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Request for Applications: Grant Program for Civil Society Organizations active in the justice sector, USAID-funded Model Courts Initiative Project



Request for Applications: Grant Program for Civil Society Organizations active in the justice sector, USAID-funded Model Courts Initiative Project

 GRANT PROGRAM “Fostering an efficient, accessible, and transparent justice system”

Request for Applications (RFA)

Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc. (Checchi) is an international development firm based in the United States of America, which is implementing the USAID-funded Model Courts Initiative Project (MCI) in Moldova. MCI is a three-year effort aimed at improving the efficiency, performance, and quality of court services based on best international practices and in line with international excellence standards for court services.

Checchi is seeking applications for the Grant Program “Fostering an efficient, accessible, and transparent justice system” and invites registered non-governmental organizations to submit proposals in the following two broad areas:

  1. Improving delivery of quality justice services.
  2. Strengthening connection between courts, communities, and system users.

In the first area, improving the delivery of quality justice services, proposed activities shall be conducive to the achievement of the following results:

  1. Professionalism and management skills of justice professionals are improved.
  2. Court operations are timely, transparent, and properly resourced.
  3. Procedural and legal bases for judicial actions meet high performance standards.

In the second area, strengthening connection between courts, communities, and system users, proposed activities shall be conducive to the achievement of the following results:

  1. Access of vulnerable groups to the courts increased.
  2. Capacity and procedures to deal with juveniles in contact with the law improved.
  3. Active citizen engagement and oversight of courts.

Eligible activities for each area are listed in the Request for Applications (see the link below).

The grants can be implemented at the national, regional and/or local levels. For grants with a regional or local coverage, we encourage proposed activities to be implemented in localities served by the Ungheni and/or Bălți first instance courts. 

Each grant award may range between $5,000 - $75,000. The final amount will depend on grant activities and final negotiation. Under exceptional circumstances, a grant may be awarded that is outside this range.

The anticipated period of performance is from 6 to 12 months from date of award. The anticipated start date for this program is on or about September 1, 2021.

All costs funded by the grant must be allowable, allocable and reasonable. Grant applications must be supported by a detailed and realistic budget as described in Annex 2.

Applications must be submitted in English, in the required format via email to MCIgrants@checchiconsulting.com no later than July 18, 2021, 6:00 PM Moldova Time. Applications not received by the deadline will not be considered.

Please submit all questions concerning this RFA to: MCIgrants@checchiconsulting.com by June 30, 2021. Questions may be formulated in Romanian, Russian or English. Answers will be sent via email to applicants by July 5, 2021. At the request of applicants, MCI will assist applicants in understanding the application process, via video meetings or through emails.

The Request for Applications, mandatory requirements, templates for proposal submission can be downloaded below:

Request for Applications

Annex 1: Grant Application Form

Annex 2: Budget Template

Annex 3: Certifications, Assurances, Representations and Other Statements of the Recipient

Guidance on DUNS&SAM Registration


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