Applying for funding through the Special Programme

Apply for funding through the Special Programme

The fourth round of applications for the Special Programme was launched on 29 November 2019 in the margins of the Minamata Convention third Conference of the Parties. In light of the current COVID-19 situation, the Executive Board of the Special Programme has made the decision to extend the deadline for the submission of applications to Friday 4 September 2020.

The Executive Board of the Special Programme recognizes that the measures that have been put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 have led to a hindering of stakeholders’ ability to meet and conduct the necessary inter-sectoral meetings to discuss and validate their applications, and seek letters of support and signatures. In order to provide further assistance to countries that are interested in applying for funding, the Special Programme Secretariat stands available to provide technical and logistical support to facilitate the drafting of project applications, for example through convening virtual meetings and teleconferences between relevant stakeholders in each country who will be involved in project design and implementation.

Download the project application form, project budget form and the project application guidelines.

Additional information is detailed in the Guidance on the scope of the Special Programme document which provides information on eligibility and the types of projects that may be funded. On page 31, guidance is made available on how to develop Special Programme projects that facilitate the implementation of SAICM. The SAICM Secretariat invites all stakeholders to submit such project proposals and offers support in case of questions.
Note that revisions to SAICM beyond 2020 will not have an impact on applications submitted in the fourth round.

For more information on how to fill out your application forms and submitting your application, we invite you take the Special Programme e-learning course which provides information on the scope of the Special Programme and step by step instructions on how to fill in the application forms. The eLearning platform can be found at

The Special Programme Secretariat is available to provide support on a case-by-case basis upon request from applicants during the preparation of their application. Kindly send all requests to

The Special Programme aims to support institutional strengthening at the national level for implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the Minamata convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management. For more information visit the Special Programme website.

Published on 03 December 2019
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