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In-Country Micro Project Scheme 2023 (Nepal)

In-Country Micro Project Scheme 2023 (Nepal)

Deadline: 9-Jun-23

The Embassy of Ireland, New Delhi has launched the In-Country Micro Project Scheme (ICMPS), a funding programme aimed at supporting micro projects implemented by local, grassroots NGOs in order to tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice.

Irish Aid supports local non-governmental organisations in Nepal with small-scale development projects through In-Country Micro Project Scheme (ICMPS) as administered through Embassy of Ireland, New Delhi.

Priority is given to sustainable projects that enhance local capacity and have a focus on reaching the furthest behind first and are consistent with A Better World.


The objectives of the In-Country Micro Project Scheme are to:

  • Strengthen the voice of local communities to influence policy decisions.
  • Prevent hunger, and improve livelihood security.
  • Improve access to essential services.
  • Improve access and control of resources for marginalised communities.
  • Promote human rights.
  • Promote women’s empowerment and gender equality.
  • Promote environmental sustainability and in particular, initiatives that combat climate change.
Funding Information
  • The maximum ceiling for funding is 70% of project costs, 30% must be covered by the NGO or other donors. The maximum monetary amount is €3,000 to €6,000 per year. The grant will be decided on a case to case basis.
  • Duration: The duration of a grant approved under the scheme is one year.
Eligibility Criteria
  • They welcome project proposals for up to €6,000 from organisations in Nepal, which would meet one or more of the objectives. Please note that ICMPS 2023 is limited to organisations operating in Nepal only.
  • Organisational Status: Applicants must be an indigenous, locally managed, not for profit organisations that are independent of the state and are formed voluntarily by members of society to address the root causes of poverty and injustice in their respective communities:
    • Locally Registered NGO; registered as a trust or society with relevant authority to receive funds from a foreign source.
    • Community Based Organisation; registered as a trust or society with relevant authority to receive funds from a foreign source.
    • Non Profit Company or Corporate Foundation; with relevant authority to receive funds from a foreign source.
    • Faith Based Organisations involved in development work and registered as a religious trust or charitable trust or society with relevant authority to receive funds from a foreign source. Where developmental and religious work is convergent (e.g. schools/training run by faith based organisations) enforcement of non-discrimination policies should be documented in the application.
    • Co-operative
    • Farmer Association
    • Trade Union
  • Interventions that are primarily welfare support(s) and that are clearly not sustainable without external support.
  • International Travel.
  • Individual or family support.
  • Major infrastructural schemes for e.g. dams, roads, hospitals.
  • Educational scholarships including study or research fellowships.
  • Projects that involve evangelisation for the proselytising of religious beliefs.
  • Retrospective Expenditure.
  • Emergency projects that are in response to natural or human disasters.
  • Marketing, fundraising and entertainment.

For more information, visit Embassy of Ireland, New Delhi.

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