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Call for Bids: British Embassy San Jose 2021/2022

Call for Bids: British Embassy San Jose 2021/2022

Deadline: 17-Jun-21

The British Embassy in San Jose is now accepting project proposals for the 2021/2022 financial year to support short-term interventions in Costa Rica and Nicaragua through projects that deliver real, measurable results in support of the abovementioned priorities in these countries.


They are particularly interested in proposals aimed at the following objectives:

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Strengthen democratic governance and rule of law;
Support the rights of marginalised groups, including through the prevention of human rights violations and strengthening of protections for marginalised groups, such as women and girls, indigenous communities and migrants;
Support media freedom, including strengthening of responsible journalism, fighting misinformation and improving the enabling environment in which freedom of the press is protected and respected;
Deliver robust response to and recovery from the pandemic, including Covid-19 variant surveillance and data driven initiatives to tackle the virus. (Proposals in support of this objective must show evidence of matched funding or similar shared commitments.);
Support delivery of ambitious environmental targets and plans ahead of COP26 and beyond, including technical support and capacity building to institutions, indigenous groups and youth working on climate issues. (Proposals in support of this objective must show evidence of matched funding or similar shared commitments.);
Support delivery of strong sectoral action to accelerate transitions to clean growth nationally and in the global economy. (Proposals in support of this objective must demonstrate a strong UK link.)
Thematic areas

The British Embassy San Jose is aiming to support short-term interventions in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, valued at up to US$20,000 that focus on the following thematic areas:

Open societies (democracy, human rights, media freedom)
COVID-19, vaccines, recovery and global health security
Climate and biodiversity
Funding Information

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Projects will be funded for the period running from 1 August 2021 to 31 January 2022, with no expectation of continued funding beyond this period;
Project bids should demonstrate 85% spend by 30 November 2021 and 100% spend by 31 January 2022;
Proposals must be submitted in United States Dollars (USD) currency;
Minimum project budget limit: $5,000;
Maximum project budget limit: $20,000.
Funding Exceptions

Funding cannot be used to finance the following:

Procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), vaccines, diagnostic tests/materials and COVID-19 related medicines;
Purchase or maintenance of IT or capital equipment;
Communications strategies or campaigns.
Assessment Criteria

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Project bids will be assessed against the following criteria:

Alignment with the above mentioned thematic priorities and outcomes;
Outcomes are achievable within the funding period (1 August 2021 to 31 January 2022);
Project design includes clear monitoring and evaluation procedures, as well as risk and financial accountability procedures;
Evidence of sustainability – demonstrating that project benefits continue after the funding ends;
Alignment with the Paris Agreement, demonstrating that a climate and environmental risk and impact evaluation was done and no environmental harm will be done;
The organisation’s safeguarding policies ensure protection of beneficiaries, tackle discrimination and ensure equality of opportunity for those with protected characteristics;
Overall value for money;
Administration costs should not exceed 10% of the total project budget.
For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/british-embassy-san-jose-call-for-bids-20212022

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