R4CR will launch 7 calls for proposals during the programme implementation period (2020-2024) – under which projects for and by CSOs can be funded.
In the first year, the Grants Facility will take the form of ‘Quick win’ rounds to fast track the grants facility from the moment the programme is operational. Quick win projects are characterized by simple, straightforward and one-off activities with a maximum implementation period of six calendar months.
The Quick win rounds will be formally announced and selection of successful proposals will be made by the Project Implementation Unit based on a rolling basis – meaning that solid projects which meet the criteria and pass the selection process can be financed immediately rather than having to wait until a particular deadline has passed. In this way, the Grant Scheme can take off fast with quick results to be shown to all stakeholders. The focus for the quick win projects are on activities covering a limited time frame which can be quickly realized. This could be repair of broken fences, information signs or small repairs of buildings. However also other activities can be taken into account such as awareness raising, skills development or training, as long as they can be completed within the period of six calendar months.
The Quick Wins rounds can fund projects for and by CSOs up to a maximum of 50.000 USD.
Beyond year one and following the ‘quick win’ rounds, an additional five regular application rounds will be organized. The regular call for proposals can cover a longer time frame compared to the quick wins. Apart from the fact that the regular rounds can finance projects with a duration longer than 6 months, another difference with the quick win round is that evaluation of proposals will not take place on a rolling basis but will be done once a certain deadline has passed (of course, this deadline will be communicated at the launch of the call for proposals).
During each round, civil society organizations are invited to submit their project proposals in order to qualify for funding. Naturally, there are criteria that determine whether a project is eligible are not. First of all, projects should fit within the following categories and sectors:
1. Community Councils/Neighborhood initiatives;
2. Daycare Centers/ Afternoon School Programs & Activities;
3. Sports & Recreational Activities/Facilities;
4. Nature & Environment;
5. Art, Cultural, Archaeological and Heritage Activities;
6. Psycho-social and Emotional Support;
7. Poverty Relief;
8. Youth Employment/Entrepreneurship ;
9. Skills Development;
10. Tackling Gender-based Violence.
In addition, the projects should be focused on reconstruction, resilience and service provision. Therefore, no major construction may be foreseen under the project.
Each round of applications has the same steps and pattern to foster predictability and consistency between the different rounds.
Below is the schematic overview of these steps from announcement of the call for proposals to the closure of a project financed under the grant scheme:
You are invited to download and read R4CR’s Grant Manual. Within the Manual each step is explained in detail. In addition, here you can find the applicable rules and regulations for projects to be financed – as well as the formats to be used to submit project proposals and accompanying budgets. The Manual can be found here . In addition, please take a look at the presentation of the first Quick Win round in which the steps and procedures for getting your project proposal approved are explained. You can find the video here .