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Although not new in the developed part of the world, the concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and ethical leadership are making first steps in gaining popularity in developing countries, with Armenia being not an exception. Nowadays many Armenians can hardly explain what constitutes to be a good corporate citizen, which is quite often confused with engaging in charitable activities. It is obvious that any for-profit entity is mainly concerned with earning and accumulating wealth, but the current worldwide trend is that this is not the only determinant of their existence and long-term success. More and more businesses realize that they do not operate in a vacuum; continuous interaction with different stakeholders is critical, with serious considerations for the environment, economically vulnerable populations, and the society as a whole.

In light of the above, it is therefore paramount to raise ethical competence and integrity standards of local managers for them to succeed in today's competitive and highly demanding world. With this in mind, the given training is aimed at familiarizing the audience with the theoretical framework for corporate social responsibility and business ethics, addressing the issues of its practical application, and exploring its contributions and limitations to the society.

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Solicitation for Limited Intervention Program Statements

Solicitation for Limited Intervention Program Statements (LIPS)


The Civic Advocacy Support Program (CASP) - a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project, implemented by Counterpart International announces its solicitation for Program Descriptions for Limited Intervention Program Statement (LIPS) Grants’ Competition from civil society organizations (registered and operating Armenian non governmental, non profit public organizations including NGOs, foundations, unions of legal entities).

CASP began its activities in September of 2004. The goal of CASP is the strengthening of advocacy capacities of non-governmental, non profit, public organizations through a broad range of grants and technical assistance programs.

The goal of LIPS is to support Armenian civil society organizations in conducting projects that will strengthen and promote:

  • Civic advocacy
  • Public participation
  • Watch dog action
  • Human rights’ protection
  • Legal aid/assistance activities

Within the framework of LIPS CASP intends to award altogether up to seven grants at up to 3,500,000 AMD each.

All projects in the framework of this grant will need to be completed by May 1, 2010.

The rolling submission and review deadlines for program statements are as follows:

 

Submission deadline 

  Review Date 

July 20, 2009, 4:00 p.m.     July 31, 2009 
September 21, 2009, 4:00 p.m.  September 30, 2009 
December 14, 2009, 4:00 p.m.   December 23, 2009  

All program descriptions received later than the submission deadlines will be forwarded to the subsequent review cycle.


Organizations may hold only one LIPS grant at a time.


Application Form

- Name of Organization    
- Acronym (if applicable)    
- Project Title    
- Project  Start/End Date (date/month/year)    
- Project Duration
- Project Implementation Location (marz, city)
-  Organization Manager (name , phone, e-mail)    
- Project Manager (name , phone, e-mail)    
- Current Address of the applicant organization (town, street, phone, fax and e-mail)
- Budget Requested from CASP (in AMD)
- Implementing Partner Contribution (in AMD) (at least 5%)    
- TOTAL Project Budget (in AMD)
- How did you learn about this grant announcement? Please mark.  
Counterpart’s web-site
CASP Mailing list
Media (mention the title) _____________
AUA mailing list/network
Co-workers, relatives, friends
Other (mention)________________

Project Proposal Format

The Proposed Project description should include the following information (no more than 4 pages, without attachments)

1. Problem statement and rationale
•    What issue (s) are you addressing?
•    Why are you the best organization for the implementation of this program?
a)    Organization’s mission relevance 
b)    Relevant Experience (implemented project title and duration, brief project description, donor organization  (name, phone number, email, representative), , partner organizations (if applicable) (name, phone number, email, representative)
2. Project objective and expected results
3. Activities/strategies that will be undertaken to achieve the objectives (including Gantt Chart)
4. Beneficiaries and target group
5. Program monitoring strategy
6. Provide information on full and part-time staff
of the proposed project and explain who will be responsible for what tasks, in particular indicate the title and the capacities of the staff persons responsible for the activities (in particular, information about staff members’ relevant experience and expertise) (including personnel short term résumés and job descriptions)
7. Budget and budget narrative

Note: The budget should reflect the resources necessary for project implementation. The budget narrative should provide details on types of resources to be obtained, cost per unit, and price justification. Allowable costs under this grant may include but are not limited to the following: program expenses, office equipment, personnel and administrative expenses. The applicant should solidly justify all the expenses, in particular the necessity to purchase the resources stated within the context of the project impact and office rent.

Program expenses - include types of costs associated with the implemenation of the main steps of planned project activities. These are costs to implement the project, for publications, for purchase of literature, training materials and supplies, for seminars, etc.

Equipment/Furniture – the category includes costs either to purchase or rent computer, printer and other office equipment or furniture. Equipment/furniture costs should not exceed 10 % of the requested budget. This should be very well justified within the overall context of project effectiveness.

Personnel – the line item includes salaries of full and part-time staff as well as experts involved in the project. They can be paid ONLY for activities performed within the framework of the proposed project, and all personnel expenses must be very well justified. Personnel costs should not exceed 15 % of the requested budget.

Administrative expenses include costs necessary for project implementation; for example, office rent and communications (telephone, fax, Internet), utilities (electricity, water supply, etc.), and publication/duplication (paper, toner, envelopes, etc.). Administrative expenses should not exceed 10 % of the requested budget.

Attachments:
A) Gantt Chart (Armenian version) (save only)
B) Budget (Armenian version) (save only) 
C) Budget Narrative (Armenian version) (save only) 
D) Copy of charter pages where the goals and objectives are listed
E) Personnel short résumés and job descriptions

Please note that all CASP grants require a minimum of 5% cost share (cash or in-kind contribution) provided by the applicant within the proposed project.


The Selection Committee will evaluate all proposals based on the following criteria:

1.    Project Description……………………………………………….70%
2.    Budget………………………………………………………….….20%
3.    Staff Capacity……………………………………………………..10%


Proposals that do not fall within the guidelines described in this solicitation will not be considered.

Applications and accompanying documentation will not be returned.

Grants will be formalized in a contract, outlining the terms and conditions, as well as obligations of the parties.

ONLY selected organizations will be notified.

Proposals must be submitted in HARD COPY either in Armenian or English, signed and sealed by the legal representative of the organization. An electronic version of the proposal must be also submitted in addition to the hard copy.

Submissions in Armenian language, if selected, will be requested to provide program summary and budget in English, after grant approval.

Please submit the application to:

Counterpart International – Armenia office
Civic Advocacy Support Program (CASP)
Sarmen street 35 (former Jrashat str), Yerevan, Armenia
Tel/Fax: (374-10) 589535, 524365

For questions, please contact CASP Grants Manager Ani Melikyan at +(374 10) 589535, 524365 or at ani@counterpart.am

ATTENTION: The electronic version of the annoucement and the application form can be downloaded here: English version, Armenian version (save only).
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