[1 November 2011] -- The next Call for Proposals for the Cities Alliance Catalytic Fund is expected to be issued in the fourth quarter of 2011. In order to have a more focused impact on key challenges, this Call for Proposals will focus on a specific theme of interest, to be announced in November 2011 on the Cities Alliance website.
Once the Call for Proposals has been issued, applicants will have a specified amount of time to submit Concept Notes outlining the proposed project. The proposal must meet the eligibility requirements of the Catalytic Fund. An Expert Evaluation Panel will assist the Cities Alliance Secretariat in assessing the eligible applications and making recommendations for funding.
Launched in 2010, the Catalytic Fund 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.
The first Call for Proposals for the Catalytic Fund was issued in January 2011 and met with a strong response. Projects approved for funding covered a range of topics, including tenure security, climate-resilient city development and slum upgrading, and strategic planning for metropolitan areas.
Some of the key elements of the Catalytic Fund are:
  • Grants are awarded through a competitive process that is open at least once a year following a public Call for Proposals.
  • A Call for Proposals might focus on a specific theme of interest, which will be announced in advance.
  • Application requirements include a Concept Note on the proposed project.
  • The grant size is between US $50,000 – US $250,000.
  • Sponsorship by one or more Cities Alliance members is required.
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