21 May 2013

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC), through its Survivor Network Project (SNP) and with financial support from the Norwegian government, is launching a request for proposals to support promising landmine and cluster munition survivor networks in sustaining and building their capacity to empower survivors and carry out advocacy.

Eligibility to Apply

This request for proposals is designed to support survivors’ networks. Survivors’ network are defined as an interconnected, mutually supportive group of individuals that are survivors of incidents from mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war, or family members of survivors or of victims that have been killed as a result of an incident with mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war. Many include persons with disabilities. Work to build and sustain the network should be led and carried out by survivors, with few exceptions.

  • Survivor networks must be members of the ICBL-CMC.
  • Survivor networks must be legally incorporated as non-profit organizations OR must be ble to receive funds via another non-profit organization that acts as a fiscal agent.
  • Survivor networks that will have active projects ongoing as of 1 October 2013 with unding from the SNP are not eligible to apply to this RFP.
  • Survivor networks that have received funding through the SNP previously and whose projects’ will be completed prior to 1 October 2013 are eligible to apply and their applications will receive the same consideration as all other applications received.

In selecting successful applications, priority will be given to networks in countries or areas with significant numbers of landmine and/or cluster munition survivors and/or the greatest victim assistance needs.

The purpose of the project

The purpose of the SNP is to empower survivors and survivor networks to: ) Participate in national victim assistance/disability coordination mechanisms to contribute to the coordination and monitoring of victim assistance and broader disability issues in their countries; ) Advocate for and participate in the design and implementation of all sectors of victim assistance and disability initiatives; 3) Serve as effective national and international campaigners for the universalization and full and effective implementation of all articles of the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

What Level of Support is Available?

Grant amounts: Grants are available ranging from $10,000 to $40,000Please request the amount that you need to implement the activities you describe in your proposal. If the amount requested seems to be too much or too little to implement the activities described, the ICBL-CMC would discuss with you the amount requested.Grant period: All grants will start on 1 October 2013. Grants may be for a period of up to 14 months. All activities must be completed by 30 November 2014.

What kinds of activities can grant funds support? Survivors’ Networks can request funds to support a range of activities, listed below. However, all proposals must describe plans for advocacy on the implementation and universalization of the Mine Ban Treaty/Convention on Cluster Munitions and Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (where relevant). All proposals must also include a gender perspective; staff and outreach workers should be diverse and able to interact with men, women, girl and boy survivors. Any services provided should be both gender and age appropriate.Possible activities include:

  • Advocacy on the Mine Ban Treaty and Convention on Cluster Munitions and on victim assistance, disability rights and human rights, including advocacy on broader disability issues.
  • Participation in national processes to include a survivor perspective in any and all relevant policy frameworks, such as disability, development, poverty reduction and or human rights policies. Activities of this kind may include a component of international participation in policy development if it is directly linked to national activities.
  • Outreach to expand an existing network within a country or within a sub-region.
  • Activities specifically designed to strengthen the organizational capacity of the etwork, such as management and leadership skills for network leaders, necessary equipment purchases, or plans to increase the financial sustainability and impact of the network.
  • Activities to empower network members, such as peer support, human rights, resilience and campaign/advocacy trainings.
  • Service provision (such as income generating projects, job placement, sports activities or other social inclusion projects) and/or assistance to access services when this directly contributes to the strengthening of the network and the empowerment of its members so that members are better able to participate in advocacy activities. This should not be the central component of a proposal but rather should support the implementation of network building and/or advocacy activities.
  • Needs assessments of network members that will both help the survivors’ network to serve its members and can be used to inform policy makers about the needs of survivors.

How to Apply As stated above, the project period will run from 1 October 2013 to 30 November 2014. Proposed projects must fall within this period and must be a minimum of six months (1 October 2013 – 31 March 2014) and a maximum of 14 months (1 October 2013 – 30 November 2014). lease note that full narrative and financial reporting will be required in each calendar year (2013 and 2014). This means that a full narrative and financial report must be submitted for the period from 1 October 2013 – 31 December 2013 regardless of the length of the entire project.The deadline for applications is Monday, 1 July. All applications must use the provided narrative and financial templates. When completing the budget template, please feel to adjust line items, including by adding or deleting existing line items, to fit the project proposed. You must submit two budgets; one for all activities in 2013 and another for activities in 2014.

Please read the application guidelines carefully before completing the application. Applications must be prepared in English, typed and signed electronically and submitted by email to megan@icblcmc.org.

All applicants, both those who are successful as well as those who have not been selected for support, will receive a response by 6 September.

Confidentiality: Your applications will be reviewed by staff and consultants of the ICBL-CMC as well as ICBL-CMC Governing Board members.

A list of GB members is available at: http://www.icbl.org/index.php/icbl/About-Us/GB-AC-Staff. Upon request, we will also make applications available to staff of the Norwegian government.

Your application materials will not be shared with anyone else. If you need any guidance or support in completing your application you can contact any of the following ICBL-CMC SNP Core Team Members: Firoz Alizada: firoz@icblcmc.org, Loren Persi: loren@icblcmc.org, and Megan Burke: megan@icblcmc.org

Application documents including guidelines are downloadable at:

  • SNP 2013 Proposal Guidelines
  • SNP 2013 Application
  • SNP Project Budget Template 1
  • SNP Project Budget Template 2