British High Commission in Malta’s International Programme Fund 2022-23

The British High Commission in Malta (BHC) is currently accepting proposals for innovative projects, with concrete objectives and measurable policy outcomes.

The British High Commission (BHC) welcomes project proposals for its International Programme Fund (IPF) for the Financial Year 2022/23. The IPF supports programme activity under the framework of the UK government’s foreign policy objectives in Malta.

Scope for Proposals

Applications for funding should be linked to the following themes:

  • Economic and trade partnerships: Projects that promote and increase economic, business and trade partnerships between Malta and the UK, including related to clean technology, energy and transport.
  • Media freedom and human rights: Projects that promote an open and fair society through media freedom, transparency and anti-corruption and/or the promotion and protection of human rights, including gender equality and the rights of women and girls.
  • Climate: Projects that promote climate change mitigation and environmental protection, including through partnerships between the UK and Malta, the development of new technology and the protection of biodiversity.

We welcome projects within these themes that consider opportunities for women and girls to succeed, unlock their potential and support their empowerment as well as educate girls and protect women and girls against violence. We also welcome projects that consider climate change and minimise impacts to the environment, particularly in their delivery.

Requirements for Proposals and Applicants

  • The grants requested under this call must fall between a minimum of £4,000 and up to £20,000.
  • Project proposals must outline how budgets will be spent, with a clear consideration of providing value for money. Proposals must also include a communications strategy on how the project will be visible in country.
  • Projects are funded for delivery during a single financial year, running from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.Projects spanning one financial year are preferred, although multi-year projects may be considered up to the Fiscal Year 2024-25. Funding from the BHC beyond 2022-23 is not guaranteed and will only be confirmed in each fiscal year.
  • Project activities should be completed February 2023 in order to allow time for evaluation. All project expenses for 2022-23 must be incurred by 31 March 2023.
  • We are unable to fund purchase of equipment, advertising, academic courses, charitable activities, commercial activities, infrastructure or construction.
  • Applications must be submitted in English.

Proposal Evaluation Process:

Project proposals will be shortlisted and approved by the BHC’s Post Programme Board. Successful organisations will need to sign a legally binding contract with the BHC. They will also need to prepare quarterly monitoring reports as well as a completion report at the end of the project.

Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria

  • Alignment with the above-mentioned UK themes
  • Project design includes a realistic timeline, clear monitoring and evaluation procedures
  • Project outcomes have a concrete deliverable with clear links to the project’s objectives
  • Sustainability, demonstrating that project benefits continue after the funding ends.
  • Risk and financial accountability procedures
  • The organisation’s safeguarding policies and the protection of those involved in the project against abuse and harassment
  • Overall value for money

Submitting a Proposal

To submit your proposal, fill out the Activity Based Budget (ODS12.9 KB) or the Proposal Form for proposals under £10k (ODT38.4 KB) and Proposal Form for proposals between £10k to £80k (ODT47.7 KB) and send to the BHC by email to VallettaBHC.ProjectManagementTeam@fcdo.gov.uk.

Who may bid

The BHC will consider funding applications from civil society organizations, academic institutions, non-profit organisations and multilateral organisations. In order to be eligible, you:

  • must be a legal entity, commercial company, a registered non-governmental (NGO) or governmental organisation, and provide proof of legal registration
  • demonstrate previous experience in delivering and managing projects and the ability to manage the project sum, and preferably have experience working with an international agency/organisation
  • demonstrate the capacity to deliver at least 75% of the proposed project activity by mid-December 2022

The BHC may request reports by auditors during its review of proposals.

The deadline for submissions is 17:00 on 23 July 2022.

If you have any questions or if you would like to request a meeting to discuss your proposal, please email John Costa, Policy and Programmes Officer at John.Costa@fcdo.gov.uk or VallettaBHC.ProjectManagementTeam@fcdo.gov.uk.

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