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INSPIRE FUND

Flexible Funding Mechanism
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The INSPIRE Working Group, an informal network of some 100 agencies committed to implementing INSPIRE-related programmes, has also launched a call for proposals to support INSPIRE awareness-raising and engagement activities in low- and middle-income countries. Funding is made possible by the New Venture Fund and Ignite Philanthropy: Inspiring the End to Violence Against Girls and Boys.

CONTEXT:
Up to one billion children have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence in the past year. INSPIRE is a technical package for everyone committed to preventing and responding to violence against children and adolescents – from government to grassroots, and from civil society to the private sector. Ten agencies with a long history of galvanizing a consistent, evidence-based approach to preventing violence against children have collaborated to develop INSPIRE.

The INSPIRE package – made up of the INSPIRE Core document and INSPIRE Implementation Handbook – includes the following seven strategies that together provide a framework for ending violence against children:

1. Implementation and enforcement of laws;
2. Norms and values
3. Safe environments
4. Parent and caregiver support
5. Income and economic strengthening
6. Response and support services
7. Education and life skills (safe schools)

The INSPIRE Core document provides the “what” for each strategy (e.g. objective, potential effects and evidence of effectiveness) while the INSPIRE Implementation Handbook provides the “how” (e.g. theory of change, best practices and costs for each intervention). The INSPIRE Working Group provides a forum where governments, bilaterals, CSOs, professional associations, donors, and UN agencies can: 1) collaborate to achieve collective impact at global and country level; 2) share relevant information on an ongoing basis; and 3) periodically review their joint progress in supporting INSPIRE implementation.

*Note that while the implementation and enforcement of laws is an INSPIRE strategy, this funding cannot be used to conduct lobbying activities as defined by U.S. federal tax law. This includes attempts to influence actions taken by legislative bodies (i.e. a bill or act under consideration by parliament, a county assembly, or other elected public body). Organizations applying for funding will also be required to confirm that activities they’re undertaking comply with local laws in the country where those activities are taking place, including laws related to lobbying and advocacy. 


PURPOSE:
To enable leaders from Low- and Middle-Income Countries increase INSPIRE awareness and engage civil society and governments at national and regional levels, and from those experiences to actively exert leadership in shaping and driving INSPIRE globally. A total of $750,000.00 USD is available within the INSPIRE Fund for this purpose.  Funding is made possible by the New Venture Fund and Ignite Philanthropy: Inspiring the End to Violence Against Girls and Boys. Contracts will be considered in the range of $5,000 USD – $30,000 USD for the purpose described.

Please note that higher funding amounts may be considered for consortia or partnership-led initiatives. Please contact Nicolas Makharashvili (Coordinator, INSPIRE Working Group) at onm2003@cumc.columbia.edu


ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES AND ACTIVITIES:
Contracts will be issued to:

  • Primary Audience: local individuals, organizations and consortia (national and regional-level) from low- and middle-income countries (including but not limited to INSPIRE Working Group members):
    • Priority will be given to local NGOs/CSOs (and local NGO/CSO-led consortia), however, we also welcome applications from other local agencies such as government and academic institutions.
    • Individual applicants will only be considered if they can demonstrate extensive prior thematic and country-level expertise, access to networks and existing relationships.
  • Secondary audience: submissions from International NGOs (or INGO-led consortia) will be considered; however, they should clearly demonstrate how the proposed activities have been designed with local ownership in mind and how local actors will benefit directly.


Dissemination and Promotion of the INSPIRE Package and Participation Support:
Contracts may cover the costs for activities such as the following:

  • Developing spin-off products such as websites, translations into local languages, summaries, promotional videos, infographics, visual summaries and other ways to facilitate access to and understanding of INSPIRE;
  • Developing outreach and dissemination materials such as posters, fliers, brochures and social media packages;
  • Unbranded communications materials that can be adapted and deployed in any context;
  • Organizing informational activities, webinars, convenings, and events with key target audiences;
  • Presenting on INSPIRE strategies at key events;
  • Organizing capacity building workshops related to the INSPIRE framework;
  • Organizing local launches of INSPIRE with the commitment of key players;
  • Working with the scientific media and the general press to publish articles and Op-eds;
  • Documenting and sharing success stories;
  • Planning activities for eventual INSPIRE implementation;
  • Participation and travel support – activities in this category aim to build leadership from Low- and Middle-Income Countries among the growing network of individuals and organizations committed to INSPIRE implementation. Contracts will cover costs for relevant actors and leaders from Low- and Middle-Income Countries to participate in trainings and technical discussions on INSPIRE and on how INSPIRE is promoted, including relevant events with informal networking and meeting opportunities that may help advance those discussions. Please click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about this category.

This group of activities aims to ensure that the INSPIRE package reaches its wide target audience (e.g., government ministries, NGOs, research agencies, international organizations and funders) and that relevant actors can effectively plan for INSPIRE implementation together. All proposed activities/contracts should be completed no later than July 31, 2019.


APPLICATION CONTENT:
The contract application process requires that you submit:

1. General information about your project (please complete in English),
2. Organizational information (please complete in English),
3. Proposal narrative (two pages maximum, please attach in English, French, Spanish or Russian*) to include:
– Introduction & Prioritization. Description of the communications objectives, target audience and dissemination strategy and why the activity has been selected over other possible activities.
– Description of the activity. Detailed description of the work to be undertaken and sequencing.
– What will shows that the activity has been adequately implemented?
– Budget breakdown, including human and financial contributions from submitting agency.
4. Compliance documentation (please attach in English):

*Note that if you would like to submit the Proposal Narrative in any other language, please contact Nicolas Makharashvili at onm2003@cumc.columbia.edu for further instructions. 


APPLICATION REVIEW:

Proposals submitted for funding consideration will be reviewed by a 13-person Review Committee including cross-sector representatives with a deep understanding of the INSPIRE strategies and interventions. Please click here to learn more about the process.


APPLICATION ASSESSMENT:

All completed applications will be assessed based on need, relevance and feasibility of the proposed activity. More specifically, the Committee will consider critical factors such as:

  • Does the proposed applicant meet eligibility guidelines?
  • Has evidence of need been demonstrated and is it clear how the project will address the need identified?
  • Is there a plan for meaningful child participation, where relevant?
  • Have clear deliverables been stated?
  • Is the project realistic and can it be achieved with available resources in the timeframe outlined?
  • Is it clear what evidence will be available to show project has achieved outcomes, where relevant?
  • Has the applicant provided clear and reasonable costs for the project that match the proposed project?
  • Does the applicant have a credible track record of achievements and a solid reputation in the sector?
  • Does the proposed activity complement other INSPIRE-related activities happening at the national or regional levels, where relevant?


REPORTING REQUIREMENT
:
For all awarded contracts, brief reports will be required and due within one month of respective contract end dates.  These reports should include:

  • A maximum two-page narrative;
  • A top-line financial report;
  • Other relevant attachments.


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
The application will be available online starting on July 12, 2018 at https://newventurefund.force.com/login

  • Please register your organization or self by clicking on “Sign Up”. If you are not a U.S. person or entity, please enter “00-00000000” in the Your EIN or International ID field. If you’re applying as an individual, please enter your full name in the “Organization Name” field. After the initial registration, you’ll receive an email to create a permanent password.
  • After creating a password, please enter the access code CATA 001893 to access the application
  • The Committee will review funding requests on a rolling basis and in batches depending on the date of submission. See schedule below:
SUBMISSION DEADLINE AWARD NOTIFICATION DATE (BY)
August 31, 2018 September 28, 2018
October 31, 2018 November 27, 2018
December 31, 2018 January 31, 2019
  • Initial funds will be released upon receipt of signed contract agreement.


URGENT REQUESTS:
For urgent funding requests (e.g. travel and participation support to attend a relevant event with reasonable notice), please contact the INSPIRE Working Group Coordinator, Nicolas Makharashvili (onm2003@cumc.columbia.edu) as soon as the application is submitted online. The Committee has established a process for reviewing urgent proposals with reasonable notice period (i.e. 3-4 weeks). Please click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Travel and Participation category.


INSPIRE Fund Contact Information:
Please direct all issues and questions to:

Nicolas Makharashvili
Coordinator, INSPIRE Working Group
Senior Program Officer, CPC Learning Network | Columbia University
E-mail: onm2003@cumc.columbia.edu

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