Search For Common Ground (SFCG)- Call For Application For Small Grants Initiatives To Support Small Local / Community Based Responses To Covid-19

Search for Common Ground

DEADLINE: 30TH APRIL, 2021
SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND
CALL FOR APPLICATION- SMALL GRANTS INITIATIVES TO SUPPORT SMALL LOCAL/COMMUNITY BASED RESPONSES TO COVID-19

Search for Common Ground (Search) proposes to support a rapid-response 3-month action that seeks to support an effective, conflict-sensitive response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that prevents further deterioration of social cohesion in Nigeria through small initiatives.

The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has revealed the fragility of Nigeria’s health and governance system. The global oil crisis and the price fluctuation resulted in a severe negative effect on the Nigerian economy which brought additional complexities to the context.

About the Project 
Search for Common Ground (Search) in partnership with the European Union for the past seven months have been implementing a 15 Months rapid-response “Working together against Corona” campaign that supports an effective, conflict-sensitive response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that prevents further deterioration of social cohesion in fragile contexts in Africa, namely in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria.

This action has a two-fold purpose: on the one hand, it aims to render the response to the pandemic in the targeted countries more effective by ensuring citizen acceptance of the response through access to reliable information on the other, it will mitigate the negative impact of the crisis on social cohesion and prevent it from exacerbating existing conflict dynamics Covid19 prevention.

About the Funding
This funding is to improve community access to trustworthy and verified information about the virus and its impact through the use of traditional and new media, grassroots communication and community engagement activities. The small initiatives will be complementary to the COVID-19 programmatic activities that the Nigerian team is currently implementing and will address concrete needs in the COVID-19 Context, new challenges that emerged in the past months related to COVID-19 or its longer-term impacts.

Thematic Priorities
Small initiatives will be directly funded by the Nigerian Country office to support local/community-based initiatives that:

(1) Contribute to preventing the spread of COVID-19 misinformation and disinformation

(2) Encourage collaboration among individuals and groups across dividing lines and identify opportunities that exist to foster peace.

(3) Promote social cohesion during pandemic times.

List of Possible Activities

  • Arts-based competitions (music, Spoken word, graffiti murals, etc.) for local youth to generate powerful imagery and messages able to contribute to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
  • Community Engagements that encourage collaboration among individuals and groups across dividing lines e.g. Town Hall Meetings and Community Theater.
  • Videos and Animations that tell the COVID-19 story and dispel Misinformation
  • Radio talk shows/Drama, Short Documentary film, Jingles/Spot Messages
  • Webinars
  • Social cohesion sporting activities (traditional dance, cultural activities etc.)
  • Development of a manual or a book for teaching in schools about covid-19

Selection criteria: Successful project proposals will fulfill the following requirements;

  • Implementation and networking capacities of the applicant: Priority will be given to applicants who have the required capacities at the technical level, as well as the networking capacities, to implement projects on the ground;
  • Priority consideration will be given to proposals that entail collaboration across dividing  lines of conflicts;
  • Impact of the project: Number of people reached or impacted by the project;
  • Clarity, feasibility and practicality of the application (regarding its objectives and deliverables);
  • Sustainability, replicability & scalability of the project will be of high priority.
  • Gender sensitivity and inclusion: Priority will be given to applications that equally target men and women as well as other marginalized groups as beneficiaries or target groups.
  • And any other activities that are in compliance  with the  COVID19 safety guidelines

Budget
Small Initiatives: Between 2000 to 5000 Euros
Medium Initiative: Between 5000 to 7000 Euros
Large Initiative: Between 7000 to 10,000 Euros

How to Apply for grant: Kindly submit a proposal addressing all 20 outlines accordingly including a complete budget.

General Information
(1) Name of organization/ Initiative group/Individual

(2) E-mail

(3) Web page (Where Applicable)

(4) Post address (Where Applicable)

(5) Name of director of the Organization according to the registration docs (for organizations and groups)

(6) Contact Phone number, e-mail

(7) Name of person, responsible for the coordination of small grant

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Information about organization/ initiative group/Individual
(8) Organization registration number/Individual details  (for an initiative group this section should be filled by Focal persons)

(9) Organization/initiative group/Individual  profile (up to 200 words)

(10) Which LGAs and States Organization or individual work with/represent.

Planned activities in the small grant programme
(11) Choose ONE of the thematic priorities your small grant will be focused on?

(a) Contribute to preventing the spread of COVID-19 misinformation and disinformation

(b) Encourage collaboration among individuals and groups across dividing lines and identify opportunities that exist to foster peace.

(c) Promote social cohesion during pandemic times.

Problem statement:
(12) Why you are choosing above mentioned thematic priority?

(13) Are there any already documented cases of violence during Covid-2019 in your state?

(14) If yes, please, give links to documents, reports, etc.

The goal of the small grant
(15) Objectives of the small grant

(16) Small grant brief description and key activities with justification why these activities will help to realize small grant’s goal and objectives

(17) Target audiences

(18) Territory of the small grant (whole country, LGA/ State)

(19) Are you planning to engage partners in the small grant realization from other communities and external stakeholders?

(20) Please provide a summary budget in Naira (Budget limit)

(a) Small initiatives: Between 2000 to 5000 Euros

(b) Medium Initiative: Between 5000 to 7000 Euros

(c) Large Initiative: Between 7000 to 10,000 Euros

20b. Provide a lump sum for necessary cost input (chose applicable points):

Consultancy fee

Travel related costs (travel, accommodation, etc.)

Meeting related costs (rent of venue, meals, travel, accommodation)

Communication costs (printing, video, promo materials)

Other costs (please provide the summary description)

Please note: Only Complete Proposals will be reviewed

Deadline for Submission: 30 April, 2021.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.

All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity – Tenacity – Empathy – Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.

Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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