Information about who to contact for each funding opportunity is below.
Under DFID’s new funding arrangement with the TUC via the Partnership Programme Arrangement, the TUC is funding overseas development projects led by either TUC-affiliated unions or national trade union organisations in the global south, especially in Africa and Asia.
All projects will contribute towards reducing poverty and increasing the rights of workers in developing countries through greater support for, and strengthened capacity of, developing country trade unions. Specifically, each project must meet at least one of the first three strategic PPA objectives:
All projects must set indicators to measure the progress made towards reaching the desired project outcomes which must help contribute to one or more of the PPA indicators. There must also be effective and robust systems for measuring progress towards meeting these indicators. More information about the PPA indicators is here.
Funds are available until 31 March 2011. Projects can be longer than this, but alternative sources of funding must be found to cover any subsequent expenditure.
You are strongly advised to talk to TUC staff members before starting to complete the application form. There is no deadline for applications, but any interested unions are encouraged to contact the TUC as soon as possible.
The aim of this fund is to give affiliates the experience and capacity to bid for DFID’s highly competitive Civil Society Challenge Fund. Applications to IDLF are considered by the TUC Aid Trustees in March and September each year.
Mini-grants are available to affiliate unions and TUC regions, to either invite a developing country trade union visitor to the UK or run an international development awareness-raising project. The visit or activity must form part of an international development awareness strategy: a plan for a union or affiliate to contribute to the global fight to reduce poverty.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis and their outcomes also contribute towards achieving the TUC’s fourth PPA strategic objective to achieve greater British trade union membership understanding of and commitment to sustainable development; and to the challenges of the Decent Work Agenda for developing country workers.
Gemma Freedman – for projects led by trade union organisations that benefit
African trade unions and workers: GFreedman@tuc.org.uk;
+4420 7467 1233
Vicky Cann – for TUC affiliated union IDLF projects that aim to work in partnership with developing country trade unions and for projects led by trade union organisations that benefit unions and workers in Asia and the Middle East: VCann@tuc.org.uk; +4420 7467 1239
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The TUC has recently submitted a response to the Department for International Development's consultation on the design and scope for its new, proposed Poverty Impact Fund.PDF version available for download
A course designed to Equip participants from the TUC and affiliated unions with the skills to prepare credible Concept Notes and project proposals to the DFID CSCF.PDF version available for download
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