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Call for proposals

Responsible Business Conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean Fund Key information

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants include non-for-profit entities, such as government or other public authority, employers’ or workers’ organizations, international organizations or legally recognized non-governmental entities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities and other research and educational institutions.

Activities proposed for funding should concern those to be carried out in one or more of the target countries of the RBC LAC project–namely: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Peru, and in European Union member countries.

Elegible actions

Proposals must involve the design and implementation of RBC-related activities in the region (these may be of regional and/or national outreach). The grants will finance actions, composed of a set of activities related to RBC such as:

  • Outreach and in-country roundtables for priority sectors on RBC practices
  • Facilitation of peer-to-peer exchanges
  • Development of training on specific issues
  • Creating/Strengthening networks
  • Conducting research and studies
  • Knowledge-sharing field visits / Study visits
  • Development of tools/materials
  • Development and sharing of good practices
  • Initiatives oriented to stimulate/facilitate formalization of the informal sector actors, including their RBC dimension
  • Etc.

Ineligible Actions

The following types of action are ineligible:

  • Actions concerned only or mainly with individual scholarships for studies or training courses or individual sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars, conferences and congresses;
  • Construction or renovation of buildings or infrastructures;
  • Actions that discriminate against specific individuals or groups of people on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, political considerations or physical challenge(s).

Applications will NOT be considered if:

  • Applications are incomplete;
  • Applicants are not compliant with the criteria;
  • Grant applications exceed the maximum grant size;
  • They do not provide results within the expected terms


Application Requirements

All proposals must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Justify how it contributes to achieving the objectives of the grant scheme
  • Propose an initiative(s) that will be implemented in an eligible country (or set of countries) or beneficial to the overall objective of the project
  • Propose activities that are feasible within the timeframe and budget range
  • Ensure that the initiative promotes the visibility of the European Union-financed RBCLAC project

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be assessed and selected based on the extent to which they satisfy the following criteria:

  • Foster collaboration among RBC initiatives
  • Have clear direction on how it promotes and strengthens the adoption of RBC practices in target countries
  • Address clearly who the main beneficiaries and target groups are
  • Provide detailed workflow, including the envisaged budget for each stage
  • Demonstrate proven capacity and expertise to implement the proposed activity
  • Provide a plan to share the lessons learned throughout the process
  • Demonstrate viability and impact
  • Consider gender perspective/sensitivity and include gender equality objectives
  • Be replicable as far as possible
  • Include a sustainability plan for the long term

Based on the eligibility and selection criteria, a selection committee, composed of representatives of the EU, ILO, OECD, and OHCHR, will review all proposals and select those which will be awarded funding.

Timeline

All activities must start no later than 60 days after receiving the initial grant installment. The timeframe of the fund scheme activities could range from a few weeks to several months, depending on their nature. The maximum project duration is 6 months; therefore, all activities need to be finalized in 8 months, including evaluation and final progress reports.

Disbursement

Payments will be done in the following manner:

  • 60% at the moment of signing the grant contract
  • 30% after monitoring of satisfactory implementation of at least half of the deliverables previously agreed.
  • 10% upon receipt of a satisfactory final/evaluation report.

Fund scheme implementation and reporting details

The beneficiary is responsible for implementing any activities and/or achieving the outputs identified and established in the fund scheme agreement. The grantee is also responsible for monitoring the execution and timeline.

How to Apply

Only complete applications meeting the application criteria will be considered.

Application forms, including all the required documents, must be completed on the online platform rbclac-fund.org. Applications and documents should not be submitted via email, nor per post.

Selection process

Applicants will be selected through a 2-stage process

Stage 1: Applicants must send an application summary.

Stage 2: Shortlisted applicants will be required to deliver a more detailed application.

Successful applicants will be informed via email. The selection committee is not able to provide feedback on unsuccessful proposals.