Women and Youth Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, and Employment in the West Bank and Gaza
This call is now closed. The deadline for proposal submissions was February 23, 2017. Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted.
Important notice – Please note a minor amendment to the eligibility criteria for applicants to the open call only.
Global Affairs Canada is testing a new type of call—a call for preliminary proposals. This is a two-stage process whereby applicants are invited to provide a preliminary proposal (eight pages maximum), outlining a project idea within a specific template. Based on a review of the submissions received, Global Affairs Canada will invite a limited number of organizations to expand their preliminary proposals into full proposals for assessment and possible funding.
Depending on the proposals received, Global Affairs Canada may fund any number of proposals, or none, up to the maximum funding available.
This call for preliminary proposals has two streams:
- Open call: Projects valued at between Can$3 million and Can$12 million over three to six years and open to Canadian and non-Canadian organizations, including Palestinian, international NGOs, multilateral and private-sector organizations, but excluding government institutions.
- Local call: Projects valued at between Can$150,000 and Can$200,000 over two to four years and open to Palestinian NGOs, including private-sector organizations, but excluding government institutions.
You must submit your preliminary proposal to this call before the deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted. Be sure to review the instructions in “How to apply for funding through the West Bank and Gaza Call for Preliminary Proposals” before beginning your application.
Under this call, your project idea must contribute to the achievement of the following ultimate outcome:
- Enhanced economic empowerment and increased prosperity for low-income women and/or female and male youth in the West Bank and Gaza.
Further, in order to be considered under this call, your proposal must include the following intermediate outcome statement:
- Reduced barriers to entrepreneurship, employment and/or employability faced by women and/or youth, in particular female youth.
Applicants may also choose to use one or two of the following intermediate outcome statements:
- Enhanced opportunities for decent and productive employment for women.
- Enhanced opportunities for decent and productive employment for youth, in particular female youth.
- Enhanced opportunities for women entrepreneurs to successfully establish and/or grow a sustainable business.
- Enhanced opportunities for youth entrepreneurs, particularly young women, to successfully establish and/or grow a sustainable business.
Your results statements (at the ultimate, intermediate, immediate and output levels) must be clearly stated in the theory of change section (Box 2.1) of your application form.
You may wish to add specificity—in terms of who, what and where—to the ultimate and intermediate outcome statements that you use. Depending on the nature of your project, the outcomes may differ slightly from those above; but they must always align with the outcome statements above.
For example, instead of using the intermediate outcome exactly as it appears, you might wish to specify: Reduced barriers to entrepreneurship (what) faced by low-income women (who), in Ramallah (where).
Note: If you choose to alter these outcome statements to make them more reflective of your project idea, be sure to avoid changing their meaning or intent. If your preliminary proposal is not seen as responding clearly to the objectives of this call by using the outcome statements listed above, or more specific versions of them, you will not be invited to submit a complete application package to be further considered for funding.
Where possible, submissions should take into consideration Canada’s interest in green economic growth and the use of climate-smart approaches and technology. Global Affairs Canada looks to support new and innovative approaches and partnerships in order to achieve the best impact possible.
For the purpose of this invitation for preliminary proposals:
- Global Affairs Canada funds may not be used to fund salaries of government officials, nor to fund the operational costs of government institutions.
- Global Affairs Canada funds may be used to support the development or management of grant or loan facilities; how ever such funds may not be used to finance the grants or loans themselves.
- Youth comprise persons in the 15 to 29 age category, in accordance with the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
- In line with Sustainable Development Goal 8 and according to the International Labour Organization definition, decent and productive employment for women means opportunities that allow for economic empowerment and advancement of women in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity by taking measures to combat discrimination and to promote equal access and opportunities.
- Innovation can be defined as new business models, policy practices, partnerships, technologies, behavioural insights or ways of delivering products and services that benefit and empower the poor in developing countries. It can also refer to any solution that has the potential to address an important development problem substantially more effectively than existing approaches.
Carefully review the background document for more detailed information on this call.
Global Affairs Canada will not pre-assess or comment on the eligibility of potential applicants. Carefully review the following eligibility screening requirements that Global Affairs Canada will apply to all submitted application packages for this particular call. To be eligible, you must be able to respond to each requirement and, where stipulated, provide supporting documentation. Organizations that do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements may choose to partner with another organization that does meet all of the eligibility requirements.
- Your organization is legally incorporated and you can provide proof of legal status (if your original documentation is in a language other than French or English, provide a scan of the original as well as a translation).
- Your organization is not a government institution.
- Your organization, along with any organizations with which you partner, are willing to cooperate with Global Affairs Canada’s enhanced due-diligence process and include anti-terrorism clauses in all financial instruments.
- For applicants to the open call only:
- Your organization is either a Canadian, non-Canadian or Palestinian non-governmental organisation, including the private sector, or a multilateral organization (modified, January 31, 2017)
- Your organization can provide one or two examples of projects in Section 9.2 of the application form that demonstrate a minimum of three years of experience as the lead organization in managing, delivering and achieving results for private-sector development and women’s economic empowerment in the West Bank and/or Gaza and/or the MENA region,Footnote 1 with at least one project valued at Can$3 million or more.
- For applicants to the local call only:
- Your organization is a Palestinian NGO or private-sector organization.
- Your organization can provide one or two examples of projects in Section 9.2 of the application form that demonstrate a minimum of three years of experience as the lead organization in managing, delivering and achieving results for private-sector development and women’s economic empowerment in the West Bank and/or Gaza, with at least one project valued at Can$200,000 or more.
If you are unable to adhere to any of the above requirements, your organization is not eligible to apply under this particular call.
Carefully review the parameters of this call and determine whether your project idea can be considered for funding.
- For applicants to the open call
- Your organization is requesting Global Affairs Canada funding of at least Can$3 million and no more than Can$12 million.
- Your proposed project will last at least three years but no more than six years.
- The geographic focus of your project is in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and/or Gaza.
- The theory of change for your proposed project outlined on the application form (Box 2.1) uses the mandatory (and may use one or two of the optional) outcome statements listed for this call, or more specific versions of them.
- Your organization demonstrates collaboration with a Palestinian NGO and/or private-sector organization(s) for the project’s design and proposed implementation in Box 10 of the application form.
- For applicants to the local call
- Your organization is requesting Global Affairs Canada funding of at least Can$150,000 and no more than Can$200,000.
- Your proposed project will last at least two years but no more than four years.
- The geographic focus of your project is in East Jerusalem and/or the West Bank.
- Your theory of change outlined in the application form (Box 2.1) uses the mandatory (and may use one or two of the optional) outcome statements listed for this call, or more specific versions of them.
If your proposed project does not conform to the above statements, it will not be reviewed because it cannot be considered for funding under this call.
How to submit your application package
For the first stage of this two-stage application process, fill out only the following sections of the application form:
- Organization name and contact information
- Initiative level information
- Country/Sector table (only fill in the total GAC funding requested)
- Box 1: Rationale
- Box 2.1: Theory of change
- Box 6: Gender equality
- Box 9.2: Relevant applicant experience
- Box 10: Palestinian partner organization (to be filled out only by applicants to the open call)
Do not complete other sections of this application form at this time. Your application form can’t exceed eight pages.
In order to be considered in this call, you must submit your application package by email by February 23, 2017 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (UTC - 5). Your application package must include all of the following documents:
- Women and Youth Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and Employment in the West Bank and Gaza application form (PDF, 358 KB, 27 pages) (with only the sections indicated above completed, up to the maximum number of pages allowed)
- Proof of legal status (scanned, accompanied by translation if original not in English or French)
A number of resources are available online to help you develop your application package. Global Affairs Canada strongly encourages you to read all of the following tools and guidance before beginning the application process. Failure to meet the mandatory requirements, minimum standards and deadlines detailed therein will result in your application package not being considered for funding.
- Women and Youth Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and Employment in the West Bank and Gaza -
- Funding tools
- West Bank and Gaza main page
- Women Economic Empowerment: Guidance Note
Applicants can submit questions about the call and the application process by email by January 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (UTC - 5). Global Affairs Canada will not respond to questions on specific organizational circumstances or on specific project proposals, or questions received after the deadline.
Answers will appear on the “Women and Youth Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and Employment in the West Bank and Gaza Questions and answers” page.
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