Window 1, Cycle 4

This call for applications was launched on 17 July 2020 and closed on 9 August 2020. It was communicated through existing grantees and through the Civil Society Network. It provided 15 continuation awards with a maximum value per award of USD 50,000.

The call for proposals was a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, threatening to reverse the gains achieved in recent years by Civil Society Alliances supported by the Pooled Fund. National priorities were shifting away from nutrition which led to the hampering of communication, advocacy, malnutrition detection and referrals. As well as diverting funding away from nutrition projects, the pandemic also had a direct impact on people’s livelihoods and nutrition security.

The activities of national Civil Society Alliances have been particularly affected and almost all available funding has been redirected to address and mitigate the direct effects of the pandemic at the cost of regular activities, including building sustainability.

With this in mind, this funding call invited national Civil Society Alliances to apply for small grants to help them weather the COVID-19 crisis and/or to address any other unexpected crisis that may have challenged recent progress in nutrition at national level. The grant aimed to help them build fit-for-purpose, sustainable civil society networks and national ecosystems.

The application was open to all national Civil Society Alliances and organizations that are benefiting or have benefited from Pooled Fund support under Window 1 (through Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 calls).

The Grant Evaluation Committee considered each proposal in a two-stage selection process. The first stage of the process assessed the eligibility of each applicant and whether their application was compliant. The second stage involved a programmatic evaluation of the merits of the proposal, the project activities and project budget.

The call for applications was circulated in English, French and Spanish via existing grantees and the Civil Society Network by email on 17 July 2020. Interested applicants were asked to submit their application forms together with annexes (budget, logframe and workplan) and any supporting documents (optional) by email before 9 August 2020 (17:00 Geneva time). The contact details of the Civil Society Network global and regional representatives were contained in the call information note for applicants. These focal points could be contacted for any questions or support during the application process.

UNOPS received 32 applications. Following the eligibility review, 7 applications were considered ineligible and the remaining 25 advanced to the evaluation stage.

A total of 19 applicants passed the threshold for technical compliance, which was set at 70 points (out of a maximum of 100 points), or 60%.

The Grant Evaluation Committee recommended that grants be awarded to 15 applicants who scored highest in the evaluation. They also recommended that the remaining four grant applicants that passed the evaluation but did not come in the top 15 be put on the list for a future award under this same solicitation process, should the Consultative Group approve additional awards, or should one or more of the selected recipients decline the grant award.