UNODC Call for Proposals: Apply for HIV/AIDS Grants for Civil Society Organizations

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Deadline: 20 March 2017

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is currently seeking proposals for its HIV/AIDS Grants programme to provide funding support to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) including Community Based Organisations (CBOs) working in the area of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support among people who inject drugs and people in prisons whose projects are aimed at building capacity of national partners.

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Community-based organisations are particularly encouraged to apply as the Call is aimed at helping to ensure that people who use drugs and people in prison will receive higher quality HIV services that are better tailored to their needs.

Thematic Areas

The Grant funding under this Call for Proposals shall be provided under the following categories:

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  • Category 1: Building capacity of the civil society organizations, in particular community-based organisations, in implementation of HIV services and programs
  • Category 2: Building capacity of the civil society organizations, in particular community-based organisations, in results-based program management and leadership
  • Category 3: Building capacity of the civil society organizations, in particular community-based organisations, in developing sustainable partnerships with government stakeholders and local partners

Award Information

  • Proposals with budgets not more than 30,000 USD will be considered for award. Please note that value for money will be assessed as a part of the rating criteria.
  • As a general rules in UNODC, grant awards should normally not exceed a monetary limit of 25% of the entity’s annual income. This limit will be checked when making the final decision.

Fundamental principles

Grant applicants should consider the following fundamental principles in designing their grant proposals:

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  • Partnership/ collaboration/ cooperation with other stakeholders;
  • project design with the potential for replication;
  • sustainability of project;
  • an approach that values diversity among men and women
  • an ethical approach to grant implementation;

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for a Grant, applicants must:

  • be a non-profit making organisation (CSOs including, CBOs) registered under the relevant Laws of the country where it is registered;
  • have been registered not less than three (3) years;
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project, i.e. not acting as an intermediary;
  • demonstrate prior experience of at least three years in the area of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support among people who use drugs or for people in prison.
  • have an international reach (regional or global);
  • have a bank account;
  • Proven experience in capacity building initiatives.

The following types of proposals are not eligible:

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  • proposals concerned only or mainly with individual sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars, conferences, congresses;
  • proposals concerned only or mainly with individual scholarships for studies or training courses;
  • credit or loan schemes;
  • debts and provisions for losses or debts;
  • proposals which consist exclusively or primarily of capital expenditure e.g. land, buildings, equipment, vehicles, etc. These can be better dealt with through procurement;
  • proposals which discriminate against individuals or groups of people on grounds of their gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or lack of them, or their ethnic origin;
  • scholarships, sponsorships and school fees;
  • cash donations;
  • political party and religious activities;
  • proposals which provide funding for terrorist activities

How to Apply

Interested CSOs must submit proposals in a desired format via email marked HIV Grants for Civil Society Organizations 2017 in the subject.

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