SUN Movement Pooled Fund 2018-2020

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The SUN Movement Pooled Fund was formulated in 2017 as a last resort, catalytic source of grant funding to support SUN Civil Society Alliance activities at the national and subnational level. The grants will be administered by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The recommendations of the SUN Civil Society Network members, the SUN Movement Strategy and Roadmap (2016-2020), and the lessons learned from the SUN Movement Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) have informed the design of the grant programme.

Window I – Cycle I Call for Proposals

The Window I Cycle I  focuses on activities that best reflect the unique roles and potential to contribute to scale up nutrition for each stakeholder. Funding these actions, which are aligned with the priorities of their national multi-stakeholder platforms for nutrition, will help to accelerate progress and realise the added value of multi-stakeholder contributions to national priorities for scaling up nutrition. While the eligibility and success of projects focuses on actions that deliver results for nutrition, the Pooled Fund can also involve support for the start-up or expansion of national SUN Civil Society Alliances (CSAs) to participate in the national Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) to ensure a coordinated, aligned and effective national response to malnutrition.

The SUN Movement Pooled Fund has, at this stage, one primary area for work, and thus one window for funding: “Strengthened participation by in-country non-state stakeholders (civil society, private sector actors, academics, and journalists, among others) and parliamentarians in national multi-stakeholder platforms to implement scale up nutrition plans.”

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

In accordance with the Pooled Fund Project Agreement, a competitive Call for Proposals (CFP) was publically posted in English, French, and Spanish on the UN Global Marketplace from 1 May to 11 June 2018.  UNOPS received a total of 67 applications.  Of those 67 applications, 28 passed the initial eligibility criteria and were evaluated by the Pooled Fund Grant Evaluation Committee.

The CFP was advertised by the SUN Movement through the SUN Movement Secretariat’s communication channels, e.g. website, social media, and direct email campaign.  The CFP was also advertised by the SUN Movement Civil Society Network Steering Committee, who used their separate social media, newsletters, and direct email campaign to solicit as many eligible applications as possible.

UNOPS, the SUN Movement Secretariat, the Civil Society Network, and the Donor Convener Network all supported the grant solicitation process.

A total of 21 applicants passed the threshold for technical compliance, which was set at 72:120 points, or 60%.  The funds will support the 2018 Funding Window One, which aims to “strength[en] participation by in-country non-state stakeholders (civil society, private sector actors, academics, and journalists, among others) and parliamentarians in national multi-stakeholder platforms to implement scale up nutrition plans”.

Window I – Cycle II Call for Proposals

The 2019 SUN Movement Pooled Fund has one primary area for work, and thus one window for funding:

“Strengthened participation by in-country non-state stakeholders (civil society, private sector actors, academics, and journalists, among others) and parliamentarians in national multi-stakeholder platforms to implement scale up nutrition plans.”

Priority is given to projects from national Civil Society Alliances that demonstrate the use of partnerships to achieve objectives outlined in the National Nutrition Plans.  More emphasis will be given on improving nutrition outcomes and less on creating new processes and structures. Focus will be on strengthening collaboration at country level between different networks through joint planning and collaboration on concrete activities.