Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The programme activities support basic services, livelihoods and income generation in targeted communities, including implementation of Job Creation Grant Scheme, supporting SMEs (Small to medium sized enterprises).
You can apply for a grant if you are:
- a company, dully established and registered under the relevant KRI legislation and
- a SME (small and medium-sized enterprise, with up to 500 employees) or
- a large company (above 500 employees), eligible only for apprenticeship/internship
- registered and acting at the territory of the Erbil, Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah (including Halabja) Governorates;
- registered at least 3 years prior to the deadline of the Call for Proposals, i.e. be registered before 1 July 2016; be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action, not acting as an intermediary.
Any grant requested under this Call for Proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
- minimum amount: USD 10,000
- maximum amount: USD 60,000
Any grant requested under this Call for Proposals must further be limited to the following maximum percentages of the total eligible costs for employing/hiring of personnel (job salaries):
- Maximum percentage: 70% of the total eligible costs for employing/hiring of personnel (job salaries).
The balance (i.e. the difference between the total eligible costs for employing/hiring of personnel -job salaries- and the amount requested from the Contracting Authority) must be financed from the applicant’s own resources or from sources other than for this Call for proposals.
No, Co-applicants are not eligible under this Call for Proposals.
The following list of sectors will be prioritised for support under this Grant Scheme:
- Water supply; sewerage, waste management and re-mediation activities
- Wholesale and retail trade;
- Accommodation and food service activities (hospitality/tourism);
- Information and communication (ICT sector);
- Health and education (public services)
- Transportation and storage;
- Agriculture and fishery
- Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply, incl. renewable energy production;
- Finance/Financial and insurance activities;
- Administrative and support service activities - Employment activities/HR;
- Professional, scientific and technical activities
The program requires enterprises to sustain at least 20% of the newly created jobs for one (1) year after the end of the action/project. The applicant must commit to retain in employment a minimum of 20% of the hired unemployed, but not less than one (1) person for at least 12 months after project end. In the Application, the number of the hired unemployed that would remain employed one (1) year after project end should be clearly indicated.
And All projects should include employing/hiring of unemployed persons from the targeted groups for a minimum of 6 months.
The following other types of activities may be financed under this Call for Proposals:
- On-the-job training and mentoring of hired unemployed persons
- Apprenticeship/ Internship - Bridging education with employment
To get more information about these activities, see section 2.1.2 (Eligible projects: projects for which an application may be submitted)
ALL Projects should:
- Address, primarily, the needs of refugees, IDPs and vulnerable host communities’ members, with an emphasis on women and youth (18-35), long-term unemployed and heads of households, though not exclusively;
- Include justification of employer’s needs of workers/employees with specific specialties/professions;
- Include a brief description of the Applicant company, including sector, employees, etc., as well as plans for the development of the company for the next 2 years;
- Include employing/hiring of unemployed persons from the targeted groups for a minimum of 6 months;
- Elaborate how employer will ensure the employment of the target group(s) at the end of the action, and what percentage of newly created jobs he foresees to be sustained for one (1) year after the end of the action. The minimum percentage is 20%, but not less than one (1) person.
- Result in employment/job placement of target groups’ representatives and in increasing their employability either by on-the-job training or apprenticeship/internship, if needed;
- Demonstrate how they have considered gender and vulnerable groups’ related aspects in the design of their projects.
One Applicant may submit only one (1) Application under this Call for Proposals.
Applications must be submitted in electronic format in a single email to the following address:
Email address: [email protected]
Email subject: Job Creation Grant Scheme_[Name of the applicant’s company].
Phone Numbers for contact:
- Erbil: +964 750 253 0222
- Duhok: +964 750 254 0222
- Sulaymaniyah: +964 770 251 0222
The complete Application Form, budget and other supporting documents requested, must be supplied in separate files (in a single email).
Deadline for submission of Application Form: 10.12.2019 (12.00 PM)
Applications will be examined and evaluated by an Independent panel with the possible assistance of external assessors. All actions submitted by applicants will be assessed according to the following steps and criteria.
If the examination of the Application reveals that the proposed project does not meet the eligibility criteria stated in Section 2.1 in the guideline for applicants, the Application will be rejected on this sole basis.
An applicant that has been provisionally selected or placed on the Reserve list will be informed in writing by the Contracting Authority. It will be requested to supply a set of documents in order to allow the Contracting Authority to verify the eligibility of the applicants. See section (2.3 Evaluation and selection of applications).