The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for Grant Competition on Social Accountability and Citizen Participation Initiatives.
- The objective of the UNDP Call for Proposals on Social Accountability and Citizen Participation Initiatives is to help eligible Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), CSO coalitions, and CSO(s) in partnership with Local SelfGovernment bodies (LSGs) to deliver targeted projects to support citizen participation in local decisionmaking and advance social accountability in the municipalities located in Imereti, Mstkheta-Mtianeti, Kvemo Kartli, Guria, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti and Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti regions.
- Priority will be given to the proposals targeting the engagement of women, youth and ethnic minorities in decision-making and creating enabling environment for effective social accountability.
- Applicants are encouraged to come up with the initiatives aimed to advance the participation mechanisms defined by law (eg general assembly of a settlement; petition; council of civil advisors; participation in the sessions of the municipality Sakrebulo and the sessions of its commission; hearing reports on the work performed by the Mayor of the municipality and by a member of the city council, etc) as well as cooperation with municipalities to engage communities in identifying and addressing current challenges.
- Initiatives that contribute to the fulfillment of the following objectives will be considered:
- Promoting dialogue and cooperation between CSOs and local authorities in the decision-making process;
- Encouraging democratic participation of citizens at the local level by raising citizens’ awareness on local policy-making process and promoting opportunities for civic engagement;
- Introducing innovative citizen participation mechanisms/activities;
- Introducing mechanisms for effective cooperation between LSGs, Civil Advisory Councils and citizens’ initiative groups, including development and advocacy of joint projects aimed at sustainable development of the municipality;
- Promote participatory local policy planning and development of municipal services, including citizen feedback mechanisms;
- Promoting active participation of women, ethnic minorities and young people in local decisionmaking to encourage active citizenship;
- Empowering women, youth, ethnic minorities to identify, address and advocate for their needs and priorities at the local level;
- enabling communities to mobilize, initiate and implement activities to address their needs;
- Promoting volunteerism and engagement in local authorities’ efforts to respond to current challenges;
- Overseeing the quality of municipal services and advocating to address the gaps and need s thro ugh social accountability process.
Individual grants requested under this Call for Proposals should not be less than GEL 30,000 and shall not exceed GEL 60,000.
- Application for this grant competition can be submitted by CSO, Coalition of CSOs, or CSO(s) in partnership with LSGs. To be eligible for the grant competition, applicants shall meet the following criteria:
- Be a non-profit organization (civil society organization, think tanks, independent media, etc.) registered in Georgia in accordance with the legal requirements of Georgia and provide organization’s registration certificate, statute and the debt certificate;
- Be established and operating in the target region/municipality;
- Have operating experience of at least two years;
- Have experience of managing at least two similar6 projects during the last four years.
- Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
- Although not mandatory, CSOs are strongly encouraged to submit applications in partnership with other CSOs. CSOs that form coalition and submit joint proposal shall confirm in the proposal that they have designated one party to act as a primary applicant, which will sign the low value grant agreement and will act for and on behalf of all the co-applicant CSOs. The CSOs shall submit a coalition/partnership agreement that must clearly define the expected role of each CSO in implementing the grant project.
- NOTE: Co-applicants are not required to satisfy all eligibility criteria applicable to the primary applicant. Co-applicant CSOs shall be a non-profit organizations (civil society organization, think tanks, independent media, etc.) registered in Georgia in accordance with the legal requirements and shall provide organization’s registration certificate, statute, the debt certificate, and information about past projects.
- NOTE: In case of coalitions, if a primary applicant is not established and operating in the target municipality, the coalition shall include at least one co-applicant established and operating in the target region/municipality.
- NOTE: Low value grant agreements will be signed with and funds will be managed by the primary applicant CSO
- Partnerships between CSO(s) and Local Self-Government Bodies (LSGs) Although not mandatory, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications in partnership with LSG(s) Proposals submitted in partnership with LSG(s) shall clearly define the role of the municipality in the implementation of the grant project. A partnership letter signed by the LSG(s) shall be submitted together with the grant proposal.
- NOTE: Low value grant agreements will be signed with and funds will be managed by the primary applicant CSO.
For more information, visit https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=94371