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UN-Habitat offering Up to US$80,000 for Innovative Public Space Projects

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 8, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on November 1, 2020

Launched in 2012 and currently active in around 40 countries,  UN-Habitat’s Global Public Space Programme aim to improve the quality of public spaces worldwide. Despite a recent tendency to overlook and undervalue them, public spaces are again being recognized by cities as a key element of inclusion and sustainability.

UN-Habitat adopts a definition of public spaces as sites that are accessible and enjoyable by all without a profit motive and take on various spatial forms, including parks, streets, sidewalks, markets, and playgrounds. Good public spaces enhance community cohesion and promote health, happiness, and well-being for all citizens.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. Legal Status: Certificate of registration/incorporation; Proof of registration in Country of Origin; Proof of registration of Country of operation; Proof of country operational presence;
2. Organization profile and details: Clear organization profile and structure of the organization indicating - Organization’s vision, mission, and objectives; - Management structure; - Members of the Governing Board and their Designations duly certified by the Corporate Secretary, or its equivalent document; Proof of membership to professional associations if any;
3. Financial Capacity: Audited company financial statements (balance sheet and income statement) and auditors report for the last two years;
4. Exclusive bank account: the organization must be willing and able to have a separate bank accounted for the funds provided by UN-Habitat;
5. Integrity and Governance.

Utilize This Offer

UN-Habitat’s Global Public Space Programme is launching a call for proposals (CFP) to seek partnership in the implementation of innovative public space projects  in  Afghanistan, Bangladesh,  Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo,  Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia,  Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Palestine, Peru, Senegal, South Africa,  Syria, Tanzania  and Vietnam.

The Programme helps cities become more sustainable by providing policy advice, capacity building, knowledge sharing and support for public space regeneration and improvement. More concretely, it maps public spaces and works with cities to develop city-wide public space strategies and urban development frameworks.

All projects proposed must also show how children and youth or girls and women or older people or people with disabilities (or all) will be fully included in site selection, design, construction and management of the public space(s).

Submissions are accepted in English, French and Spanish.

All prices must be in USD.
Grants: Up to US$80,000.
Estimated duration of project in calendar months: 14 months.

Submission Deadline: 2 November 2020 at 05:00 PM, East Africa Time.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 02, 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 by calls such this one);
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. Don't forget to visit regularly the World Pulse website and:
a) Go to Menu (left upper corner);
b) Click on Explore Topics OR Explore Regions;
c) Type the name of your country in the Search space;
d) Then search for offers thay may 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
Oct 09, 2020
Oct 09, 2020

Thanks, Ana.

Oct 10, 2020
Oct 10, 2020

Thank you for publishing Resources on this site.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Oct 12, 2020
Oct 12, 2020