Cities Alliance Issues Call for Proposals for the New Catalytic Fund

Launched in January 2011, the Catalytic Fund provides grant support for projects that strengthen and promote the role of cities in poverty reduction and in sustainable urban development.
The Cities Alliance Secretariat has issued the first Call for Proposals for the new Catalytic Fund.
 
Launched in January 2011, the Catalytic Fund (CATF) is a Cities Alliance funding instrument which provides grant support for projects that strengthen and promote the role of cities in poverty reduction and in sustainable urban development. It replaces the former open-access grant facility.
 
Projects supported by the Catalytic Fund should aim to make a positive impact on urban development challenges by leveraging cooperation among urban development actors; be contextually innovative; and foster knowledge as well as learning among cities, practitioners and policymakers.
 
Please note the following eligibility requirements:
  • The proposed project must meet the objectives of the Catalytic Fund and fall within the scope of the Cities Alliance Charter.
  • The proposed project must be implemented in countries that are on the OECD DAC List of Aid Recipients.
  • Grant size requests must be limited to US $50,000 – US $250,000.
  • At least one Cities Alliance member must sponsor the application.
  • The national government must have no objection to the proposed project.
All applications must adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Deadline. The deadline for submission is 31 March 2011 at midnight (Washington, DC time).
  •  Format. All submissions must use the Cities Alliance Concept Note template.
  • Language. applications must be in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish.
  • Submission via e-mail. Completed Concept Notes should be submitted via e-mail only to the Cities Alliance Secretariat at CATF@citiesalliance.org by the 31 March 2011 deadline. 
Applications for the Catalytic Fund are accepted twice a year when the Cities Alliance Secretariat issues a Call for Proposals. A second Call for Proposals will be issued later this year.
 
For more information about the Catalytic Fund, how to apply, the selection process and some of the selection criteria, please visit the Catalytic Fund FAQ on the Cities Alliance website. 
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