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International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility 2015

Call for Proposals 2015 Timeline

Deadline for application of concept proposals: 6th March 2015, at 24.00 Italian time zone.
*Selection of finalists: July 2015
*Dates may vary depending on number of proposals received


What are the priority areas for funding?
What are examples of projects that could be funded?
Who can apply?
What are the requirements for applications?
How will the decisions on applications be made?
Monitoring and supervision
How to apply for a grant?

In line with its overall mandate and strategic objectives, and within the framework of its Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples , IFAD aims to ensure that indigenous peoples' communities in rural areas are empowered to improve their well-being, income and food security through self-driven development that builds on their identity and culture.
The objective of the Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility is to strengthen indigenous peoples' communities and their organizations by financing small projects which foster their self-driven development in the framework of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and generate lessons learned and approaches for replication and up-scaling.
The Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility supports indigenous peoples to determine and develop priorities and strategies to fulfil development needs of their communities. Through small grants ranging from USD 20,000 to USD 50,000 and lasting up to two years, the IPAF supports the demand-driven initiatives of indigenous peoplesí communities by funding small projects that are designed and implemented by indigenous peoples' communities and their organizations, and that build on their culture, identity, knowledge and natural resources. The IPAF finances projects that improve indigenous peoplesí access to key decision-making processes, empower them to find solutions to the challenges they face and promote collaboration in the public and private spheres.
The Facility is governed by a Board responsible for operations and directions. The Board, with a majority of indigenous and tribal peoplesí representatives, reviews and makes final recommendations on grant awards. Current Members of the IPAF Board are Mirna Cunningham, Miskito from Nicaragua; Rukka Sombolinggi, Toraya, Indonesia; Devashish Roy, Chakma, Bangladesh; Wolde Gossa Tadesse, Gamo from Ethiopia; Jean-Philippe Audinet, Lead Technical Specialist, Policy and Technical Advisory Division, IFAD. The Board works closely with the IPAF Secretariat, responsible for the administrative and financial aspects of the Facility.
The Facility is managed at regional level by three indigenous peoples' organizations who are responsible for supporting and advising the IPAF Board on the selection of proposals; channelling resources to organizations awarded by the IPAF Board; and monitoring and providing implementation support to the small projects financed through the IPAF. IPAF regional partners are: The International Indigenous Women's Forum/Foro Internacional de Mujeres IndŪgenas (IIWF/FIMI) in Latin America and the Caribbean; Kivulini Trust in Africa; and Tebtebba Foundation in Asia and the Pacific.
In response to IFADís three calls for proposals, in 2007, 2008 and 2011, indigenous communities and organizations submitted proposals from about 90 countries around the world. Since 2007, 100 small projects were financed in some 40 countries by the IPAF for a total amount of about USD 2.6 million.
The Facility has been so far co-financed by IFAD, the World Bank, Norway, Canada, Finland and Italy.
IPAF  2015 cycle is being entirely financed by IFAD.  The resources available for grant financing under this call for proposals amount to US$1 050 000. It is therefore expected that the IPAF 2015 cycle will finance around 30 projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean. 

What are the priority areas for funding?
The  2015 IPAF will finance indigenous peoplesí demand-driven initiatives which will improve the livelihoods of indigenous peoplesí communities with a specific focus on indigenous women under the following thematic areas:
 Food Security and Nutrition
Access to Markets
Land, Territories and Resources
Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

What are examples of projects that could be funded?
Increasing indigenous peoples communities' food security and nutrition
Preservation and promotion of local varieties of traditional crops
Support and training on sustainable agricultural techniques
Contribute to the rehabilitation of local plantations
Support production of indigenous and traditional food
Support the implementation of community-based forestry systems
Preserving wild species and seeds
Inter-generational transfer of indigenous peoples' knowledge
Promoting sustainable agriculture and access to market
Creation and strengthening of income generating groups/cooperatives
Capacity building for, and creation of income-generating activities
Culturally appropriate ethno-tourism models
Market traditional handicrafts
Management of natural resources
Build and strengthen the capacity and raise awareness on indigenous peoples' rights to land territories
Mapping of indigenous and tribal peoplesí land territories and resources
Adaptation and mitigation to climate change
Biodiversity conservation
Policy engagement with governments on indigenous peoples rights and development with culture resources and identity
Documentation and integration of indigenous peoples' knowledge and practices in disaster risk reduction.

Who can apply?
Please note that your community or organization must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for a grant:
 
The applicant must be an indigenous or tribal peoplesí organization;
Not-for-profit/non-governmental organizations can apply if designated by the indigenous peoplesí communities to act on their behalf. Evidence of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent by the indigenous peoplesí communities needs to be enclosed to the application form;
The applicant must be legally registered in an IFAD developing Member State;
The applicant's headquarters must be located in the country of grant implementation, which must also be an IFAD developing Member State;
The applicant should have an established bank account in the name of the applicant organization;
The applicant should demonstrate internal controls to govern the use of funds.
Applicant should not be implementing an IFAD grant at the time of the application;
Upon approval of project proposals, organizations will be requested to produce documentary evidence of the organizationís financial and control capacity to receive and manage funds, under applicable law, and the latest annual audit of the organizationís accounts or any other external or internal assessment of the organizationís internal controls;
The applicant can submit only one proposal to 2015 IPAF. If an applicant submits more than one proposal, only the first one received will be registered and considered;
 For-profit organisations (e.g. for profit cooperatives) are not eligible for funding.
* An Indigenous Peoplesí community or organization may ask a legally registered not-for-profit organization, NGO or a local institution such as a local government (municipality, tribal regional autonomous district etc.), to act as applicant and recipient of the grant on its behalf. In such cases, the relationship between the indigenous or tribal community and the entity submitting an application to IPAF must be made explicit in the application form. Furthermore, the applicant must indicate the name and address of the representative of the indigenous or tribal community that will benefit from the project. Evidence of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) needs to be enclosed to the application form. For more information on the FPIC requirements, refer to the IPAF guidelines.
The Facility WILL NOT consider applications from organizations without legal registration, or applications from individuals applying in their personal capacity.
The Facility WILL NOT consider applications from for-profit organisations, such as for profit cooperative societies etc.
Please note that only projects proposals that clearly/directly benefit indigenous peoples' communities will be considered eligible for funding.
Note: For information on indigenous peoples in Africa please refer to the following sources:
Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa
Report of the African Commissionís Working Group of Experts on Indigenous Population/Communities
Reports of the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities Ė Missions to: Botswana, Burundi, Central Africa, Congo, DRC, Libya, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Uganda,
Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC)
The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs
What are the requirements for applications?

All applications must directly benefit Indigenous Peoples in a culturally appropriate, sustainable, and gender inclusive manner and address issues central to indigenous peoplesí aspirations.
 
Proposed project budget requests to the Facility should range between US$20,000 and US$50,000 and include a minimum contribution by the grant recipient of 20% of the total request from the Facility. The contribution can be in cash or in-kind (such as personnel costs or use of local facilities). The budget should be based on realistic local costs. Details should be provided on amounts and sources of contribution (including from the applicant organization). Budget MUST be submitted in US Dollars and clearly itemized.
The workplan should indicate how the project would be completed within 24 months from the award date.
Applications are accepted only in English, French, and Spanish.
Applications must include a copy of the certificate of legal registration of the organization under applicable law.
Upon approval of project proposals, organizations will be requested to produce documentary evidence of the organizationís financial and control capacity to receive and manage funds, under applicable law, and the latest annual audit of the organizationís accounts or any other external or internal assessment of the organizationís internal controls.
The complete application must not exceed a total of  15 pages;
Only one application can be submitted by each organization to  2015 IPAF;
Evidence of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent by the indigenous peoplesí communities must be attached to the application form IF the applicant is a not-for-profit/non-governmental organizations applying on behalf of the indigenous peoplesí communities.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applications must be received by 6th  March 2015, at  24.00 hrs, Italian time zone.

How will the decisions on applications be made?
All applications received by the set deadline will be reviewed according to the criteria listed below. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. Applications will be acknowledged within one month of receipt . Once the screening of all applications is finalized and decisions on grant awards made by the IPAF Board, IPAF Secretariat will notify the results to all applicants by email (using the email address they have indicated in IPAFT online registration or in the application form in case of proposal sent by post mail).
The date on which IFAD plans to announce the decision following the completion of the award procedure is July  2015 This date is indicative only, it may vary depending on the number of proposals received.
Decisions on projects to be financed will be made by the Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility Board based on the following criteria:
 
Indigenous Peoples' Development with culture and identity: How does the project build upon the asset of indigenous peoplesí culture and identity? How does the project take full advantage of indigenous peoplesí traditional knowledge, culture, governance systems and natural resources?
Project relevance: Does the application address the needs of the indigenous peoples' community? Will it make a difference in the community to aid or resolve issues? Can it be replicated elsewhere?
Project feasibility and sustainability: Is the proposed approach practical? Is the timeline realistic and the budget adequate? How will results be sustained after project completion?
Institutional capacity: What relevant skills does the organizationís staff bring to the project? Has the organization succeeded in similar endeavours?
Institutional credibility: What kind of credibility does the organization enjoy within its community and beyond?
Balance of grant portfolio: Providing for a balance of the grant portfolio with regard to geographic distribution, gender and issues addressed.
Monitoring and supervision

The implementation of the projects financed by the Facility will be monitored and supervised directly by IFADís regional partners or through other possible forms as decided appropriate by the IPAF regional partner organizations and IFAD.

How to apply for a grant?
Click Here To Apply Online

All applications must be sent completed using the Indigenous Peoples Assistant Facility Application Form 2015.
Applicants should carefully read the IPAF 2015 Call for Proposals and the Guidelines of the Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility prior to completing the application form.
The completed application should not exceed 15 pages. A copy of the certificate of legal registration, under applicable law, has to be attached to the application.
Applications and respective documents have to be submitted online. Download the Quick Steps for the online application.
Only in case of inaccessibility to internet, applications can be sent by post mail to the address below before deadline:
 
Ms Antonella Cordone
Senior Technical Specialist
Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Issues
Policy and Technical Advisory Division
International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD
Via Paolo di Dono, 44
00142 Rome, Italy
Tel: 0039 06 5459 2065

Questions may be sent by e-mail no later than 10 days before the deadline for the receipt of proposals, indicating clearly the reference of the call for proposals.
Applications sent by email will NOT be considered.






 

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