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Bilateral Programme Budget DRC 2015-16: Calling for bids

Funding available for projects that will support the UK’s Priorities in DRC

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The British Embassy Kinshasa’s Bilateral Programme Budget (BPB) is aimed at projects that will improve bilateral links between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the UK and support the UK’s Priorities in DRC.

Priority Areas for Funding

Our priority areas for project funding this year are: • Human Rights • Democracy, and Civic and Electoral Education • Prosperity • Climate change, fight against global warming This list is not exclusive, and any strong project that supports any of the Strategic Priorities will be considered.

How much money is available for funding?

The budget for this financial year is £36,000 (over 47 million Congo Democratic Francs). Except in special circumstances, amounts provided to projects will generally not exceed £ 5,000. Above all, projects should be presented well, realistic and represent good value for money. Projects must be completed by March 2016.

What the Bilateral Programme will not fund

The Programme will not provide money for an organisation’s core running costs, (e.g. salaries, utilities, rent, transport, etc), it will not purchase vehicles for projects, it will not support private commercial businesses, (eg piggeries, poultry and other similar ventures), it will not fund micro-finance / loan schemes. The British Embassy Kinshasa does not have a fund that provides money for school fees. Please do not apply for funding for any of the above.

Reporting and Monitoring

Once a project concept has been approved a full project bid form should be completed making a case for the funding of the project. The bid form should contain documentary evidence of any assertions made by the implementers about the intended area of work. Periodic reports will be required from all funded projects and should include full financial accounts for the money used. Original receipts must be submitted for any project expenditure. Physical checks will be made on all ongoing projects. We expect 50% spend by end of October, 70% spend by December and 100% spend by end of February. A completion report will be required usually within one month of the end of the project. Final payments will only be made after this has been submitted and approved.

Note: Money is paid out three months in arrears after verification of receipts and expenses. Implementers are therefore expected to deliver activities and claim reimbursement every three months.

When to apply:

The British Embassy Kinshasa will receive applications from 25 May to 30 October 2015. Organisations may apply for funding in the subsequent months but this will depend on how much allocation is unused. All BPB projects are annual, to be delivered within our Financial year (April 2015 to March 2016)

How to apply:

All bids should be filled out on a project concept form. All relevant forms are attached above. Completed project proposals should be emailed in soft copy to aaron.kakesse@fco.gov.uk.

The Bilateral Programme Fund is not the only assistance the UK gives to DRC. Please contact DFID for details of other funding that may be available.