30 January 2017

Invitation to submit funding proposals for the International Advocacy Programme (IAP)


Call for Funding Proposals

As part of the International Advocacy Programme (IAP), IFLA is launching a call for proposals to request funding to implement regional or national awareness-raising and capacity building activities in 2017 and 2018.

The activities planned should show how libraries contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda, and encourage governments to recognize libraries as partners to achieve the 17 SDGs by including them in National Development Plans.

These activities involve, for example:

  • Bringing together a smaller number of associations in the region to form alliances or partnerships in pursuit of SDG advocacy;
  • Development of materials and events e.g. in conjunction with conferences and in-country meetings to support awareness-raising around the UN 2030 Agenda;
  • Awareness raising and capacity building workshops for relevant stakeholders that focus on implementing the UN 2030 Agenda at the regional level as well as specific country issues and positions;
  • Workshops to assist librarians to develop the skills of collecting data and stories to show how libraries are contributing to the UN SDGs;
  • Assistance workshops facilitated by experts on different issues in the SDGs who can provide advice or research relating to advocacy, or support meetings with policymakers.

For countries who have participated in the IAP Regional Workshops, the proposal should go beyond the awareness-raising and advocacy activities that they have committed to plan and implement as part of their agreements signed with IFLA.

Who is eligible to apply?

IFLA invites all countries to apply. Applications submitted by library associations, national libraries, and public libraries sector representatives will be given preference. Activities that work across countries or a region are encouraged. If planning to collaborate with other countries, associations or institutions, the one that attended the IFLA IAP Regional Workshops should be the lead applicant. Proposals including countries that haven’t participated in the IAP Regional Workshops will be given preference.

How much funding will be offered?

The funding will be allocated depending on the needs, and ensuring that all regions are supported. Please note that the allocated money will be in direct relation to the activities proposed. Proposals need to include a detailed and realistic budget to be considered. Funding up to €12,000 (twelve thousand euros) per proposal can be provided.

What type of expenses won’t be funded by the IAP?

When requesting funding, it is important to note that IFLA does not support activities to purchase equipment, pay for scholarships or in-service training. Reasonable trainer and participant expenses (flights and accommodation) are permitted in the budget.

What are the deadlines?

  • 31 January 2017 – Invitation to submit proposals
  • 3 March 2017 – Deadline for sending the proposals
  • 21 April 2017 – Successful applicants will be notified
  • 1 May 2017 to 31 July 2018 – Activities will be conducted by successful applicants
  • Applicants will be expected to submit a final evaluation report within one month of the conclusion of their proposed activities but ultimately by 30 September 2018.

How will this be evaluated?

Successful applicants will be required to submit a report by 30 September 2018 to IFLA including a detail of the activities carried out, and an evaluation of their results in terms of awareness-raising and/or capacity-building achieved.

What does my application need to have to be considered?

The application should include:

  • The need, specific goals and expected outcomes of the activity
  • Outline of the activity
  • Capacity to carry out the activity (including logistics, materials, translations, etc.)
  • Support for the activity from relevant associations or institutions
  • Outline of how the national or regional library community will be invited to participate, and plans for further actions
  • How the activity will be promoted
  • A detailed budget
  • How the impact of the project will be evaluated
  • Applicant information: (name, position and role in the project e.g. project coordinator)

Is there a template for report?

A template for the reports will be delivered in due time.

How do I submit my application?

Applications should be submitted to IFLA Headquarters as an attachment to an email sent to: violeta.bertolini@ifla.org

Where can I find more information about the IAP?

More information is available at IFLA's Libraries, Development and the United Nations 2030 Agenda website.

Who may I ask if I have any questions?

Please contact María Violeta Bertolini, IFLA Advocacy Communications Officer, via email: violeta.bertolini@ifla.org

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