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UN Trust Fund Call for Proposals Ending & Preventing Violence against Women and Girls in context of COVID-19

UN Trust Fund Call for Proposals Ending & Preventing Violence against Women and Girls in context of COVID-19

Organization: UN Women

Apply By: 04 Nov 2020

Grant Amount: 1000000 USD

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UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women Call for Proposals Ending and preventing violence against women and girls in the context of COVID-19

About the Organization:

UN Women is the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. UN Women is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

The COVID-19 Response Call for Proposals

Prior to COVID-19, the prevalence of violence against women was already alarmingly high, with nearly one in five ever-partnered women and girls (18%) having experienced violence at the hands of an intimate partner. Evidence from service providers – including existing UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women grantees – points to increased rates of violence against women and girls, fueled by household economic and food insecurity and confined living conditions due to lockdown and social isolation measures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UN Trust Fund’s Call for Proposals is thus timed to provide CSOs a much-needed boost of resources to adapt and enhance efforts to address VAWG both during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They recognize this funding is critical to building CSO organizational capacity and ensuring survival of front-line responders at the moment they are needed the most. Moreover, CSOs can reach the most vulnerable using an inclusive approach, leverage connections with communities, national and local authorities and are thus more likely to develop local and sustainable solutions that leave no one behind.

Eligibility Criteria

Types of Organizations:

  • Women-led and women’s rights organizations.
  • Other legally registered civil society organizations.
  • International women’s rights organizations and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) that explicitly focus on gender equality only.

Previous UN Trust Fund grant recipients:

  • Because of the special circumstances of this Call for Proposal, the UN Trust Fund will lift its current moratorium on organizations receiving grants in the last three years, from applying again. Organizations receiving a grant from the UN Trust Fund may apply in this Call, if their grant has been programmatically and operationally closed by September 2020.

Ending Violence against Women expertise:

  • The applicant organization must demonstrate expertise and experience in implementing projects in the field of ending violence against women and girls over the past five years and provide details of the number of staff with technical expertise as well as at least one CV (resume) of a permanent/fixed-term staff member with the requisite skillset.

Country coverage:

  • The applicant must implement a project in one of the countries and/or territories listed in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC) list of official development assistance (ODA) recipients. Interventions in more than one country or territory are not eligible.

Legal status and registration:

  • The applicant and any co-implementing partners must be legally registered entities. In addition, either the main applicant or at least one of its co-implementing partner(s) must be legally registered in the country or territory of implementation. We require that legal registration documents for the applicant organization and co-implementing partner(s) be submitted with the application.

Operational and human resources:

  • The applicant must have the necessary operational and human resources to manage the proposed project. A clear project control framework should be defined once implementation starts.

Certified Financial Statements and Organizational Audit Reports:

  • The applicant must submit certified financial statements and organizational audit reports for 3 fiscal years (including 2017, 2018 and 2019).

 Ineligible applicants:

The following are NOT eligible to apply for a grant:

  • Organizations proposing interventions in a country not listed in the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients
  • Organizations proposing interventions in more than one country or territory
  • Organizations whose work is not explicitly focused on gender equality
  • Organizations that do not have a legal status in the country or territory of implementation and neither do any of its co-implementing partners
  • Government agencies or institutions
  • UN agencies or UN Country Teams
  • Private individuals
  • Private sector entities
  • Organizations currently implementing a grant from the UN Trust Fund, either as the main grantee or as a co-implementing partner - unless the grant closed by September 2020.

Funding Parameters

  • They will fund all selected organizations for a three-year period. In doing so, they intend to ensure predictability of funding and technical assistance for the organizations we select and continuity of services for the women and girls they reach.
  • 3-year grants of US $ 50,000 to US $ 150,000 for small civil society organizations (only organizations with an annual budget of less than US $ 200,000 qualify for this category)
  • 3-year grants of US $150,001 to US $ 1,000,000 for all other civil society organizations
  • Organizations should consider their own operational and absorptive capacity when submitting a funding request. In general, an organization cannot request a grant amount that is more than twice its annual organization budget. The UN Trust Fund will also assess absorptive capacity against the financial and audit reports as well as annual organization budget information submitted at the concept note stage.

 Selection Process

  • They award grants through an open and competitive process. The application process will consist of two rounds. The first round will involve the submission of a Concept Note and only those successful in the first round will be invited to submit a Full-fledged proposal. Applications will be appraised by independent experts and their Technical Review Group. A subset of final applicants will be considered for grants. Their interagency Programme Advisory Committee will make the final funding decisions.
  • Grant approvals and signing of donor agreements will take place by mid-2021. All successful grantees are expected to work closely with our Team to incorporate full technical feedback and ensure high-quality standards of programme design and rigorous monitoring and evaluation plans.

Deadline: 4 November 2020, 11:59 pm New York Time (EDT).

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