Together for Inclusion Small Grants Initiative

20 Apr 2020
The Together for Inclusion (TOFI) consortium welcomes organisations to apply for funding from its Small Grants initiative. For the first Small Grants application round in 2020, priority will be given to specific initiatives that address the difficult situation experienced by persons with disabilities as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic

 

Introduction/background:
Together for Inclusion is a consortium of 13 Norwegian Disabled Persons’ Organisations (DPOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that have joined forces for an innovative programme to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in five countries (Mozambique, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda).

As part of the project, a Small Grants mechanism has been established earmarking funds for DPOs and NGOs that want to carry out innovative disability-inclusive initiatives and projects.

Objective of the Small Grants Initiative 2020

The overall objective of the Small Grants scheme is to encourage smaller, innovative projects that work to include persons with disabilities. The call for projects is open to innovative projects for, by and with persons with disabilities in the target countries. Projects that have been developed to mitigate the difficult situation faced by persons with disabilities as a result of Covid-19 will be prioritised in the 2020 Small Grants application round. This includes, but is not limited to, efforts to provide inclusive information on the pandemic to persons with disabilities.

Target group:

The target group is persons with long-term disabilities who face barriers that hinder full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with other persons.

Selection process:

The first round of the Small Grants (2020) will be open to projects by Norwegian DPOs and NGOs working in the following countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. NGOs applying for the TOFI Small Grants 2020 must apply with a DPO partner based in the country where the project will be carried out.

Applicants are invited to submit a one-page expression of interest/abbreviated proposal, with a budget. The selection committee then selects the most promising projects who are invited to submit a full application.

Priority will be given to projects where the applicant provides co-financing, but this is not a requirement.

Expression of interest/simplified application process:

The one-page expression of interest should include: 1) Goal, 2) Country/area, 3) Information about the partners in the project, 4) Target group, 5) Brief description of initiative, 5) Budget.

Size of grant:

For 2020, the grants available to each project range from NOK 100 000 to NOK 500 000. (In this round, projects are limited to max. one year.)

Application deadline 2020:

May 6th, 2020, at 15:00. Project applications (expression of interest and budget) should be sent to program@atlas-alliansen.no.

Responsible organisation:

The Atlas Alliance, as the Norad grant holder.

Selection committee:

The Executive Committee of the Together for Inclusion consortium will be in charge of reviewing the applications.  

Eligibility, conditions and criteria:

  1. Eligibility:

Registered Norwegian non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and Disabled Persons’ Organisations (DPOs), with a Norad agreement (either directly or through an umbrella organisation) are eligible to apply.

  1. Conditions:
  2. The applicant must be legally registered as an organisation in Norway. If the organisation is invited to submit a full proposal, the Atlas Alliance will require accurate and comprehensive organisational information.
  3. The applicant must have proven track record showing the necessary capacity to implement the project. Results from previous projects related to disability-inclusive development is a benefit.
  4. The applicant’s financial management is adequate to prevent, identify and follow up financial irregularities and have adopted an anti-corruption plan.
  5. If invited to submit a full proposal, the organisations must present a budget for the entire project, including all income sources and listing other donors.
  6. The applicant must document that the plans and proposal have been developed in collaboration with a DPO in the country in which the project is to be implemented.
  7. If invited to submit a full proposal, the applicant must confirm that they have established ethical guidelines for the organisation, which, as a minimum, fulfil the requirements as laid out in ethical guidelines of the Atlas Alliance.
  8. Assessment criteria:

All projects must meet the following criteria:

  1. Only projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia will be considered.
  2. Funding for administrative costs shall not exceed seven percent of the project’s direct operating costs.
  3. Persons with disabilities must be involved in all stages of the project, including the design of the project, to ensure sustainability, inclusion and legitimacy.

For any questions about the application process, please contact the Atlas Alliance: karianne.bye@atlas-alliansen.no

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