This call for proposals was launched on 11 June 2019 and closed on 13 July 2019. Under this call, 12 projects received grant funding worth a total of USD 3.4 million.
The call for proposals focused on strengthening cooperation among stakeholders at both the national and subnational levels.
The grant aimed to improve how multi-sectoral nutrition activities were delivered so that they would have a greater impact on nutrition outcomes for nutritionally vulnerable groups at the local level, including women, girls and adolescents, as well as communities.
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.
In accordance with the Pooled Fund project agreement, a competitive call for proposals (CFP) was posted in English, French and Spanish on the UNGM website from 11 June 2019 until 13 July 2019. UNOPS issued the CFP and its annexes (Annex A – Application form, Annex B – Budget detail, Annex C – Budget narrative, and Annex H – Financial reporting) in English, French and Spanish simultaneously.
The CFP was advertised by the SUN Movement through the SUN Movement Secretariat’s communication channels, that is, on its website, on social media and through a direct email campaign. The SUN Movement Civil Society Network Steering Committee also advertised the CFP through its own social media accounts, in newsletters and through a direct email campaign in order to solicit as many eligible applications as possible.
UNOPS, the SUN Movement Secretariat, the SUN Civil Society Network and the SUN Donor Network all supported the solicitation process.
UNOPS received 56 applications. A total of 12 applicants passed the threshold for technical compliance, which was set at 72 points (out of a maximum of 120 points), or 60%. Since the call for proposals stipulated that UNOPS would select a maximum of 10 recipients, the Grant Evaluation Committee selected the top 10-ranked applicants for a grant award. The Grant Evaluation Committee placed the two remaining applicants on the list for a future award in the event that the Consultative Group decided to increase the number of grant awards. The Consultative Group approved including the two remaining candidates in November 2019, when additional funds became available.