Deadline: 26 August 2019
The Fund “Innovative projects of civil societies and coalitions of actors” (PISCCA) allows the financing of small projects to reduce the poverty and strengthen local actors of development.
The PISCCA is fully in the strategy SHABAKE launched by Expertise France, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Danish Agency for International Development (DANIDA) to strengthen the Lebanese NGOs response capacity for that they become key players in the response to the current Syrian crisis and ensure better sustainability of the actions of local and international actors including promoting a connection with international donors.
Backing onto the SHABAKE program, selected NGOs receive direct funding to implement a project aiming the reduction of crisis vulnerabilities. This PISCCA 2019 will aim to create opportunities to improve incomes of the populations affected by the crisis and provide better access to basic services (education, health). It will also aim to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations and municipalities, to ensure the support and sustainability of projects.
Lines of Intervention
The priority areas of intervention, in line with the priorities set by the Lebanese government, NGOs and international donors, are:
- Capacity building of civil society actors and local public actors and capacity building of local authorities to support actions in the long term. Projects implemented should involve municipalities and/or federations of municipalities for, among other things, the identification of needs, the implementation of crisis management plans, and support for the provision of basic services. Municipal staff are also targeted in terms of capacity building through training to acquire the tools needed to sustain the projects;
- Support to the structuring of civil society organizations (CSOs) and advocacy through projects proposing coordination mechanisms between CSOs (national and/or international), CSOs and local public actors at local or national level, and/or between CSOs and economic actors;
- Support for economic and rural development through projects aimed at creating income-generating activities and/or employment opportunities – especially for women and young people, through professional trainings and microfinance in particular.
- Support for access to basic services, including education (access to education systems, prevention of school dropout, capacity building for educational staff), health (access to care, prevention of epidemics, primary and secondary health) , medical equipment of a dispensary ), but also to the services of the waste management type.
Subsidies under PISCA will support projects with a minimum amount of 20,000 euros up to 80,000 euros.
The duration of the projects will depend on the proposal of each NGO but it cannot exceed 12 months.
- Women, youth and children, particularly within professional trainings or implementation of micro-projects, depending on local economic needs;
- Lebanese host communities and Syrian refugee communities;
- The local authorities staff and civil society organizations in order to optimize and sustain projects.
- The localization of the projects can be on all the Lebanese national territory. These may be qualified areas of ” vulnerable “, that is to say the regions with a high poverty rate among the Lebanese communities, defined according to the criteria of the Social and economic fund for development (EFSD) and who have a number of Syrian refugees equal to or greater than the number of Lebanese residents according to the vulnerability criteria defined by the United Nations.
- A national dimension of civil society structuring, municipal support and / or advocacy support projects is strongly encouraged.
- This call for projects is open to Lebanese associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) carrying development projects in Lebanon.
- In order to consolidate the actions, perpetuate them, ensure their adequacy to the needs and to encourage the structuration of the Lebanese civil society, the projects will have to be presented by consortiums composed of NGOs (one or more) , national ( in possible association with international NGOs), local authorities (municipalities, social development centers of the Ministry of Social Affairs, etc.) and, as far as possible , economic actors . The consortium will have to provide a leader, who will necessarily be a Lebanese NGO and who will be the recipient of the funds and responsible for their management.
- Candidate organizations must have a legal personality (associations, cooperatives, various groups), acquired according to the rules in force in the lebanese legal order. Foreign NGOs present in Lebanon are also addressees if they represent a local structure that carries and implements the project. It should be recalled that the NGO must have a legal personality, acquired according to the rules in force in the lebanese legal order.
- Applicants must also have the technical and financial skills necessary to conduct the project. In particular, they must be able to demonstrate sufficient and stable project management experience in the same sector and on a comparable scale. An applicant may not submit more than one application under this call for proposals.
Priority will be given to projects:
- built on a local approach of development taking into account all the actors of a region (populations, community leaders, municipalities, economic actors) and responding to needs identified in consultation with these actors
- encouraging dialogue between sects in order to ensure appropriateness of the project and, in an other hand, to ease the growing tensions between Lebanese host populations and Syrian refugees
- supported by associations with a community-based organization and solid knowledge of the situation to ensure the sustainability of actions
How to Apply
Interested applicants should send their applications by mail or email at the address given n the website.
For more information, please visit https://lb.ambafrance.org/PISCCA-2019-Appel-a-projets-Call-for-proposals