Application Deadline: 12th August, 2013
The United Nations Development Programme is pleased to announce the launch of the Youth Social Entrepreneurship Support Programme: Youth as agents of Community Development which makes available funding to support partnerships between CSOs working with youth, local self-governments and the private sector for creation of social enterprises aimed at successful delivery of social services through engagement of youth at community level.
The main goal of the Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) Support Programme is to build partnerships between CSOs working with youth, local self-governments and the private sector for creation of social enterprises aimed at successful delivery of social services through engagement of youth at community level.
The establishment of social partnerships between the civil society sector, the local-self-government and private sector is a mandatory criteria for participation under this programme.
For achieving the goals of the Support Programme and emphasizing the role of youth as agents of community development, a call for proposals that represent a new and innovative approach to an existing local problem, is being launched. The proposals should be based on the principles of work of social entrepreneurs5 and represent a form of social partnership. The focus of the projects should be on enhancing youth capacities either through provision of services aimed at youth or direct involvement of youth in the output level of social service delivery, including youth targeting services.
The idea behind this call for proposals is to support ideas that will be sustainable after the completion of the initial 6 month project period. This support is meant to serve as a start up of a joint collaboration between the three different sectors, where municipalities will get the necessary help in provision of social services to citizens, CSOs will get involved in the process of delivery and the private sector will gain from its investment in such initiatives. Furthermore, these established social partnerships are expected to serve as a basis or turn into appropriate youth social entrepreneurship models that will remain functional after the project has ended.
The YSE Support Programme will focus on ideas aimed at finding innovative approaches for improving the situation of youth at community level, through their engagement in provision of social services and creating youth employment opportunities. Proposed ideas need to constitute models for partnership with local self-governments and the private sector.
The YSE Support Programme will award between US$ 6,000 and up to US$ 15,000 at the maximum to prospective proposals. The overall budget can be higher if funds are available from other sources.
Applicants are expected to secure at least 20 % of the overall budget through sources from their partners. Activities have to be carried out within six months starting from September 2013 and end no later than March 2014. The call for the YSE Support Programme is open to registered civil society organizations. Local self-governments, the private sector and other institutions can apply as partner organizations to a leading CSO applicant.
A consultation meeting will be organized on Thursday, July 18th at 12:00 at UNDP country office premises for interested organizations and will be used for transferring additional knowledge and clarification of potential queries of applicants.
The call for the YSE Support Programme is open to registered civil society organizations working with youth, interested in finding innovative approaches for solving youth related problems aimed but not limited to provision of social services and youth employment opportunities. Local self-governments, the private sector and other institutions can apply as partner organizations to a leading CSO applicant.
The Youth as agents of Community Development Support Programme will be open from 11th July 2013. Proposed activities have to be carried out within six months, starting from 1st September 2013 and end no later than 10th March 2014.
All applications received on time will be submitted to a UNDP panel for assessment. Assessment of applications will be done in 3 phases. Upon completion of the assessment, the panel will make a formal recommendation for funding of chosen projects.
Priority will be given to organizations that propose innovative project ideas that foresee creation of social partnerships and incorporate social entrepreneurship methods with a focus on youth.
Approval/Rejection/Conditional Approval letters should be sent to applicants within three weeks of the Meeting of the UNDP Panel. Approved applications will be invited to sign a Contract for the awarded proposal.
The application form should be completed in English. Proof of partnership with institutions and private sector can be submitted in local language. Applications must be submitted in a sealed envelope by registered mail, private courier service or by hand delivery (a signed and dated certificate of receipt will be given to the deliverer) at the address below:
Youth as agents of Community Development United Nations Development Programme
8-ma Udarna brigada 2, 1000 Skopje,
Deadline for delivery of the Applications:
The deadline for receipt of Applications is 12th August, 2013 at 16:00 hour local time. Applications received after the deadline will not be eligible for consideration. For more details about the call for proposals please use the provided guidelines and application form. CLARIFICATION: The minimum 20% in-cash contribution can come also from CSOs own resources.
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