Updated Nov 23, 2017CLOSED

STAR-Ghana: Fighting Corruption in Ghana through an enabling policy and regulatory framework

Offered by European Commission, Department for International Development and Danida as part of Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness (STAR-Ghana)

STAR-Ghana intends to award grants to a limited number of national level CSOs and CSO coalitions to develop and implement projects and initiatives aimed at helping to address the systemic causes of corruption in Ghana.

Applications are therefore invited proposals from eligible civil society organisations, including media organisations, professional associations and private sector associations, to develop and implement projects under thestrategic policy influencingcomponent of the Anti-Corruption Workstream.

Such proposals should focus on strategic level policy influencing on anti-corruption issues, be anchored on the National Anti-corruption Action plan (NACAP) and, as much as possible, take account of gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) considerations.
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GrantType
CLOSEDDec 04, 2017Deadline
Up to $15,000Amount
24 monthsDuration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented in:
RegionN/A
CountryGhana
Focus AreasGood Governance (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)

Registered Ghanaian civil society organisations (CSOs) operating at national levels and actively engaged in policy influencing processes. These include:

Academic and research institutions;

Professional associations;

Research and advocacy NGOs;

Think Tanks;

Private sector associations;

Civil society networks, coalitions, alliances and platforms.

Eligible organisations must demonstrate capacity to mobilize citizens and citizen groups and forge alliances of relevant stakeholders for long-term engagement and collective action in the fight against corruption.

Organisations currently receiving grants from STAR-Ghana under the GESI and Media calls are not eligible to apply as lead organisations for this grant.

Must be registered with the Registrar-General’s Department with Tax Identification Number;

Must not have been blacklisted by any donor agency, governmental agency or by STAR-Ghana;

Must have a demonstrable experience and capacity to undertake national /strategic level policy influencing on anti-corruption issues;

Must be able to provide audited accounts for the last two years.

Milestones Reached

Years in Operation2

Other Requirements

Planned Usage of Funds

Applicants are particularly encouraged to consider issues and strategies such as: ·

Addressing high-risk, high-value, high-impact sectors;

Making more effective use of Ghana’s commitments and obligations under existing international and regional anticorruption instruments;

Seeking to mainstream results and lessons into public law- and policy-making;

Exploring opportunities for linking actors across levels of governance (community, district, regional and national), and enable collaborations between actors working on complementary issues and/or movement building on anti-corruption issues.
Management TeamMust be registered with the Registrar-General’s Department with Tax Identification Number;

Must not have been blacklisted by any donor agency, governmental agency or by STAR-Ghana;

Must have a demonstrable experience and capacity to undertake national /strategic level policy influencing on anti-corruption issues;
Financial StatementsMust be able to provide audited accounts for the last two years.
Other

The following Outputs are expected:

Innovative approaches to facilitating collective citizens’ actions on anti-corruption at local and national levels tested;

Spaces for collaboration between civil society (including private sector associations and media) and state actors on anti-corruption developed and/or strengthened at community, district and national levels;

Strengthened horizontal and vertical linkages amongst CSOs to address systemic challenges to the fight against corruption.

Application Directions

How to Apply

  1. Download theapplication preparation packwhich contains the following documents:
  2. Use the contents of the Application Preparation Pack to prepare your application responses and attachments;
  3. Login to theSTAR-Ghana Online Form (Anti-Corruption – Strategic Grants Component)
  4. Complete the online form with the content form your preparation pack. You may save progress and return to continue later. Submit the online form once your entries and attachments are complete.

Application And Awards Process

All successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing of the decision of the Steering Committee explaining the basis for the decision, as appropriate. Feedback to unsuccessful applicants will be provided within 30 days after the selection of successful applicants. Shortlisted applicants will then be notified to undergo a due diligence exercise.

Screening of the applications will begin a day after the application period has elapsed to assess whether applicants meet the eligibility criteria.

Two (2) Independent Assessors (IAs) will be constituted to assess/evaluate each application based on a designed assessment and scoring criteria. A Grant Sub-Committee (GSC) meeting will be convened to review the recommendations presented by the Assessors. Having been satisfied with the assessment on all applications the GSC will present their shortlist to the Steering Committee.

All shortlisted applicants will undergo a due diligence exercise to ensure applicants are in a position to deliver on their projects. The shortlisted applications, together with findings from the due diligence process, will be presented to the Steering Committee for vetting, final approval and sign off.

This will be followed by a Grants signing ceremony to officially announce the successful applicants and sign off on contracts to begin the project implementation process.

Attachments

FAQ-For-Prospective-Applicants.docx
STAR-Ghana-GP-Project-Performance-Budget-Template-Anti-C.xlsx
Application-Form-STAR-Ghana-Anti-Corruption-Call-Strategic-Influencing-Component.doc
STAR-Ghana-Risk-Matrix-Template.docx
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