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World Bank Maldives seeks applications for Civil Society Fund 2011

April 6, 2011



Male, April, 6, 2011: The World Bank Maldives Office invites registered civil society organizations in Maldives to submit applications for the Civil Society Fund (CSF) 2011.

The theme for the Civil Society Fund 2011 (CSF 2011) will be “Creating Public Awareness on Managing Solid Waste in the Maldives". Applications are sought for projects that will provide a voice to the poor and marginalized communities in vulnerable islands and promote innovative solutions linking or providing expertise on cost-effective solid waste management technologies.

A Maximum of Three Grants at US$ 10,000 each will be awarded to the most innovative proposals.

Applicant organizations are asked to describe how a grant from the World Bank might help them to raise matching funds from other development partners. A cash or in-kind counterpart from the applicant-organization of, at least, 20 percent of total cost required and should be reflected in the proposed budget.

Projects will be assessed by their;

Effectiveness: ability to demonstrate sustainability of proposed activities through collaborations with other public/private sector organizations.
Feasibility: show a practical approach with a realistic timeline and budget.
Organizational Capacity: indicate the skills and capability of the organizations staff and any previous experience of handling a similar project of equal size and scale.
Credibility: reputation of the organization in the community.
Significance: Ability of the project to make a difference to the community it proposes to support and a clear mechanism to report expected results.

Please note that the CSF cannot fund research programs, formal academic training programs, operational projects, ongoing institutional core support (such as equipment unrelated to the activity), scholarships, fellowships, study programs, individuals applying on their own behalf, or organizations not categorized as civil society organizations. Proposed activities should not compete with or substitute for regular World Bank instruments; they should be clearly distinguishable from the Bank’s regular programs.

All applicants must be registered civil society organizations in Maldives of good standing (at least two years in operation) and have a record of achievement in the community and a record of financial probity. The Fund will only accept one application from an organization.

Applications for the Civil Society Fund and a small booklet titled “Short Course on Proposal Writing” in English will be available at the reception of the World Bank Male Office.

The deadline for submission of applications: May 6, 2011

Media Contacts
In Colombo
Dilinika Peiris
Tel : (+94-11) 5561-325
dpeiris@worldbank.org
In Washington
Joe Qian
Tel : (202) 473-5633
jqian@worldbank.org
In Maldives
Aminath Inasha Shafeeq
Tel : +960 334 1910 Fax: +960 334 1911
nrazee@worldbank.org


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