Over the next couple of years (2012-2014) QFF is charged with the task of funding the most valuable projects possible. This is no easy task and to ensure this is done effectively, meaningfully and transparently, a number of criteria and processes sit at the heart of any selection process.
What’s at the heart of it?
At the starting post of any selection procedure it’s important to get a good idea of what QFF sets out to do in its most simple form. Basically, QFF supports projects that address urgent, crucial and sustainable needs for the greatest number of beneficiaries. The three main priority areas were carefully selected because of their value and these are: child education, fisheries, and healthcare.
In order to bring expertise to any decision-making process, QFF brought together a diverse and informed advisory committee. They were chosen because of their expertise on the key areas, their individual knowledge and experience concerning the disaster and its affected areas and their renowned success in their own line of business. Their role includes selecting projects, and giving advice to the H.E the Ambassador, the technical team, and management and consulting partners on program directions.
Meet the advisory committee
So who are the advisory committee? The Committee is as diverse as it is talented. Akiko Domoto is former governor of Chiba Prefecture and held the position of Member of the House of Councilors for twelve years. She is presently a Member of the National Committee for UN 10 Years of Biodiversity (Ministry of the Environment), President of the Women and Health Network Japan (NGO), Board Member of Biodiversity Network Japan (NGO) and President of Japan’s Women Network for Disaster and Restoration. Joining this formidable lady is William Saito, a business energizer and renowned entrepreneur, venture capitalist, lecturer and advisor to G8. Saito-san was more recently appointed to a high-level commission investigating the Fukushima nuclear disaster and a special strategy and policy unit reporting directly to the Prime Minister of Japan. Also on the team are academic leaders. Michi Fukishima PHD currently a Professor of Regional Enterprises, the Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University. In January 2012, she was elected a member of the Council for Promoting the Restoration of Sendai, established by the City of Sendai. Joining Fukishima-san is Osamu Baba, PHD, at the Department of Marine Policy and Culture, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. His specialized fields are fishery management, Institutions, real condition and distribution of fisheries products. He served on Study group of the Reconstruction Design Council in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The evaluation criteria are simple and transparent
Getting down to the applications procedure
The applications procedure follows several stages which you can read about in detail on the website.
First of all a preliminary application is made. Following this you’ll be requested to complete the main application procedure. This will include giving more comprehensive details about the proposed project with further budget information.
As QFF works transparently, further information will be asked about the key and additional applicants (not applicable for municipalities) this includes an insight into the organization and its accounting procedures. Also important to the procedure is a letter of recommendation. All the forms for the application process can be found on the QFF website.
It’s reassuring to know that you can ask questions and in order to make the process easier. QFF holds a briefing session which gives invaluable help into understanding the requirements and how best to make your application. You can also ask questions to QFF by email or telephone and all the answers are uploaded onto the QFF website
So what’s next?
Once you have successfully completed the application process, the advisory committee will carefully assess the merits of each application following key criteria. Evaluation usually takes place over a three-month period, after which the chosen projects are publically announced.