Request for Grant Applications: Building Resilience in the Eastern Neighbourhood (BREN), Moldova

Request for Grant Applications

Project: Building Resilience in the Eastern Neighbourhood (BREN)

Open to: Civil society organisations, and women’s rights organisations from Moldova

Closing Date:   14 August 2022

Grant Amount:  Up to 4 small grants for a minimum amount of 20,000 GBP and a maximum of 50,000 GBP. Up to 2 large grants for up to 75,000 GBP may be awarded.

Estimated number of awards: 6-8   

Project timeframe: Up to 5 months


The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) is currently accepting applications from civil society organisations and women’s rights organisations from Moldova as part of the project Building Resilience in the Eastern Neighbourhood (BREN).

The aim of this call is to support civil society organisations (CSOs) and women’s rights organisations (WROs) to prioritise and protect progress on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in central and local governments in Moldova.

This call is a part of the wider BREN project and the applicants are required to participate in its national and regional experience-sharing and capacity building activities.

In addition, it is mandatory for the applicants to fill out the capacity assessment questionnaire. Please note that the questionnaire may become the basis for further funds available for CSOs and WROs to strengthen their organisations.


Applications are open to civil society and women’s rights organisations registered in Moldova. Interested applicants should aim to build on already existing efforts in Moldova around WPS issues and try to identify and fill gaps in these efforts.

IWPR can fund activities that focus on:

  • Production of materials: this can include research, production of educational, promotional or media content around the project issues.
  • Advocacy: this can include advocacy activities targeted at government, local government, or community entities, such as educational and religious institutions. Activities involving the creation of networks for advocacy purposes are encouraged
  • Community work: activities focusing on increasing knowledge around WPS, especially in ethnic, religious and linguistic minority, LGBTQI+ communities. Such activities should aim to increase the participation of these communities in discussion and decision-making processes involving WPS issues.

The proposed projects should be no longer than five months. The advised budget range for the projects is between 20,000-50,000 GBP for small grants and up to 75,000 GBP for large grants.

We strongly encourage applications from:

  • Organisations led by women and/or youth;
  • Orgnisations led by ethnic and religious minorities and the LGBTQI+ community;
  • Organisations working outside the capital, including those working in the Transnistrian region and the autonomous region of Gagauzia;
  • Newly formed organisations;
  • Organisations with specific experience in WPS.

This call aims to faciliate partnership among organisations, therefore joint applications are encouraged, especially from the following combinations:

  • organisations based in and outside Chisinau;
  • organisations that have different areas of expertise;
  • CSOs partnered with media organisations and/or outlets;
  • organisations on both banks of the Nistru River;
  • organisations led by majority (ethnic, religious, sexual orientation and gender identity) and minority (ethnic, religious, sexual orientation and gender identity) groups.

The potential applicants should demonstrate:

  • Respect for gender equality and diversity;
  • Conflict and gender sensitivity;
  • Ability to identify, analyse and mitigate risks;
  • Transparency and accountability in project management, including management of finances;
  • Willingness to learn and share experience with other grant recipients.
  • A sustainability plan to continue the work started under the grant.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of thematic areas for potential projects:

1. Supporting progress of the Women, Peace and Security framework in Moldova.

  • Advocacy activities with central or local government, to prioritise the WPS agenda, including the development, monitoring and budgeting of the new Moldovan National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325;
  • Localisation of the National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Activities in these areas should build on existing efforts in Moldova.
  • Creating robust partnerships/connections/communication among non-state and state actors to advocate for women’s meaningful participation in peace, stability, and security processes.
  • Foster regional cooperation and dialogue on women, peace and security in the Eastern Neighbourhood region.

2. Increasing inclusion of diverse groups in peace and security discussion and decision-making

  • Raise awareness on WPS among women from both banks of the Nistru River, ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities, and LGBTQI+ communities;
  • Build the capacity of women from both banks of the Nistru River, ethnic, linguistic or religious minorities, and LGBTQI+ communities to advocate for important issues with local government bodies;
  • Provide informal education opportunities for girls on the issues of gender and WPS, in particular outside the capital and large cities;

Specific Requirements for Large Grant Applicants

Large grant applicants (up to 75,000 GBP) must demonstrate they have successfully implemented a grant project of at least 50,000 GBP in the past three years. Applicants who do not demonstrate this requirement will be rejected.

Large grant applicants must address its sustainability plan for the project, including identifying the multiplier effect of the project and funding sources for activities following the grant project.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by IWPR based on the set criteria as described in the below table. Applicants who earn at least 70 points total, and at least half the maximum points for each criteria listed below (e.g., at least 15 points for a criteria with a maximum of 30 points), will be shortlisted and considered for the next evaluation stage.



Maximum points


Adequate response to the call objectives

The project design responds to the objectives outlined in this call and proposes adequate solutions to the relevant challenges in Moldova. It builds on already existing activities and has an added value.

 30 (small grants)

25 (large grants)


Technical approach

Proposed project design presents a clear situation analysis, identifies objectives, outputs, and activities of the project, which are coherent to one another. The project design is addressing local needs. 

 30 (small grants)

25 (large grants)



The project considers the situational risks and the proposed intervention can be implemented with moderate risks. The project timeline is reasonable.  



Cost evaluation

The project budget is clear and corresponds to the technical approach. The included costs are reasonable and needed to achieve the project objectives. 



Sustainability (Large Grants of up to 75,000 GBP only)

The proposal should clearly explain how the project will have a multiplier effect and be sustainable beyond the life of the grant.  A good proposal will show it will have an impact beyond the direct beneficiaries of the grant (e.g. participants trained under a grant go on to train other people; workshop participants use skills from a workshop to enhance a national level election that affects the entire populace).  A good proposal will also show how it will garner donor support for the continuation of the activities after IWPR funding ceases


Maximum total technical scoring:


Application Process

Interested organisations should submit the filled in application and budget form to

The application and budget forms can be downloaded here:

Applications can be submitted in English, Romanian and Russian languages. The English language is preferred; however, the language of the submission will not affect the decision on the award.

In addition, the applicants shall submit the capacity assessment questionnaire. Please note, that the capacity assessment questionnaire may be the prerequisite for additional available funding in the areas of organisational and capacity building.

Questions can be directed to Replies to questions will be provided by IWPR staff until 12 August 2022.

IWPR will organise an online information session for interested applicants on 28 July 2022 between 11.00-12.00 am Chisinau time. Interested organisations can register for the information session here:

About IWPR

The Institute for War and Peace Reporting ( is an international non for profit organisation with head offices in London and Washington DC. IWPR builds peace and democracy through free and fair media. It strengthens local media at the frontlines of conflict and change, working in three dozen countries and territories around the world. This includes establishing independent local media; training local reporters, editors and producers; supporting extensive in-depth reporting on human rights, good governance and related issues; disseminating professional reporting in developing countries and internationally; and strengthening communications capacity of local human rights, international justice and women’s organisations.

About BREN

The project Building Resilience in the Eastern Neighbourhood (BREN) is supported by the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund of the United Kingdom and implemented by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)  in partnership with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP).

The BREN project contributes to enabling CSOs to deliver transformative change in the peace and security area to increase human security for women and marginalised, vulnerable and socially excluded groups in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Moldova.