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CALL FOR CONCEPT PAPERS

The Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Equity and Peace (SAFE) Program is a five year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and Search for Common Ground (SFCG).  SAFE’s overall objectives are to:

  • Improve Access to Justice with respect to land rights, and
  • Enhance Peace and Reconciliation.

SAFE has recently developed a strategy designed to increase its activities in areas of northern Uganda still suffering the effects of the LRA Conflict.  A copy of the Strategy Paper is available from the SAFE office, or directly from our website here.

USAID SAFE is now issuing a call for Concept Notes from eligible Civil Society Organizations to help implement this strategy, in accordance with the guidelines set out below.

Who is eligible to apply?

Registered Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) including Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and Traditional Institutions that have an established track record of successful implementation in areas related to the goals of the SAFE Program are eligible.  Past and current SAFE grantees are eligible to apply.

How much is available under this grant program?

Grants may be for any duration or amount up to a maximum of one year and $100,000 USD.

What should a Concept Note contain?

SAFE is soliciting Concept Notes which clearly and succinctly set out how your organization may be able to contribute to achieving the goals in SAFE’s Northern Strategy Paper. This is not a call for fully developed proposals.  The Concept Note should not exceed 10 pages in length. It should include:

  • The name of the proposing organization or organizations (applications from consortium of eligible organizations are permissible and welcome), and contact information.
  • A statement of the organization’s status, mission, goals and experience working in the relevant area.
  • A statement of your understanding of the problem area that you are proposing to address.
  • A brief description of the proposed activities and why you believe that these are effective responses to the problem area(s) you are addressing, including any evidence showing the effectiveness of your proposed approach.
  • A general statement of the social change that we should expect to see at the end of the grant, and how these gains can be sustained beyond SAFE funding.
  • The specific geographic areas where you propose to work.
  • A clear and specific statement of how your proposal addresses SAFE’s priorities, as set out in the Northern Strategy.
  • A brief (no more than half a page) analysis of key risks and how you will address them.
  • The duration of the proposed activities and an approximate budget (Please note: We do not expect a fully developed budget at this point, just an estimated amount.)

How will the Concept Notes be evaluated?

The SAFE Northern Strategy sets out the context, framework and expected outcomes for SAFE’s programming in post-LRA Conflict areas.  Proposals will be evaluated against how closely they match the strategy and how much they contribute to our objectives. Proposals deemed unrealistic within the time and financial limits will not be considered further.

In addition, we will give weight to the following factors:

  • Innovative approaches to implementation of the proposal, with reference to the problems being addressed;
  • Where the proposal is for services, holistic service approaches which seek to identify and respond to multiple problems where relevant;
  • Clear and realistic plans to advance equality for the most disadvantaged citizens, including women, youth, people with disabilities, etc.; and
  • Proposals that do not duplicate other services and which can be shown to fill existing gaps.

What will happen if our Concept Note is accepted?

If we feel that your Concept Note is a good fit for SAFE and our goals, we will then work you to explore whether it should be developed into a full proposal. During this process we may request changes or require that specific goals be included. Please note that final approval of SAFE grants lies with USAID Uganda.

What is the deadline for submitting Concept Notes?

The deadline for Concept Notes is January 8th, 2016.  However, please note that submissions will be evaluated as received, and all grants must be wrapped up by 30th April 2016. The process of proposal development and USAID approval will take some time.

To contact SAFE, administrator@safeprogram.ug

For more information on SAFE grants generally, please see the FAQ page of our website:  http://safeprogram.ug/grants/faqs/

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