Investing in services for outcomes

Capability Investment Resource applications will open again soon!

The second distribution of the Capability Investment Resource will open on Monday 1 July and close on Friday 30 August 2013.

Like the first distribution, the second distribution will give MSD-funded organisations the opportunity to apply for support under three streams that focus on organisational capability self-assessment, planning and implementation.

Details of the second distribution, including the funding guidelines and application process, will be published on the MSD website by the end of this month.

The Capability Investment Resource is a $31.65 million resource that will be distributed over four years to support MSD-funded organisations to become stronger and more sustainable.

 Supporting organisational capability through ICT

You have also told us there is a need for the Capability Investment Resource to support provider’s organisational capability through Information and Communication Technology (ICT). We are still working through how MSD can best do this, but the intention is to offer assistance in the next few months. We’ll keep you updated.

Outcomes of the first distribution of the Capability Investment Resource

The first distribution of the Capability Investment Resource will see 223 organisations receive a total of $1,643,000 for organisational capability self-assessment and/or planning (stream one and stream two).

Applicants who sought funding to implement a capability development plan (stream three of the first distribution) will be notified of the outcome of their application during the next week.

Capability Mentoring

You may have read in our recent update that the 223 successful applicants to stream one and stream two are now beginning the process of engaging a Capability Mentor. MSD is working with an NGO Advisory Group to develop a tip sheet outlining the things they may want to consider when engaging and contracting a mentor.

The tip sheet includes advice such as asking your networks for recommendations about organisational capability specialists and mentors they’ve worked with in the past and considering the mentor’s:

  • understanding of your clients, communities and environment
  • cultural match to your organisation
  • ability to positively challenge you with new ideas and ways of doing things
  • ability to help your organisation get ready for positive change and development so it’s the best it can be for the people and communities you work with.

For more information

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Source: Ministry of Social Development