The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme invites Civil Society Organizations, Academia, and Research Institutions to submit capacity building project proposals that address capacity development, monitoring and mentorship for SGP grantees.
Established in 1992, following the Rio Earth Summit, the Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) is a corporate programme of the Global Environment Facility and implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The GEF/SGP supports local communities at the grassroots level to undertake projects that are aimed at restoring and conserving the environment while at the same time enhancing people’s wellbeing and livelihoods.
The projects supported are within the GEF focal areas of; biodiversity, land degradation, climate change, sustainable forest management, international waters, chemicals and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
The overall purpose of the GEF SGP Capacity Development Grants is to “enhance and strengthen the capacity of communities and civil society organizations to address global environmental challenges through community led interventions and actions”.
The overall objective of this grant is to support capacity development, monitoring and mentorship of the GEF/SGP funded community led projects in one of the OP7 landscapes of;
- Panhandle of the Okavango World Heritage Site (part of Okavango Sub-District), or
- Bobirwa Sub-District only.
The required support will include but not limited to the following;
- Strengthen the awareness of SGP amongst grantees and potential grantees;
- Facilitate the development of project proposals with the potential grantees on viable and bankable projects in line with GEF/SGP objectives and priorities;
- Support the development of training manuals on governance and project management in partnership with the Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) in Okavango Sub-District or Bobirwa Sub-District and other stakeholders.
- Capacitate grantees on the governance of their institutions and project management to effectively and efficiently implement impactful projects in line with the approved annual implementation plans;
- Provide overall Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of SGP supported projects through participatory M&E, identification and use of indicators and reporting in accordance with the GEF/SGP monitoring framework;
- Strengthen communication and knowledge management of the projects through; events, printed knowledge products and documentaries for the purposes of sharing, informing and influencing policy reforms in Botswana.
- The proposing entity should submit a detailed budget breakdown in Botswana Pula (including all estimated costs for all the components and activities) following the guidance provided in the proposal template availed.
- The ceiling SGP grant amount for the project under this call is Botswana Pula amount equivalent to USD 50,000.00.
The expected deliverables of the capacity development project to be implemented in partnership with the Country Programme team include:
- Inception report outlining the proposal/methodology for executing activities related to dialogue workshops, development of guidance materials, including but not limited to; training, monitoring, publicity and/or promotional materials.
- Produce five training manuals on the following topics;
- Institutional governance;
- Project management;
- Budgeting and financial management;
- Participatory M&E;
- Communication and knowledge management.
- The manuals will be used as reference materials by the grantees and for future SGP Operational Phases.
- Quarterly (4) reports detailing implementation progress (narrative and financial) on capacity development, monitoring and mentorship of the GEF/SGP funded community led projects in Okavango Sub-District or Bobirwa Sub-District. Particularly the reports should clearly articulate the results achieved, knowledge and lessons learnt, key challenges as well as recommendations. The reports will be used to inform future SGP supported interventions.
- Develop the following knowledge products for dissemination over the one-year duration of the contract;
- One 20 paged lessons learnt booklet on funded projects;
- Eight newspaper published articles of funded projects in one year;
- Twenty website articles;
- Three policy briefs on funded projects;
- Five documentaries on funded projects;
- Eight brochures on funded projects;
- Two toolkits on funded projects.
The SGP only supports non-profit oriented institutions registered in Botswana such as; Civil Society Organizations (Non-Governmental Organizations and Community-Based Organizations), Academic and Research Institutions. Proposals submitted by the eligible entities should be as follows;
- The CSO should be legally registered and assessed by a registered auditing firm to ensure capacity to receive, manage and report on disbursed funds;
- The Academic and Research Institution that was established through an Act of parliament and assessed by a registered auditing firm to ensure capacity to receive, manage and report on disbursed funds;
- A consortium of CSOs can apply as partners with one CSO being the lead entity and executor of the project; institutional arrangements should show clear role clarity between the two entities.
- A CSO partner may receive a normal/regular project grant while partnering in a Capacity Development Project as a member but not lead proponent.
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