UNDP in the framework of the UN Joint Programme “Leave No-One Behind” second phase (LNB2) is launching a Call for Proposals from Municipalities: Community-based Social Services Grants.
The Leave No One Behind Programme – second phase (LNB2) builds upon the vast experience of the UN in addressing social inclusion and the needs of the vulnerable groups. It will support the implementation of the newly shaped vision of the social sector in Albania, in line with SDGs and the country’s aspirations towards European integration. The Leave No One Behind (LNB) avails of technical expertise and know-how of UN agencies aiming at allowing for greater impact and outreach by focusing on the municipal level and its linkage to the national level. The objective of the second phase of this programme (2021 – 2025) is to empower vulnerable persons and groups to have equal access to public services and opportunities, to have a voice in public decision-making affecting their lives and to hold the duty bearers accountable.
Since service delivery is realized mostly at local level, the intervention focuses on the local level too. Two of its three outcomes reflect this thrust – by empowering the beneficiaries in need of measures for their social protection to access and to contribute themselves to their social inclusion (outcome 1), and by capacitating municipalities to provide services and to promote social inclusion (outcome 2). The third outcome reflects the project’s concern with anchoring its interventions at system level; it is to contribute to the further development and implementation of policies relevant for social inclusion, including its funding.
The project uses various methods for capacity building and organisational development. One of them comprises funding innovative small local projects that are in line with the endeavour’s overall thrust. This Community-Based Social Services Grants scheme is the main instrument that will be used to achieve this aim. The implementation of Leave No One Behind (LNB) Programme is responsibility of four UN agencies UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and UNFPA. It is funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The grants scheme’s goal is to:
- Contribute directly to the provision of social care service at local level for individuals and families as defined in the law 121/2016 through implementation of innovative small projects as part of municipalities’ own Social Plans.
- The projects considered eligible to receive up to 3,000,000 ALL each shall be:
- in the field of social care services benefiting individuals and families in need for social protection “On Social Care services in the Republic of Albania
- in line with the priorities of the Municipal Social Care Plan for the establishment of new social care services consistent with the Social Fund financial mechanism.
- The duration of a Project should be no longer than 18 months.
The following types of Projects are ineligible:
- Projects that do not focus on providing services to individuals and families in need of social protection as defined in the Law 121/2016 for social care services.
- Projects concerned only or mainly with sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars, conferences, congresses;
- Projects concerned only or mainly with scholarships for studies, part of long-term study programmes;
- Projects which consist entirely or in most part of preparatory works or studies;
- Projects supporting political parties;
- Purchase of land, building and offices;
- Projects consisting only of reconstruction and rehabilitation works;
- Retroactive financing for projects that are already in implementation or completed
- This grants scheme established in the framework of Leave No-one Behind Programme second phase allows for financing innovative small projects contributing to the provision of social care services, proposed by any concerned Albanian municipality.
- Any of 61 municipalities of Albania are eligible to apply. The institutions offering social services at municipal level that are under the direct authority of municipalities, are considered as part of municipalities hence they may apply through the authority and under the name of their governing municipality. Based on a Memorandum of Understanding, several Municipalities may submit a joint application proposing, for instance, regional solutions to similar common issues and needs.
- The Applicants should be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the Project with their partners (if any), not acting as intermediary.
The following criteria will be used in the evaluation of the project proposals:
- The Project Proposal quality
- Relevance – the proposal is in line with Municipal Social Care Plan
- Innovation and replicability
- Applicants capacities
- Demonstrated experience in managing or coordinating social care interventions
- Commitment for co-financing the proposed project
- Degree of direct management and implementation responsibility
For more information, visit UNDP Albania.