EU-GIZ // CALL FOR CONCEPTS for implementation of the Local Grants Program "Empowering citizens to boost transparency and accountability of decision-making processes at the local level"

  • Is your organisation experienced in awarding and monitoring the implementation of grants for local initiatives?
  • Do you have a strong network in one of the development regions of Moldova (North, Centre, or South)?
  • Are you one of the CSOs that has in-depth knowledge on the issues and challenges of sectors you work in, and in particular the sectors and processes that are susceptible to corruption in your rayon/region?
  • Do you have experience in providing coaching and trainings to local organisations, men and women, youth, older persons, persons with disabilities and other social groups for engagement in decision-making process and transparency at the local level?
  • Are you ready to empower women and men from your region and engage them to solve these issues?

General Information

As support to the Moldovan Government’s commitments of improving the effectiveness of state and civil society measures in combatting and preventing corruption in the Republic of Moldova, GIZ is implementing the project “Strengthen the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Mechanisms in the Republic of Moldova”. The objective of the project is to prevent and fight against corruption as well as to develop a zero-tolerance policy against corruption among the citizens of the Republic of Moldova. 

The measure is jointly funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Union and it shall be focused on strengthening the state institutions tasked with preventing and combating corruption; building and developing partner capacity through initial and in-service training, including organisational and process advice; promoting learning and exchange of information with Germany and other European countries; raising awareness and strengthening civil society, especially at local level; organise supporting activities in regions and sectors which are at high risk of corruption.

Many CSOs are also experienced in mass mobilisation to build in people awareness of unjust policies, to show governments or businesses the strength that lies in their number, and to put pressure on government and business to implement reforms. All these skills can be harnessed to work in the field of anti-corruption.

In order to develop zero tolerance against corruption among Moldovan citizens, the project aims to engage Civil Society Organisations and grass root organisations, including at local level, in various areas such as participation and monitoring of the decision-making process and of anti-corruption strategies, awareness-raising including on anti-corruption education, cooperation with anti-corruption bodies and prevention of corruption including facilitation of citizen's complaint mechanisms, use of a new innovative approach and digitalisation process.

The overall objective of the EU/GIZ funded Strengthen the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Mechanisms in the Republic of Moldova project is to contribute to the prevention and fight against corruption.

The project shall work on two main pathways:

  1. Raising awareness of citizens
  2. Strengthening of anti-corruption mechanisms

For achieving the overall objective purpose, the selected CSOs shall apply a holistic capacity development approach for supporting the development of:

  1. The necessary capacities of citizens related to improvement of transparency and accountability of the decision-making processes;
  2. The necessary institutional capacity of local CSOs to ensure that they can effectively apply their knowledge within the respective decision-making processes; and
  3. The adequate networking conditions and functional mechanisms for coordination and communication between CSOs and different actors across different institutional levels.

The potential grant beneficiaries are expected to develop and submit concepts that would contribute to the overall project goals as mentioned above.  

After the selection process described below, GIZ will award grants to three CSOs at regional level that will fulfil the tasks listed under “Roles and tasks of selected CSOs”.

Deadline for application:

30 September 2021, 23:59 PM

Number of awards: 

Three regional grants, limited to North, Central and South regions

Expected award date:

November - December 2021

Expected project duration:

18 months

Award amounts:     

EUR 500.000 per region

Funding instrument type:

Grant Agreement

The projects proposed are to be fully implemented in the three regions of the Republic of Moldova. Overall, each project should be finalized not later than 18 months since the conclusion of grant agreement.

The final amount of the grant awarded to the selected CSO shall be determined based on review of the proposed results and activities, the number of targeted population and active local CSOs in each region.

Potential beneficiaries

We are looking for non-governmental organisations with substantial experience in the implementation of grants and sub-granting schemes, with the capacity to network and/or cooperate with other civil society organisations at the regional and national level, and experience in development and implementation of anti-corruption measures and actions. The potential applicants must also:

  • be able to act, according to their statutes/regulations, in the fields addressed by the project;
  • be independent from government and other public authorities as well as political parties, and
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project with their partners, not acting as an intermediary.

Applications from consortiums/partnerships between two or more organisations are accepted, if they do strengthen the cooperation and networking of Moldovan CSOs and therefore contribute to the strengthening of the civil society in Moldova. In this case, preference will be given to consortiums/partnerships where one of the applicants is the organisation registered and actively working at regional level. All consortium/partnership organisations will have the same characteristics as listed above.

Roles and tasks of selected CSOs

The selected organisations will be granted to ensure the following:

  • Sub-granting to local CSOs, based on open calls for concepts, for the implementation of small-scale projects to support local anti-corruption, transparency and accountability activities;
  • Provide training and technical expertise to CSOs (representing women and men) and specialized local media to tackle corruption at local level as well as its effect on women and vulnerable groups;
  • Strengthening of local CSOs and grass-root initiatives for participation of men and women in anti-corruption measures; improvement of citizens' monitoring capacities, by transfer of experience, knowledge and good practice from well-established national CSOs and international organisations;
  • Develop Local Transparency Councils (LTC) at local level and involvement of citizens, both women and men, in the decision-making processes at local and central levels. Special attention will be paid to the effects of irregularities on women and vulnerable groups;
  • Development or support to the monitoring mechanisms for implementation of current and future anti-corruption strategies and action plans, esp. in selected high-risk sectors and regions of Moldova
  1. Education
  2. Healthcare (and social protection)
  3. Optional: public procurement, and/or local administration.
  • Support locally driven anti-corruption actions by grass-roots CSOs collaborating with other local actors (e.g. LTCs mayors, private enterprises, Local Initiative Groups (LIGs), etc.) with a focus on high-risk sectors;
  • Facilitate citizens' complaint mechanisms and raising awareness campaigns through modern technologies and innovative approaches (including through IT applications where possible and relevant) that improve citizens' engagement and foster the collaboration with central institutions;
  • Organise participatory platforms and targeted surveys for the existing Corruption Radar;
  • Foster the creation of CSOs networks at regional level to exchange experiences and good practices on anti-corruption;
  • Ensure the consistent and proactive application of donors’ (EU, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) visibility rules at all levels.

The work of the selected CSOs, the sub-granting process and cooperation with local CSOs will be regulated by the respective Operation Manual issued by the “Strengthen the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Mechanisms in the Republic of Moldova” project.

Selection process

The selection of project proposals shall commence upon termination of the submission procedure. Extension of the deadline could be considered, but it’s not guaranteed, thus all applicants are encouraged to fit in the proposed deadlines. Selection will be based on principles of merit, transparency, equality and rational use of funds.

The selection of organisations to be awarded with grants will be done through a two-stage process:

  1. shortlisting of organisations based on minimum eligibility criteria, and
  2. evaluation of project proposals.

The applicants will be shortlisted based on the following minimum eligibility criteria:

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Criteria

Criteria met

Yes

No

1.     

At least three (3) years of experience in implementation of grants and sub-granting schemes in the last five (5) years

2.     

Proven experience in stimulating citizen engagement/citizen participation for transparency and accountability of decision making on local level

3.     

Proven experience in development and implementation of training programs and/or technical assistance for citizens’ formal and non-formal organisations and local media

4.     

Registration and/or functioning office in one of the regions of Moldova, as advantage

Only those applications that meet all formal requirements and eligibility criteria specified above will be evaluated based on the award criteria. The other proposals will be excluded from further procedures.

The organisations to be awarded with a grant will be selected from the shortlisted applicants as result of evaluation of the project proposals based on the following award criteria:

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Description

%

1.             

Understanding of the mandate and general approach - the proposal is relevant to the objectives of the Local Grant Programme

35

2.             

Approach and proposed strategy contributing to empowerment of citizens that improve the transparency and accountability of decision-making processes at local level

20

3.             

Project’s activities and methodology (including proposed sub-granting scheme) are likely to deliver the expected results in the region

15

4.             

Project contributes to strengthening of networking and coordination of CSOs at the regional and national levels

10

5.             

Project provides for a systemic and sustainable impact

10

6.             

The project budget is realistic, logically related to the project objectives, has a narrative description and justification

10

Successful applications should include:

  • Estimated Budget (Annex 1);
  • Project proposal (Annex 2);
  • Profile of the organisation (Annex 2(a)) and qualifications of the project team (CVs of team members) including resumes of the project coordinator and involved staff of partner organisations, if applicable;
  • In case of consortium/partnerships: Partnership agreement(s) signed with all organisations involved in the implementation of the Project;
  • Copy of the registration certificate issued by the Agency of Public Services (by both, main applicant and partner organisation);
  • Financial reports/statements for the last 3 year;
  • Upon submission of the project proposal the applicant shall demonstrate that there are no financial debts (unpaid taxes and fines) to the public authorities.

The Project proposal (Annex 2) shall not exceed 10 pages.

For the cost estimation, the maximum budget shall not exceed the amounts listed above per each region. The proposed budget will have to consider the set limits for the following budget lines:

  1. Direct costs – EUR 150,000:
    • Staff – up to 20% of direct costs
    • communication and visibility activities – at least 5% of training costs
    • procurement of goods – up to 20% of direct costs
    • administrative costs – up to 7% of direct costs
  1. Sub-grants for local CSOs – EUR 350,000:
    • 4 grants of up to EUR 30,000
    • 4 grants of up to EUR 25,000
    • 13 grants of up to EUR 10,000

Costs for procurement of equipment are eligible if these are directly contributing to citizens’ empowerment for participation in decision-making only and are of sustainable nature.  

In case of applications submitted by two or more organisations in partnership, the Annex 2(a) “Profile of the organisation” shall be filled in by each organisation. Applications should be submitted in English language. Interested organisations may submit one application only.  

For mentioned above annexes:

  1. Estimated budget template (annex 1);
  2. Project proposal template (annex 2);
  3. Profile of the Organisation (annex 2a)  and eventual questions please address a message to the e-mail: eu4cso-grants@giz.de;

Applications shall be submitted via email at eu4cso-grants@giz.de not later than September 30, 2021, 23.59 p.m., with the note “Anti-Corruption grant application”


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