USAID/West Bank and Gaza Request for Applications: Inviting Applications for Local Initiatives 2017

Deadline: 24 April 2017

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission to West Bank and Gaza is currently seeking applications for its “Local Initiatives 2017” in order to empower Palestinian civil society to hold the public and private sectors accountable.

Civil society organizations (CSOs) play a crucial role in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem in bringing about concrete, sustainable and locally-owned change. In line with its long-time commitment to supporting Palestinian civil society, USAID West Bank/Gaza (USAID/WBG) intends to fund a select group of activities to be implemented by Palestinian CSOs in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. USAID/WBG refers to this group of activities as Local Initiatives 2017 (LI17).

Funding Information

  • USAID West Bank/Gaza intends to award multiple direct awards to Palestinian CSOs in the West Bank and East Jerusalem for activity periods of up to three years.
  • Each award will be funded between $300,000 and $500,000.

Program Activities

  • Enhance rights of marginalized groups including children, people with disabilities and vulnerable communities.
  • Combat gender-based violence.
  • Increase transparency, accountability, and citizen oversight of nationally-provided services.
  • Youth empowerment in communities.
  • Support the freedom and independence of the press.
  • Strengthen women’s participation in the public and private sectors (especially leadership positions); increase women’s access to justice; and decrease gender gaps in political and economic participation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must submit a proof or certification of registration indicating that it is a local Palestinian organization legally permitted to operate in West Bank and/or Jerusalem.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed activities are based on needs that they have identified on the local and/or national levels in their respective communities.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of success in managing similar international donor-funded activities.
  • Applicants must provide audited financial reports demonstrating the financial soundness of the organization as evidenced by financial reports. Institutional records and other recommendations or evidence the Applicant’s ability to manage budgets similar to the amount of the grant applied for may be considered.
  • Applicants must provide at least one letter of recommendation/introduction which evidences prior good performance from authorities/agencies with which previous projects of a similar nature have been implemented.
  • Applicants must provide letters of commitment from any proposed partner highlighting their contribution to the project’s implementation.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Country: United States and West Bank and Gaza.

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