Call for Proposals: Grants scheme to support CSOs on projects to fast-track UNCAC implementation - DEADLINE PASSED

About the Call

The Civil Society Team (CST) is pleased to invite CSOs from South America and Mexico and Southeast Asia to apply for a grant which aims to fast-track the implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption in different regions.

The CST, with support from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, aims to help develop (or complement) projects with a focus of implementation in different countries involving more than one civil society organisation (CSO). Therefore, joint-submissions by CSOs are encouraged per grant application.

Please consult the Call for Proposals for full details of the scheme, including the objectives of the programme (1.2), the eligibility criteria of applicants (2.1), projects (2.2), and how the projects will be evaluated (4). Grants of up to up $15,000 will be awarded depending on the proposals, and there is a limited number of organizations which can be sponsored.  

Applications are accepted in either English or Spanish.



With the outbreak of COVID-19 and restrictions that have followed, the environment has changed both in the anti-corruption themes and the projects which would normally be undertaken to tackle them.

We ask applicants to include in their applications a recognition both of that changing environment and how projects can be feasibly undertaken amid the increased restrictive environment for implementation.

How to apply?

Fill in the below project proposal, budget forms, as well as an organization registration certificate, signed certificate and audited financial statements for the last two years, and send to, with  UNODC Fast-tracking Grants Scheme marked in the subject line, with DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 8 JUNE 2020.

Kindly note that only fully completed applications with both documents received before the deadline will be considered.

Application Guide

What are the eligibility criteria and requirements?

The mandatory requirements for eligibility are the following:

  • Only Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) based in Latin America and Southeast Asia can apply. The eligible countries from the two regions are for South America and MexicoArgentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay; and for Southeast AsiaCambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • CSOs have been registered no less than two (2) years before the date of the application;

CSOs are defined as not-for-profit organizations including Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), community groups, trade unions, indigenous groups, charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, professional associations and foundations. Businesses are not included in this category. No applicant will receive more than one grant. 

What documents are required to apply?

All applications are required to submit the following documents as part of the proposal to be eligible:

  • Project proposal application form (template provided);

  • Project budget (template provided);

  • Registration certificate as evidence for legal credentials of the organization;  

  • Audited financial statements for the last two fiscal years (in the absence of audited statements, any other official document demonstrating the annual income of the previous years will be accepted);

  • Signed certificate.

Download the Call for proposal

Required documents to be submitted with the application:

Signed certificate

Project proposal form

Project budget form


Responding to Queries

The grants scheme is overseen by UNODC's Engagement and External Partnerships Unit to ensure a fair and open process, and we must abide by their parameters. One of the parameters concerns communication on the scheme itself, so while we have had queries from CSOs, we must make any information conveyed open to all such we do not unfairly advantage any potential candidates. Therefore, we will post any new information or clarifications on the linked webpage above such that it is open to all applicants, instead of answering directly to enquiries.

  • In relation to joint proposals, the cross-border nature of the projects would be viewed as preferrable, however, projects which are submitted by only one CSO will be marked like any other project against the evaluation grid (4.3 on the call for proposals) and ensuring they meet the eligibility criteria (number 3). We can only disburse the funds to one CSO, even if it is a joint project involving multiple projects. In the case of joint proposal, it is thereafter the responsibility of the recipient CSO to disburse the agreed upon funds to the partnering CSOs. We are not able to divide the grant sum to more than one CSO in the same project.
  • In relation to COVID-19, it is mandatory for projects to be have taken account of the changing conditions, for instance, we believe it is too great a risk to sponsor any projects which set out to arrange large gatherings of people or rely upon a calendar of events which may never come to fruition. It is optional whether projects deal specifically with issues caused by COVID-19.