The Civil Society in Action/Counterpart International in partnership with the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking Expressions of Interest from Armenian community-based organizations to implement activities focused on supporting democratic processes in their communities, such as but not limited to establishing dialogue with the local government, actively engaging in identifying community issues by using existing mechanisms like participation in community council meetings and public hearings, community’s participatory budget development and budget monitoring, contributing to local policy making; and engaging with women, youth, and marginalized populations.
The CSI program is a five-year program funded by USAID, implemented by Counterpart in partnership with the Urban Sustainable Development Fund. The goal of the project is to promote the sustainability of civil society through dialogue on financial viability, organizational capacity development and policy development. Counterpart’s vision for the implementation of the GCC program is to enable local organizations and civil movement initiators to strengthen two important areas of civil society: the influence of CSOs on political dialogue (external influence) and the advocacy of CSOs on behalf of stakeholders (internal influence).
To this end, the GCC program will support the financial viability of civil society at the national and local levels (Goal 1) and the capacity building of community-based organizations (Goal 2) to ensure the external and internal influence of CSOs. The CSI program will also expand CSOs’ knowledge and skills and dialogue capabilities (Goal 3) so that they can effectively participate in government policy and advocacy processes, strengthening CSOs’ external influence capacity. They will achieve these goals through processes that will ensure implementation of actions arising from local needs and ownership of development results in local communities. (Goal 4).
- Objective 1: Improving the financial stability of CSOs
- Objective 2: Capacity building of community-based organizations
- Goal 3: Promotion of CSO government dialogue towards development of state policy
- Goal 4: Support for initiatives arising from local needs
- GKH-Counterpart plans to provide grants in the range of 2,000,000 – 2,500,000 AMD.
- The duration of the CSI-Counterpart support or the period of implementation of actions depends on the main period of the CSI program (from October 20, 2022 to October 19, 2027).
- The geographic focus under consideration includes the following six Marzes: Aragatsotn, Lori, Shirak, Syunik, Tavush and Vayots Dzor.
- The applicant or application must meet the following requirements:
- the organization must be officially registered in Armenia in the Republic of Armenia (RA) and act according to RA legislation. In case the applicant is not yet registered, the application must clearly state the obligation to register before signing the contract
- the application must comply with the goals and principles of the program include expected results, which should be consistent with and related to project objectives;
- applicant must not be barred by the US government in the list of organizations.
- The following have the right to participate in the AAHNH:
- community organizations,
- civil societyorganizations,
- professional associations.
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