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Climate Change Innovation Grant for Cambodian Non-Governmental Organizations

Climate Change Innovation Grant for Cambodian Non-Governmental Organizations

Deadline: 22 January 2020

The Cambodia Climate Change Alliance Programme Phase III has launched an innovation grant facility which will provide support to government’s ministries, academia, research institution, NGOs and private sector associations to develop innovative and catalytic climate change projects.

The new phase of the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance programme (2019-2024) builds on these initial achievements and aims to support the scaling-up of the climate change response at national level and in priority sectors in order to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and increase people’s adaptation capacities, contributing to a greener, low carbon, climate-resilient, equitable, sustainable and knowledge-based society.

The Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) is a multi-donor initiative implemented by the National Council for Sustainable Development and funded by the European Union, Sweden, and UNDP with a comprehensive and innovative approach to address climate change in Cambodia.

CCCA invites concept notes for projects focused on Climate Change Innovation in support of the national climate change priorities, as expressed in the Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan.

Grant Size and Duration

  • The maximum grant allocation under this grant facility is USD 100,000 (One Hundred Thousand US Dollars), and the minimum allocation is USD 50,000 (Fifty Thousand US Dollars).
  • The maximum duration for a grant under this facility is three years.

Eligible Activities

  • Mandatory requirements:
    • Eligible activities must be in line with the Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan (CCCSP) 2014-23, and/or the Climate Change Strategic Plan and Action Plan of the concerned sector.
    • Innovation must be at the core of the proposal (no “business-as-usual”), with a clear explanation of how it will add value to the climate change response in Cambodia, and its concrete implications for climate change policies and/or programming.
    • The proposed activities must demonstrate potential to act as catalysts for the mobilization of other sources of climate finance.
    • Both adaptation and mitigation proposals are eligible. To the extent possible and depending on the quality of the proposals received, the GSSD will seek to ensure that the approved projects cover both adaptation to climate change and climate change mitigation in a balanced way.
    • Proposals need to include an analysis of relevant gender and inclusion issues, and incorporate relevant activities in their strategy.
  • Additional requirements:
    • While all applications meeting the above mandatory requirement will be considered, applications will receive additional points if the proposals meet the following additional requirements:
      • Scaling up is an objective: The proposal clearly identifies barriers to scaling-up of the proposed adaptation/mitigation solutions, and incorporate a strategy to address these barriers. Furthermore, scaling up is either part of the objectives, or the scaling up of innovations is the main objective of the proposal;
      • Co-benefits: proposals that contribute to both mitigation and adaptation, or generate environmental co-benefits (biodiversity, combatting land degradation…);
      • Alignment with priority sectors of CCCA-Phase 3: sustainable energy, rural development, education, environment, public works and transport.

Eligible Applicants

Proposals may come from:

  • Non-governmental organizations (local and international registered in Cambodia);
  • Government ministries or agencies who are members of the Climate Change Technical Working Group (CCTWG), or their departments/institutes;
  • Universities and research centers (based in Cambodia);
  • Private sector: business associations or chambers of commerce only (private sector entities may also partner with above-mentioned entities).

Applicants and Partners

  • The applicant is the Cambodia-based organization who will submit the concept note under its name. In case of a project where multiple organizations are involved, the applicant is the lead agency that takes the responsibility for project management and accounting for funds, and will enter into a legal agreement with the GSSD. It will therefore be the first recipient of funds from the facility and will act as the point of contact for the project. There can only be one applicant for a project.
  • All other organizations involved in the project will be called “partners” and their respective roles will need to be clarified in the project concept note and proposal. If partners require funds to implement certain activities in the project, they will receive funds from the applicant.
  • Partners may include other governmental institutions, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, research centers or universities (both Cambodian and foreign), and private sector organizations provided that they bring some own resources and adequate expertise to the project.
  • Both applicant and partners should bring some of their own resources (in kind or in cash) to the project. Use of the grant facility as co-financing to strengthen the climate-relevance existing or pipeline initiatives is strongly encouraged.

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