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The Development Exchange Centre (DEC) is a women-focused Non– Governmental Organization established in 1987 and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) – IT/10826.

DEC, supported by Bread for the World-Germany (BftW), is implementing a project “Small-Scale Project Fund for Community Based Organizations (CBOs)” -The project will support upcoming, existing formal and Informal CBOs with an overall goal of enhancing local organization’s capacities for sustainable development. It will support CBOs focusing on women, Persons with Disasbility, adolescent girls, and other vulnerable groups to implement their self-determined projects. DEC hereby notifies organized AND functional women groups working at the grassroots level, non-governmental organizations/community-based organizations, and informal functional groups operating in Bauchi, Gombe, and Plateau states of this opportunity for partnership in the following thematic areas:

1Educationa.     Adult literacyb.     Adolescent girlsc.      Girl-child education
2Economic empowermenta.     Vocational/skills acquisitionb.     Sustainable agriculturec.      Production
3Environmenta.     Water and sanitationb.     Waste managementc.      Climate change
4Peace buildinga.     Conflict resolutionb.     Trauma healing

Each proposed project will be for a minimum of 6 months and maximum of 12 months only. Much focus will be on functional AND organized women-groups working at the grassroots.

Eligibility: Groups or organizations who have benefitted up to two times or have an ongoing partnership with the DEC-SSPF Project or Bread for the World are not eligible to apply. Interested organizations will be categorized as follows:
a. Category A: groups without a formal registration from any government authority but recognized by and accepted by their communities. They have minimal management structure and are financially self-sustaining through contributions and levies for their activities (informal groups). This category has a budget range of NGN (550,000-2,200,000).
b. Category B: groups that have partial financial support and some form of legal recognition (such as members of trade unions, cooperatives, and associations), but may not have a structured constitution. Groups here have staff/volunteers, and their activities are financed by member’s contributions and donations. (‘Semi-formal”). This category has a budget range of NGN (2,200,550- 2,750,000).
c. Category C: groups registered with government agencies such as the Corporate Affairs commission (CAC), with a management and leadership structure consisting of staff, management, and directors. The activities are planned and carried out by employees and financed by donations and grants. (Formal groups’). This category has a budget range of NGN (2,750,000-3,850,000).

Instructions for submission of concept notes:
1. “Expression of Interest” form for the response to this call can be accessed by sending a mail requesting the form to [email protected] copying [email protected]
2. All completed forms and applications can be submitted in either hard copy or soft copy abiding by the following:
• Hard copy submission: Completed forms should be placed in sealed A4-size envelope addressed to: The Local Approval Committee DEC SSPF
Please indicate the category (e.g. “Category X”) on the top right-hand corner of envelope. The envelopes should be submitted at DEC head office at No. 5 Kaduna Road, Bauchi, Bauchi state. Submissions will be deposited in a collection box at the entrance of the DEC head office. A register to document submissions will be provided, please ensure to fill the register.
• Soft copy submission: Please ensure to sign the form- (either insert scanned/e-signature in provided space on the form or print out form, sign in provided space on the form, and scan. Completed forms should be forwarded as attachments to the email address: [email protected]

The subject of the mail should indicate the category of application e.g. (“Category X”). The body of the mail should be addressed to-
The Local Approval Committee

3. The deadline for submission is 4pm (Nigeria), Friday 27 October 2023. All submissions must hit DEC’s collection box/email by this time. After this time, no submissions will be accepted.

All inquiry about this call should be made to [email protected] AND [email protected] with the subject- “SSPF INQUIRY” before Wednesday 18th October 2023 after which no further inquiries will be entertained. DEC reserves the right to reconsider the geographic or sectoral distribution of projects based on the interests of its programming, DEC also reserves the right to discontinue all or part of this call.

DEC brings to the attention of the public that the application and submission process is free of charge. The forms are not for sale, and you are not to give any kind of gratification to access/submit the form. Any organization/group found to either attempt to pay or pay for or give any form of gratification or incentive will be disqualified. You are requested to report any person(s) demanding or requesting payment or gratification for either accessing, submitting, or processing the forms via [email protected] or 08061975161, 09123182626.

Only organizations that qualify for the next stage of proceedings will be contacted by DEC. Women-focused organizations, women groups and women-led organizations are encouraged to apply.