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Call for Proposals for Protecting Civic Space in Asia-Pacific during COVID-19

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 13, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on May 30, 2021
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The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite proposals for grants as part of its project to counter COVID-related restrictions on civic freedoms and protect civic space during the pandemic.

In this context, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks to support civil society organizations (CSOs) in Asia and the Pacific to carry out short-term, high impact activities to protect civic space and resist restrictive governmental responses to COVID-19.

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Eligibility Criteria:
Open to any organization registered in the Indo-Pacific region.

Proposals may seek to support civic space during the COVID-19 pandemic by addressing topics including, but not limited to:
a) countering authoritarian and securitized pandemic approaches;
b) addressing COVID-related disinformation and free expression restrictions;
c) improving procedures for online consultations and public participation during a time of lockdowns;
d) strengthening oversight of contact tracing apps, surveillance and the collection and use of personal data through artificial intelligence or other means as part of government public health approaches;
e) in-depth monitoring to track COVID-19 related governance measures and their impacts on civil society;
f) advocacy campaigns to improve emergency / COVID-related laws and decisions impacting the right to free expression, association, and / or peaceful assembly; and
g) organizing local meetings or trainings to promote local participation in legal reform processes related to emergency measures.

Grants of up to $25,000 USD are available for projects.

Applications deadline: 31 May 2021.

For more information, please download the call at

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 13
Apr 13

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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 within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
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e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
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Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Apr 14
Apr 14

Thanks, Ana.