British Embassy San Jose: Supporting Projects in the Areas of Human Rights, Democracy, Economic Growth and Inclusion

Deadline: 15 April 2019

The British Embassy in San Jose is accepting project and activity proposals for the 2019/2020 financial year (1 April 2019 – 29 February 2020).

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Thematic Areas

This year, the British Embassy is seeking to support projects and activities in Costa Rica and Nicaragua that focus on the following thematic areas:

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  • Human Rights & Democracy – for example: strengthened democratic governance and rule of law; increased equality and non-discrimination for women and disadvantaged groups and strengthened freedom of the press.
  • Economic Growth and Inclusion – for example: fostering economic inclusion; improving the business environment; and strengthening cyber security

Expected Outcomes

  • Increased accountability and transparency, demonstrated, for example, through improved Transparency Index scores or stronger mechanisms for checks and balances in institutional frameworks, leading to greater alignment of policies and practices in line with international standards
  • Reforms and implementation of policies aimed at promoting conditions for open markets and improving the business environment, such as, but not limited to promoting competitiveness, streamlining processes to facilitate trade, tackling bureaucracy and reducing the potential for illicit trade
  • Improved resilience to cyber-attacks and online crime, that guarantees a safe and stable online space for the public and makes the country a safer place to do business;
  • Greater economic inclusion through entrepreneurship and innovation, especially for women entrepreneurs
  • Decrease in reported gender-based violence, discrimination and harassment towards women, members of the LGBT community and other marginalised groups
  • Reduction in reported harassment of and violence against journalists; improved enabling environment in which freedom of the press is protected and respected

Funding Information

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  • minimum project budget limit: $10,000
  • maximum project budget limit: $20,000

Project Assessment

Project bids will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • alignment with the above mentioned thematic priorities and outcomes
  • outcomes are achievable within the funding period
  • project design includes clear monitoring and evaluation procedures
  • sustainability demonstrating that project benefits continue after the funding ends
  • risk and financial accountability procedures
  • the organisation’s safeguarding policies that ensure protection of beneficiaries
  • overall value for money
  • administration costs for delivering a project should not exceed 10% of the total project budget

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via email at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries: Costa Rica and Nicaragua

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