Growth that Works for Everyone: Inclusive and Shared Prosperity in Ukraine

The deadline to submit a preliminary proposal under the call for preliminary proposals for Growth that Works for Everyone: Inclusive and Shared Prosperity in Ukraine was October 24, 2018. This call is now closed.

The total amount of funding available under the Growth that Works for Everyone: Inclusive and Shared Prosperity in Ukraine call for preliminary proposals is up to $30 million over five years. Global Affairs Canada may fund any number of proposals, or none, up to the maximum funding available.

You must submit your preliminary proposal through the Partners@International portal before Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 12:00 p.m. (noon), Eastern Standard Time. We will not accept any late submissions. Please read the portal instructions carefully and plan to submit your application by October 17, 2018, to ensure that technical difficulties do not prevent you from submitting your proposal by the deadline.

The submission of a preliminary proposal is the first stage of a two-stage application process. Funding cannot be provided on the basis of a preliminary proposal. Be sure to review the instructions in How to apply through a call for preliminary proposals before beginning your application.


Under this call, your project proposal must contribute to the achievement of this ultimate outcome: Enhanced economic prosperity for women and the most vulnerable and marginalized people living in Ukraine.

Your preliminary proposal must also contribute to at least one of the following intermediate outcomes:

  1. Enhanced economic security of rural women and the most vulnerable or marginalized, especially those affected by the conflict.
  2. Enhanced competitive, innovative and environmentally sustainable small and medium-sized enterprises for women and the most vulnerable or marginalized.
  3. Enhanced employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women and the most vulnerable or marginalized.

By “enhanced”, Global Affairs Canada defines both “improved” and “increased” change, and requires measurements for both elements in the Performance Measurement Framework (PMF).

You may adjust the call’s ultimate outcome statement by adding precision, without changing it, to ensure it is grounded in the reality of your project design, making it more specific in terms of the “who, what, and where of your project. Refer to the Results-Based Management How-To Guide to ensure that your outputs and expected outcome statements are in alignment with Global Affairs Canada’s methodology and guidance. You must contribute to at least one intermediate outcome above. You may choose to contribute to two or three intermediate outcomes, if your application can clearly demonstrate how the proposed approach would enable the achievement of tangible change under each of the intermediate results.

Global Affairs Canada expects that the ultimate outcome and at least one intermediate gender equality outcome will achieve observable changes in behaviour, practice, or performance that will contribute to gender equality. Gender Equality results or outcomes are measurable changes that explicitly address a reduction in gender inequality, or an improvement in gender equality between women and men, boys and girls. Global Affairs Canada will determine the level of gender equality integration in your full proposal by assessing the project gender-based analysis and how this informs the expected outcomes and outputs, appropriate indicators, risk analysis, and the allocation of financial and technical resources.

Your preliminary proposal must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the project context and issues, and document the ways in which your project would: 1) address root causes of gender inequality; 2) address multi-dimensional economic discrimination and exclusion; 3) integrate conflict assessment analysis results; 4) promote environmentally-friendly and climate-responsible solutions; and 5) incorporate innovationFootnote 1.

Should you be invited to the second stage of proposal submission, your application will need to include indicators at the intermediate level to measure: 1) the changes in power dynamics between men and women related to the root causes of gender inequality; 2) the changes in the level of access to and influence over resource allocation and decision-making by targeted marginalized or vulnerable groups; 3) the effectiveness of environmentally-friendly and climate-responsible solutions; and 4) with the need for piloting and testing innovative solutions, expected effectiveness and efficiency of innovative solutions.

The call for preliminary proposals seeks to contribute to economic prosperity for women and the most vulnerable or marginalized people living in Ukraine through a variety of innovative ways. The call also seeks to fund innovative proposals that address multi-dimensional economic discriminationFootnote 2 and exclusion; and promote environmentally-friendly and climate-responsible solutions.

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 or fully integrating gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment in their design. Targeting should be informed by a thorough Gender Equality Analysis of the barriers/gaps to gender equality that women and men are experiencing in Ukraine.

The call also seeks ideas that promote economic rights by empowering women and the most vulnerable or marginalized people to engage and address multi-dimensional barriers to their full and meaningful economic participation and inclusion. Multi-dimensional barriers exist where multiple factors such as gender, ethnicity and geography, for example, contribute to an individual’s or a group’s vulnerability or marginalization.

Definitions of the call context can be found in the Definitions document.

Organization eligibility

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

Applicants unable to respond to any of the above requirements are not eligible to apply under this call. Partnerships and consortiums that collectively meet all of the eligibility criteria will be accepted.

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 be considered ineligible and will not be assessed under this call for preliminary proposals.

Additional Guidance

Preference will be given to preliminary proposals from Ukrainian organizations or proposals submitted in partnership with Ukrainian organizations.

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 preliminary proposal application package

If your organization is not already registered in the Partners@International portal of Global Affairs Canada, be sure to do so as soon as possible, as it can take 10 or more business days to process your registration request.

In order to be considered in this call, you must submit your complete application package to Partners@International  by October 24, 2018, 12:00 p.m. (noon), Eastern Standard Time.

Your application package must include all of the following documents:

As explained in How to apply through a call for preliminary proposals, submitting your preliminary proposal is just the first step in the application process. After we review your preliminary proposal, we may invite you to submit a full application package. Submission of a full proposal does not guarantee funding. Funding decisions will only be made on the merit assessment of a full proposal.

As noted above, plan to submit your application at least seven days before the closing date to ensure that technical difficulties do not prevent you from submitting your proposal by October 24, 2018, 12:00 p.m. (noon), Eastern Standard Time. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide you with technical support to use the portal if we receive a high volume of requests for assistance in the last 24 hours before the deadline above.

How to access and use 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 regardingthe 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.


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 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday.

Questions about 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 September 7, 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Standard Time. 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 will only appear on the Growth that Works for Everyone: Inclusive and Shared Prosperity in Ukraine call for Preliminary proposals Questions and Answers page to ensure that all applicants have access to the same information at the same time.

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