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British Embassy San Jose: Call for bids 2023/24 Climate Diplomacy

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The British Embassy in San Jose aims to support up to $8,000 worth of short-term interventions focused on promoting climate action in Costa Rica.

We welcome proposals from legally established NGOs, nonprofits, charities and multilaterals. Unfortunately, we are not able to review project proposals submitted by for-profit companies or organizations.

Proposals can include any of the following areas of work:

  • Sustainable agriculture and land use
  • green economy
  • protect the sea

We are looking for projects that deliver real, measurable results to support the above priority areas in Costa Rica. We are particularly interested in proposals aimed at:

  • Support the implementation of the Glasgow Compact and/or the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework
  • Support strong industry action to accelerate the transition to clean growth

Proposals must demonstrate a strong connection to the UK, for example the participation of a UK expert in a workshop or the exchange of experience with UK bodies, companies or organisations. Older brother.

sponsorship exception

Please note that project grants cannot be used to fund the following:

  • Cash card, money transfer or seed capital
  • Buy groceries and household goods
  • Purchase or maintain IT or capital equipment
  • Communication-related services, such as strategy, media campaigns, website creation and/or maintenance, video and audio production
  • Paid marketing activity, e.g. newspaper, radio or social media advertising

project bidding guide

  • Projects will be funded between August 15, 2023 and February 29, 2024, with no expectation of continued funding beyond this period.
  • Project bids must show 50% spend by December 1, 2023 and 100% spend by February 29, 2024
  • Proposals must be submitted in US Dollars (USD)
  • Minimum project budget limit: $4,000
  • Maximum project budget limit: $8,500

Bids will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Consistent with the above-mentioned thematic priorities and results
  • Results can be obtained during the funding period (August 15, 2023 to February 29, 2024,)
  • The project design includes clear monitoring and evaluation procedures, as well as procedures for financial and risk accountability.
  • Proof of sustainability – demonstrating that the benefits of the project continue after funding ends
  • Consistent with the Paris Agreement, demonstrating that an environmental and climate impact and risk assessment has been carried out and no environmental harm will be performed
  • Evidence that gender equality and inclusion of people with disabilities and protected characteristics have been taken into account
  • Evidence that the organization’s protection policies ensure the protection of beneficiaries
  • Overall value for money
  • Administration costs should not exceed 10% of the total project budget

Important day

  • 2/7/2023 (midnight, Central America time): Deadline for project proposals
  • 14/07/2023: Executor announces the results of the bidding round
  • August 15, 2023: Start of project implementation
  • December 1, 2023: Project implementers submit quarterly spending and monitoring reports
  • 2/29/2024: Project implementer completes all activities and submits draft project completion report and financial expenditure document

Auction process

  • Proposals must be submitted in English using the relevant Project proposal form and Activity Based Budget forms (provided below)
  • All proposals must be received by midnight on July 2, 2023 (Central America time). Late proposals will not be considered
  • Proposals should be sent to with the subject line “Call for Bidding (Climate Diplomacy) 2023/2024 – Organization Name – Project Name” and include a contact point in the body of the email
  • Successful bidders will be notified by July 14, 2023

Additional information and materials

All implementers will have to sign a standard FCDO funding agreement or Memorandum of Understanding with the Embassy. The terms of the agreement or MOU are non-negotiable.

Since all projects are expected to reach 50% of their spending by December 1, 2023, the Activity-Based Budget should reflect this requirement.


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