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CFPs: Green Accountability Project supporting Civil Society and Grassroots Organizations

CFPs: Green Accountability Project supporting Civil Society and Grassroots Organizations

Deadline: 14-Jun-2024

The World Resources Institute (WRI), President and CEO announces Green Accountability is accepting grant proposals from civil society organizations (CSOs) in Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico and Senegal that are working to make climate finance and policymaking more transparent, inclusive and accountable.

While success will look different for each grantee, by the end of 2025 they expect civil society organizations to have strengthened country networks advocating for green accountability, developed evidence-based advocacy plans, and initiated dialogues with decision-makers that are likely to lead to more equitable, transparent and accountable climate action that benefits people and the planet.

In addition to the financial support, grantees will be welcomed into an inaugural Green Accountability Community of Practice where they can share learning, build cross-country networks, receive training on tools and approaches from global experts, and strengthen their tactics and strategies to enhance their own work.

Objectives 
  • The Green Accountability Platform seeks to support civil society and grassroots action to make climate finance and action more transparent, inclusive, and accountable.
  • They expect most awarded applications to fall under one of these thematic areas. However, if a proposal does not fit under any of them, applicants may still submit it with an explanation of its relevance and importance.
Funding Information
  • The project will award grants at two levels:
    • One (1) large grant of approximately $150,000- $200,000 to one (1) finalist per country; and
    • Three to five (3-5) grants between US$25,000 – US$55,000, per country.
  • The total number and monetary size of these grants will be determined by the number and quality of applications, scope of work and the opportunities to address multiple green accountability issues in a given national context. Large grant recipients will be expected to provide more leadership within the Community of Practice, support in-country coordination with other grantees and consider how their activities and deliverables could support the goals of the smaller grantees as well. The Platform will provide grants totaling approximately $375,000 to each country.
Thematic Priorities by Country 
  • Bangladesh 
    • Embed civil society participation in monitoring the implementation of climate actions through the Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan, the National Adaptation Plan, and other relevant planning and policy processes.
    • Make climate data and information more accessible, less fragmented, and available in formats that are relevant for civil society and other users through a community and stakeholder-driven process.
    • Build capacity and strengthen partnerships between local governments and civil society organizations to implement locally-led climate actions.
  • Brazil 
    • Training and tools to strengthen access to information and public participation in the processes of construction and implementation of national and subnational climate policies, as well as in public investments for climate action.
    • Enhance monitoring and public participation in the design and implementation of climate adaptation public policies including budget definition and allocation.
    • Strengthen monitoring and public participation in Climate Councils or Forums as well as on National and State Climate Funds.
    • Promotion of transparency and accountability mechanisms for the bioeconomy agenda within the scope of the Multiannual Plan (PPA).
  • Cameroon 
    • Establish a national system for transparently monitoring progress of green accountability, including national standards, a consensus driven methodology for analysis, and tracking of progress as well as enablers and constraints.
    • Promoting green accountability in the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Monitoring (PPBS) chain in decentralized local authorities: This theme mainly aims to support the efforts of decentralized local authorities in the identification and characterization of climate finance in their municipal budget.
    • Supporting civil society coalitions on green accountability: This theme mainly aims to enable civil society organizations and platforms to strengthen their coordination capacities and conduct joint interventions in Cameroon.
    • In addition to these themes, applicant organizations are encouraged to consider two cross-cutting themes:
      • Innovative approaches to build ownership of green accountability outcomes across stakeholders
      • Taking into account new technologies in monitoring green accountability.
  • Mexico 
    • Provide civil society organizations with capacity support and tools to strengthen access to information, monitoring, and public participation in the processes of planning, spending, and public investment in climate change projects.
    • Citizen monitoring of the performance of public programs and instruments for climate action.
    • Strengthening public participation in environmental policies and climate governance mechanisms.
    • Strengthening budgetary transparency in disaster risk management.
  • Senegal 
    • Improve the legal and institutional framework applicable to green accountability.
    • Establish a simplified, data-centered, sustainable and multi-scale (national and regional) mechanism for integrated monitoring of green accountability.
    • Strengthen synergies between civil society actors for the mobilization of citizens in the monitoring of climate and biodiversity instruments (CDN, SPNAB, PNA, etc.)
Eligibility Criteria
  • To meet WRI’s requirements for subgrant eligibility, organizations must:
    • Be legally registered non-governmental, non-partisan, and non-profit organization in one of the five listed countries;
    • The proposed budget must not exceed 80% of your annual budget, while also being between $25,000 and $200,000.
    • Provide the organization’s most recent annual audit, or all three of the following documents:
      • Balance sheet for the previous two (2) years;
      • Income Statement for the previous two (2) years;
      • Cash Flow Statement for the previous two (2) years;
    • Ability to submit financial reports and payment requests through Microsoft Excel or other software;
    • At least one project point person with professional working proficiency in English to read, complete, and sign grant agreement, procurement rules, and other forms. (WRI will endeavor to offer translated materials but cannot guarantee translation of all documentation.)
    • Use a computerized financial system for tracking and recording expenses (preferably a professional accounting software).

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