Call for proposal under Conflict and Peacebuilding Grant 

Application closing date: 24 August 2022

Information about CSSP2: Civil Society Support Programme Phase Two (CSSP2) is funded by the people of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, and Norway, and the programme is managed by the British Council, in consortium with Pact UK and Social Development Direct. CSSP2 is a capacity development programme designed to support Ethiopia’s civil society organizations to enable them to be capable advocates on inclusive and accountable governance for better equitable and inclusive access to services; and an improving environment for the promotion and protection of the human rights of all. To this end, CSSP2 is supporting Ethiopian civil society organizations through capacity building activities and grant making for CSOs to implement activities. Grant making, Capacity Development and Engagement are the core strategies of the programme that mainstream key cross cutting strategies including gender equality and social inclusion (GESI), Safeguarding, and Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL). CSSP2’s core thematic areas are Gender Transformation, Young People, and Citizen-State Engagement. CSSP2 uses Regional Hubs as a basic programme delivery unit. Human Rights Based Approach is CSSP2 core approach. CSSP2 believes and supports collaborative efforts among and between different actors for collective impact initiatives are also the key strategies and approaches used for successful, effective and efficient implementation. 

Definition and Scope:

CSSP2’s conflict and peacebuilding grant ultimately focuses on enabling CSOs to withstand the challenges posed by the conflict and resulting humanitarian crises and enable them to better respond to the needs of the community. Prospective partners for this conflict response grant window will adopt a human rights-based approach in their overall response and project interventions, and work in collaboration with relevant stakeholders to enhance citizen engagement in conflict response and peacebuilding initiatives.  Thus, CSSP2 builds on its expertise (capacity development support and engagement) and governance remit to contribute to the peacebuilding and conflict management efforts.  

It is important to note that CSSP2 is not a humanitarian response programme or solely conflict focused programme, but instead adapts its activities to the operational environment, continuing to support and enable civil society organizations in conflict affected settings to be resilient and capable advocates for the community. 

Geographical consideration

CSSP2 would like to support CSOs which are working in the regions where there are ongoing conflicts namely Afar ( Kibet Rasu (Zone 2), & Fanti Rasu (Zone 4); Amhara ( North Gondar, Cenetral Gondor, West Gondar, Wag Hemra, South Gondar and North Wollo Zones); Benshangul Gumuz (Assossa, Kamashi, Metekel and Mao Komo Zones); Oromia (Borana, East Welega, Horo Guduru Welega, Kelam Welega and West Welega Zones); and SNNPR (Konso ), thus applicants are requested to apply to these selected places in this call. 

•CSSP2 is currently in process to support CSOs working in Tigray region using direct award approach. Thus, applications to this region will not be acceptable in this call.

Grant Size and Duration

Each grant size ranges between £ 35,000.00-40,000.00 per CSO. The exchange rate to be used to convert the GBP budget ceiling to ETB is 63.10 for maximum of 7 Months period from September 2022 to March 2023.

Eligibility Criteria for applicants

 In order to be eligible for a grant, the applicants must:

Registered by authorized government body of Ethiopia (federal or region level) and have a valid registration license.

The proposed action complies with the objectives or mission of the applicant and contributes to CSSP2’ objectives, 

Be directly responsible for the preparation, management, and implementation of the project, not acting as an intermediary.

Have basic financial management systems (to be checked by due diligence assessment immediately after the selection of successful concept notes), 

CSOs that have presence in conflict- affected regions/zones. 

CSOs that have prior experience in GBVie (Gender Based Violence in emergency programme implementation and service provision 

CSOs that have good track records in the areas they are working 

CSOs that established working relationship with international and UN organisations or willing to networking and relationship building  

Having trusted relationship with the community, CBOs

Proven track records in working with local administrations

Commitment to CSSP2’s conflict and peacebuilding strategy and guiding principles (humanitarian principles; conflict sensitive programming; DO NO HARM and protection; survivor centered; safeguarding; non-discrimination; human rights-based approach; and adaptive programming)

Have (or committed to have) safeguarding policy that can be submitted to CSSP2

How to get Application Guideline and Application pack?

The CSSP2 Conflict and Peacebuilding Grant Application Guideline and Application packs can be collected via

Please read the CSSP2’s Conflict Response Grant Application Guideline before you begin to write your proposal.

How to Apply?

A full set of application pack should be submitted in soft copies (word, excel, and PDF files) to CSSP2 via by indicating CSSP2 Conflict and Peacebuilding Grant Application on the subject line of the email. If the size of attachments is larger than the allowable limit, the applicant must send the attachments in rounds; however, the subject line of the second email should denote CSSP2 Conflict and Peacebuilding Grant Application – Second Email etc. Deadline for application is on 24 August 2022.

For any enquiry, please send your request through