The objective of the Canada Fund for African Climate Resilience (Canada Fund) is to support projects that will substantially improve and increase food security and/or economic growth within an African country by reducing the impacts of climate change through protection of investments and/or adaptation measures.
CIDA's Partnerships with Canadians Branch (PWCB) is launching a specialized call for proposals under a $20-million fund to support and rapidly address climate change effects and adaptation needs that are restricting or having negative impact on improving food security and/or economic growth in Africa.
This call will capitalize on Canadian expertise in addressing climate change effects and adaptation needs, as well as delivering sustainable, effective development projects in eligible developing countries in Africa. Proposals are to target achieving the objectives of the call. Proposals should also consider the opportunity to capture innovation to address critical climate change issues that require specialized expertise and technologies and integrated approaches. The proposals must be substantive in scope, self-sustaining once in operation, and achieve demonstrable results and outcomes.
A panel that will include experts in the fields of development, climate change, agriculture, and economic development will review all eligible proposals. The panel will make recommendations to the Minister for International Cooperation for final approval.
Funding will be provided in the form of a grant or a contribution and will be based on a cost-share basis, up to 85 percent CIDA and 15 percent the partner, calculated on project costs. The partner's 15 percent cost-share contribution is a baseline; a higher contribution by the partner will be factored in the proposal assessment. The level of investment (cash versus in-kind contribution) will also be considered when assessing proposals for sustainability. Only substantive projects with a minimum budget of $2 million will be considered; all projects will be subject to an evaluation against results and outputs proposed.
Eligible private sector or civil society applicants, or their coalitions, may submit up to two proposals. Each proposal will be for a project implemented in only one country among the following eligible countries in Africa:
The deadline for submission was April 19, 2012.
Applicants may refer to the document Examples of country-level climate-resilient development activities that could be supported under the Canada Fund.
Given the short timeframe for project implementation, proposals that require an environmental assessment may not be recommended. Please read Section 8.2.2 of the application guidelines carefully to determine whether your proposal triggers the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. If it does, it is expected that you either already have had an environmental assessment done by a competent authority for the proposed physical works or that you plan to have one done, at your organization's expense, and accepted by CIDA's environmental specialist before signing an agreement with CIDA.Canadian organizations or coalitions may submit proposals on the following basis:
The lead applicant, or, if a Canadian coalition, at least one of the supporting members, must be able to demonstrate that it has five years of recent experience in Africa working with CIDA, another department of the Government of Canada, or any other bilateral aid agency or multilateral development institution.
Completed applications must be submitted by April 19, 2012. No late applications will be accepted.
You will be sent an automatic email to confirm that your application has been received. If you do not receive the email, then consider the application "not received".
These partnership principles are defined further in the application guidelines.
To ensure transparency and fairness to all applicants, CIDA will not discuss proposal submissions until all applicants have been notified of decisions regarding their proposals. The application guidelines and the Frequently Asked Questions section of the CIDA-PWCB website represent the only official interpretation of the application process.
Applicants that do not meet the eligibility criteria as outlined in the section on eligibility will be notified in writing as soon as possible. All other applicants will be notified in writing of the call results in due course.
Please consider the following corrections in the application documents
In the eligibility self-assessment form, please note that number 13 is identical to number 1.
Contrary to what is indicated in section 5 of the guidelines, there are no sections 4.3 or 4.4 under this call in the application guidelines or application form. You are required to indicate the links to national and regional priorities in section 5.1 (Project Rationale) of the application form.
Under section 7 of the application guidelines, preliminary documents are proposed for the logic model and the performance measurement framework. As CIDA does not want to influence partners' project designs, these documents were removed; therefore, please disregard the second-to-last paragraph in section 7.2 of the guidelines.
Under section 8.2.2, Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) Requirements, one of the physical works listed as "waste supply systems (including digging wells)" should read as "water supply systems (including digging wells)."