existent. Field visit reports are weighed and valued. Besides, Eight Firms of Chartered Accountants have been deployed for financial audit of the POs.