UPDATE 19 August 2016: We are currently reviewing proposals and will notify all applicants in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience.

Do you have a proposal to increase reconciliation, peace-building and the protection of human rights in Thailand’s Southern Border Provinces (SBPs)?

Minority Rights Group International and the People’s Empowerment Foundation are seeking proposals for Southern Border Provinces (SBPs) projects or initiatives that work toward building peace and reconciliation between communities and with authorities, with the aim of strengthening the capacity of local organizations to participate in reconciliation and decision-making processes.  The project is funded by the European Union.

The key goals of our project include:  increased trust and understanding between individuals and communities; improved capacities of community members to intervene in conflict scenarios to manage and defuse tensions, and engage in democratic processes; Increased interfaith dialogue and cooperation; and increased engagement by decision-makers and media in minority rights issues.

  • To meet these goals, our project intends to make 13 grants to local organizations, of 30,000 EUR each.  The grant period will run from 1st August 2016 to end of November 2017 (including time for granting and full reporting as well as all activities).

Proposals must seek to broadly contribute to one or more of the following areas:

  • Peace-building: intercommunity projects; arts, education or sports projects; intercommunity dialogues, problem-solving initiatives
  • Government accountability: community-local authority problem solving workshops and dialogues, monitoring service delivery to all, legal aid initiatives
  • Monitoring, reporting on and investigating failures in the rule of law and human rights abuses (especially those with a link to conflict)
  • Increasing democratic participation: civic responsibility projects, establishing new effective mechanisms or modalities for ongoing advocacy or consultations with local authorities or government
  • Conflict management: monitoring conflict and community tension, actions relating to identified drivers of conflict, dialogue with local authorities, research into conflict drivers and ways to reduce impact
  • Law: increasing access to legal remedies, trainings including paralegal and rights training, legal support initiatives
  • Advocacy: lobbying authorities, conducting research to inform reporting, producing evidence/reports for advocacy
  • Victim support: assistance and rehabilitation to victims of violence

Applicant organizations must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Have an established track record of similar work in the SBP.
  • Have a bank account
  • Be based in SBP with a focus on working in the community (although you may have previous experience of national advocacy and activism)
  • Be committed to peaceful resolution of conflict and must not be engaged in or support in any way violent or separatist activities
  • Be committed to involving all ethnic and/or religious communities in your broader activities
  • Organizations must have had a turnover of 50% of the project budget now requested in one of the past three financial years (ie at least 15,000 EUR).  Organizations that cannot meet this criteria should consider applying as a consortium with one or other organizations which together can meet this criteria when their turnovers are added together. Consortia need to identify one lead partner who is formally responsible for delivering the project, accounting for the project spend, and submitting financial and narrative reports The division of responsibility of the partners needs to be clearly spelt out in the application form where a consortium applies.

Anticipated Timeline:

23 April:  Call for applications released

28 May:  Grant proposals and applications due

14 June: shortlisted applicants informed

17-1 July: shortlisted applicants will be visited by staff for capacity assessment

Approx 15 July: revised budgets and proposals due

25 July: selection of successful grant applicants

1 August: start of grant activities

Approx 31 October 2017: end of grant activities

30 November 2017: project reporting completed

Please read the frequently asked questions and guidelines carefully before completing your application. If you have a question that is not already answered in this material, you can email sbpgrantapplications@gmail.com  for clarification.  Applications will be accepted in Thai, Melayu and English (see Thai and Melayu documents below).

Please send the completed application form and budget template to sbpgrantapplications@gmail.com  by 28 May, 18:00 local time. In your email subject line please write “application: the name of your organization and the province you are based in. (i.e application – Organization’s name – Province).

Download the guidelines and application form in Melayu.

ดาวน์โหลดภาษาไทย (for download in Thai):

1. คำถามที่พบบ่อย (FAQ)
2. คู่มือ (guidelines)
3. แบบฟอร์มใบสมัคร (application)
4. ประกาศรับสมัครโครงการ(call for proposals)
5. แม่แบบงบประมาณ (budget template)

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