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IDIS “Viitorul” Announces Availability of Grants for Civil Society in the Field of Public Procurement Monitoring

Civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Republic of Moldova are invited to submit proposals for public procurement monitoring projects, part of the ongoing “Increasing Integrity in Public Procurement” project.

Under the project “Increasing Integrity in Public Procurement” the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) “Viitorul” in partnership with the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) is launching a competition for grant funding to monitor public procurement. The goal of the project is to support public procurement reforms in Moldova, which will increase the transparency and fairness of public procurement by empowering citizens to hold relevant institutions accountable. This can be achieved by training civil society organizations (CSOs) and investigative journalist organizations to be watchdogs in monitoring public procurement, and by supporting their work for a period of time with grant funding.

Grants (between US $5,000 and US $25,000) will be awarded to Moldovan civil society organizations and investigative journalist organizations based on a competitive selection process to support them in responsible and effective monitoring of public procurement.

Civil society organizations and investigative journalist organizations interested in conducting procurement monitoring can apply for a grant by submitting a proposal for monitoring.

Objectives of the grant program

  • Monitoring procurement at the national, local, or municipal level by CSOs and investigative journalists utilizing a variety of tools.
  • Strengthening the capacity of Moldovan civil society organizations and investigative journalist organizations to effectively and responsibly monitor procurement by notifying relevant authorities about identified risks and irregularities and seeking resolution of such issues.
  • Facilitating access to open data on public procurement by developing various tools, including digital ones.
  • Improving legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures by making recommendations to contracting and regulatory authorities, based on findings from the public procurement monitoring process.

Who can apply?

Public associations (civil society organizations and investigative journalist organizations) registered in the Republic of Moldova (from all localities and regions of the country).

Eligibility criteria

Public associations may apply individually, or partnerships may be established among several non-governmental organizations.

What should the project proposal include?

The objective of the project proposal will be to focus on monitoring of public procurement, and it should specify the monitoring actions to be undertaken. Monitoring of ongoing procurement procedures is mandatory.

Important: Completed procurement procedures cannot be included in the project as an objective of monitoring.

Ineligible activities

The following (or similar) activities are ineligible:

  • Activities seeking either exclusively or specifically, individual sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars, conferences, congresses
  • Activities specifically seeking individual scholarships for studies or training courses
  • Activities involving the elaboration of theses (Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD)
  • Activities aimed at financing a single conference. Conferences can only be funded if they are part of a series of activities to be implemented during a given monitoring project and would have to be pre-approved by IDIS and PTF.
  • Monitoring projects seeking economic profit or non-profit projects that serve the interests of very limited target groups
  • Activities that support political parties
  • Policy and legal analysis not related to a specific procurement monitoring proposal

Value and duration of projects

The total amount available for grants is US $200,000. Civil society associations registered in the Republic of Moldova can apply for and apply for grants of at least US $5,000 and up to US $25,000. The implementation period of the project must not exceed 12 months.

Project proposals will be evaluated by the Evaluation Committee based on an evaluation grid. After evaluation of all proposals, grants will be awarded within the available budget.

The evaluation schedule of the project proposals and all the conditions of application can be found in the Funding Guide.

Application procedure

The application file must include the following documents:

  • Copy of the organization’s registration certificate
  • Application form. The form can be completed in Romanian or in English. Only applications that comply with this form template will be accepted.
  • Profile of the organization (description of the organization), including its experience with monitoring of public procurement
  • CVs of the implementation team and experts
  • Project budget
  • In case of a partnership among organizations, the partnership agreement signed by all parties must be attached.

Only fully completed applications will be processed and accepted in the grant competition.

Deadline

The deadline for submitting the file is March 17, 2022, at 23:00, indicating “Application for grants for monitoring public procurement.” The file will be sent to mihai.turcanu@viitorul.org and ungureanu.carolina@gmail.com.

The list of beneficiary organizations will be published on the IDIS “Viitorul” website www.viitorul.org in mid-April 2022.

Questions for clarification can be addressed to the email address mihai.turcanu@viitorul.org until March 10, 2022. For interested organizations, IDIS “Viitorul” will organize two information sessions on the application procedure on March 2 and 4, at 10.00 (For registration, go to this link.) The answers to all the questions asked will be published on March 11, 2022 on www.viitorul.org