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Call for bids: Bilateral Programme Budget (BPB)

The British High Commission in Dhaka is pleased to announce a call for project bid proposals for its Bilateral Programme Budget.

The British High Commission in Dhaka manages a Bilateral Programme Budget on behalf of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The programme funds small, targeted projects which support UK priorities.

2016/17 Programme

A bidding round for prospective projects for the financial year 2016-17 is now open. We are pleased to invite NGO’s/Civil Society, think-tanks, private sector, academic institutions, research bodies and development partners to submit project proposals for this funding stream. We are looking for innovative and creative interventions that will make a difference.

Projects will need to demonstrate clear measureable outcomes, and should contribute to bringing about change at a policy level in order to maximise the impact that a small amount of funding can deliver. Co-funded projects are particularly welcomed. Proposals should be strategically aligned with at least one of the following categories:

  • strengthened democracy with effective, accountable and responsive governance and an empowered civil society
  • support for the rule of law
  • protection and promotion of human rights with a particular focus on freedom of expression, women and minorities, Business and Human Rights (BHR)
  • safeguarding security, including by countering terrorism and countering violent extremism – a focus on vulnerable groups, drivers toward extremism and relevant international and regional best practice
  • an improved investment climate and growth-led climate resilient economic development
  • a deeper understanding of diaspora links between Bangladesh and the UK.

Project bids that seek to hold one off seminars, conferences, and study tours are unlikely to secure funding. While we are happy to accept research based projects, the Programme Board would need to be convinced that such a project would actually have an impact on the issue in the timeframe available. Such projects should clearly explain how the research will be used or disseminated to create impact. The Programme fund does not authorise the purchase of capital goods, such as laptops, vehicles etc.

Our contribution towards each project will be limited to a maximum of £30k. The minimum size of the project proposals that are reviewed for BPB is £5000. All projects need to be completed by the 15th of March 2017.

Selection Criteria

Project proposals must clearly demonstrate how they will support the FCO’s strategy in at least one of the categories mentioned above, how they will benefit Bangladesh and how they will benefit the UK. All projects are assessed by the Programme Board in London, subject to the availability of funds.

Bids will be assessed against the following criteria

  • value for money
  • alignment with the UK’s strategic priorities
  • evidence of local demand, need and benefit
  • creativity and innovation
  • project viability, including capacity of the implementing organisation
  • project design (clear and achievable impact)
  • risk and stakeholder management
  • sustainability.

Key Documents

You can see the full proposal forms and activity based budget template below:

Please ensure you complete all required sections of the form properly as incomplete proposal forms will be rejected. Also complete an activity based budget which will explain how much money is required and how the money will be spent and send alongside your proposal.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submission of project bids is close of play on the 4th of June 2016. Please note that only projects submitted to on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s project bidding form will be considered for review.


You can share your project ideas through email prior to submission of the full proposal for necessary guidance. For further details of the funds available, and information on submitting bids, please contact: