Oxfam in partnership with Qorras is implementing a project funded by the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, entitled “Challenging Stereotypes, Providing Services, Convening, and Advocating: A multi-layer approach to promote LGBTQ rights in Lebanon.” The project aims to support civil society efforts at protecting and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms in Lebanon, specifically supporting the enjoyment of all human rights by the LGBTQ persons and protecting them against discrimination.
The project aims to meet three outputs:
- Output 1: Stereotypes of LGBTI individuals are challenged through different forms of “creative knowledge”
- Output 2: Access to safe legal, health, and MHPSS services for LGBTI individuals is facilitated
- Output 3: Rights of LGBTI individuals are advocated for through evidence-production and convening events
Objectives of the call for proposals
As part of the project’s second output, Oxfam is launching a call for proposals to provide financial support for CSOs that work on service provision activities for the LGBTQ persons in Lebanon. The main objective of this sub-granting component is to respond to the gaps in services available to the LGBTQ community in Lebanon
One grant will be awarded. The overall indicative amount made available under this the grant/proposal is a maximum of EUR 60,000.
The selected CSO will receive parts of these funds over several tranches in USD or L.L which will proceed through bank transfers from Lebanon.
Specific to the applicants:
- The call for proposals is open only to registered Lebanese CSOs with experience working on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) issues.
- CSOs can apply individually or jointly as a consortium with other CSOs to this call for proposals.
Specific to the proposal
This sub-granting component is part of a larger project to promote LGBTQ rights in Lebanon, imple/mented by Oxfam in partnership with Qorras. Following a multi-layered approach, supporting the work of CSOs that provide services to the community is complemented by research, policy work and other activities aiming to effect long-term change. As a result, we highly encourage applications with the following characteristics / considerations and areas of priority:
- Legal services including legal representation, legal counselling, etc.
- MHPSS services include psychosocial counselling, psychosocial support, harm reduction services, group therapy, individual therapy, etc.
- Services that address the need for general health for people with trans experiences.
- Health needs for individuals who have sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and need treatment and currently don’t have access, people with trans experiences who are on hormone treatment or have an urgent medical or non-optional operation, survivors of hard drugs who require medicine provided by the government or NGOs.
- Services for mental and substance use [ especially with the current crisis)
- Mental health and psychosocial support services for organization’s staff
- Building the capacity and political awareness of organizations and its members for a comprehensive understanding of LGBTQ needs in the context of service provision
- Sexual and reproductive health services including access to contraception and protection from STIs
General considerations affecting the selection of winning grants
- Projects and activities that are defined in relation to long-term vision and strategies
- Projects and activities that build on existing evidence, findings and expertise
- Holistic approaches that are led by cross-sectoral / inter-disciplinary partnerships or collaborations
- Projects and activities that have the potential to bear impact beyond the duration of the sub-grant
Specific to requirements and supporting documents
- Proposals must include details on how the applicant will reach beneficiaries residing outside the greater Beirut area
- Beneficiaries of the service provision activities must be members of the LGBTQ community, aged above 18, and residing in Lebanon, irrespective of their nationality;
- Proposals need to be submitted with the supporting documents using the attached templates (budget, workplan, logframe, and contingency plan) or will not be considered
- Time frame for the suggested project is 12 months starting mid to end of November 2020 (to be confirmed in due time)
- The workplan and monitoring plan needs to show how the activities will be planned and monitored over 12 months
Specific to the cost:
- Total budget will cover all cost planned per proposal
- In case two CSOs are applying together, the total budget (a maximum of EUR 60,000) must be broken down in one proposal covering all cost planned by both CSOs
- The breakdown of the total budget needs to be as such:
- Human Resource cost (ex: % of the salaries): up to 15% of the total budget
- Support cost (ex: % for transportation and communication): up to 10% of the total budget
- Activity cost (ex: legal representation fees, STI kits, counsellor fees, printing): at least 75% of the total budget
How to apply and the procedures to follow
- Deadline for submission of the proposals and all supporting documents is October 22, 2020.
- Oxfam will organize a virtual open house on October 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM to present the project and answer questions asked by potential applicants. Those who wish to be part of the call are asked to request access by emailing Nizar Aouad: email@example.com by October 16, 2020 COB at the latest.
- Proposals and all supporting documents will be sent to Nizar Aouad: firstname.lastname@example.org andLebanonJobs@oxfam.org.uk
For more information and proposal template please consult: