SGP-UNDP announces the 2020 “Call for Proposals” inviting CSOs (Community-Based Organizations and grassroots institutions/communities) to submit inclusive and innovative project proposals for small grants that not only solves environmental issues.
The Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP), implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Royal Government of Bhutan provides financial and technical support to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people’s well-being and livelihoods. SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.
The “SGP offer to the COVID-19” will focus on the recovery by addressing the root causes of vulnerability and enhancing community resilience, in line with the Country Programme Strategy (OP-7) and government priorities contributing to building back better.
Proposals are encouraged to have focus on the COVID-19 recovery by addressing the root causes of vulnerability and enhancing community resilience in line with SGP-UNDP’s Country Programme Strategy (OP-7) and government priorities contributing towards building back better.
Addressing the Crisis
Following provides some ideas related to immediate to short-term response to COVID-19 that could be proposed under the 2020 Call for Proposal in line with the SGP’s strategy and government priorities. This is not an exhaustive list of potential measures, and they encourage grantees to come up with innovative ideas.
Focusing on Green Recovery: With SGP’s strong community focus in supporting global environment and sustainable development issues, SGP is uniquely positioned to play an important role in early green recovery from COVID-19 crisis. The following possible themes have emerged through experiences:
- Landscape Management and Climate Smart Agroecology
- GEF SGP grant request should not exceed USD 50,000 per project and per operational phase.
Project Proposal Review Process
The GEF-Small Grants Programme is implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Royal Government. The “project proposal review process” will follow the four steps in the selection of the most innovative proposals.
- Preparatory Phase
- The call is open to all eligible civil society organizations (CSOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) in the country who are interested in contributing to global environmental benefits by implementing micro projects.
- All interested CSOs/CBOs must prepare proposals using SGP’s standard Proposal Template. The proposals can be also submitted in Dzongkha and in video format especially for CBOs who have limitations.
- Proposals must be prepared based on the guidelines and SGP Country Programme Strategy
- All consultations (local or national) must be conducted during the proposal development phase and relevant agencies and authorities must be informed and their approval sought in advance.
- SGP Secretariat can be contacted for clarifications.
- Submission and screening
- Qualified CSOs/CBOs must submit the full proposal documents within specified time.
- Ensure that all components of the proposal are properly written.
- Supporting letters from agencies and institutions must be submitted as additional documents.
- SGP Secretariat will initiate the screening process.
- CSOs/CBOs that do not meet the eligibility criteria or submits incomplete proposals will be screened out.
- Satisfactory proposals will be reviewed by SGP’s Technical Committee members
- Shortlisting and validation
- SGP’s Technical Committee will review and shortlist the project proposals based on the set criteria, sub criteria, and point system.
- Shortlisted proposals will be recommended for field validation.
- The proposals will be then presented to the Steering Committee for final evaluation
- Final Evaluation and Award
- The shortlisted proposals will be evaluated by SGP’s Steering Committee.
- Based on the final scoring and field validation report, the Steering Committee will take decision to select the most innovative proposals.
- The selected CSOs/CBOs will be contacted to accept the grant and signing of Memorandum of Agreement.
- The project will be subjected to strict monitoring and evaluation.
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