UNOV/UNODC Call for Proposals: DAPC Grant 2022 for Youth NGOs


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Deadline: 31-Jan-22

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) DAPC grants programme is launching a Call for Proposals with the aim of funding not-for-profit organisations working in the area of substance use prevention whose projects are aimed at implementing evidence-based substance use prevention programs for and with youth.


This Call for Proposals takes into consideration the importance of harnessing all available resources towards the implementation of activities aimed at meeting the objectives of this Grants programme. The objective of this Grants programme is to strengthen the capacity of civil society to prevent drug use globally using evidence-based substance use prevention interventions with a focus on youth.

Funding Information
  • Applicants from low- and middle-income countries are eligible for grant awards of USD 10,000 to USD 17,000.
  • All activities financed by this Grants programme must be implemented within the period in the agreement (normally up to 12 months).

The DAPC grant funding under this Call for Proposals will be awarded projects that:

  • Are focused on evidence-based prevention of substance use. This is assessed on the basis of how well the project activities are in line with the types of interventions and policies found to be effective in preventing substance use based on the available scientific evidence, as outlined in the International Standards on Drug Use Prevention;
  • Are targeting young persons under the age of 15 and implemented in a developmentally appropriate way;
  • Support the active participation of youth in their communities. Proposals should demonstrate youth as active agents in effective substance use prevention, including meaningful involvement in the development, dissemination, and implementation process of evidence-based substance use programs; and connect youth to the activities of the UNODC Youth Initiative.

Proposed activities and interventions will need to be supported by available evidence. It is important to note that sports and similar activities alone are not regarded as prevention, but could be used as settings for prevention activities that include other evidence-based interventions such as life skills training. Similarly, the sole provision of information or awareness-raising alone is not considered to be effective in preventing substance use.


Applicants from low- and middle-income countries that seek to implement projects for beneficiaries of the same country are eligible for grant funding. Countries are classified as low-, lower-middle- or upper-middle- income economies as according to the World Bank country classifications.

Eligibility Criteria
  • The applicant is a non-profit making organisation (CSOs including NGOs, CBOs) registered for not less than two (2) years under the relevant Laws of the country where it is registered;
  • The applicant is directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project, i.e. not acting as an intermediary;
  • The applicant has prior experience of at least two years implementing activities in the area of substance use prevention, health education, youth empowerment and/or other related field of work;
  • The requested grant amount is less than the organization’s annual income from the previous year;
  • The applicant has a bank account capable of receiving international deposit;
  • The applicant submitted all application forms and documents in English and electronically;
  • The project proposal does NOT promote the non-medical or non-scientific use of controlled substances;
  • The project proposal does NOT include harm reduction activities preventing only the consequences of substance use;
  • The project proposal does NOT implement only one-off workshops, conferences and seminars (activities may be funded if they are part of a wider range of activities aimed to achieve the overarching goal of the project);
  • The project proposal does NOT establish databases and information systems;
  • The project proposal is NOT concerned only or mainly with individual sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars, conferences, congresses and/or for studies or training courses;
  • The project proposal does NOT discriminate against individuals or groups of people on grounds of their gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or lack of them, or their ethnic origin;
  • The project proposal does NOT provide funding for terrorist activities, and/or are mainly concerned with endorsing political parties or religious activities;
  • The project budget does NOT cover credit or loan schemes;
  • The project budget does NOT cover debts and provisions for losses or debts;
  • The project budget does NOT cover interest owed;
  • The project budget does NOT cover cash donations;
  • The project budget does NOT cover salary top-ups and similar emoluments to government employees;
  • The project budget does NOT cover items already financed in another framework, i.e. existing capacity should not be included in the budget;
  • The project budget does NOT cover expenses for capital expenditure (e.g. land, buildings, equipment, vehicles, etc1 );
  • The project budget does NOT cover currency exchange losses;
  • The project budget does NOT cover credit to third parties.

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