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*Please note that all funding is only available to Misean Cara members, and their affiliates.

 

Project Support Scheme (PSS)

The PSS provides for development project grants of a minimum of €20,000 up to a maximum value of €100,000 per annum.

The scheme allows for the integration of a wide range of inputs corresponding to the identified needs of a development project, e.g. human resources, construction, equipment, materials, capacity building and other costs.

The PSS is a co-financing scheme. Applicants need to secure at least a 25% contribution from other sources (other donors/local funding/ the Member organisation) towards the overall project cost. Up to 10% of this co-funding may be provided in kind, but at least 15% must be secured as a cash contribution.

Within a PSS grant indirect costs can be applied for to a maximum of 15% of the amount sought from Misean Cara, including: monitoring, evaluation and audit (4%); organisation development/ training (5%); and administration (6%).

Project Support Scheme Multi-annual Funding (PSSM)

Under the Project Support Scheme applicants may apply for Multi-Annual Funding (PSSM).

The PSSM provides for development project grants of 2 years up to a maximum of 3 years.

The maximum individual grant that can be awarded under the PSSM is €150,000 per annum, or a total of €450,000 over three years.

The release of 2nd and 3rd year payments are subject to the acceptance by Misean Cara of reports in relation to prior year’s funding. Funding may be sought for subsequent years to support a project on the basis of satisfactory applications, reports and evaluations. The maximum number of years for which Misean Cara will provide funding for a project is six years.

The PSSM is a co-financing scheme. Applicants need to secure at least a 25% contribution from other sources (other donors/local funding/the Member organization) towards the overall project cost. Up to 10% of this co-funding may be provided in kind, but at least 15% must be secured as a cash contribution.

Within a PSSM grant indirect costs can be applied for to a maximum of 15% of the amount sought from Misean Cara, including: monitoring, evaluation and audit (4%); organisational development and training for the organisation (5%); and administration (6%).

Members applying for PSSM funding need to demonstrate the following for each project:

  • How the need for the project has been established;
  • What needs assessment has taken place;
  • How local people and project beneficiaries have been involved;
  • What the plans are for the project, what alternative approaches have been considered, the logic and credibility of the relationship between findings of the needs assessment, the proposed activities and the results identified;
  • What results the project aims to achieve at various levels including outputs, outcomes and impact;
  • What systems it has in place to track progress against the baselines or initial situation;
  • How the benefits of the project will be sustained.

Pilot – Project Support Scheme (PSS) Multi-Annual Multi-Partner Funding Round

Misean Cara is aware that our member organisations are often working to address similar development challenges in the same country and/or within the same sector. Several member organisations have indicated an interest in exploring consortium arrangements for funding.

To support this interest Misean Cara is again running a Pilot Project Support Scheme Multi-Annual Multi-Partner Funding Round.

This important innovation is intended to encourage Misean Cara members to develop common projects at a substantial scale capable of showing appropriate results. It is intended that the initiative will be an innovative and effective means of supporting partner and collaborative work among members. Through this initiative we are inviting members to consider ways in which they could begin to work together or build on ways in which they are already working together.

Funding members’ work through this initiative will be a way to showcase the very best development work being carried out by missionary organisations and to highlight its scale and reach.

This pilot scheme provides members who are currently or planning to work together the opportunity to seek a minimum of €300,000 to a maximum of €500,000 per year, for a 2-3 year period, for a joint partner project.

In time it is hoped that through supporting members in working in this way, Misean Cara will also be in a better position to meet the desire expressed by members for us to partner with members in securing other sources of funding.

This pilot initiative was first introduced in 2014 and we are again running it in the first half of 2016. It is hoped that the initiative will evolve and be available on a more permanent basis for future funding rounds. This will depend on the level of interest expressed by Members.

Deadline for Final Application

The deadline for final applications under this scheme is: Friday, 27 May 2016.

Concept Note for the Project Support Scheme (PSS) Multi-Annual Multi-Partner Funding Round

As part of the application process for the Project Support Scheme (PSS) Multi-Annual Multi-Partner Funding Round members are invited to submit an initial concept note by Friday 15 April 2016. This concept note will be reviewed and a decision on whether the application can be submitted in full for the upcoming deadline will be communicated by Friday 6 May 2016.

To apply for funding under Project Support Scheme (PSS) Multi-Annual Multi-Partner Funding scheme the following is required:

  • At least two Misean Cara member organisations to be involved.
  • Each member must have significant commitment and involvement in the project, in terms of ownership and participation. Applications where there is not significant involvement from each partner will not be considered.
  • It is possible for the members to enter into a partnership with a third party i.e. a non Misean Cara member.
  • One member agreeing to be the lead partner.
  • This member will take the responsibility for liaising with Misean Cara and signing the contract with Misean Cara and providing the required oversight and reporting responsibilities.
  • A concept note to be submitted by Friday 15 April.
  • Applicants should not submit a final application until Misean Cara approves the submission on the basis of the review of the concept note.
  • A completed PSS Multi-Annual Multi-Partner application with all the required documentation to be submitted by Friday 27 May.
    Note: The guidelines and application forms to be used are those for PSS Multi-Annual applications.
  • An MOU or partnership agreement signed between all of the partners involved and submitted.

For Further Information

Please contact Seth Wheeler at swheeler@miseancara.ie and we will arrange for someone to contact you.

Misean Cara Project Support Scheme Multi-Annual Partner Funding Round Concept Note

Please the following information and submit a 3 – 5 page Concept Note to Seth Wheeler at swheeler@miseancara.ie by Friday, 27 May.

  • Name of members and any other partner involved.
  • Title of project.
  • Country/countries where project will take place.
  • Outline of needs assessment undertaken (to refer to contextual analysis available and baseline data).
  • Rationale for member co-operation on this project, including what each member/partner brings to the project.
  • Outline of strategic vision/ plan for proposed project.
  • Outline of results attainable through project.
  • Outline of systems in place for monitoring project.
  • Indicative budget for project for 2 – 3 years (by category i.e. human resources, equipment, construction etc. and by year).

The concept note will be reviewed, and Misean Cara will follow up with members as appropriate and indicate whether there is approval for the submission of a completed multi-annual application in this round based on the Concept Note.

Members are reminded that if they wish to consider submitting an application through one of these pilot options they need to discuss it with their Mission Development Officer (MDO).