UNDP Gov4Res Small Grants Initiative Call for Concepts


The UNDP Governance for Resilient Development in the Pacific (Gov4Res) Project
 is launching a Small Grant Initiative to provide funding and technical support for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in the Pacific to design and implement resilient community projects.

Brief overview

  • Registered NGOs and CSOs as well as Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) working towards resilient community development in the Pacific are encouraged to apply
  • Eligible countries to apply include Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu
  • Grants will be awarded to applicants whose projects that promote resilience in one or more of the areas below:
    • Agriculture and food security
    • Water resource management
    • Public-health and sanitation
    • Energy
    • Small-scale infrastructure
  • USD5,000 to a maximum of USD30,000 available per project
  • Implementation period for approved projects will be between 6 to 12 months
  • Deadline for applications is 16 September 2021 at 17:30 Fiji Time

Purpose of the Initiative

The primary purpose of the Small Grants Initiative is to fund community development projects that have a high development impact and are aligned to government priorities. An integral component of this Initiative is the integration of risks to ensure that projects address climate and disaster risks and have gender and social inclusion considerations at their core.

Collaboration with local and subnational government in the identification, design and delivery of projects will be strongly encouraged, for instance identification of projects through formal government planning processes. This way, the community can work closely with sub-national/local government to ensure solutions and best practices can be replicated and scaled in other communities. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate that the priorities being addressed have come through the sub-national/local development planning process and that diverse groups within communities contributed their expertise to identifying these priorities. 

Areas of Intervention

Grants will be awarded to applicants whose projects that promote resilience in one or more of the areas explained below. Projects will need to show that potential climate change and disaster risks have been identified and managed as part of their design, they benefit needs and promote participation of diverse members of communities, and that they are not exacerbating risks in communities:

Agriculture and food security projects that address livelihood priorities and diversify sources of income for communities. These may include projects that consider the location of farms, climate resilient cropping techniques, irrigation systems and seeds.

Water resource management projects that present water solutions that would benefit the community, and the needs and priorities of diverse groups within communities. These may include projects that consider the location of the water-infrastructure and climate resilient construction materials. 

Public-health and sanitation projects that enhance hygiene and sanitation solutions in communities. These may include projects that consider the location of the infrastructure and climate resilient construction materials.

Energy projects that enhance access to efficient and sustainable energy. These may include projects that consider climate resilient energy sources and construction materials. 

Small-scale infrastructure projects that contribute to equitable social and economic development of the community. These may include projects that consider access to education for marginalised groups, community access and other priority needs.

Who can apply?

  • Registered NGOs and CSOs in the Pacific region that are either involved in community development in one or more of the areas of interventions or are interested in integrating this approach into their existing development/community programmes.
  • CBOs (for example: youth groups, women’s groups, disabled persons organisations, religious groups, as well as social enterprises) that are involved in community development, are encouraged to apply with a letter of support from local/subnational government partner or registered NGOs and CSOs
  • Consortia of NGOs/CSOs/CBOs are also encouraged to apply (for example: registered NGOs/CSOs can partner with CBOs where the impact is more sustained).

How much?

  • The initiative offers grants from USD5,000 to a maximum of USD30,000 per project depending on criteria of selection, management arrangements in place and experience of applicants
  • Implementation period for approved projects will be between 8 to 12 months, depending on the size and scope of the community project

How to apply?

Interested candidates must submit the Project Concept Paper Submission and Budget Forms in the given format along with a Curriculum Vitae of lead implementing staff to grants.gov4res@undp.org no later than 24 September 2021 at 17:30 Fiji Time

Relevant documents

Call for project concept papersfull details including the project concept paper submission and budget forms.

Click here to download the word version [DOCX; 382 KB]
Sample Annex B - Health [DOCX; 177KB]
Sample Annex B - Agriculture [DOCX; 177KB]

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