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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC): Drug Abuse Prevention Center (DAPC) Grant Program - call for proposals

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 8, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on July 26, 2020
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Since 2012 every year UNODC has been awarding small grants to youth organizations working in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

The aim is to empower youth to take more active roles in supporting the health and wellbeing of their peers, helping them to initiate and scale up concrete activities and to connect youth groups working in prevention, health promotion and youth empowerment via Youth Initiative.

Grant funding under this Call for Proposals shall be provided to projects that:
a) Are focused on prevention of substance use. This is assessed on the basis of how well the project activities are in line with the types of interventions and policies found to be effective in preventing substance use based on the available scientific evidence, as outlined in the International Standards on Drug Prevention.
b) Are targeting youth;
c) Support the active participation of youth in their communities and are initiated, planned, managed, implemented, monitored and/or evaluated by youth, and connect youth to the activities of the UNODC Youth Initiative, also through its visibility in social media.

Applicants should:
1) be organizations or institutions working with youth and can apply on behalf of a local youth group;
2) have relevant prior experience on substance use prevention, health promotion, youth empowerment or other related field. Furthermore, applicants should have the needed capability to administer the grant. An annual financial statement should be submitted together with a project proposal application;
3) be bona fide institutions (not commercial operations).

Utilize This Offer

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has announced the Drug Abuse Prevention Center (DAPC) Grant Program to strengthen the capacity of civil society to prevent drug abuse globally.

With these grants young people and youth organizations can successfully implement prevention and awareness-raising activities in their schools and communities, guided by UNODC/WHO International Standards on Drug Use Prevention.

The activities can range from photographic exhibitions, radio shows or street theatres to training school teachers on social and emotional skills, parents on good parenting practices, out-of-school youth on income generation, or peer educators on how to scale up prevention efforts in their schools and communities.

Grants will be for a minimum of USD 10,000 and a maximum of USD 17,000.

The call of proposals for DAPC grant 2020 will be valid until 27 July 2020

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 08, 2020
Jul 08, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you 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
Jul 10, 2020
Jul 10, 2020

Thanks, Ana.