Non-profit civil society organizations legally registered as well as networks and coalitions of
CSOs, community groups, and local media in Georgia are eligible to submit proposals for the call. Media outlets can take part in the call only in partnership with qualified CSOs. The program’s focus on local communities naturally calls for partnerships between Tbilisi-based and local NGOs or community-based organizations (CBOs) if a proposal is submitted by a Tbilisi-based NGO.
Political Parties or other organizations, having conflicting interest with the aim and objectives of the grant competition are not eligible to participate in the Call.
Civil servants, members of the current parliament, staff of the public broadcaster, and/or leaders and members of political parties cannot participate in a grant project as a grant remunerated participant.
Grants will be awarded to projects demonstrating the following:
1. Persuasive, evidence-based justification (such as available research and/or surveys) of the importance and saliency of an issue selected for the proposed civic monitoring and advocacy effort(s);
2. Use of internationally proven models and technologies;
3. Mobilization and engagement of local communities in planning and implementing of project activities;
4. Results-oriented, feasible, and needs-based action plan ensuring wide participation of citizens in monitoring and advocacy processes, including a clear description of the methods to be applied in monitoring, advocacy, and citizen mobilization;
5. Efficient and well-thought-out strategy of interaction between CSOs, and public authorities in the process of civic monitoring and advocacy, directed toward achieving positive outcomes for the communities;
6. Partnership with at least one media outlet or a clearly articulated media component to be implemented by the potential grantee (desirable for LOT 1 and mandatory for the Lot 2);
7. Well-thought-out project monitoring and evaluation plan with reliable quantitative and/or qualitative baseline data and indicators for measuring and evaluating the project’s impact;
8. Scope and relevance of the project’s impact;
9. Sustainability of a project (please note that sustainability can refer to activities, structures, knowledge, and outcomes that result from project implementation);
10. Cost-effectiveness of the project.
The following general criteria will also be used to assess the projects:
1. Degree of compliance with the objectives and conditions of the grant competition;
2. Compliance with EPF’s mission and mandates;
3. Effectiveness of project methodology, including a results-oriented, feasible, and needsbased action plan;
4. Sound analysis of internal and external risks and efficient methods of risks mitigation;
5. Demonstrated commitment from major stakeholders, including concrete information about formal or informal partners;
6. Organization’s capacity to implement a project as demonstrated by: (a) relevant qualifications of the involved personnel and/or experts, (b) past experience of project implementation in relevant issue areas, and (c) capacity to manage a grant;
9. Opportunities of co-funding from other sources.