Call for Proposals GIZ Partnerships: Small-Scale Project Grants 2013

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in cooperation with the German W.P. Schmitz Stiftungen is pleased to announce its interest in partnerships for its small-scale project grants in 2013.

How to join
Small Grants will be given to local civil-society organisations and charity institutions which submit project proposals focusing on one of the following sectors:

1. Basic education and training (e.g. vocational training, job training)
2. Securing basic living standards promoting small-scale commercial activity (e.g. agriculture and food security)
3. Social and charitable projects (e.g. work with people with disabilities or support for disadvantaged people like women, ethnic minorities or orphans)

The small-scale project grant is especially directed at people who live in poverty and are regarded as particularly disadvantaged by the population. Also, initiatives which enable people to sustainably help themselves will be dealt with preferentially.
Grants may be provided to Vietnamese civil society organisations (non-governmental organisations, community based organizations) in all provinces of Vietnam.

Projects have to meet the following criteria

- Project must be completed until November 2013
- A funding sum of 15.000 EUR maximum
- Directed at concrete needs
- Local participation in planning
- Local involvement and substantial contribution expected
- Projects to be planned on the basis of effectiveness
- Continuation of the project by the target group

Project proposal cost calculations in terms of human resources need to match the UN-EU guidelines for financing of local costs in development-cooperation with Vietnam in order to obtain a grant. The recent guidelines can be downloaded here.

A proposal should be submitted using the GIZ applications form. If you are interested in applying for a grant, please write an email to info-schmitzstiftu[email protected] and we will gladly provide you with all relevant forms.

Please also read carefully the GIZ guidelines for applicants and references for project implementation.

Who and what cannot be supported

Support will not be granted for research programmes, formal academic training programmes, interna-tional travel to conferences, ongoing institutional support, scholarships, fellowships, study programmes or for individuals applying on their own behalf, including for travel or studies.

Application Deadline
Please send your project proposals in English, German or Vietnamese via e-mail to [email protected] by January 31st 2013 latest (date of receipt).
Final selections will be announced by 28th February 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Do Vu Dieu Linh, phone no. (04) 3728-1142 or e-mail: [email protected]. Please note that we only accept calls and e-mails before a proposal is submit-ted. Please do not request information between your proposal submission and GIZ’s final selection an-nouncement.

Who is the W.P. Schmitz Stiftung?

In 1985 the W. P. Schmitz Foundation was set up by Werner Peter Schmitz as a non-profit foundation for development aid under the terms of the Foundations' Act of the German State of North-Rhine Westphalia.
Principal among its aims are the promotion of local self-help projects in developing countries and the training of young people and adults in food security, manual trades and small-scale commerce.
Apart from these development aid projects, we also run projects to promote understanding between different groups, and purely charitable projects. Handicapped children and old people are the main fo-cus of our charitable work.
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Who is the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit?

As a federal enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.
We have been working with our partners in Viet Nam since 1993 and are currently active in three main fields of cooperation: 1) Sustainable Economic Development and Vocational Training; 2) Environ-mental Policy, Natural Resources and Urban Development; and 3) Health.
We run projects commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Devel-opment (BMZ) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). We also cooperate with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the European Union (EU) and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), Germany.

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Please see the attached files for more information of:

1-    UN-EU guidelines for financing of local costs in development-cooperation with Vietnam
2-    the GIZ applications forms (Application and Budget)
3-    Call for Proposals in GIZ format.


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