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British Embassy San Jose: 2018-2019 call for bids

The British Embassy in San Jose is now accepting project proposals for the 2018/2019 financial year (July 2018 – March 2019).

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This year the British Embassy is seeking to support projects in Costa Rica and Nicaragua that focus on the following themes:

  • Human Rights and Democracy - strengthened democratic governance and rule of law; increased equality and non-discrimination for women and disadvantaged groups
  • Economic Growth and Inclusion – fostering economic inclusion and improving the business environment

We are looking for projects which deliver real, measurable outcomes in support of development in the country and are particularly interested in project proposals aimed at the following outcomes:

  1. Increased accountability and transparency, demonstrated, for example, through improved Transparency Index scores or stronger mechanisms for checks and balances in institutional frameworks, leading to greater alignment of policies and practices in line with international standards
  2. Reforms and implementation of policies aimed at promoting conditions for open markets and improving the business environment, such as, but not limited to promoting competitiveness, streamlining processes to facilitate trade, tackling bureaucracy and reducing the potential for illicit trade
  3. Strengthening of digital trade and e-commerce initiatives that seek to close the digital divide, to facilitate growth and development
  4. Greater economic inclusion through entrepreneurship and innovation, especially for women entrepreneurs
  5. Decrease in reported gender-based violence, discrimination and harassment towards women and marginalised groups

Bid Guidance

  • projects are funded for a single financial year running from 1st July 2018 to 31st March 2019, with no expectation of continued funding beyond this period
  • minimum budget limit: $10,000
  • maximum budget limit: $20,000

Assessment

Bids will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • alignment with the above mentioned thematic priorities and outcomes
  • outcomes are achievable within the funding period
  • project design includes clear monitoring and evaluation procedures
  • sustainability demonstrating that project benefits continue after the funding ends
  • risk and financial accountability procedures
  • the organisation’s safeguarding policies that ensure protection of beneficiaries
  • overall value for money
  • administration costs for delivering a project should not exceed 10% of the total project budget

Process

  1. Project proposals must be received by midnight on 7 June. Late proposals will not be considered
  2. Proposals must be submitted using the attached forms only (see below)
  3. Proposals must be submitted to UK.ProjectsCRNic@fco.gov.uk
  4. Project proposals selected for further consideration will be notified on 15 June

Key documents and guidance:

Project Proposal Form

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Activity Based Budget

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Guidance for completing Activity Based Budget

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Contact:

Denise Lewis Martinez,

Programme and Communications Officer

UK.ProjectsCRNic@fco.gov.uk

Published 17 May 2018