Competitive NGO Grants Program – Request for Proposals

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Solomon Islands Education Sector Support Program

Time Posted On: 19 Oct 2020
Time Closing Date: 27 Nov 2020

The Solomon Islands Education Sector Support Program (ESSP) is a partnership between the governments of Solomon Islands, New Zealand and Australia to improve access to quality basic education for all children in Solomon Islands. ESSP provides funding support to MEHRD to deliver key priorities in line with the National Education Action Plan, as well as offering targeted advisory support.
The new NGO Grants Program, which is a further element of ESSP, offers annual grants of between A$50,000 and A$250,000 for an implementation period of up to two and a half years. Eligible registered not-for-profit organisations, groups and networks in Solomon Islands are invited to submit a proposal that seeks to deliver initiatives to strengthen community support for children’s learning and increase provision of quality community-based early childhood care and education.
Focus of the Competitive NGO Grants Program
The ESSP NGO Grants Program invites registered not-for-profit organisations, groups and networks in Solomon Islands to submit a proposal that focuses on one or more of the following:
„ Increased access to quality community-based ECCE services.
„ Improved parental and community capacity to support children’s learning in ECCE and basic education, including early school leavers.
„ Improved collaboration between civil society organisations, communities, MEHRD and/or other agencies to:
– strengthen governance and accountability of education services
– encourage greater parental involvement in their children’s education and fostering attitude / behaviour change in relation to ensuring girls and boys equal access to and participation in schooling
– raise community and parental awareness about children with disabilities’ right to education
– support for community-based programs for making schools more accessible
– promote inclusive practice in the community level projects.
This is a competitive process and not all applicants will be successful. Only successful applicants will be eligible for grant funding. Proposals are assessed and selected on the basis of eligibility and the selection criteria.
Information session
An information session will be conducted at the SIRF Office and via Zoom on 5 November 2020.
To register for this session, please contact
For those that cannot attend, questions can also be sent to
Grants and eligibility criteria
„ Successful applicants will be provided with a grant to undertake their work. The ESSP NGO Grants Program can provide funding of between A$50,000 to A$250,000 per annum for a period of up to two and half years (activities must be completed by 1 December 2023).
„ Applicants must be a registered, not-for-profit organisation in Solomon Islands, and must be able to demonstrate active connections with communities and represent community needs and perspectives.
Applicants must be a registered not-for-profit organisation in Australia or New Zealand and able to demonstrate a genuine partnership with local not-for-profit partner(s).
„ The applicant has a demonstrated track record of managing donor funding and producing results in Solomon Islands.
„ The applicant is able to meet SIG / MEHRD, DFAT and MFAT child protection, gender equality, anti-fraud and, work, health, and safety requirements.
Interested applicants can request the full Request for Proposal package by emailing
Completed proposals can be emailed to or delivered to the Solomon Islands Resource Facility office at Suite 306, Level 3, Hyundai Mall, Honiara.
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Applications close 5:00 pm (Honiara time) 27 November 2020.