QSP Trust Fund applications
The ICCM decided in resolution I/4 to invite UNEP to establish a voluntary, time-limited trust fund to provide seed money to support the objective and strategic priorities of the QSP.
Developing countries and countries with economies in transition are eligible for support from the trust fund. Approval of projects will take into account geographic and sectoral balance and pay particular attention to the urgent needs and requirements of Least Developed Countries and small Island Developing States. Proposals may be presented by SAICM participating Governments that have given appropriate formal recognition to SAICM, at a minimum by having designated an official SAICM national focal point. On an exceptional basis, and having regard to resources and administrative capacity available, representatives of civil society networks participating in SAICM may also present project proposals, subject to endorsement of the application by the SAICM national focal point in the countries hosting the projects.
The QSP Executive Board advised that, over the lifetime of the QSP, countries may receive assistance for one national Government project, one Government multi-country project and/or one civil society project. An exception is made for countries implementing small projects approved in the first four rounds, who may apply for a second project in the relevant category(ies). Further information and a list of eligible countries can also be found on the following eligibility page.
The International Conference on Chemicals Management at its third session adopted resolution III/1 on financial and technical resources for the implementation of the Strategic Approach, by which the term for contributions to the Quick Start Programme Trust Fund has been extended until the fourth session of Conference. The Quick Start Programme would hence continue to support activities to enable initial capacity-building and implementation consistent with its objectives and strategic priorities.
According to the above decision the SAICM secretariat wishes to announce that the thirteenth round of applications for projects seeking funding from the Quick Start Programme (QSP) Trust Fund has been declared open.
Postponment of deadline for 13th round of applications: Applications will now be received until 28th June 2013. Applications received will be screened by the secretariat first and reviewed and appraised by the QSP Trust Fund Implementation Committee at its sixteenth meeting provisionaly scheduled for November 2013.
We encourage all the Applicants to submit their application packages as early as possible in advance of the deadline in order for the secretariat to review them for completeness and provide guidance. Advance copy of the application can be sent to the secretariat by e-mail or fax (pending submission of the original by post) in order to meet the deadline. Please make sure that the application is signed by the applicant and the SAICM national focal point(s) or Non Governmental Organization (NGO) focal point.
The application materials consist of the following documents:
I - Application Form I -The form can be completed electronically. It should be printed so that it can be signed and included with the application package.
II - Budget tables
The budget should be completed electronically using the separate budget spreadsheets in Excel. Tables totals and subtotals should automatically be updated It should be printed so it can be included in the application package.
III - Project Description
This document is a more detailed project description, it is an essential part of the application and it needs to be developed by the project proponent.
Please note that only applications in English can be considered.
Please consult the application guidelines.
We encourage all countries that have not yet applied to the trust fund to submit their applications.
Please note that an earmarked contribution from the Government of France to support non-chemical alternatives is available to fund eligible projects, hence we encourage applications supporting non-chemical alternatives. For more information on non-chemical alternatives please consult the guidance document.
Once the application package is complete please email a soft copy to Ms. Romero with a copy to the secretariat and mail the signed application package to:
c/o Chemicals Branch, UNEP/DTIE,
11-13 Chemin des Anemones,
International Environment House
CH-1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Fax: +41 22 797 34 60
Please note, If your application is submitted late (i.e. after close of business) and it is incomplete, the application will be considered ineligible for appraisal for the QSP trust fund Implementation Committee in this round.
QSP trust fund approved projects:
The QSP Trust Fund Implementation Committee is responsible for appraising and approving projects to be financed by the QSP trust fund and meets twice a year.
Further information on decisions of the Trust Fund Implementation Committee and the implementation of approved projects can be found on the QSP Trust Fund projects page.
Guidance on independent monitoring and evaluation
In order to assist applicants to the QSP trust fund and project managers and implementing organizations to arrange the required independent monitoring and evaluation of QSP trust fund projects, guidelines and reporting forms have been developed.
The guidelines provide general information for the selection of the monitoring and evaluation arrangements, including model terms of reference and a suggested standard guidance and format for reporting to be used by third party evaluators.
- Independent monitoring and evaluation guidelines
- Form A: Independent monitoring and evaluation information
- Form B: Overall Project Assessment
- Form C: Stakeholders involvement
- Form D: Project Objective