Open calls

Additional Call for Proposals For complementary activities of already supported projects

Announcement date: 2015-10-23 

1. Introduction 

The Human Rights Monitoring Institute together with partner OSFL Projects is announcing an Additional Call for proposals to project promoters of already supported and still not completed projects (hereinafter referred to as Additional Call). Projects are considered not completed until the project end date indicated in Project Implementation Agreement.
The funding available for the additional call is EUR 32,382.75 on the day of announcement and may increase as additional residual amounts from completed projects may be added upon appearance. 
The additional funding may be provided for new complementary activities within the existing projects, provided that these additional activities contribute to the objectives of the projects receiving the additional funds. Extension of duration and increase in volume of existing activities may also be proposed. However the final date of cost eligibility – 30 April 2016 – must be respected therefore projects may not be extended beyond that date.
 
2. Programme Goals and Priorities

The overall aim of EEA FM 2009-2014 is to contribute to reducing economic and social differences, and strengthening bilateral cooperation between the Donor States and Beneficiary States through financial grants in defined priority areas. 
Overall objective of the NGO Programme Lithuania is strengthened civil society development and enhanced contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development; and strengthened bilateral relationship between Lithuania and the Donor States – Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.  
 
NGO Programme in Lithuania has the following areas of support
 
1) Democracy and good governance support area will include promotion of democratic values, including enhancement of participatory democracy and active citizenship on the whole, as well as promotion of good governance, access to information and transparency.
 
2) Human rights support area will include promotion and protection of civil and political rights and freedoms and combating discrimination on all grounds (ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, etc.). 
 
3) Vulnerable groups support area will include provision of welfare and basic services to vulnerable groups, where such services are not otherwise or not adequately provided by governmental institutions; also strengthening of membership-based NGOs representing these vulnerable groups. Under the framework of this Programme the target groups constituting vulnerable groups will be defined as: 
 
children and youth at risk
people affected by HIV/AIDS
children with disabilities and/or mental disorders and their families
victims of trafficking and gender‐based violence and/or domestic violence
 
Additional area of support:
 
4) Protection of the environment and climate change – support to NGOs working in the field of environment protection, climate change and sustainable development.
 
3. Allocation of Funds 
 
Within the areas of support and considering the overall goal regarding bilateral relations, the following outcomes have to be achieved: 
 
1. Active citizenship fostered
2. Increased involvement of NGOs in policy and decision-making processes with local, regional and national governments
3. Democratic values, including human rights, promoted
4. Advocacy and watchdog role developed
5. Developed networks and coalitions of NGOs working in partnership 
6. Strengthened capacity of NGOs and an enabling environment for the sector promoted
7. Provision of welfare and basic services to defined target groups increased
8. Empowerment of vulnerable groups
 
Activities targeting development of cooperation with municipalities to address the issues of domestic and gender-based violence are eligible under “Human Rights” and “Vulnerable groups” areas of support and under outcomes 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8. 
Activities for cooperation with civil society in Belarus are eligible under “Democracy and good governance” and “Human Rights” areas of support and under outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. 
 
Outcomes for bilateral relations (should be incorporated within thematic outcomes above):
  • Increased cooperation;
  • Shared results;
  • Improved knowledge and mutual understanding.
Horizontal concerns of the Programme must be addressed under all relevant outcomes to the maximum extent. Horizontal concerns include hate speech, hate crimes and extremism, racism and xenophobia, homophobia, anti-Semitism, tolerance and multicultural understanding, Roma, sexual harassment, violence against women and domestic violence, and trafficking in persons. 
There are no specific allocations of funds to the outcomes listed above. Nevertheless, when applying for additional funding applicants must follow the same outcomes indicated in the Project Implementation Agreement, though different outputs maybe opted.
 
4. Admissibility and eligibility criteria
 
Guidelines for applicants approved by FO on 17 January, 2014 must be adhered to when applying to the Additional Call except provisions for application submission, eligibility, grant size and selection procedure described in this announcement of Additional Call.
 
Applications must be submitted in one electronic copy and in one hard copy. Signed and stamped printed applications with all annexes must be submitted by hand-delivery or sent in one copy to the postal address of the Programme Operator: Human Rights Monitoring Institute, Didžioji 5-404, LT-01128 Vilnius, Lithuania. 
 
Electronic applications must be identical to hard copies of the application and submitted with all listed annexes. The electronic application must be sent from the e-mail of the person indicated as a “Contact person” to the e-mail address registracija@nvoprograma.lt before the end of the deadline.
 
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF THE APPLICATIONS IS 30 NOVEMBER, 2015. 

Eligible applicants are NGOs that have been granted funds under the 1st or 2nd open calls under the NGO Programme Lithuania and their projects are still not completed. Projects are considered not completed until the project end date indicated in Project Implementation Agreement. 
 
5. Eligibility of Proposals and grant size
 
5.1. General Terms and Conditions of Eligibility
Proposals outside the scope of the selected priority area of the Programme (as defined in Chapter 2 of this Call for Proposals) shall not be eligible.
 
5.2. Maximum grant amount per project
Up to 10.000 EUR per application may be granted.
 
5.3. Grant rate applied
The grant rate indicated within the Project Implementation Agreement shall be sustained. The applicant shall provide or obtain the remaining co-funding in the form of cash or in-kind contribution as voluntary work. The in-kind contribution may constitute up to 50% of the co-funding required.
 
6. Selection process
 
All applications are subject to an evaluation against the award criteria. Other selection criteria (i.e. financial capacity and operational capacity criteria) are omitted as all eligible project promoters and their projects have been already assessed against them during the respective open call.
 
6.1. Award criteria
The award criteria aim to ensure the selection of actions with a high inherent quality, which contribute as much as possible to the objectives/outcomes of the projects receiving the additional funds in a cost-effective manner. Synergies and complementarities with other activities of the project or other NGO Programme projects are welcome.  Overlaps and duplications with existing project activities must be avoided. 
 
Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

a) Relevance of the proposed activities to the objectives/outcomes of the project receiving the additional funds (30 points):
Relevance of the activities to the objectives/outcomes of the project receiving the additional funds and complementarity with other project activities, avoiding overlaps and duplication with previously envisaged activities.
 
b) Quality of the proposed activities (40 points): 
Quality in terms of the proposed methodology for implementing the activities; the organisation of work, the allocation of resources and the time schedule; the appropriateness of the envisaged activities; the strategy for monitoring of the project implementation and the proposed evaluation; the identification of risks and the measures to mitigate them.
 
c) Expected results, dissemination, sustainability and long-term impact (20 points): 
How appropriate are the expected results of the proposed activities to contribute to the objectives of the project? Is there a long-term impact of these results on the target groups and/or the general public? A clear, targeted and appropriate dissemination strategy, which will ensure that the results and/or lessons learnt will reach the target groups and/or the general public?
 
d) Cost-effectiveness (10 points):
Financial feasibility of the proposed activities by means of a realistic and reasonable budget. Appropriateness of the amount requested in relation to the scale and type of each activity, to the expected results. Balanced budget distribution in relation to partners roles and responsibilities (if applicable). Appropriateness of management and coordination costs (if applicable).
 
7. Contact information
 
Announcement of the call, application form and relevant documents are available on the website of the NGO Programme Lithuania: www.nvoprograma.lt/en. NGO Programme Operator may be contacted for consultation and technical support at tomas.kubilius@nvoprograma.lt or +370 5 2314 681.