Call for Proposals - Support to Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Ukraine

This call is closed. The deadline for submissions was August 14, 2015, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (UTC-4).

A technical error in the application form has been corrected. You may download the new version or continue using the version previously published.

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is launching a call for proposals to support the growth and competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ukraine.

This call is valued at as much as $30 million over a period of six years (2015–2021) and is open to Canadian organizations or Canadian-led consortia only, which could include partnership with Canadian provinces and/or Ukrainian-Canadian diaspora organizations.

DFATD intends to fund three to five high-quality proposals to support SMEs in Ukraine. DFATD may decide to fund any number, or none, of the proposals submitted for consideration.

Please be aware that new frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been posted. Given this new information, the deadline for proposal submissions has been extended from August 4, 2015, to August 14, 2015, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (UTC-4).


The call for proposals is designed to support projects to increase SME growth and competitiveness in Ukraine in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. The call for proposals aims to build on previous DFATD investments for economic development, leverage the influence of existing local organizations, and provide practical and relevant technical assistance and resource support to SMEs.

Proposed projects must be designed to contribute to the achievement of the following ultimate outcome:

  • Ultimate outcome: Improved economic opportunities for Ukrainian women and men in targeted regions.

The projects must also contribute to the achievement of at least one of the two related intermediate outcomes:

  • Intermediate outcome 1: More competitive SMEs led by women and men.
  • Intermediate outcome 2: An improved business-enabling environment for SMEs, including those led by women.


This call for proposals is open to Canadian organizations (including Canadian-led consortia) that:

  • are legally incorporated under the provincial, territorial or federal laws of Canada, and have their main place of business in Canada;
  • meet the minimum eligibility criteria as listed on the application form; and
  • have organizational experience managing and delivering international private sector development programming, preferably in the SME sector and preferably in Ukraine or another transition country in eastern and central Europe.

Preference may be given to projects that propose to work in more than one region of Ukraine, and spanning the eastern/southern and western/central regions. The purpose of this preference is to promote dynamic interactions between businesses and organizations in the more European-oriented western/central regions of Ukraine and the more Russian-oriented eastern/southern regions. A possible engagement with the eastern regions will depend on the security situation.

Application process

  1. Please read the call for proposals Application Form with Guidelines (PDF, 439 KB, 19 pages) carefully.
  2. Create or update your organization profile through Partners@International. If your organization is not registered, the first step is to register your organization’s profile. Applicants should allow at least two business days before obtaining approval for a new registration. Applicants should contact us promptly if they experience any technical difficulties related to the management of their account. That way, the problem can be resolved before the call for proposals closes. If you would like to check whether your organization already has an account, please email us at
  3. Upload the completed application form and all of the mandatory documents listed in the Eligibility Requirements section of the application form to your organization profile on Partners@International. Documents that are not available in an electronic format must be scanned and uploaded to Partners@International. Please note that DFATD will not accept applications or supporting documentation by mail, email or fax.
  4. Submit your proposal by the deadline.

If the applicant does not press Submit after uploading the application form and supporting documents, the proposal will be deemed a draft and will not be assessed.

Applicants may submit questions about the application process by email to Organizations must submit questions by the enquiry closing date of July 14, 2015, 3 p.m. Eastern Time (UTC-5). DFATD will not answer enquiries received after that date.

DFATD will acknowledge the receipt of questions within one business day, and will post all pertinent questions and answers about the call for proposals on its public website. Information posted in DFATD's calls for proposals section, the frequently asked questions about applying for funding page, and the frequently asked questions concerning this call for proposals page, represents the only official interpretation of the application process.

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Supporting DFATD documentation available to applicants

Proposal assessment

DFATD will review and assess only complete proposals. Failure to meet the eligibility criteria or to provide all requested information (as identified on the application form) will result in the rejection of the proposal.

DFATD will assess all complete proposals on a comparative basis against nine Assessment Criteria:

  1. Rationale for the initiative
  2. Managing for results and responding to risks
  3. Initiative plan
  4. Environmental sustainability
  5. Gender equality
  6. Governance
  7. Sustainability of results
  8. Financial information
  9. Organizational ability relevant to the initiative

Review process

DFATD will apply an initial merit screening against the following assessment criteria only: 1) Rationale for the initiative, 2) Managing for results and responding to risks, and 9) Organizational ability relevant to the initiative. Proposals deemed unacceptable or weak against these assessment criteria will not proceed for further review.

To ensure transparency and fairness to all applicants, DFATD will not discuss proposals with applicants until all organizations have been notified of decisions regarding their proposals. A DFATD officer will then contact successful applicants to discuss contract details. DFATD will also send a letter to all unsuccessful candidates to inform them of the decision.