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.
Applications - 14th round now open (until 30 September 2014)!
The SAICM secretariat is pleased to announce the launching of the Quick Start Programme 14th application round dedicated only to projects promoting non-chemical alternatives. This round has been possible thanks to a generous contribution from the Government of France, for which $700,000 are still available to fund projects in this specific area of chemicals management. Applications are welcomed from 15 May 2014 until the end of 30 September 2014 (n.b. this date has changed from 15 September 2014). Applications will be screened by the secretariat first and appraised by the Trust Fund Implementation Committee in November 2014.
Please consult the guidance document on non-chemical alternatives (below) for the design of the project to ensure its eligibility under these earmarked funds. It does not provide an exhaustive list, so applicants are welcome to propose projects in different areas, maintaining a focus on non-chemical alternatives.
Applicants are further encouraged to consider how their projects will integrate mainstreaming to their activities- strategic priority C. (the secretariat will issue a guidance document shortly, with provisional information already available in the application guidelines)
Following the opening of a round, 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 eligibility and completeness, and to provide guidance. Advance copy of the application can be sent to the secretariat by e-mail (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), and Non Governmental Organization (NGO) focal point, if relevant.
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.
Non-Chemical Alternatives Guidance Document
Once the application package is complete please email a soft 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/or it is incomplete, the application will be considered ineligible for appraisal by the QSP trust fund Implementation Committee.
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.