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Eastern Partnership: Civil Society Engagement and Innovation Grants

About this Call

The call for proposals has now closed. Information on the selected grantees will be made available soon.

Grant Categories:

  • Category 1: civil society engagement grants with a focus on using the OGP platform for  expanding civil society engagement and building cross-sectoral partnerships in the areas of integrity, anti-corruption, public service delivery, justice, COVID-19 response and recovery, and civic space;
  • Category 2: innovation grants to support the development or replication of online tools and platforms, complementary advocacy, and engagement strategies to enable civil society or citizens to hold their governments accountable.

This call is part of the EU for Integrity Programme for the Eastern Partnership, funded by the European Union and jointly implemented by the Open Government Partnership and the OECD Anti-Corruption Network.


The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Support Unit aims to support government and civil society in member countries, including in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) region, to strengthen co-creation and implementation of nationally or locally-led commitments with potentially high impact that can lead to increasing government transparency, improving accountability, strengthening citizen engagement and government responsiveness. In late 2020, OGP partnered with the European Commission and the OECD Anti-Corruption Network (ACN) on the EU for Integrity Programme, a multi-year initiative focused on providing assistance to the EaP countries in preventing and combating threats to the rule of law, supporting justice sector reforms, improving integrity in the delivery of public services, public administration reform – themes that are already part of the OGP national dialogue in most of the countries in the region.

This will be achieved by complementing the existing support available to these countries through enhanced technical assistance provided in conjunction with relevant partners, consultancies to support process design and facilitation, regular peer exchange and knowledge sharing activities (both on improving co-creation and on specific thematic policy areas), as well as small grants for coalition building, implementation support, and digital innovations in open government. 

These grants will be managed by the OGP Support Unit. Contracts will be signed between the OGP Support Unit and the grantees. The grantees will be required to collaborate with the OGP Government Point of Contact (POC), civil society groups engaged in the OGP process, and/or the multi-stakeholder forum (MSF) during the implementation of activities related to these grants.


Objectives

The main objective of these grants (of up to EUR 30,000) is to expand and strengthen civil society engagement and foster multi-stakeholder partnerships for tackling relevant open government reforms in active OGP member countries and locals in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) region, using the OGP platform. 

The grants will be used for one of the following purposes:

  • propose and implement catalytic approaches to open governance reforms and advocate for their inclusion as commitments in OGP action plans;
  • co-implementation, monitoring and oversight of action plan commitments, ideally focusing on approaches that can be scalable across action plan cycles.

The grants will also be used to explicitly expand the base of civil society and other non-governmental actors engaging with OGP in the EaP countries and locals. Strong preference will be given to ideas that engage new actors like the private sector, media, or youth groups. 

Priority areas:

OGP is seeking proposals for strengthening civil society engagement in OGP around the following policy areas:

  • Anti-corruption
  • Justice
  • Public service delivery, including strengthening citizen participation and feedback mechanisms, or enhancing government responsiveness to users for improving public services
  • Civic space and media freedoms 
  • Business integrity and ease of doing business
  • Any other themes related to COVID-19 Response, Recovery or Renewal 

Selected proposals will receive:

  • Up to 30,000 EUR for 4-12 months of the implementation period. Note that funds will be disbursed through a cost-reimbursable grant scheme, and financial reports must be accompanied by 100% receipting. Note: selected grantees will be asked to provide a roadmap of activities at the inception stage of the grant, a mid-term progress report, and a final report.
  • Access to technical support from the OGP Support Unit and relevant partners.

Selection criteria

  • Clarity and relevance of the proposal in relation to the objectives and priority areas of this call
  • A clear theory of change on how this one-off grant will positively impact the OGP process and plan in the country
  • Approach to cross-sector collaboration and bringing in new voices and actors to expand the base of civil society engaging with OGP
  • Value for money

Application process

Applications have now closed. Decisions will be communicated on a rolling basis from August.


Objectives of the Innovation Grants

These grants aim to support the development or replication of online tools and platforms, complementary advocacy, and engagement strategies to enable civil society or citizens to hold their governments accountable. We want to encourage collaboration between civil society and government actors in creating innovations that do one of the following:

  • enable citizens to monitor budgets, expenditure and disbursement, including budgetary allocations for Covid-19 recovery and renewal programmes;
  • provide user-friendly interfaces for state-owned data, including data visualisation, analysis, or business intelligence tools to strengthen the ability of citizens to detect fraud or corruption (e.g. for using data on contracts, beneficial owners of companies, asset declarations, etc.);
  • enable citizen monitoring and feedback on public services and access to redress mechanisms.

Selection criteria

  • Relevance: proposals must be clearly related to furthering the objectives of the grant
  • Results orientation: be able to demonstrate how the tools will be applied to achieve real change
  • Added value: innovations are clearly added value to existing work and the funding provided is catalytic to the project
  • Collaboration: degree of involving stakeholders from government, civil society, private sector or media
  • Measurable: proposals must indicate clear plans for tracking progress and impact
  • Credentials: qualifications, capacity, and experience of the organisation/team

Participants will receive:

Grant support up to EUR 50,000 to the selected proposal. The selection proposals and the top three runners up will also have access to:

  • connections with potential mentors to further develop your solution
  • connections with peers working on similar solutions to foster learning
  • communication support

Application process

Applications have now closed. Decisions will be communicated on a rolling basis from August.


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