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Call for Proposals (CFPs): Strengthening Civil Society in addressing social and economic challenges and increasing the voice of youth in Pakistan following the COVID-19 outbreak

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 21, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on May 25, 2020
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The present call addresses two main themes:
# Firstly, the expected socio-economic impact that the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak will have in Pakistan. This includes economic damage caused by the crisis, weakening of the coherence of communities and challenges and tensions in the fabric of society as a whole, as well as the stability of governance structures being put to the test as a consequence of the outbreak.
# The second focus of the call is on involving young people, including through mobilisation and creating small scale income opportunities through sub-granted projects. Young people represent the majority of the population (60 percent of the population is below 30 years old). Lack of access to quality education and economic opportunities for a rapidly growing population of young people are posing a risk to the long-term stability and economic perspectives in the country, which can be expected to be exacerbated in the short term by the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.

The specific objectives and outputs of this call for proposals are:
> Specific objective 1: The social and economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on communities is alleviated.
Output 1: Strengthened CSOs’ capacities and engagement in mobilising communities towards mitigating the social and economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.
> Specific Objective 2: The voice of youth in society is increased.
Output 2: Strengthened CSOs’ capacities and engagement on youth inclusion.

Capacity building is integrated in the outputs of both specific objectives and must be targeted in a cross-cutting manner, aiming at strengthening the capacity of CSOs at different levels.
This must include activities that promote the creation of space for exchange and networking to further facilitate the mainstreaming of civil society in all relevant aspects of policy dialogue, e.g. on issues of human rights, gender inclusion and collective advocacy in relation to the two specific objectives of the present call.

Proposals should furthermore tangibly and measurably address gender inclusion and equality as a cross-cutting issue.
The proposed action needs to include at least one co-applicant legally established in Pakistan.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Lead applicant - in order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must be:
a) a legal person and
b) non-profit-making and
c) a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) or associations of CSOs and
d) established in Pakistan or a Member State of the European Union or in a Member State of the European Economic Area (EEA) or the United Kingdom and
e) directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) not acting as intermediary and
f) Local CSOs established in Pakistan must be allowed by the relevant authorities to operate in Pakistan at the time of the award of the grant.
INGOS (established in any other eligible country than Pakistan) must have signed a MoU with the Ministry of Interior of Pakistan. International Organisations are not eligible to participate in the call.

2. Co-applicant(s) must:
a) participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant;
b) satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself.

Duration - The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 42 months nor exceed 48 months.

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts: Minimum amount: EUR 1 500 000 - Maximum amount: EUR 2 500 000;

Location - Actions must take place in Pakistan.

Utilize This Offer

The European Union (EU) has announced a call for proposals [EuropeAid/168654/DD/ACT/PK] for strengthening civil society in addressing social and economic challenges and increasing the voice of youth in Pakistan following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Contracting Authority: European Commission (EC) represented by the EU Delegation to Pakistan.

To apply to this call for proposals organisations must register in PADOR and submit their application in PROSPECT.

This is a restricted call for proposals. In the first instance, only Concept Notes (see Annex A.1 of the grant application form) must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, applicants whose Concept Notes have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a Full Application form.

Deadline for submission of Concept Notes: 26 May, 2020 at 12:00 PM Brussels time / at 3:00 PM Islamabad local time.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 21, 2020
Apr 21, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too! They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Apr 22, 2020
Apr 22, 2020

Thanks, Ana! Sounds great!

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 22, 2020
Apr 22, 2020

Spread the word ;-)

Jill Langhus
Apr 24, 2020
Apr 24, 2020