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).