Deadline: 16 March 2020
Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process Stage Three: Consolidation and Moving Forward (ATNP-3) is a Programme implemented by a Consortium of eight civil society organisations from Armenia and Turkey with the financial assistance of the European Union, has announced a Call for Grant Applications in order to empower and engage civil societies of Turkey and Armenia to contribute to the enhanced regional peace and stability, democratic pluralism and social inclusion across and within their societies.
The specific objectives are two-fold, and include a) enlarging the ranks of supporters of the Armenia-Turkey dialogue and normalisation through building-up on the long-term cooperation with existing partners and engaging new actors in the dialogue process, and b) exploring and mapping multi-dimensional interventions in support of Armenia-Turkey normalisation through effective engagement with local state and non-state stakeholders, as well as with international actors. The ultimate goal of the Consortium is to prepare a fertile ground for bolder political developments and larger-scale interventions that will contribute to the opening of the Armenia-Turkey land border and establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Consortium partners are Civilitas Foundation (CF), Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF), Public Journalism Club (PJC), Regional Studies Center (RSC) from Armenia; and Anadolu Kültür, the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), Citizens’ Assembly (h)Ca, and Hrant Dink Foundation (HDF) from Turkey.
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One of the main pillars of the Programme is inclusiveness – to engage and support new actors in the dialogue process. To this end, the Consortium created a Sub-grant Scheme to invite individuals and organisations – other than the Consortium members – to propose and implement their own projects that have a potential to significantly contribute to the overall objective of the Programme and multiply the shared outcomes. The Sub-grant Scheme will allow the Consortium to engage a larger group of stakeholders in the Programme activities and increase its impact. As in the previous stages of ATNP programme, the Consortium is ready to consider and support projects addressing dialogue opportunities in the widest range of themes. However, this time the Consortium will give a certain degree of priority to project ideas that aim at:
- Enhancing the economic cooperation and business-to-business opportunities between Armenia and Turkey.
- Establishing/promoting collaboration between organizations and experts/individuals who represent the community of the people living in a vulnerable situation or with disabilities and/or promote the rights of such groups in society.
- Promoting cooperation between Armenia and Turkey on environmental and climate change related issues.
- Advancing cooperation between organisations and institutions working on educational issues incl. universities, educational centres, and think thanks between the two countries.
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- The total available fund in the Sub-grant Scheme is €180,000.
- The Sub-grant Scheme will support proposals with duration of up to twelve months and with a budget ranging from € 10,000 to € 25,000.
- In total, the Consortium expects to award from 8 to 12 sub-grants.
- Applications are welcome from civil society organisations and individuals other than the Consortium partners. The Sub-grant Scheme may also provide grants to profit-making organisations in case the grant funds contribute to the overall objective of the Programme and not used to make profit. Applicant organisations should have a formal registration either in Armenia or in Turkey. Individual applicants should be either citizens of Armenia or Turkey or should have permanent residency in Armenia or Turkey.
- Governmental/public agencies and political entities are not eligible to apply.
- Eligible Costs include project-related expenses, such as a) personnel salary (e.g. project director, coordinator, accountant, etc.) and honoraria for experts (local and/or international); b) communication costs (phone, internet, etc.); c) travel costs (transportation, accommodation, meals, travel insurance, etc.); d) purchase of a limited amount of equipment, software and stationary necessary to realise the project; e) survey/research, translation and publication expenses; f) rental of conference facilities, translation equipment, etc.; g) other expenses directly related to the project implementation. In case of applicant organizations, the Sub-grant Scheme beneficiaries will be issued a VAT exemption certificate by the authorities in Armenia and Turkey.
- Activities of proposed projects should take place either in Armenia or Turkey or both. In case additional/different project locations are proposed, applicants should explain the need in the application.
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The selection criteria upon which the Evaluation Committee will consider the applications include the following:
- Does the project contribute to the overall objective of the Programme Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process: Stage Three?
- Is the project relevant to the particular needs and constraints of the target groups it is addressing?
- Does the project include partnership between Armenia- and Turkey-based individuals and/or organisations?
- Does the project propose a minimum level of sustainability for the effort after the end of funding?
- Is the project innovative and does it offer an added value?
- Is the budget realistic and consistent with the proposed project?
- Does the applicant have enough capacity to successfully implement the proposed project?
How to Apply
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Applicants should fill out the enclosed Application Form, Budget, and the Grants Management Questionnaire (for legal entities only) in English. These documents are also available on-line on the website of the Programme.
Applicants should submit their application packages electronically at the address given on the website.
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