Call for Proposals: Small-Scale Local Projects (SLP) 2019

The Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague and the Royal University of Agriculture, Phnom Penh are launching its annual call for proposals for the Small-Scale Local Projects (SLP). These projects are complementary to the large multiple-year projects implemented by the Czech Development Agency (CzDA) and are an important component of the Czech Republic Development Cooperation.

The objective of this call:

This call will support initiatives in the sector of inclusive social development (health and education) and natural resources management (WASH – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene). Under this call, your proposed project must contribute to the achievement of the objectives set by the Bilateral Development Cooperation Program 2018 – 2023 which seeks to provide universal and equal access to safe and affordable drinking water and food, adequate sanitation and hygiene for all in selected locations in the target provinces of Cambodia. The policy recognizes that promoting improved hygiene, sanitation, waste management and access to safe water and food will help control the spread of diarrheal and other infectious diseases and reduce malnutrition rates. That in result will improve learning outcomes.

Proposed projects must align with maximum of one of the defined action areas:

  • Action area 1: Regular waste collection and management
  • Action area 2: Safe and affordable drinking water and food
  • Action area 3: Access to sanitation and hygiene
Available funding:

The total amount of funding available under this call for proposals is up to $200 over 2 weeks. The donor may fund any number of proposals or none, up to the maximum funding available. Co-funding from the applicant or other sources is welcomed. Overhead costs are to be borne by the applicant. A total sum of personal and travel costs must not exceed 25% of the total budget.

Who is eligible to submit the proposal: 

Only organizations that can demonstrate their independent legal status in Cambodia can submit SLP proposal:

  • local non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations,
  • local academic institutions working on local projects,
  • international, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional institutions, organizations and agencies working on local development activities,
  • municipal, regional or national government institutions or agencies of the recipient country working on local projects.

The majority of SLP funding is to be directed toward academic institutions working at the local level.

Proposal submission:

You must submit your application through your organisational private Slack channel before the deadline. Please, ensure that each organization has submitted its Organization Registration Form. Instructions are available for newly established organizations in the section Organization Registration of this webpage.

We will not accept any late submissions. Please read the instructions carefully and plan to submit your application at least two hours in advance of the call deadline to ensure that technical difficulties do not prevent you from submitting your proposal by Monday, August 27, 2019, 6 p.m. Phnom Penh time.

Proposals must contain:

  • Completed Identification and Budget Form (enclosed in Resources)
  • Theory of Change (infographics created by your organisation)
  • Agreement on cooperation signed by a representative of local partner organization (if applicable)

Terms of project:

  • Successful applicants should sign the contract with the Royal University of Agriculture, Phnom Penh. The contract amongst others specifies the time deadline for submission of the final report and all relevant financial documents to the donor.
  • All SLP activities should be finished no later than 30th August 2019.
Additional guidance

Preference will be given to projects that take place within the RUA university campus, Phnom Penh. Initiatives that demonstrate strong local partnership with other local actors will be given preference.

Please note that if you are proposing to undertake construction, refurbishment or water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure activities in your project, you must attest that you can demonstrate a minimum of five years of recent experience in implementing the same type of construction, refurbishment or WASH infrastructure activities that would be implemented in the proposed project. Recent experience is defined as five years of experience within the last 10 years.

Environmental screening may be requested for all development assistance initiatives. See the Screening Tool for Environmental Assessment in the Resources section of this call.

Rationale for the initiative
  • The social development challenges and WASH issues that the project is planning to address are clearly described in the application form.
  • The project is aligned with the priorities (including Sustainable Development Goals), strategies and plans of Royal University of Agriculture, Phnom Penh and regional and national strategies.

All projects shall follow the national development strategy and should promote gender equality and respect for the environment.

Gender equality

  • Regardless of the project sector, the design demonstrates how best to close the identified gender gaps.
  • The theory of change, including risks and response strategies, addresses gender equality barriers and inequalities.

Environmental sustainability

  • Regardless of the project sector, appropriate environmental measures have been incorporated into the project’s design and planning to mitigate negative environmental effects and promote positive environmental effects.

Theory of change

  • The theory of change guiding the project design from ultimate outcome to activities, (including associated assumptions, risks and contributing factors) is clear, realistic and logical.
  • There is a description of how the intermediaries, beneficiaries and other stakeholders (e.g., local authorities) will be meaningfully engaged in the design, development and implementation of the project.
  • The description of strategies and efforts for ensuring the sustainability of results are practical, realistic and comprehensive.
 Available resources 

There are a number of resources available to help you develop your proposal. We strongly encourage you to read the following tools and guidance before beginning your application process.

For advice or assistance please contact the donor through Slack or approach us in person:

Petra Brtnikova, Miloslav Petrtyl, Kimchhin Sok, Raksmey Phoeurk