FMM West Africa Fund Inviting Non-State Actors in 16 Countries: Funds of 100,000 Euros to Support Migrants

Deadline: 15 August 2015

The Free Movement of Persons and Migration (FMM) in West Africa is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for its grants and capacity building services to Non-State actors (NSA) to scale up effective and comprehensive free movement and migrant assistance services, as well as to reinforce the cross-border cooperation.

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The FMM West Africa Fund was established to provide a coordinated support to NSAs and Local Authorities (LA) in West Africa, in line with the ECOWAS Common Approach of migration, the Vision 20-20 and the Draft Action Plan on Gender and Migration (2015-2020).

Thematic Areas of the Fund

  1. Strengthening the free movement of persons, right of residence and establishment in the ECOWAS region;
  2. Supporting the cross- border movement of populations and promoting cross-border cooperation;
  3. Protection of vulnerable migrants and preventing violation of their fundamental human rights;
  4. Protection and empowerment of migrant workers;
  5. Reintegration of returning migrants;
  6. Gender and migration dimension.

Eligible Countries: ECOWAS member states which includes: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo,Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Niger and/or Mauritania.

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Project Information

  • Project location: The proposed project must be implemented in one or more ECOWAS Member States and/or Mauritania.
  • Project duration: The planned duration of the project may not be less than 12 months and not exceed 18 months.
  • Project budget: The total budget of the proposed project must fall between 50, 000 EUR and 100,000 EUR.

Eligibility Criteria


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  • Applicants eligible to receive grants from the FMM West Africa Fund must be Non-State Actors legally registered and operating in one of the 15 ECOWAS member states (listed above) or Mauritania. Eligible Non-State Actors include:
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs);
  • Economic and Social partners ( such as Trade unions and Employer’s associations);
  • Private sector ( such as Business organisations and other private sector associations);
  • Traders and Transporters Associations or Syndicates;
  • Media organizations;
  • Migrants associations.


  • The organisation must be legally registered;
  • The organisation has a management structure with clearly defined and divided roles and responsibilities;
  • The organisation has sufficient technical and institutional capacity necessary for the efficient and effective implementation of the proposed project;
  • The organisation documented a sufficient administrative and accountability capacity;
  • The organisation has an annual statement of accounts and an internal control system with adequate internal manuals and financial guidelines;
  • The organisation has a bank account operated by more than one signatory, and opened minimum two years ago.


In order to enhance local ownership, applicants are encouraged to submit proposals in partnership with public local authorities. Eligible public local authorities include:

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  • Municipalities;
  • Associations of municipalities;
  • Local councils;
  • Local administrative bodies of decentralized government institutions from cross-border areas.

Application Process

  • The FMM West Africa Fund follows a two-step application process:
    • Concept Note
    • Full Proposal
  • Concept Notes should be prepared in accordance with the template provided in Annex 1 and written in one of the ECOWAS official languages (English, French or Portuguese) and should be accompanied by the following annexes:
    • Administrative Identification Form
    • Partnership Declaration (if any)
    • Copy of a valid certificate of registration of the organization
    • Organisational Chart of the organization
    • Check-List for Concept Note
  • The Concept Note and annexes must be submitted via email.
  • Applicants whose Concept Notes have been successful will be invited to submit a Full Proposal.

Note: Applications sent by any other means or delivered to other email addresses will not be considered.

For more information, please visit Call for Proposals West Africa.

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