The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) funds projects that improve sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) capacity in developing countries to facilitate safe trade.
The Project Grant will improve food safety, animal and plant health capacity to comply with international sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements. These grants are expected to help address SPS challenges or issues that affect trade to international markets.
- The STDF provides up to a maximum of US$1,000,000 for project grant financing.
- The STDF encourages applications for which partial funding has already been secured from other sources at the time of submission of this financing request.
- The amount of funding from the STDF is dependent on the beneficiary country or countries’ classification in the OECD Development Assistance Committee list of Official Development Assistance recipients. The expected value of the in-kind contribution is as follows:
- Applicants from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Other Low-Income Countries (OLICs) should provide at least 10% of the STDF contribution to the project.
- Applicants from Lower Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) should provide at least 20% of the STDF contribution to the project.
- Applicants from Upper Middle-Income Countries (UMICs) should provide at least 60% of the STDF contribution to the project.
- The amount of funding for regional projects varies according to the involvement of LDCs or OLICs. The expected in-kind contribution for regional projects is as follows:
- For regional projects with at least one LDC or OLIC, the in-kind contribution should be equivalent to at least 10% of the STDF contribution to the project.
- For regional projects without an LDC or OLIC, the in-kind contribution should be equivalent to at least 20% of the STDF contribution to the project.
- Technical expertise: which may include costs of hiring project staff, as well as national or international consultants (details on the daily rate or fee and the number of days to be worked should be provided)
- Travel: which may include any international or national flights (in economy class) for consultants, per diem for consultants (based on official UN rates), local transportation, vehicle hire, etc.
- Training: which may include costs related to the organization and delivery of training workshops, facilities, travel/accommodation of participants, training materials, etc.
- Minor equipment items: which may include IT, laboratory or other equipment items necessary to achieve the specific project outputs (which should not exceed 10% of the total STDF contribution to the project)
- Other general operating expenses (e.g., telephone calls, photocopying, etc.). Contingency costs (approximately 5% of project budget) may be budgeted to cover any unforeseen expenses.
- The project budget should include expenditures for:
- Communication plan: which may include the cost of developing and hosting a website to disseminate information about the project, preparation of information materials such as briefing notes, photos and short films, etc.
- Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning activities: which may include costs related to meetings and workshops (such as steering committee meetings, stakeholder workshops, etc.) and a provision for an independent end-of-project assessment – prior to the project end date. This end-of-project assessment will be the responsibility of the implementing agency and should be attached to the final project report.
The STDF does not provide funding for:
- Buildings, vehicles and major equipment items, with the exception of information technology, laboratory and minor equipment items that are necessary to achieve the specific outputs and purpose of the project (see bullet (iv) above).
- Laboratories. The STDF will only consider funding essential items of equipment needed to upgrade already existing laboratory capacity to implement specific project outputs. Project applications that include the purchase of laboratory equipment must explain how this has been considered in relation to current laboratory capacity in the country or region and the presence of trained staff to operate new equipment.
- Basic scientific research.
- Regular staff salaries.
- Public sector entities (including regional or international bodies) with responsibility for SPS measures or policy, either in their own right or in cooperation with the private sector. The STDF encourages implementation of projects and activities through public private partnerships.
- Private sector entities, either in their own right or in cooperation with the public sector. Examples of private sector entities include legally registered farmers’ organizations, trade and industry associations, etc.
- Non-profit non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with expertise in the SPS area and with an organization in the relevant beneficiary country or countries, in co-operation with the public and/or private sector.
- STDF partners.
For more information, visit Standards and Trade Development Facility.