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First Disbursement, Execution Period and Reporting Calendar

First annual funding decision

The first annual funding decision for a new grant or implementation period is taken immediately after the grant is signed, and based on the approved grant budget. The Global Fund Country Team will make the first annual funding decision based on the approved signed budget, and by completing a simplified First Annual Disbursement Making Form (ADMF).

Each annual funding decision includes the total amount that may be disbursed over a specified 12-month period, also known as the ‘execution period’. (In some cases, such as high risk environments, the execution period may be six months.) After the first annual funding decision, the PR submits an annual cash forecast for the next execution period plus a buffer amount (usually three months, or six months in exceptional circumstances). This forms part of the Progress Update/Disbursement Request (PU/DR) annexes and part of the Annual Financial Report (AFR). The approved budget for the execution period should be used as a basis for the forecast and all adjustments clearly reflected against the baseline budget. For further details, please refer to the guidance on PU/DR and AFR/EFR in this section of the Manual and to the financial management section of the Manual.

Table 1:  Illustrative Example of Reporting Requirements for Y1 of a Programme with semesterly programmatic reporting requirements (Grant dates: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2018)

Due Date Action Reporting requirement
15 November Grant signing No reporting action required from PR, the Global Fund releases first disbursement and agreed transfers automatically. Annual funding decision is based on approved grant budget.
5 May Quarterly Financial Report / Cash Balance Report Quarterly Financial Report as of 31 March; due 35 days after quarter-end (5 additional days allocated to UNDP for submission to the Global Fund, due to UNDP consolidated reporting from HQ to the Global Fund).
14 August Progress Update Programmatic and health product management updates for period 1 Jan – 30 June; due 45 days after quarter-end.
5 November Quarterly Financial Report / Cash Balance Report Quarterly Financial Report as of 30 September; due 35 days after quarter-end (5 additional days, due to UNDP consolidated reporting).
31 October Grant Estimated Annual Forecast for Global Fund Corporate Reporting Estimate of Annual Forecast to support Global Fund Corporate Planning and Reporting.
1 March Progress Update / Disbursement Request Programmatic, Health Product Management, and financial updates for period 1 July – 31 December; due 60 days after period-end
1 March Annual Financial Report Annual and cumulative expenditure, annual forecast and variance analysis to approved detailed budget for the period 1 January – 31 December; Submitted to the LFA 60 days after year end; Informs financial performance evaluation and annual disbursement decision.
31 March   Annual External Audits The certified financial statements from the Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) and agreed SR audit reports are due 90 days after the year-end.

Pulse Checks

From October 2021, PRs from High-Impact and Core portfolios are also required to submit quarterly Pulse Checks. This is a reporting tool where PRs have to report:

  1. Self-evaluation of implementation progress on HIV, TB and malaria models, as well as C19RM interventions.
  2. Results on selected coverage indicators.
  3. Expenditures and forecast.

Pulse Checks are submitted online. The are available for completion by the PR by the end of the first week in the following quarter. Submission deadlines are extended into the following month to allow PRs 35 days from the end of the reporting quarter to complete the Pulse Check.

Detailed user guidance on Pulse Checks is available in English, French and Spanish on the Global Fund’s webpage How We Oversee Grants.

Additional guidance to support this area of work are also available through resources listed below:

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