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

Request for Grant Applications for Moldova Rapid Response Mechanism


Project: Building Resilience in the Eastern Neighbourhood (BREN)

Open to: Civil society organisations, including women’s rights organisations registered in the Republic of Moldova 

Closing Date: 14 August 2022             

Grant Amount: Up to 5 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: 4-6    

Project timeframe: Up to 5 months

This call for grants is a part of the project Building Resilience in the Eastern Neighbourhood (BREN) and aims to provide flexible support to civil society organisations in light of the difficulties endured amid the war in Ukraine.

This call aims to advance the role of civil society and women’s rights organisations, in particular in conflict prevention, community reconciliation, and relief and recovery, and to equip them with additional skills to increase participation in the government decision-making process.  

Applications are open to civil society organisations, including women’s rights organisations. There are no prerequisites for the application. Organisations working outside the capital and organisations already involved in the response to the refugee crisis in Moldova are strongly encouraged to apply. This call aims to encourage partnership among organisations, therefore joint applications are encouraged.

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.

The suggested thematic areas for the applications are the following:

  1. Deepening the understanding of the emerging threats in Moldova and facilitating response:
  • further research of civil society’s needs to better respond to the refugee influx, specifically in response to protection, assistance and solutions for refugees;
  • civil society-led research and discussions into new, emerging hybrid threats, particularly in response to refugee influx, as well as changing geopolitical dynamics in the region;
  • initiatives to strengthen coordination and experience-sharing mechanisms between CSOs to scale-up their response to hybrid threats;
  1. Decreasing ethnic and linguistic discrimination in Moldova:
  • advocacy against discrimination, abuse and differential access to services and protection of vulnerable groups, including ethnic and linguistic minorities and the LGBTQI+ community.
  • activities aimed at increasing the resilience of civil society actors, especially from minority communities, against hate speech and discrimination.
  1. Preventing gender-based violence and promoting the role of women in peace and security in Moldova:


  • prevent and mitigate risks and respond to sexual and gender-based violence in the refugee context;
  • build the capacities of young women and girls to develop and implement activities that promote gender equality, prevent violence, and build peace in their communities.
  • Increase knowledge on the WPS agenda in Russian-speaking communities;

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 is related to the proposed thematic areas. 

 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 the local needs. 

 30 (small grants)

25 (large grants)



The project considers the situational risks and the proposed intervention it is reasonable to conclude that 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 grant applicants 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 Romanian, English or 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 is 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.