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BUSINESS SECTOR ADVOCACY CHALLENGE (BUSAC) FUND



CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES FOR CALL #1 UNDER BUSAC FUND PHASE III

The BUSAC Fund hereby announces the 1st call for concept notes under the third phase of the BUSAC Fund Programme. As a component under DANIDA’s Support to Private Sector Development Phase III (SPSD III) programme, the BUSAC Fund III engagement is expected to lead to an “improved business environment through enhanced advocacy capacity of private sector organisations and creation of platforms for private-public dialogue”. To achieve this expected outcome, BUSAC Fund III will be supporting private sector business advocacy initiatives through five main funding windows. The Fund is currently inviting concept notes from Private Sector Organizations (PSOs) under the following window: Window 4 (Post advocacy facility)

Advocacy grants under this window will primarily aim at providing support to PSOs to monitor and dialogue with relevant government agencies on the enforcement of agreed policies, laws and reforms. Applicants to be considered for advocacy grants under this window shall be PSOs who have, with the support of the BUSAC Fund, successfully advocated the enactment / review of laws, policies, agreements, etc. which need to be implemented by duty bearers. The maximum grant size under this window is GHC 140,000.00, constituting 80% of the total cost of the advocacy action. Applicants are expected to contribute 20% of the total cost of the advocacy action.

The call for concept notes under window 4 is open from Tuesday, 7th March, 2017 to Monday 20th March 2017. Interested applicants should submit a concept note that clearly highlights the challenge that needs to be addressed and the outcome of their previous advocacy action supported by the BUSAC Fund. Specifically the concept note should be a maximum of five pages long and must have the following outline:


  1. Background of advocacy issue
  2. Outcome / achievements of previous advocacy action
  3. Specific challenge to be addressed
  4. Proposed solution
  5. Target(s) of advocacy action
  6. Expected final results
  7. Planned activities
  8. Implementation plan with timelines
  9. Budget

Completed concept notes must be e-mailed to applications@busac.org by the close of business on Monday, 20th March 2017. Concept notes arriving after the deadline will not be accepted.

The concept notes will be screened, appraised and shortlisted to determine those that are deemed to be successful at this stage of the selection process under the call. PSOs whose concept notes are successful will be invited to submit full applications to be evaluated through a competitive and a transparent process.

Additional information may be obtained from the BUSAC Fund Secretariat between 9:00 am and 5:30 pm on week days or by phone at 0302 780 178. You may also contact the Grants Officer, Mr. John Asante via jasante@busac.org or Ms. Edayatu Lamptey via edayatu@busac.org.

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