Funds for Women's Rights 2018-2020
Norad's Civil Society Department announced a call for proposals for efforts supporting two Grant Scheme Allocations in September 2017. Within the timeline on October 15, Norad received more than 800 Concept Papers. Norad has now assessed these applications, and prioritized applicants have been invited to submit a full project proposal.
- For Grant Scheme Allocation Number 1, 14 organizations have been invited to submit a full project proposal.
- For Grant Scheme Allocation Number 2, 20 organizations have been invited to submit a full project proposal.
We may invite additional organizations to submit applications at a later stage.
The application process consists of two parts:
- In the first round, applicants were invited to submit a concept paper. The deadline for the first round was on October 15, 2017.
- Based on the Concept Paper, selected candidates have been invited to submit a full project proposal. The deadline is April 3, 2018.
The two Grant Scheme Allocations are the following:
Grant Scheme Allocation number 1: Funds for efforts supporting the follow-up of 1325- Women, Peace and Security
The implementation and follow-up of SCR 1325 - Women, Peace and Security and subsequent resolutions on women, peace and security is a priority for the Norwegian government, reflected in the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2015-2018). Support to civil society organizations that promote women’s participation and gender equality in peace and security is a part of this overall effort.
During the period 2018-2020, Norad intends to support national and international civil society organizations in their efforts to strengthen women’s effective influence in peace processes and post-conflict contexts.
The thematic areas and goals noted below are included in the Norwegian Action Plan. Applications must be relevant for one or both of these goals, and applicants must thus note which goal (s) the application is directed towards and how they plan to contribute to them.
1. Peace processes and peace negotiations
Objective: Peace processes and peace negotiations in which Norway is engaged involve the participation of both women and men, and peace agreements address the rights, needs and priorities of both women and men.
- Efforts supporting the increased participation, competence and influence of women in peace processes and peace negotiations.
- Efforts supporting the inclusion of a gender perspective in peace negotiations and peace agreements.
2. Post-conflict support
Objective: Post-conflict processes in which Norway is involved increase women’s political participation and influence.
- Efforts supporting the effective participation of women in decision-making processes at local and national levels in post conflict contexts and political transitions.
- Efforts to strengthen women’s empowerment and independence in post-conflict and protracted/ recurrent crisis situations.
- Efforts to mainstream a gender perspective and strengthen women and girls’ rights in all Norway’s efforts to promote security sector reform and transitional justice in post-conflict countries.
- Efforts addressing conflict related gender-based violence, including measures against impunity.
Priority will be provided to projects implemented in or with effect for the countries included in the list over countries Norway cooperates with or supports in development cooperation for 2017 (in line with the Norwegian budget white paper 2016-2017, the list is in Norwegian only).
Projects directed towards one or more of the following geographical areas will be prioritized:
- South Sudan
- Middle East and North Africa (with special emphasis on Syria and Palestine) will be prioritized as a regional focus area.
In addition, selected fragile states (e.g. Mali) and countries where Norway has active peace engagement (Philippines) will be given priority.
Grant Scheme Allocation number 2: Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (Women’s Economic Participation and Empowerment and Women’s Political Participation and Empowerment)
The Sustainable Development Goals put gender equality at the heart of the international agenda. The cornerstone of Norwegian development cooperation is the promotion and respect of fundamental human rights.
Last year the Norwegian Government launched a new Action Plan for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Foreign Development Policy 2016-2020. The plan has five priority themes, but this call for applications is limited to “women’s economic participation and empowerment” and “women’s political participation and empowerment”.
The application must clearly demonstrate how the intervention will contribute to these priority themes.
The thematic areas and goals noted below are included in the Action Plan for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Foreign Development Policy 2016-2020. Applications must be relevant for one or both of these goals, and applicants must thus note which goal (s) the application is directed towards and how they plan to contribute to them.
Successful applicants will also be required to report specifically on results towards these goals as well as specified indicators for goal achievement.
1. Women’s political rights and empowerment
Objective: Ensure the equal participation of women and men in political life.
- Efforts supporting that women are represented, and have real influence, in political processes and bodies on the same footing as men.
- Efforts supporting that women’s and girls’ rights are properly addressed in non-discriminatory legislation.
- Efforts supporting that women are given the protection they need and have the capacity to defend human rights.
2. Women’s economic rights and empowerment
Objective: Ensure that women have full economic rights and equal opportunities to participate in the labour market.
- Efforts supporting that women, including women from marginalised groups, are able to take part in business activities and the labour market.
- Efforts supporting that women and men have equal rights to economic resources, such as ownership and control of land, inheritance and access to financial services.
The target group of the grant scheme is girls and women in countries in development.
The project / programme must take place in one of the countries featuring on the list over countries Norway cooperates/ supports in development cooperation for 2017 (in line with the Norwegian budget white paper 2016-2017).
Please advise the enclosed list over countries (in Norwegian only).
Depending on the Parliament’s approval of the budget for 2018, other countries might be prioritized.
How to apply for these Grant Scheme Allocations
Who may apply?
The applicant is required to:
- Be an independent legal entity with its own articles of association and a responsible board. The board should be administratively separate from the day-to-day operations of the organization.
- National and International civil society organizations and networks may apply. National or regional south based organizations or south based networks will be prioritized.
- Have an adequate economic base for the work to be carried out, and the necessary technical and administrative competence to implement the projects.
- For projects with field-based operations: Have an established cooperation with local partners.
- Have documented experience and expertise within the prioritized thematic areas for this grant scheme.
- The proposal must have women’s rights and gender equality as the main objective.
- The proposal must be within the priority themes specified above.
- The period of support is one to three years.
- Adhere to the four cross- cutting issues in Norwegian development cooperation: human rights, women’s rights and gender equality, environment and climate change, and anti-corruption. The organization must demonstrate that they have analysed potential risks associated with the planned project/programme and whether it will potentially have a negative impact on the cross-cutting issues.
We encourage organizations to collect and make use of gender-disaggregated data.
The proposal may also include components to strengthen the organization’s ability to gather data, or to cooperate with institutions or organizations that have the capacity to do so. This can be considered an element in identifying who is left behind and improving implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (as part of the goal to “leave no one behind”).
Any data-gathering component must be part of the overall goal to reach the above-mentioned priority theme.
For applicants that will provide re-granting to other organisations:
Please note that Norad requires all grants to be subject to audits. Grants transferred to a cooperating partner, e.g. in the form of sub-grants, are therefore also subject to audits.
The use of the sub-grant must be accounted for and included in the grant recipients’ audit. If the sub-grants consist of smaller amounts, the grant recipient should audit a representative sample each year and ensure that the sub-grantee is subject to at least one audit in the course of the grant period.
In the application, you should include information on the selection criteria for choosing sub-grantees. Norad will prioritise applicants who are able to demonstrate that they will contribute to building sustainable, strong civil society organisations.
How to apply
Eligible applicants are invited to submit a concept paper. The deadline is October 15.
Based on Norad’s assessment of the concept papers, selected candidates will be invited to submit a full project proposal. The deadline for the full project proposals will be December 15.
This webpage will be updated accordingly with the application form and an overview of the invited candidates.
FAQ for full project proposals
1. Application deadline
Q: What is the application deadline?
A: The application deadline is April 3, 2018 for the applicants that have been invited to submit a full project proposal.
2. New Applications
Q: Is it possible to apply for funds at this stage?
A: The civil Society Department launched an open call for applications in October 2017. Based on the incoming proposals, selected candidates have now been invited to submit a full project proposal. There are no openings for new applicants at this stage.
3. Project implementation
See different questions and answers regarding project implementation below.
Q: In the original call details it was stated that projects had to end by 31st December 2020. Is this still the case?
A: Yes, please aim for end of project by the 31st of December 2020.
Q: The FAQ on the Norad Funding page indicate: “The start-up will be in the beginning of 2018, and they have to end latest 31 December 2020.” Given the delay in schedule, can we plan for a project start in July 2018 until December 2020 (30 months)?
A: yes, this is possible. Norad can approve payments in arrears (from January 15, 2018) but it needs to be emphasized that this will only be relevant for approved applications.
Q: What would be the earliest start date for successful projects?
A: Norad expects agreements to be signed in the third quarter of 2018. Norad can approve payments in arrears but will approve start-up date from January 15 , 2018 for successful projects. It needs to be emphasized that this will only be relevant for approved applications.
Q: If we were successful in our application we would only be able to start the project once we know it will be funded, do you know the date by which you expect to inform successful applicants of your decision?
A: We expect to be able to inform successful candidates of our decisions during June 2018.
Q: Allowing for review of applications and contracting, I imagine successful projects will begin around October 2018. Our concept note proposed a three year project which would therefore end around October 2021. However, the budget tables in the forms cover 2017-2020. Please can you confirm that we can budget for a project ending around October 2021?
A: Please aim for project aim ultimo 2020.
See different questions and answers regarding budget below.
Q: Do you have a standard budget template for the attachment or can we use our own to be attached with the application?
A: We do not have a specific template for the attachment, so please use your own template.
Q: Both forms parts 1 and 2 request the budget and written explanation of costs (attachment 3 and 2, respectively) Since we have only one project, and one country, please can I double-check that the budget attachment for both these forms will be the same?
Q: Am I right in understanding that Norad would like a detailed, activity-based budget? Is there a template or any guidance that you'd like us to follow in this regard (other than the short para provided in the Guide to Completing the Application form)?
A: We do not have other guidelines for the budget apart from the text in relation to section 4 in part 1 as well as in the “Guide to filling out forms” on the “Women’s Rights webpage”. It will be up to the applicant how you will organise the budget, whether it is thematic or activity based.
Q: In Part 1, Section 2.3.2 and Part 2, Section 2.1.4, the application asks for the organisation’s/partner organisation’s “accounting figures” for previous fiscal year(s). What exactly should be included here? A full budget? The total budget and expenditures?
A: In this section, we are interested in understanding where the organisation gets the finances from. Please provide a budget with the revenues and an overview of the donors.
Q: Part I, point 4.3. What does “thematic area/sector” include? Is this only outcome related budget or does ‘thematic/sector’ also include project management and office cost?
A: Please exclude the project management and office costs from section 4.2 and 4.3.
Q: To specify: under point 4.3 the template mentions categories such as thematic, global, unplanned. Can you provide guidance on how to match finance management, audits, evaluation, admin-staff with above categories?
A: Please include the mentioned posts in section 4.1 and 4.4.
Q: Do budget sections 4.2. – 4.5 contain each time the same global budget but presenting different splits at each time? (per country, per actor, etc.?)
A: Yes, it will be the same total amounts in all these budgets.
Q: Is it allowed to submit an increased budget (compared to the concept note) if the amount of own funding contribution will be increased by the same percentage (to keep the same ratio of funding as requested in the concept note)? If yes, what would be the accepted percentage of variation?
A: Norad accepts budget variations up to max 20 percent. Norad focuses on whether the budget appear reasonable and realistic.
5. Own contribution
Q: On your email, it reads that “minimum 10 per cent of the Project’s total costs shall be covered by funds that do not originate, directly or indirectly, from grants from Norad or another Norwegian public body”. Therefore we understood that we can cover these 10% with funding by other external donors (project-based or institutional funding that will directly benefit the proposed project). Is this correct?
A: The 10 % own contribution for organisations based in OECD countries may be covered by funding from other donors as long as it is not from Norad or another Norwegian public body.
Q: Do you have a guideline for the application form?
A: A guideline is now provided. Please advise under “submit application”
7. Separate bank account
Q: Do we need to register a separate bank account at this stage, given that we do not know if we will receive funds from Norad. Or should we be providing our regular bank account details in this section for the time being?
A: You do not have to open up a separate account at this stage, so please just provide details for your regular bank account at this stage.
8. Results Framework
See different questions and answers regarding results framwork below.
Q: Are we allowed to redefine outcomes/outputs listed in the Concept Note? (Making sure to adhere to the same general intervention logic).
Q: We plan to conduct a comprehensive participatory baseline study during the inception phase of the planned project – would it be ok to work with estimate figures for the baseline data in the results framework for the full proposal?
9. Language of proposal
Q: Beside English, would it be possible to include specific project-level information in French for projects to be implemented in French speaking countries? (To simplify cooperation with local partners).
A: All the information submitted to Norad must be in English.
Q: Part 1, Attachment 1 is a strategy/overarching plan for development assistance - please can I check that our organisational strategy will be an acceptable submission for this attachment.
A: Yes, this is sufficient.
See different questions and answers regarding adjustments below.
Q: Is there any variance allowed between the budget submitted at concept note stage and the final proposal?
A: The full application form is expected to be based on information in the Concept Paper, but we are open for adjustments.
Q: Can we make adjustments for the countries we would like to focus our efforts?
A: In certain instances, we will be open for adjustments when it comes to countries, but the 1325-portfolio must be limited to the following countries: Colombia, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Mali, Philippines, MENA (with special emphasis on Syria and Palestine). The Women’s Rights and Gender Equality portfolio should be limited to Ethiopia, Malawi, Myanmar, Tanzania, Uganda, Afghanistan, Libanon, Mali, Palestine and Somalia, as these countries are prioritized partner countries for Norway, and concept papers were in part selected based on their geographical focus.
See different questions and answers regarding attachments below.
Q: Part 1, Section 5 outlines the mandatory attachments, including: Strategy/overarching plan for development assistance results framework/overarching goal hierarchy; and, total budget & budget narrative. Are we to assume these required documents pertain to the overall goals, framework and budget of the proposed action? Or, to the overall goals, framework and budget of the organisation as a whole?
A: In general, part 1 of the application relates to the organisation as a whole, whilst part 2 is programme specific.
Q: In Part 1, section 5, one of the mandatory attachments is “Applicant’s Statutes.” Can you elaborate on what this means?
A: This refers to formal documents of the organisation, approved by the Board etc.
Q: Would attachment 8 (audited accounts) be covered by attachment 4 (financial statement and auditor’s report) for new applicants?
A: Yes, it is the same.
Q: Attachment 7 (declaration regarding travel safety protocol), are there specific guidelines available that we need to adhere to, or does this refer to our organisations internal policies?
A: “Declaration concerning safety when travelling in high risk areas” as well as” Declaration concerning ethical guidelines “ are now attached on our website.
Q: Annex 2, results framework & annex 1, results framework (of Part 2) – is this the same document/annex or what would be the difference?
A: In general, part 1 of the application relates to the organisation as a whole, whilst part 2 is programme specific. Attachment 2 in part 1 refers to a results framework for all projects if you have this available.
Q: Do we need to submit attachments 4-8 (Part 1) for the lead applicant only, or for all? (e.g. yearly report not available at local partner organisation level)
A: Only for the lead applicant.
Q: Is the submission of additional attachments allowed?
A: Norad does not advise the applicant to submit further attachments.
13. Missing number in the application
See different questions and answers regarding this matter below.
Q: Template Part II, sub point 2.2.5 is missing. Is the template incomplete, or is this simply a numbering error?
A: This is a numbering error.
Q: On reading Norad’s guide to completing the application, I see two results frameworks are mandatory: ‘The results framework/goal hierarchy at an overarching level (for the entire agreement) is a mandatory attachment to Part 1 of the application. The results framework/goal hierarchy for each project/programme is a mandatory attachment to Part 2.’ As our organisation are applying for funding for a single project, the ‘entire agreement’ and the ‘project’ are one and the same in our case. Please can you confirm whether just one results framework at the project level is therefore acceptable for our application? Alternatively, if two distinct results frameworks are required, please can you clarify and elaborate upon what information is required for each?
A: One results framework will be sufficient in your case, but if your organisation also have an overall results framework, this should also be submitted.
See different questions and answers regarding the application below.
Q: If our concept note included programming in 3 different countries, should we fill out Part 2 of the application for each country? Or, include all three in one Part 2 form?
A: Please use one form of part 2 for each country.
Q: In Part 2 section 2.1 Partner. Is this section relevant to partners receiving economic support only?
Q: In part 1 of the application form, please can you elaborate on what information Norad want in response to question 2.4.2 ‘Explain briefly how development assistance is organised’?
A: The question includes how you work with local partners, methodology behind the work etc.
15. Local organisation
Q: Our organisation is an international organisation based in the UK. We have a country office located in the country for operations, which is registered as an NGO there but still part of the overall group for our organisation. This project would be implemented through the local organisation but the funds would be disbursed from the international section in the UK. In our concept note we did not consider the local organisation as a partner but question 2.1.1 on Part 2 of the full application form suggests they would be considered a partner by Norad. Please can you confirm this is correct and if it’s ok to include them as a partner when we didn’t state this in the concept note?
A: Please include the local organisation in question 2.1.1 in part 2.
Several answers to different questions in regard to first round of the call for proposals have been answered previously. All the answers have been gathered in the following section.
FAQ - first round
Question: What is the deadline for submission of the concept paper?
Answer: The deadline for submission of the Concept Paper is on October 15, 2017.
Question: Where shall the Concept papers be submitted?
Answer: The email-adress is firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Norwegian non-governmental organizations - 2 questions
Question 1: Can Norwegian Organizations apply for this call?
Answer 1: National and International civil society organizations and networks may apply. National or regional south based organizations or south based networks will be prioritized. This call for application will not address Norwegian Civil Society Organizations.
Norwegian or Norwegian-based NGO’s and research institutes shall as a main rule not receive funding over these grant allocations, but they can be partners for project owners/ applicants in ODA-approved countries.
Question 2: Do you accept applications from country offices of Norwegian organizations?
Answer 2: No, we do not accept applications from Norwegian organizations, nor their country offices. The intention for this call for application is to reach organizations that do not already have access to Norad funding.
4. Private sector organizations
Question: Will a private sector organization be eligible to apply for this call?
Answer: National and international civil society organizations and networks may apply. National or regional south based organizations or south based networks will be prioritized.
Please see the section “Who may apply?” in the call for applications.
This call for applications does not address private sector organizations.
5. Funding amount - 3 questions
Question 1: What is the funding amount for this call? Do they differ between the two call for applications? Is there a maximum or minimum amount regarding the budget?
Answer 1: Initially, this call was not specifying the budget amounts in order for the organizations to present as realistic budgets as possible. However, we have received many questions regarding this subject. The amount available for this call for applications will be dependent on parliamentary appropriations, but we expect NOK 20 million on Grant Scheme Allocation number 1 and NOK 30 million on Grant Scheme Allocation number 2.
Question 2: You specify that you expect NOK 20 million on Grant Scheme Allocation number 1 and NOK 30 million on Grant Scheme Allocation number 2. Is this per application or for the full envelope per allocation?
Answer 2: This is the total amounts for the allocations. We have not specified the funding amount per application
Question 3: Could regional projects be granted a higher amount than country level projects?
Answer 3: It depends on the application and the organization applying, and hence it is not possible to be specific in response to this question.
6. Number of projects
Question: How many projects do you expect to fund over this call?
Answer: We have an intention of supporting 15 new projects for both call for applications.
7. Number of proposals - 3 questions
Question 1: Is there a maximum number of applications that the organization can submit?
Answer 1: Each organization should submit only 1 application. Different country offices for the same organization should send joint applications.
Question 2: Is it possible to be a co-applicant together with an independent partner organisation on more than one application?
Answer 2: Yes, this is possible.
Question 3: Can an organization be a lead on one application and a co-applicant on another application?
Answer 3: Yes, this is possible.
8. Countries eligible
Question: Could you confirm that all the countries listed here at regjeringen.no are eligible to the Grant Scheme Allocation Number 2?
Answer: Yes, all the countries are eligible to Grant Scheme Allocation Number 2. However, priorities will be made based on political priorities, and with an intention to establish a portfolio fit for purpose.
9. Submission of multi-country proposals
Question: Is it possible to submit multi-country proposals?
Answer: Yes, it is.
10. Submission of multiple concepts
Question (a&b): May organizations submit multiple concepts? For example:
a. Multiple concepts under the same grant scheme for different regions or countries?
Answer: Yes, but each applicant must present the applied in one concept paper.
b. Different concepts to grant scheme 1 vs. grant scheme 2
Answer: Yes, but it needs to be presented in one concept paper.
11. Requirements to own funding
Question: Are there requirements that the organization must contribute with their own funds?
Answer: No, there are no requirements of own funds for this call for applications.
12. Project duration
Question: Project duration: Is there a minimum and/or maximum duration allowed for proposed projects? Do proposed projects have to end latest 31 December 2020?
Answer: We intend to enter into 1-3 year Agreements. The start-up will be in the beginning of 2018, and they have to end latest 31. December 2020. Agreements over 3 years will be prioritized.
13. Cost restrictions - 4 questions
Question 1: Are there any restrictions on certain kinds of costs?
Answer 2: The administrative costs should constitute maximum 7 percent of the budgeted operational costs.
Question 2: Are there any prerequisites related to organizational income that we must keep in mind while developing the concept note?
Answer 2: The applicant must have an adequate economic base for the work to be carried out, and the necessary technical and administrative competence to implement the projects.
Question 3: “The administrative costs should constitute maximum 7 percent of the budgeted operational costs”. Does this mean a. Norad expects shared programme costs + indirect cost rate to be within 7% or b. Norad expects indirect cost rate to be 7% while shared programme costs can be included in the rest of the budget.
Answer 3: This means that Norad expects indirect cost rate to be 7 percent, while shared programme costs can be included in the rest of the budget.
Question 4: Regarding the question of income in the last three years- does this just refer to statutory/institutional income or do you want us to detail all income to the organization? I wanted to ask because the question goes on to ask name of donors, since we receive support from a range of sources including individual members of the public, major donors, trusts and foundations and corporations. Is it acceptable to include the category of funding (e.g. Public donations) and then break down the donors for the larger amounts from statutory and institutional donors?
Answer 4: Please include all income and the break it down so that it reflects your various donors.
14. International non-governmental organizations
Question: Is for instance Danske Folkekirkens Nødhjelp in Myanmar to be characterized as an INGO and eligible to apply?
Answer: Yes, it is a non-Norwegian organization and hence eligible to apply. However, south-originated organizations will be given priority.
15. Cross-cutting issues
Question: As for the requirement mentioned that the applicant must "adhere to the four cross- cutting issues in Norwegian development cooperation: human rights, women’s rights and gender equality, environment and climate change, and anti-corruption". Does this mean that the project, which will be concerned with the second issue mentioned, must also weigh in the other three topics thematically, or what is referred to with the word "adhere"?
Answer: The applicant must assess whether the project/program has any negative effects on the other cross-cutting issues. This subject is not included in the concept paper, but the organizations that will be invited to submit full project applications for round 2, must further elaborate on this.
16. Self-assessment form
Question: Is the self-assessment only for the lead agency or does each co-applicant have to submit a form?
Answer: It is only for the lead agency.
17. Invitations for phase 2
Question: Is there a margin for how many international organizations might be invited to the second phase?
Answer: We have an intention of entering into 15 new Agreements in total. We would invite more organizations to phase 2 than we intent to fund, but it is not yet decided how many applicants that will be invited.
18. Local organization
Question: Will priority be given to those International Organizations that are better equipped to respond to local organizations?
Answer: This will be an advantage.
19. Page limit for Concept Paper
Question: The guidelines state that the concept note is to be a maximum of 8 pages. However, it is not clear whether this is restricted to the section on the actual Project Outline (starting on page 2 of the concept note) or whether it applies to the entire concept note (including organisational information – starting on page 1)
Answer: It applies to the entire concept note, starting on page 1.
20. Cooperation with local partners
Question: For projects with field-based operations: Have an established cooperation with local partners. Does previous collaboration in terms of capacity-building training constitute “established cooperation with local partners”?
Answer: Possibly, but it requires an individual assessment.
21. Regarding “on-going cooperation” with Norad.
Question: We are an NGO with an ongoing cooperation with a Norwegian Embassy. We are therefore wondering if this counts as an on-going agreement with Norad. The questions is related to the organisational self-assessment. Should we still submit this together with the concept note document?
Answer: Cooperation with a Norwegian Embassy does not count as “on-going agreement” with Norad, and you should submit the organisational self-assessment. However, Norad would not put highest priority to organisations that already receives funds through the Norwegian system.