OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR ICMP´S SMALL GRANTS FOR THE ASSOCIATIONS OF FAMILIES OF MISSING PERSONS (FAS)/ CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS”, ALBANIA (2020-2021)

ISSUE DATE: 10-Jul-20

CLOSING DATE: 31-Aug-20

I. INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON MISSING PERSONS (ICMP) SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) invites associations or organizations of families of missing persons and civil society organizations to submit an application for its Small Grants for the Associations of Families of Missing Persons (FAs)/Civil Society Organization’s, Albania 2020-2021”.

ICMP is an independent, treaty-based international organization with more than 20 years of experience in 40 countries. It is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It helps governments build rule-of-law institutions that successfully and impartially search for and identify missing persons, and it supports efforts to enable families of the missing to assert their rights.

II. ABOUT ICMP PROGRAM IN ALBANIA

As part of its EU-funded program on missing persons in Albania, in 2017-2020 ICMP has begun collecting ante-mortem data and family reference samples from families whose relatives are believed to have been executed at the Dajti site or to have died in the prison camp in Ballsh. Further, ICMP has provided technical assistance to the Institute of Legal Medicine and has engaged in outreach activities on the issue of missing persons in the context of transitional and reconciliatory justice.

Families of the Missing are an essential component of a rule-of-law based process to identify and locate missing persons. They provide genetic and situational information that authorities require to determine the cause and manner of death, the location of grave sites, and complete the DNA tests of victims. Furthermore, they have rights to truth, justice, and reparations that all states, including Albania, have an obligation to respect. To support the participation of families of the missing, ICMP conducts activities among families of the missing that raise awareness of their rights, so that they can assert these rights in an effective manner and develop their capacity to articulate the benefits of addressing the issue of persons missing from the Communist era.

III. ICMP’S SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM

As part of its Civil Society Development activities and through its Small Grants Program, ICMP calls for proposals from civil society organizations, associations of families of missing persons and associations of the politically persecuted to implement projects that increase participation of civil society groups, and family members of missing persons, especially women, in transitional and reconciliatory justice processes.

ICMP will prioritize for proposals that meet at least one of the following objectives:

  • Enhance organization, networking and joint action among CSOs, families of the missing and the politically persecuted;
  • Advocate for authorities to ensure the preservation and protection of Communist era labour camps, execution and burial sites; and
  • Build historical memory through commemorative events and memorials in former communist labour camps.

IV. AREAS OF SUPPORT

 The projects and activities supported through Small Grants must be relevant to the role and challenges faced by families of the missing in Albania.

The types of activities eligible for financial support include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop innovative memorials in a participatory manner to mark Communist era labour camps, execution and burial sites;
  • Organize human rights campaigns, exhibitions and use of audio-visual material,
  • including the use of social media to raise awareness about the issue of persons missing from the Communist era in Albania;
  • Conduct research/monitoring reports on efforts made by domestic institutions to address the issue of persons missing from the Communist era, to preserve Communist era labour camps, execution and burial sites, and to commemorate the politically persecuted; and
  • Develop networking skills among CSOs engaged in dealing with the past, families of the missing and the politically persecuted.

Eligible costs: to ensure that the organizations implement the activities and reach the outcomes mentioned above, the following costs are allowed:

Programmatic Costs Any expense associated with a specific program, project or activity that is not part of the recurrent costs of the organization, for example: consultants, transportation of participant, meals, accommodation, rental venue, sound system, services and printing, materials for events.
Organization Costs Any expense to cover the recurrent costs associated with the existence of the grantees as an organization or association, including salaries, social security or office expenses, or others (up to 30 percent of the total amount of the grant).

V. AMOUNT OF GRANTS, ELIGIBILITY, SUBMISSIONS AND AWARD

Applicants may request from 7,000.00 Euro and up to 9,000.00 Euro for each project.

Applicants may submit only one project proposal under this call for proposals.

5.1.         Who is eligible to apply?

 Civil Society Organization (NGO)/Associations of Families of Missing Persons (FA’s):

  • That are legally registered as a not-for-profit civil society organization in Albania;
  • That have demonstrated experience in the implementation of projects of at least 10,000 Euros;
  • That have demonstrated experience of sound financial management, which is demonstrated by preparing annual financial reports;
  • That apply for projects directly addressing the issue of missing persons

ICMP will accept applications submitted by single organizations, but encourages joint applications submitted by two or more applicants.

Applications shall be submitted preferably in English using ICMP forms via email.

5.2.         Deadline for submissions for projects: 21-Aug-20

 Notifications of selection are expected indicatively by 1-October-20. Projects are expected to commence within one month after signing the contract, and may have duration of no more than 6 months.

Eligible organizations are invited to submit their applications using ICMP forms by the deadline of submission at 17h00 Albania time.

Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and applicants may be contacted to provide clarifications. Grants awarded may be subject to modifications from the original proposal submitted.

ICMP reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications received.

All Applications shall contain:

  • Project Proposal;
  • Budget Proposal; and
  • Organization Profile.

To promote women’s equal access to the missing persons process, ICMP and the Authority will encourage applications promoting gender equality in connection with the issue of missing persons.

Please follow the link below to access the forms:

Link: https://bit.ly/2Z9uRjp

Application Forms may be requested, and queries about this Call may be made through Albania.SmallGrants@icmp.int EMAIL

ICMP’s Small Grants Program Albania 2020-2021 is funded by the European Union