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Two different mechanisms (Calls for proposals and Direct Assistance) are available for interested and eligible stakeholders at the national, regional and global level in both VPA countries and countries not engaged in VPAs. These are flexible tools that can be adapted to suit the specific features and particular needs of requesting organizations.

For more detailed information on operating procedures and specific eligibilty criteria and conditions for applying to Call for Proposals and Direct Assistance in VPA and non-VPA Countries please refer to the Programme Phase III Inception Report.

Direct Assistance 

Direct Assistance can be used as a flexible financing tool to respond to immediate, specific requests connected with VPA national strategy and needs, such as provision of training and technical assistance. Direct Assistance are available to governments and private sector organizations, including SMEs that may find it too difficult to access financing through the Call for Proposals mechanism. Direct Assistance requests are accepted on a rolling basis, until availability of earmarked resources. At any rate, Direct Assistance requests exceeding EUR 50 000 will be presented to the Steering Committee for a “no-objection”. 

The Direct Assistance mechanism largely follows the same process in both VPA countries and countries not engaged in VPA:

  • Information phase. The PMU releases short guidelines and briefing material on how to structure and submit Direct Assistance requests.This information is available on the Programme website. The PMU also disseminates this information directly to government institutions through the FAO Representations, EU Delegations, and UN Permanent Representations and during field missions, as well as through private sector organizations and channels.
  • Project identification. Direct Assistance requests are developed through a collaborative dialogue between FAO (PMU and local FAO Representation), the national Ministry responsible for forests, the European Union representatives and the beneficiaries (if other than government organization). The PMU staff will be responsible for final approval and oversight of Direct Assistance requests.
  • Submission of Direct Assistance proposals. After the identification phase, interested proponents shall submit a short proposal to the PMU. It should be noted that although a Government institutions and private sector organizations are the only eligible entities to submit a proposal, the implementation of activities can be delegated to another institution, including civil society organizations.

Here you can find the latest Guidelines for Direct Assistance Requests and Budget form.