1. Can the grant project support lab equipment or tools for participants? Can we provide participants with seed fund for income generation schemes?
Grant project may support tools and equipment for training purposes if the application clearly demonstrates the need and relevance for the proposed equipment. The applicant will also have to demonstrate that the tools and equipment proposed have benefits for the increased performance of the private sector in relation to skills development. Grant funds cannot be used for business start-up or for equipment solely to be used by a particular business.
2. Can we allocate some fund for refresher and advance training?
Upgrade of skills for existing workforce is one of the focus areas for the grant project (See Inclusion in Section 5.1 of the Call for Grant Concept Notes). Applicants should clearly demonstrate the demand for upgrade training and the benefits for the employees and the employer/ sector.
3. Should all the participants pass the technical skill exam?
Participants of training programs should be able to demonstrate their competence in the learning units of the program. This will include adherence to the current formal assessment process as applicable.
4. Can we cover urgent need areas of Nepal or should be limited in particular region or district?
Can we choose a project location which has limited access to transportation facility?
Please refer to Section 2.3 Geographic Coverage of the Call for Grant Concept Notes that states:
“Activities funded under the Dakchyata grants programme can take place anywhere in Nepal. However, applications will also be evaluated on their geographic relevance, with applicants providing adequate rationale for the choice of location, for instance to ensure that the selected sector is relevant for the proposed area and therefore could lead to employment opportunities.”
5. Where an INGO is a co-applicant and a local organisation the lead applicant, is it possible for the donor to issue funding to each partner separately as there are legal restrictions around local organisations transferring funds to international organisations in Nepal? Or will the full funding for the award be transferred to the lead applicant to be sub-granted directly from the local organisation to the INGO partner?
Appropriate contractual arrangements will be made to enable consortia which include international partners to operate in compliance with the laws and regulations of Nepal.
6. Can we organize trainings with individual experts instead of partnership with CTEVT registered training centers/ institutes?
Trainings could be conducted with individual experts. The applicant will need to demonstrate the competence of the experts in relationship to the proposed training. All training programs will have to follow CTEVT quality assurance procedures on which all shortlisted applicants will be guided through a series of workshops.
7. Can we include community groups and farmers as partners in the grant project?
Partners or co-applicants can only be the entities specified in Section 4.1.2 Eligibility of applicants of the Call for Grant Concept Notes.
8. For the partnership application, is there any specification or limitation in the number or ratio of partnership?
There is no such specification or limitation.
9. Are INGOs with 5 year project agreement with Social Welfare Council eligible to apply as lead applicant?
Please refer to Section 4.1.2 of the Call for Grant Concept Notes for details on eligibility which states:
“To be eligible for the grants programme, applicants must be registered under the laws of the Government of Nepal for at least two years; or the country of origin with approval to work in Nepal; and must be in compliance with all GON applicable civil and fiscal regulations ... Partnership between national and international organizations is also determined to be eligible given the Nepali organization is the prime grant recipient / lead. Clear outline and demarcation of roles and responsibilities is mandatory for the partnership grantee which has to be certified by all entities through formal written documents. The partners must also satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable as the prime grant applicant."
Please note that appropriate contractual arrangements will be made to enable consortia which include international partners to operate in compliance with the laws and regulations of Nepal.
10. Are micro finance companies eligible to apply?
Please refer to Section 4.1.2 of the Call for Grant Concept Notes for details on eligibility criteria.
11. Can an organization submit two different concepts either on same focal sector or different focal sector? For instance submitting two different concepts on tourism, or one concept for construction and one for agriculture?
As specified in the FAQs published on the website 16 November, an organization is eligible to participate in more than one concept as a partner, but can only apply once as the lead applicant.
12. Can a consortium apply for 2-3 sub-sectors together as a single project under Agriculture Sector for e.g. Fishery, Dairy, and Poultry?
A single concept can be for multiple priority sectors, or for a single priority sector but covering multiple sub-sectors within.
13. What is the maximum and minimum budget that a grant project can propose?
Please refer to Section 2.1 of the Call for Grant Concept Notes for the main features of grant projects that states:
Minimum budget: 500,000 EUR
Maximum budget: 1,000,000 EUR
14. Can the grant fund be used to purchase land and construct a completely accessible building (an updated venue for the existing guesthouse/ cafe), for the purpose of providing the opportunity of training and employment of PWD in the area?
Grant funds cannot be used to purchase land or construction of new buildings. Nevertheless, grant fund can be used to support improvement to an existing training center to increase the access for people with disabilities, who are one of the targeted disadvantaged groups. Evidence supporting the need and relevance of such activities is required.
15. Can we include local government contribution as co-fund? It will support sustainability of the grant activity beyond the project period.
There are no restrictions on the source of co-funding. The applicant has to specify the type of contribution (cash or kind) and also provide evidence of such commitment through MOUs or authorized decision notes prior to finalization of the budget in the full proposal stage.
16. Is there any specified percentage of co-funding from applicants?
There is no specific threshold requirement.
TEMPLATE AND SUPPORTIVE DOCUMENTS
17. Is the Applicant self-assessment form required from lead applicant and partner organizations?
The self-assessment form is only requested from the lead applicant.
18. What supporting organizational documents have to be submitted?
Please refer to the submission checklist included on the final page of the Grant Concept Note template (Annex 1).
19. Where can I find additional relevant documents/ information regarding this call?
Templates and additional information on the call is available for download from the Concept note submission section of our website (http://dakchyata-nepal.org/en/concept-note-submission)