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Call for Proposal – Project “Support for pluralism defenders”

Guidelines for the writing of the “Call for Proposal”

  1. Context

Diversity and pluralism enrich a society. Ever since Pakistan came into being, minorities in Pakistan have been considered inferior to the majority. Muhammad Ali Jinnah envisioned a state which all religious and ethnic minorities should proudly call their home. But even after 73 years the pluralism situation towards its minorities has not become better in this country. They are still to be considered as 2nd citizen of country. In the current global scenario, many societies including Pakistan are facing problems of extremism, cultural and religious intolerance. This requires international cooperation and collective efforts to combat all forms of hatred, intimidation, incitement and acts of violence motivated by intolerance. The situation warrants working together for promoting dialogue, and cooperation and understanding among all cultures and faiths, whereas all people bear equal responsibility for promoting this objective. Cooperation, not confrontation, is the way forward, and tolerance is to be promoted through all mediums, and in all domains.

Over the years, minorities in Pakistan are facing numerous problems due to their religion believes and faith. Pakistani Christians and Hindus face similar challenges even though they have the largest populations in terms of percentage. They do face challenges on equal rights, allege blasphemy cases, social injustice, education and in job opportunities, threat to their life including worship palaces and discrimination in their day to day life.

Shahbaz Bhatti Memorial Trust (SBMT) is the leading platform for the minorities in country to stand against discriminations and fight for the equal rights. Keeping in view the worst situation of minorities and while feeling its responsibility, SBMT has taken an initiative to start project on “Support for defenders of cultural and religious pluralism” for promoting religious pluralism and interfaith harmony among different groups in Pakistan.

The purpose of this is call is to involve societies and local organizations who are already working in the minorities and on religious pluralism in the country.


  1. The General Objective

The General Objective is to reinforce the civil rights (protection from discrimination on grounds such as race, gender, national origin, color, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or disability and individual rights such as privacy, the freedoms of thought and conscience, speech and expression, religion or belief, the press, assembly and movement) and political rights (such as the rights of the accused, including the right to a fair trial; due process; the right to seek redress or a legal remedy; and rights of participation in civil society and politics such as freedom of association, the right to assemble).


  1. The Specific Objectives

The specific objectives of this grant are following;

  • To reduce stigmatization and defamation proceedings against disadvantaged groups as minority religions.
  • To promote the social inclusion of disadvantaged groups as minority religions, poor people, women and most vulnerable members of society in the delivery of social services.
  • To encourage and promote interfaith cooperation through public or private performances.
  • To promote quality education and eliminating all discriminatory materials from the schools and secondly to support educational and health facilities to the disadvantaged groups as minority religion, poor people and vulnerable members of the society.
  • To promote inter-religious dialogue and relationship among peoples of diverse faiths with special focus to the teaching of different religions which are misinterpreted by followers to create violence and hatred in society
  • To ensure support to the marginalized minorities religion, poor people in respect to the legal and protection.
  • To promote peace interfaith harmony among different religion communities.


  1. Financial allocation

The amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 25 000.00.

Size of grants

Grant requested under this call for proposals must between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • minimum amount: EUR 5 000.00
  • maximum amount: EUR 10 000.00


  1. Eligibility criteria

Eligible proposals must:

  • Be led by Human Rights Defenders organizations and persons / charities organizations;
  • Ensure being carried out at least by two or more organizations / activists in the same targeted area , if possible from different religious/ethnic groups;
  • Be based on multiple partnerships.

The interested, organization, society must have previous experience for projects for the minorities and on religious and pluralism in the country.


  1. Eligible actions: actions for which an application can be made


Minimum 6 months nor exceed 12 months.

Sectors or themes:

Proposals under this Call for Proposals should address one of the objectives outlined in section 2. However, actions that include activities related to several objectives will be evaluated more favorably than actions that only address one objective.


  1. Capital Area Islamabad
  2. Khyber Pakthunkwa
  3. Punjab
  4. Federally administrated Tribal Areas especially Spare   of valuable time

Types of action:

  • Personal assistance to religious minorities and disadvantaged groups including medical/psychological assistance;
  • Peace building and interfaith harmony training and teaching activities especially in rural areas;
  • Participation of discriminated and disadvantaged groups in regional initiatives;
  • Direct interventions in support of discriminated and disadvantaged groups through the provision of lawyers;
  • Awareness-rising activities (publications, films, seminars, meetings, etc.);
  • Arrange of Peace and Interfaith campaigns among various groups
  • To arrange cultural and pluralism activities in the communities
  • Collection of information on discriminations on the ground of religion, faith and gender based.
  • Promotion of educational activities through vocational and formal education.
  • Work to eliminate inequality component among society on the basis of religious believe and faith and promote equalization concept in the country.

Types of non-eligible action:

  • Actions concerned only or mainly with individual sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars, conferences and congresses;
  • Actions concerned only or mainly with individual’s scholarships for studies or training courses;
  • Actions supporting political parties;
  • Actions including proselytism.


  1. Eligible and non-eligible costs

Only eligible costs can be covered by a grant. The categories of costs that are eligible and non-eligible are indicated below. The budget is both a cost estimate and an overall ceiling for eligible costs.

As costs and budget represent a considerable part of the selection criteria (detailed budget, reasonable, verifiable, etc.), it is therefore in the applicants’ interest to provide a realistic and cost-effective budget.

Eligible costs must:

  • incur during the implementation of the action;
  • be indicated in the estimated overall budget for the action;
  • be necessary for the implementation of the action
  • be identifiable and verifiable;
  • comply with the requirements of applicable tax and social legislation
  • be reasonable and justified.

The following direct costs shall be eligible:

  • cost of staff assigned to the action, corresponding to actual gross salaries including social security charges and other remuneration-related costs; salaries and costs shall not exceed those normally borne by the Beneficiary(ies), unless it is justified by showing that it is essential to carry out the Action;
  • travel and subsistence costs for staff and other persons taking part in the Action;
  • purchase costs for equipment and supplies (new or used) for the purposes of the Action;
  • costs of consumables;
  • cost of arrangement of training/workshops and public gathering in order to promote peace, interfaith harmony, among various groups.

The following direct costs are not eligible:

  • debts and service charges (interests);
  • Currency exchange losses.
  • Personal cost incurred to carrying the project implementation.


  1. How to apply and the procedures to follow

Documentation to provide:

  • A presentation of the applicant with previous or current projects, (A concept note in order to apply for the sub grant should be submitted to the mentioned email addresses)
  • A detailed description of the project, including a summary of the action, a presentation of the activities, an explanation about the relevance of the project, a schedule, a description of geographical area and target beneficiary.
  • Interested organizations may submit their financial proposal in excel sheet along with concept note.

How to submit the Proposal:

Applicants must send the complete application by the internet, to the following email addresses. Only those applications will be considered for further processes who have forwarded their proposals on the both email addresses.

Only applications sent to both email addresses will be considered.

Submission deadline:

The deadline for the complete submission of proposal along with budget request on excel format is 30th June, 2017, 12:00 Pm (Pakistan Standard Time)


  1. Evaluation and selection of applications

Each proposal will be independently marked against the evaluation grid below, according to the following criteria and provide a grade of ranking.

Criteria Score
Relevance: is the problem statement clear and relevant? How closely is the problem aligned to the objectives of Support for pluralism defenders’ program and the objectives and priorities of the Call for proposals? 30
Target Groups and Beneficiaries: How clearly defined and strategically chosen are those involved? Have their needs been clearly defined and does the proposal address? 10
Value-Added Elements: Does the proposal contain specific added-value elements such as promotion of gender-equality and equal-opportunities, needs of disabled people, innovations and best-practices? 10
Design: Is the proposal clear and understandable? Is this the best approach to solving the problem? How strong is the rationale for the kind of response being suggested? How coherent is the overall design of the project? Is it feasible and consistent in relation to the objectives and expected results? Are the objectives and outcomes SMART? Does the project provide a sound plan to monitor the progress? How is sustainability ensured, e.g. is there an operation and maintenance plan? 20
Costs: How detailed is the budget? Budget for each activity must include details of costs for the activity. All costs must be evaluated against the following mandatory criteria:

–          Reasonable – costs do not exceed those that would be incurred by an ordinarily prudent person in the conduct of a normal business;

–          Allocable/Verifiable/Identifiable – costs which are necessary to the project;

–          Allowable- the budget presents costs which are reasonable and allocable, incurred during the project duration, and which conform to limitations set forth under the donor’s cost principles;

Operational capacity: Does the applicant have sufficient experience in the project management? Does the applicant have sufficient specific technical expertise of the issues to be addressed? 10

Notification of the decision

Due to the high number of applications we are able to contact only to the shortlisted organizations/individuals.

Designed by: Imtiaz Ahmad, E: imtiazid@gmail.com, C#: 0092 345 9169947