British Embassy in Bangkok announced Magna Carta Fund 2019/20

Deadline: 3 February 2019

The British Embassy in Bangkok has announced a call for concept bids for its devolved funds under the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy (Magna Carta Fund) for the UK Financial Year 2019/20 (April –March).

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The Magna Carta Fund encourages promotion and protection of human rights, democracy and rule of law across the globe by supporting high-impact projects that help alleviate the underlying causes of human rights abuses.

For the 2019/20 UK financial year, the British Embassy in Bangkok is looking for innovative project ideas to be implemented from 1 April 2019, until the end of March 2020 in Thailand. Potential project implementers to submit a short concept bid in the following areas:

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  • Enhancing freedom of the press and the media environment so that it supports freedom of expression and underpins wider human rights;
  • Supporting Human Rights Defenders, and linking the reporting of issues on the national level to the international stage;
  • Enhancing Civil Society’s role to support Business and Human Rights, including Thailand’s National Action Plan, greater supply chain transparency, and migrant worker rights, in line with the UN’s Guiding Principles;
  • Support to Civil Society within the LGBTIQ community to further legislation, public advocacy, and gender recognition (in line with the Yogyakarta Principles).

Funding Information

The British Embassy in Bangkok anticipate accepting bids in the region of. 500,000 THB – 1,200,000 THB. Projects are funded in Thai Baht.

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Selection Criteria

  • Bids will be assessed against the following criteria:
    • Impact – delivering sustainable, meaningful change in at least one of the areas listed above. Please be ambitious;
    • Capacity & network – the capacity of the implementing organisation to engage with stakeholders to deliver stated outcomes;
    • Financial viability – to programme 85% of expenditure by and to spend 85% of total budget before the end of December 2019 with all activities implemented by end February 2020. Applicants should also be able to cover initial costs as the embassy reimburse for activities;
    • Design – there must be clear links between the proposed interventions/activities and the project outcomes to achieve its aim;
    • Risk management – robust analysis of risks, and a plan of action to manage and mitigate those risks;
    • Value for money – the number of direct beneficiaries engaged and the scale of achievable outcomes should be competitive;
  • The reach and range of partners engaged, dissemination strategy and potential to replicate applicant’s project will also be considered.
  • The Embassy encourages bids that demonstrate collaboration with other partners or groups and work in areas where programme funding is less available.

How to Apply

Applicants can download the Project Concept form via given website.

Eligible Country:  Thailand

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