ENCISS awards grants to Civil Society Organisations and GoSL
ENCISS is pleased to announce that grants to the tune of 1, 579,023.00 (one million five hundred and seventy nine thousand and twenty three pounds) have been awarded to Civil Society Organisations and Government of Sierra Leone.
These grants are funded by the UKaid from the UK Government’s Department for International Development and the European Union (EU).
Strategic Grants are awarded to CSOs with proven track records that are capable of influencing policies in favour of excluded people – especially women, youth and people with disabilities – at national and district level. They run for two years and are renewed annually, based on performance.
Project Grants explore initiatives that will increase the involvement and interaction between civil society and state at district level; they run for 12 months. Micro projects are short-term activities emerging from community-based organisations, and they run for three to six months.
The first call for proposals was launched on 30th March, for submission of Expression of Interest (EOI) to apply for the grants. A total of 471 EOI forms were received; after an assessment 108 organizations were shortlisted to submit full proposals.
Forty eight organisations were earmarked for the allocation of grants. They comprise 15 Strategic, 14 Project and 19 Micro grants. Of these 48 successful grantees, 24 are located in the Western Area, six in the Southern Province, eight in the Eastern Province and 10 in the Northern Province.
Most of the grants approved cover justice and security, 2012 elections and gender, while projects on youth and local governance account for 22 per cent of the grants awarded.
The ENCISS programme board endorses each call for proposals, provides advice to the ENCISS management team and allocates and awards grants on recommendation from the grants sub committee.
The board comprises 3 CSO representatives; 3 Members of Parliament; 1 Paramount Chief representing traditional authority; 1 donor representative and 1 Christian Aid representative. The ENCISS Executive Director acts as the secretary to the board.
Ongoing support is provided by ENCISS, in order to strengthen the institutional capacity of grant partners. This includes trainings in communication/advocacy, project and financial management; and in specialized skills, to enhance their engagement in gender, youth, elections and justice issues.
During its lifetime, ENCISS will fund a total of 40 Project Grants and 130 Micro Grants, in addition to the entire 15 strategic grants quota already filled at this first call for grants.
By the end of the Programme in 2013, ENCISS intends to leave a legacy of increased capacity of community members, CSOs and government institutions to communicate information to support equitable distribution of resources and access to basic needs.
ENCISS is supported by UKaid from the UK Government’s Department for International Development and the European Union (EU).
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