Monday, April 07, 2014

Call for Proposals: Advocacy Grant for HIV, SOGIE, and Human Rights


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ADVOCACY GRANT FOR HIV, SOGIE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Expression of Interest No. : EOI No. TLY-05
Date Issued : March 24, 2014 (Monday) 
Closing Date and Time : April 20, 2014 (Sunday); 5:00 PM

Subject : Call for Proposals – CBO Advocacy Grant Support 
E-mail Address : info@loveyourself.ph (cc: pngoc.iseanhivos@gmail.com)

Introduction:

In 2010, to address the increased vulnerability of men having sex with men (MSM) as well as transgenders (TG) to HIV transmission, especially in the context of South East Asia, the Insular Southeast Asian Network on MSM, TG, and HIV (ISEAN) and the Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (Hivos), jointly submitted a regional proposal to the Global Fund Round 10. The grant agreement was approved and the contract for the grant was signed on October 6, 2011. This grant, has since then been called, the ISEAN-Hivos Program.
For more information about IHP, visit: http://me.isean.asia/final/about

About the Advocacy Grant:

One of the major strategies of the program during Phase I was to provide support for MSM and TGs CBOs through a granting of initial funding for engagement and project/activities implementation. The CBO Support Grant successfully provided eleven (11) CBOs with grants. These grants were used for the CBOs’ organizational development and engagements with local stakeholders in the HIV response.
As the epidemic continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, there is a bigger need for community-led advocacy initiatives. Therefore, there will be three rounds of grants for the three-year duration of Phase II that will focus on funding innovative advocacy projects/activities. 

This grant mechanism is called, “Advocacy Grant for HIV, SOGIE and Human Rights.”

The Advocacy Grant’s themes are: 
1) advocacy, 2) demand generation, and 3) equity. 

It also has the following objectives:
1. Provide equitable funding opportunities for various MSM and TG CBOs, including hard-to-reach subpopulations; and,
2. Implement game-changing advocacy projects/activities in the HIV response, SOGIE advocacy and Human Rights.

For the first round, a total of six (6) grants will be given to successful CBOs. All IHP P2’s sub sub-recipients will handle two (2) grants each.

Eligible CBOs:
MSM and TG CBOs that are/have:
1. Registered or government accredited (i.e. SEC, DSWD, LGU) as non-profit organizations implementing programs/projects/activities that address the issues and concerns of males having sex with males, transgenders and HIV; 
2. Existing organizational bank account; and,
3. Established accounting system;
CBOs that do not meet requirements #2 and/or #3 shall be required to look for a conduit that would meet these requirements.
Requirements for Proposal:
All applicants should submit the following requirements (The proposal should not exceed to 3 to 5 pages using Arial font size 11):
a) Cover letter/Letter of Intent explaining how the proposed activity would meet the grant objectives
b) Proposal/concept note should contain the following:
    • Title of the Project
    • Implementing Organization / Contact Person / Address
    • Rationale / Background of the Grant-supported Activity
    • Objectives
    • Key Activities / Expected output
    • Budget (include counterpart contributions)
    • Activity workplan using the IHP template (to be provided by IHP Staff)

c) Organizational Profile (i.e. VMG, history, list of activities implemented, names of board members, officers and staff)
d) Certified True Copy of Registration/Accreditation Certificates (SEC, BIR, etc.)
e) List of local partners (i.e. government, NGOs and private)
f) Two letters of recommendation from local partners (scanned)
g) Certification of NO legal or administrative case pending in court against the CBOs and its key officers (IHP format)
h) Financial report of the previous year signed by the Chair and the Treasurer

Allowable Activities:
a. Demand-generation events (e.g. AIDS Candlelight Memorial [ACM], World AIDS Day [WAD] activities)
b. Advocacy Fora (e.g. multi-stakeholders meeting, dialogue with local policy-makers)
c. Evidence-building (e.g. documentation of SOGIE and HIV-related human rights violations, etc.)
Project Duration and Allowable Support:
The project should be completed in four months (May to August 2014 ONLY). 
Each CBO may only be awarded one (1) grant per annual grant cycle. CBOs may submit up to two (2) proposals.
The maximum grant for each successful applicant is 100,000 PHP.


Submission Procedure:
Interested applicants should submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) Cover Letter, together with the all required documents via email to info@loveyourself.ph (cc: pngoc.iseanhivos@gmail.com on or before 5:00 PM on April 20, 2014 (Sunday), addressed to Mr. Ronivin Pagtakhan, Executive Director of Love Yourself, Inc.

Technical review of all applications and approval will be done by the review team of the IHP-Philippines. All approved applications will be made known through official communication. Approved grants of CBOs will be contracted by Love Yourself, Inc.