3.1 To be considered for support by NCF, projects must fit with the general aims of the NCF in being beneficial to humanity, respectful to life, and ecologically sustainable. Furthermore projects need to be planned to be viable and sustainable in themselves, whether they are existing or start-up activities. That is, it is not the aim of NCF to have to continuously fund projects, but rather to act as a catalyst in making them work in and of themselves.

3.2 The whole life cycle of projects must be planned, including the processes that carry them through and the resources that are involved. The aim is to evaluate projects with maximum integrity and effectiveness, and minimal bureaucracy. NCF is quite willing to support pioneering, innovative projects with uncertain probabilities of success, as long as the potential benefits warrant it and the projects are of sound integrity.

3.3 Projects that are of an open and co-operative nature are preferred over projects that are closely controlled or proprietary. Projects are generally not just supported as a one-way flow, but become part of an inter-connected network of projects and activities that provide support to each other.