The bidding round for the 2016-17 Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy opened on 18 January 2016.
The Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy is the FCO’s dedicated strategic programme fund supporting global human rights and democracy work. Through targeted projects, it aims to address the root causes of human rights violations, strengthening institutions and governance, supporting the promotion and protection of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
The MCFHRD is a strategic programme; we therefore assess every bid we receive carefully for impact and fit with both the overarching MCFHRD strategy, and the UK objectives for that country.
We are pleased to invite project concepts for 2016-2017 funding for the following three interconnected thematic areas:
- Democratic values and the rule of law - Uphold universal rights, democracy and the rule of law as key building blocks for more secure and prosperous societies
- The rules-based international order - Support an effective rules-based international order that stands up for universal rights
- Human rights for a stable world - Promote a more stable world by upholding universal rights in tackling conflict and extremism
Who may bid
The MCFHRD accepts project bids from civil society, commercial organisations, governments, think tanks, other UK government departments and international organisations which demonstrate that they have:
- Experience in project management
- Previous experience working with international agencies / organisations - preferably
- Proof of NGO registration and profile
- Sufficient technical, financial, human and logistical capacity
- An understanding of the appropriate legal requirements to carry out in-country activity
The deadline for submission of concept bids is February 5, 2016 and will be assessed by the Embassy Programme Board. Successful bidders will then be invited to submit a full project proposal by March 4, 2016 with further instructions. If you do not hear back from the Embassy by March 4, 2016, please assume that your concept bid has been unsuccessful.
We welcome projects jointly funded with other donors as a way of increasing impact and enhancing co-ordination. All projects must demonstrate how they complement the efforts of other donors and bring added value. We strongly encourage projects that seek to secure future funding from other bodies (e.g. EU, UN) for follow-on work.
Projects should begin at any time from 1 April 2016 and must be completed by the end of February 2017.
How to apply
- Read the strategy carefully and ensure that any proposals you are considering are a good fit.
- Use the template provided below to submit a Project Concept Note by 5 February (unless advised differently by the British Embassy in Tashkent), of no more than three pages in length.
- For single-country proposals, send to the British Embassy in Tashkent firstname.lastname@example.org
- For multi-country proposals, send to HRD.Programme@fco.gov.uk.
- It is also a good idea to discuss your project proposal in advance and in good time with the relevant project officer at the British Embassy.
- Successful implementers will be invited to submit a full proposal by 4 March. The British Embassy will advise you on which proposal form to complete depending on the value of the project. The deadline for submission to the FCO, of the full project proposals is 4 March (unless advised differently by the Embassy).
Bids will be assessed against the following criteria:
- value for money
- alignment with MCFHRD Strategy and the FCO human rights themes.
- evidence of local demand or need
- project viability, including capacity of implementing organisation(s)
- project design, including clear, achievable impact
- risk and stakeholder management
We Cannot Fund
- Capital purchases, e.g. purchase of buildings, vehicles, office machinery
- Flight costs above economy class
- External consultants to evaluate project work
- Participation in academic courses or academic research
- We fund various costs associated with implementation/delivery of activities, but we cannot fund all general office costs and salaries. These can only be covered up to 10% of the total cost of the project. Note that honoraria for experts should be included into an activity where an expert is contributing.
Full proposal documents
See the guidance documents above for more information on the bidding process.
You can see the full proposal forms and activity based budget template below:
Project concepts must be submitted electronically to email@example.com indicating “Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy Concept Bid” in the subject field. Please send your inquiries if any to firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 5 February, 2016, 5pm Tashkent time.