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Financial assistance for Small-scale Projects available

The Embassy of the Federal Republic Germany runs a programme offering financial assistance for small scale cooperation projects that is available annually. Funding is available for projects that serve basic needs and have positive and sustainable impact of at least 2years. Possible eligible projects include; educational/vocational training or equipment, hygiene standards, water filters/pumps, and medical provisions etc.

Applications must be submitted by the end of the calendar year before the planned implementation of the project. For projects planned for next year 2017, applications must be submitted by end of this year preferably, the end of February 2017 at the latest.

Download the guideline below for further details regarding the application and implementation process, eligible and ineligible funding areas, and the funding criteria.

 - FRG_Small Grants Programme_Guidelines

 - FRG_Small Grants Programme_Application Form

Applications and further inquiries can be made to Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mrs. Tina Pupuke Browne (Barrister), email 

Recently funded projects under this programme include Te Uki Ou Science Laboratory and specialized equipment for the Teimurimotia Fire Brigade.

UNDEF Project Funding available for CSOs

The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) invites civil society organizations to apply for project funding covering one or more of seven main areas:   

  • Women’s rights and empowerment  / Gender equality
  • Community activism
  • Rule of law and human rights
  • Youth engagement
  • Strengthening civil society capacity for interaction with Government
  • Media and freedom of information
  • Tools for knowledge

Project proposals may be submitted on-line between 18 November 2016 and 18 December 2016 at 

Or post submissions directly via the link Please note you'll need to register as a new portal user if this is the first time your organisations has submitted a project proposal.

You can find guidelines, FAQs and lessons learned for applicants at

Applicants can request a grant of a minimum of 100,000 US dollars and a maximum of 300,000 US dollars

This is the Eleventh Round to be launched by UNDEF, which provides grants of up to US$300,000 per project. UNDEF has supported almost 700 projects in over 100 countries at a total amount of almost US$170 million. Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous selection process, with fewer than two per cent of proposals chosen for funding. All projects are two years long. 

In this Round, UNDEF particularly welcomes projects promoting pluralism, diversity, and inclusion. 

UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations. In this way, UNDEF plays a distinct role in complementing the UN's other work -- the work with Governments -- to strengthen democratic governance around the world.

Call for Environment Project Funding Proposals for GEF - Small Grant Programme

The GEF SGP National Steering Committee is calling for environment project funding proposals of up to USD 50,000 from Civil Society, Community Based and Non-Government Organisations in the Cook Islands.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP): Believes local solutions to global environmental problems exist; supports community-based initiatives and action, and aims for the process of implementation to also lead to poverty reduction and local empowerment.

To this end GEF SGP provides contestable funds administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and financed through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) The Cook Islands Red Cross Society serves as the National Hosting Institution (NHI), and a National Coordinator is appointed to facilitate applications by civil society for consideration by the 10 member National Steering Committee comprising NGO and Agency representatives. 

Funds of up to USD $50,000, as well as planning grants of up to USD $5000 are available for CSOs, CBOs and NGOs in the Pa Enua as well as in Rarotonga, for projects related to one or more of the five GEF Focal Areas (Biodiversity, Climate Change, Land degradation, Chemicals, and International Waters). 

In the current GEF Operational Programme 6 (2015-2019) the Cook Islands GEF SGP Programme would like to promote projects that develop the capacity of local and national civil society stakeholders, in any of the environmental focal areas, especially projects that achieve measurable impacts in Waste Management addressing both ‘Local to Global Chemical Management Coalitions’ and ‘Community Landscape & Seascape Conservation’. There is a proportion of funding available for Climate Change Community Based Adaptation Projects that support solutions identified through participatory vulnerability assessments. 

Government agencies are not eligible for the Cook Islands GEF Small Grants, however, local government bodies (such as Island Councils) that include non-government community representatives are eligible.

For further information and to obtain an application form please contact the GEF SGP Cook Islands National Coordinator Pasha Carruthers via email, or ph 22598 at the Red Cross Society Centre.

Applications close Tuesday December 6th 2016 @ 4pm.