The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII) issued the call for proposals to provide funding support to indigenous organizations or organizations working for indigenous people under the Trust Fund’s Small Grants Programme (click here to read more about this opportunity). Before you can apply to this opportunity, we have listed below some important points to be remembered by applicants:
1) The foremost point is eligibility: Is my NGO eligible to apply? If you are an indigenous organization with the chief functionary being a member of the indigenous communities or board members comprising of indigenous persons, you have an added advantage. Otherwise, if you are just working with indigenous communities in your area, you can still apply. In another sense, both NGOs and CBOs associated with indigenous people’s development can apply to this grant.
2) The second important point to be noted down is the deadline. UNFPII started accepting proposals from 1 July onwards. It will continue accepting them till 1 September 2011. Since there is a need to make lot of preparations before writing the application, make sure you have enough time to submit a quality-oriented proposal.
3) Proposals have to be submitted by email to UNFPII (the email is given in the application form and in the grant guidelines) or by regular post. Thankfully no complicated registrations or online application systems that create technical confusions for small organizations in applying.
4) The grant limit is $10,000 for one year of project activities. Only in exceptional cases, grants of up to $20,000 can be requested, but if you are a small NGO or CBO, just keep your budget limited to less than $10,000.
5) An important component of this grant application process is “Consent.” The consent of the beneficiaries i.e. the indigenous communities for whom the project will be implemented is necessary. The consent should be given by the leaders/representatives of the beneficiaries in writing and submitted along with the proposal.