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Support to Inclusive Governance in Ukraine

Due to the current situation in Ukraine, the Support for Inclusive Governance call has been cancelled.

The total amount of funding available under the Support to Inclusive Governance in Ukraine call for concept notes is up to $30 million over 5 years. Global Affairs Canada may fund up to 3 proposals.

You must submit your application through the Partners@International portal before the deadline. Read all instructions on the portal carefully. If you are applying on behalf of a group of organizations, please ensure that each organization that will sign the funding agreement with Global Affairs Canada is registered in the Partners@International portal and has uploaded all required documents.

We will not accept any late submissions. To ensure that technical difficulties do not prevent you from submitting your concept note on time, we strongly suggest that you submit your application at least 3 working days before the deadline of Thursday, November 18, at 12 pm ET. Please read all portal instructions carefully.

The submission of a concept note is the first stage of a 2-stage application process. Funding will not be provided on the basis of the concept note alone. At the second stage, we will invite a limited number of proponents whose proposals best align with the objectives of the call to submit full proposals. Be sure to review the instructions contained in the How to apply for funding through a call web page before beginning your application.


This call will support projects in Ukraine that are consistent with the Inclusive Governance Action Area Policy of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. It will support projects that strengthen the capacity of local and national government and non-government actors to respond in a more inclusive, transparent and accountable manner to the needs of all citizens, including women and girls and other vulnerable or marginalized groups, while also supporting their empowerment to claim their rights.

Specifically, the call will fund proposals that are aligned with Canada’s Inclusive Governance Policy priorities of enhancing participation in public life and ensuring that public services work for everyone.

To help meet these priorities in Ukraine, Global Affairs Canada will only consider concept notes that propose to work in at least one of the following three inclusive governance areas:

  1. support to civil society organizations and citizen engagement, including civic education;
  2. support to local governance and local, district, and regional governments, in the context of decentralization and regional development reforms in Ukraine, with a particular focus on sectoral decentralization (such as, but not limited to, delivery of social services and domestic resource mobilization at the local level); and,
  3. support to public administration reform, including local, district and regional level public administrations, inclusive policy making and local public finance management.

Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy states that: “No less than 95 percent of Canada’s bilateral international development assistance initiatives will target or integrate gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” Priority will be given to proposals that meet the requirement of targeting (GE-3) or fully integrating (GE-2) gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment in their design. Applicants must include gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) that identifies gender equality gaps and ensures that proposed solutions directly respond to the GBA+ analysis, across activities, outputs and outcomes.

Ultimate Outcome

Under this call, your proposed project must contribute to the achievement of enhancing democratic, inclusive and gender equal governance in Ukraine that is effective in meeting the needs of all Ukrainians

Note: You may refine the call’s ultimate outcome statement to ensure it is grounded in the reality of your project design, making them more specific in terms of your project’s who, what and where. Refer to Results-based management for international assistance programming: A how-to guide to ensure that your outcome statements respect Global Affairs Canada’s definition of intermediate and ultimate outcomes.

In support of the theory of change in the concept note application form, please include a separate Logic Model  (PDF version - 91 KB) that visually depicts the outcome statements down to the immediate results level and reflects the series of changes that are critical to achieving project success.

Additional Information

The following definitions should help applicants understand the Ultimate Outcome:

Organization eligibility

Carefully review the following requirements that we will use to determine the eligibility of application packages submitted for this particular call. We will not pre-assess or comment on the eligibility of specific potential applicants or application packages. To be eligible, you must meet each requirement and, where stipulated, provide supporting documentation:

If you are unable to meet all of the above requirements, your organization is not eligible to apply under this call.

Project parameters

Carefully review the parameters of this call and judge whether your project idea will fit. We will not respond to questions about the eligibility of your project idea. You must be able to answer “yes” to all of the following statements in order for your application to be considered for funding under this call:

If your proposed project does not conform to the above statements, it will not be assessed because it cannot be considered for funding under this call.

Required project experience

Your concept note must demonstrate the required experience as described below to be considered under this call.

The 2 examples must demonstrate the following:

If the applicant (the lead applicant or another signatory to the funding agreement with Global Affairs Canada, should funding be offered) is not able to provide two examples of their own which demonstrate all elements of the above requirements, the application will not be assessed because it cannot be considered for funding under this call. Experience examples from implementing organizations working with the applicant but which will not be signatories on a funding agreement (should funding be offered), cannot be considered to meet this experience requirement.

Additional guidance

Preference will be given to concept notes that incorporate one or more of the following:

How we assess your concept note

Concept notes submitted under this call will first undergo an eligibility check to verify that they meet all organization eligibility requirements, required project parameters and experience requirements identified on this call page.

Any application that does not meet all of these requirements will not be further assessed. You will be notified if your application is found to be ineligible.

Concept notes that meet these requirements will proceed to merit assessment based on the following assessment criteria:

Rationale for the initiative

Gender equality

Human rights

Environmental sustainability

Managing for results

Responding to risks

Organizational ability relevant to the initiative

Available resources

There are a number of resources available online to help you develop your application package. We strongly encourage you to read all of the following tools and guidance before beginning your application process. Failure to meet the mandatory requirements, minimum standards and deadlines detailed therein will result in your application package not being considered for funding.

How to submit your application package?

In order to be considered in this call, you must submit your complete application package to Partners@International by Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 12 pm ET.

Your application package must include all of the following documents:

Accessing and using PDF forms

Use only Adobe Reader/Adobe Acrobat to work on the standardized PDFs to be submitted with your application package. If you use other software, the data you enter may not appear once submitted to the department, and the application will be considered ineligible.

If you are having difficulty downloading the preliminary proposal form, it is generally due to the type of software you have (or do not have) on your computer. Please read and follow the help instructions. If you have all the correct software installed, download the form to your desktop and open it directly in Adobe Reader; otherwise, other software installed on your computer may try (and fail) to open the form using your default settings.

Questions on using the Partners@International portal

Please read and follow all the instructions for using the Partners@International portal (linked on the right side menu). Do not open multiple windows within the portal as this may cause technical problems.

Do not try to register or submit at the last minute.

It may take up to 10 business days to register your organization. If you encounter technical difficulties while registering or trying to submit a proposal, send an email to: Please note: during the last two weeks before a call closes, the service standard for replying to your enquiry is three (3) business days. Technical support for the portal is only available 9 am to 4 pm EST, Monday to Friday.

Questions specific to this call

If you still have questions about this call after reading the general Questions and answers about applying for funding, please send them to by Tuesday, October  5, 2021, at 12 pm ET.  We will not respond to questions received after this deadline, or questions on specific organizational circumstances or specific project proposals. Applicants will not receive emails with responses. Answers only appear on the Support to Inclusive Governance in Ukraine Questions and answers page to ensure that all applicants have access to the same information at the same time.

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