The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP): Inviting applications for ‘grant’ to develop a new “Approach for selecting, designing, and measuring the impacts of GEF small-grants projects in energy access”.

Funding brief: SGP is calling for proposals based on a new grant making modality to be administered at the regional and global levels. This regional/global grantmaking modality will be used in special circumstances or particular strategic purposes, and will be in addition to the regular ‘Call for Proposals’ (CFP) which are issued by national level SGP country programmes. The principles under which this CFP will work are based on fairness, transparency and integrity. This modality is recommended as the most appropriate solicitation method for announcing available grant support under the competitive selection method. The selection will be undertaken by a committee whose decisions will be final. The eligible entities who may wish to pursue further information related to their proposals may follow the UNOPS advisory related to this call for proposals.

SGP energy solutions use integrated approach going beyond energy sector aiming at increasing climate resilience, reducing poverty, enhancing gender equality and achieving the sustainable development goals consistent with GEF and UNDP focus on inclusive sustainable development. To improve impacts of existing and future projects on renewable energy access, SGP is seeking to systematize lessons learned in the last four years of implementation of the program sixth operational phase (OP6) and develop a solid research and practice informed framework for design and implementation of energy access projects. With the proposed framework SGP is aiming to identify key factors to be considered as part of project design, which would increase the probability of project success defined as long-term project viability and sustainability, wider adoption (where applicable), and (increased) delivery of on-ground development impacts. The framework in the form of practical guidance/recommendations could then be mainstreamed in to the program, used as part of selection criteria, and potentially adapted for use in other sectors. To this end, SGP is calling for proposals to develop a new “Approach for selecting, designing, and measuring the impacts of GEF small-grants projects in energy access”.

The Specific Objectives:
● Review of the baselines, impacts and results of representative projects implemented in SGP sixth Operational Phase (OP6) to establish program context and existing practices.
● Development of relevant framework and set of recommendations
● Identify next steps for piloting and mainstreaming of the framework

Reference: CFP/SGP/CC/01/2018

Donor Name: The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP)
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: Tuesday 11th, September, 2018, before midnight Copenhagen time (CET)

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Grant funding available for this activity is up to a maximum of US $25,000.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: N//A
Project duration: N//A

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● This call for proposal is only open to trusted non-profit entities with high reputation and over 5 years’ working experience in the field of environment, climate change, low carbon technology and renewable energy. Experience working with indigenous communities and grassroots organizations will be considered an asset.
● This experience must be supported by a brief description of the services provided, client and the duration of the contract for a minimum of 3 relevant clients.
● Has working experience or will be ready and willing to work on global level. The specific regions and countries with which the grantee will be working on will be selected based on the size of renewable energy portfolio, interest, availability of relevant information.
● It is expected that the selected grantee organization is capable to undertake the activities listed under section 3 of this CFP as part of the project:

Limitations: Proponents should be:
● International and Regional non-profit organization dedicated in the field of environment, climate change, low carbon technology and renewable energy, and the cause of indigenous peoples and grassroots communities.
● Only organizations that have their own capacity (required qualified personnel, partner organizations and/or affiliate entities), and ability to establish functional mechanism to administer and implement the activities.
O Minimum requirements/qualifications of entities:
● Proven relevant working experience of over 5 years in the field of environment, climate change, low carbon technology and renewable energy. Experience working with indigenous communities and grassroots organizations will be considered an asset. This experience must be supported by a brief description of the services provided, client and the duration of the contract for a minimum of 3 relevant clients.
● Have a minimum of one fully dedicated personnel with at least Masters in Environment and development or related field. Please attach relevant CVs and organizational structure.
● Strong understanding and proven experience in analysing small scale energy investments at the community level in developing countries, understanding of key factors contributing to the success and sustainability of such projects as well as knowledge broader international frameworks of energy, development and climate policies such as Paris agreement, NDCs, SDGs etc.
● The bidder has proven experience in the coordination and delivery of analysis on project data, development of relevant recommendations, and identification and measurement of impact assessment.
● Proven administrative capacity for project financial management, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting.
● Ability to dedicate time and focused effort to produce results and report in a timely manner.
● Other critical considerations:
O Past working experience or ability to work closely with programme partners: list the relevant partners at the global/regional and local level with whom the grantee will be liaising. UNDP, GEF, SGP, CSOs and communities in the target countries.
O Past performance in the scope of work described above, knowledge of the region/countries where the activities will take place, technical capacity, adherence to UN fiduciary requirements of the entity and its officials will be strongly considered when selecting most suitable entity.
O This entity must subscribe to the UN values.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: sgc-grants@unops.org

Other important link:
● Apply:Click to view
● Form: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

● If your organization is interested in submitting a grant proposal in response to this CFP, please kindly prepare a short ‘Expression of Interest’ statement (Annex 1), and submit it at your earliest convenience. Please notice that the complete Project Proposal (Annex 2) must also be submitted no later 11th September 2018

● Where to submit?
Email: sgc-grants@unops.org

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