LOCAL CAPACITIES FOR PEACE SEED GRANT TOOL
The Local Capacities for Peace Seed Grant Tool (LCP SGT) is a new Roots for Reconciliation element, yet its concept has also been developed based on the best practices of the previous two project phases. It aims at strengthening the local capacities for peace in the region of South Caucasus, through structured follow-up of the RfR PWI alumni and continued cross-border and regional cooperation further opening up the capacities built and benefits created by the RfR so far, both human resources and assets considered.
As the first step in setting up the LCP SGT, a Programming Committee (PC) was established composed of appropriate RfR project staff and the RfR PWI first series’ alumni from South Caucasus, with gender and county representation balance as key conditions. The PC will develop the grant tool criteria and procedures, based on which YMCAs in the region as well as other youth groups will be encouraged to develop projects on and receive grants for cross-border or regional cooperation initiatives aimed at intercultural learning, peace culture education, conflict trauma healing, etc.. The grant tool package is available bi-annually – i.e. twice through the run of this RfR phase. The grantees will be required to mobilise matching resources as contribution in cash or in kind.
The LCP SGT projects are estimated to enroll at least 100 participants per each round as direct beneficiaries, with average 4 possible cross-border or regional activity scenarios, such as youth peace camps and reunions, summer academies and day schools, exchange and study visits, refugee or IDP rehabilitation initiatives, etc.. Here as well, the Do No Harm matrix will be used as the PME tool for packaging the SGT project-proposals. To this end, prior to each round Programme Forums (PF) will be organised for the target organisations and groups in order to transfer the know-how on how to elaborate this matrix. The PFs will also be the working platforms where the SGT projects are evaluated, learning outcomes and best practices shared, new plans conceptualised.
After the first and second PFs, the LCP SGT call will be open for those target organisations to apply. A period of 3 months minimum will be given to project proposal development. After which the PC will hold a meeting to select proposals for support. The following 3 months the RfR management and partner organisations and groups will finalise the project contracts, including reporting and disbursement schedules.