ResourcesFunding call for proposals

Local calls simplify the financing process for stakeholders implementing transformative and context-relevant projects that result in meaningful progress. Grants not only go towards new projects with funds also made available for the continuation of programmes or when scaling up successful initiatives.
The bottom line is to reach the most marginalized, embedding principles of equity, transparency and accountability, and unlocking alternative sources of public and private capital. All gains leveraged through multi-partner trust fund financing go towards making inroads for 2030 Agenda achievement.

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Purpose of the ‘call’: Ramping up efficiency, accountability, and innovation 
Most multi-partner trust fund secretariats issue calls for proposals, so interested partners (current or prospective) can pitch fund-related projects. Not only does this encourage ongoing stakeholder engagement, but it supports SDG gains across the humanitarian-development nexus.
Depending on the fund and context, international and local NGOs, civil society organizations, government institutions, and private sector outfits may be eligible to receive blended sources of financing that are used in the design and delivery of innovative and effective initiatives that contribute to sustainable, multi-level action.

The application process
Fund secretariats often welcome proposals from a range of interested stakeholders—with United Nations organizations and civil society partners being the biggest bidders and contenders. Depending on the fund, stakeholders are at liberty to submit various types of proposals. The Peacebuilding Fund Secretariat accepts proposals from three tiers of applicants (maximum three joint UN recipient agencies, UN and civil-society organizations, and civil society organizations as direct recipients). Other funds, meanwhile, finance collaborators through dedicated windows or issue-focused response grants.
In most cases, a successful proposal passes through two stages, the first comprising Q+A sessions, concept note design, online submission, and panel of experts review. Fund secretariats communicate results to all applicants within eight to twelve weeks following the close of a call.
In the second stage, successful applicants must submit full project proposals that go under review prior to the disbursement of funds. Local organizations, in particular, should apply for new funding opportunities.

For more information on specific calls, thematic areas of focus, eligibility, guidelines, terms and conditions, deadlines, and focal points, visit the fund webpage or contact the responsible secretariat for more details.


Ongoing calls for proposals 

Joint SDG Fund

This call supports a new generation of transformative, government-led, integrated initiatives that leverage the best expertise and resources to address complex issues and speed up SDG attainment. The focus is on strengthening resilience and ending the vulnerabilities of small island developing states (SIDS), and the overall funding envelope is $30 million US dollars. All SIDS countries are eligible to receive funding. 

Intended to be catalytic, funding will support programmatic solutions of two years or fewer, with a budget of $1 million US dollars per country. Multi-country offices are eligible for funding envelopes corresponding to locality and populations served, and reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

For more information on the Joint SDG call.

The Elsie Initiative Fund

The second round of Elsie Initiative Fund for Uniformed Women in Peace Operations programmes cover three types of activities:

  1. Barrier assessments to identify the primary factors impeding the deployment of uniformed women peacekeepers to United Nations missions.
  2. Projects increase meaningful participation of uniformed women peacekeepers in United Nations missions.
  3. Premium for the deployment of gender-strong units that includes a substantial representation of women overall, and in positions of authority.

For the latter, interventions must include gender-equity training to all unit members, and have adequate material to ensure parity of deployment conditions for all peacekeepers.

For more information on the Elsie Initiative call. 

Global Fund for Coral Reefs

Right now, call for expressions of interest for prospective convening agents are open to the following country programmes: Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Mozambique, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, and Viet Nam. Eligible applicants must be a non-profit, non-governmental organisation or inter-governmental organisation.

Designated country or regional programme leads are the 'convening agents' and they bring together a consortium of local and international partners to implement activities under the Global Fund for Coral Reefs Theory of Change

Click here for more information on the Global Fund for Coral Reefs call.

Women's Peace and Humanitarian Fund

The Women's Peace and Humanitarian Fund finances local organizations and projects led by, and work for women and girls, in the Philippines. Initiatives are high impact, innovative and contribute directly to increasing women’s participation, advocating for (and ensuring accountability on) the WPS agenda, and enhancing women’s decision making in conflict prevention processes and response.

This call for proposals will allocate financing to local civil society organizations in the Philippines working on the above issues.

For more information on the Women's Peace and Humanitarian Fund call.