DAPC Grants 2015 in the context of the UNODC Youth Initiative




Please note that the full description of
 the eligibility and selection criteria can be found from the official Call for Proposals document.


Grants may be awarded for activities in low- and middle- income countries which fall within the general sphere of prevention of drug use among youth and which:

1) Are focused on prevention on substance use. This is assessed on the basis of how well the project activities are in line with the International Standards on Drug Prevention    
( http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/prevention/prevention-standards.html) and follow the evidence based practices, and their characteristics, presented there, as appropriate for the targeted age-group.

2) Support the active participation of youth in their communities and are initiated, planned, managed, implemented, monitored and/or evaluated by youth;

3) Connect other youth to the activities of the UNODC Youth Initiative ( www.unodc.org/youth), including in social media.

Please note, that for example sport and other alternative activities are not regarded as prevention as such, although they can be successfully used as settings for prevention activities, such as life skills training. Similarly, providing information only, especially when focusing on raising awareness on the 'dangers of drugs', has been found not to be effective for preventing substance use. These, and other approaches not supported by the available evidence and thus not identified in the International Standards as effective, will not be supported with these grants.

In the other hand, programmes that aim to prevent future substance use by supporting the growth of age-appropriate personal and social skills via a series of structured and interactive sessions have been found to be effective in preventing substance use. Similarly, supporting school participation, positive school culture and clear school policies on substance use, or providing brief intervention, and referral to further social and healthcare services to those in need, or for example providing support to the families of youth facilitating the growth of basic parenting skills, are all good examples of evidence informed practices, that, among others listed in the International Standards, would be desirable methods for the supported projects. Please refer to the Standards, and to the Call for Proposals document, for full description of the type of activities supported with these grants. 



Applicants should be organizations or institutions working with youth  and can apply on behalf of a local youth group. Applicants should have relevant prior experience on substance use prevention, health promotion, youth empowerment or other related field. Furthermore, applicants should have the needed capability to administer the grant. An annual financial statement should be submitted together with the proposal.

Only bona fide institutions will be considered (not commercial operations). A copy of the registration of the institution with the relevant Government department should be submitted with the application, to document that the organization works on a not for profit basis.

Only novel proposals are considered. In case your NGO has already benefitted from a grant under the DAPC scheme and you would wish to apply for a new grant, you are kindly asked to clearly outline the difference to any previous projects in your application. 


Size of Awards

Awards will not exceed US$ 8,000 and proposals should normally be for amounts of not less than US$ 5,000. All the applications will be considered, also when their budget does not reach the higher limit, and attention will be paid to the 'value for money' of the proposed activities, which will be assessed as a part of the rating.


Selection of Projects to be Funded

The final selection will be made by Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section on the basis of the criteria outlined in the  Call for Proposals, as well as an endorsement by the relevant UNODC Field Office and the UNODC Committee on Grants and External Engagement at Headquarters in Vienna.



Applicants should fill in the DAPC grant proposal summary and the DAPC grant proposal budget , and submit them, together with the copy of a registration certificate and an annual financial statement of your organisation, to the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section, to the email address youthinitiative@unodc.org, no later than 30 June 2015, midnight (GMT+2 hours).

Only duly filled applications sent within the deadline will be considered for funding. Please see the Call for Proposals for more detailed instructions on how to apply.

For any further questions on how to apply please contact the UNODC Prevention-team via email youthinitiative@unodc.org.



Organizations and institutions benefiting from the DAPC grant scheme will be required to sign a formal Agreement with the UNODC. The template of this agreement is available for information here.

In general, organizations and institutions benefitting from the DAPC grant scheme will be required to submit a comprehensive report, both narrative and financial, on completion of the activities financed by their grant. Moreover, the grants awarded through UNODC are subject to audit in accordance with standard United Nations procedures. For this purpose, records of expenditures (such as invoices, purchase orders and payroll records) must be kept for a period of two years following the completion of activities.

Finally, the information provided by the recipients will form the basis of reports submitted by UNODC to the Drug Abuse Prevention Centre, Tokyo, on the activities and organizations and institutions supported by the DAPC grant. DAPC has requested that reports should be accompanied by photographs (provided by the beneficiaries) which may be used in further fundraising campaigns.