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Veterinarians without Borders / Vétérinaires sans Frontières - Canada (VWB Canada) has worked internationally and domestically in Canada since 2005, responding to emergencies and providing remote animal health services to communities in need. Our model has been through localization, and sustainably building the capacity of local partners in developmental and humanitarian contexts to support animal health needs.

Dog on street in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has powerfully and painfully magnified the animal-human bond, lifting animals up as key beneficiaries, not to be left behind, and central to response operations. When the war broke out, VWB Canada took a two-pronged response approach focusing within Ukraine and along the bordering countries.

VWB Canada started to support Ukrainian animal initiatives in March 2022 and continues to support several partners with funds to provide animal food and veterinarian care. WVB also deployed veterinarians in bordering countries to support displaced animals.

General Information about the Call

Considering the wide range of challenges brought to Ukraine by war and a variety of existing animal welfare initiatives, which are tirelessly working to help animals, VWB decided to expand its partner's network and provide emergency funding to more Ukrainian organizations.

This Call for Proposals focuses on supporting animal welfare activities within Ukraine with the purpose of providing emergency funds to help animals in need.

Project proposals submitted for this Call should help respond to the urgent needs of animals and pet owners impacted by the war in Ukraine.

Emergency response to existing animal needs could be provided in different ways: critical rescue and emergency sheltering services, veterinary care, pet food delivery, and more.  VWB appreciates a tailored approach and encourages organizations to think about the most effective solutions on the ground.

As a result of this Call, VWB plans to support at least five projects up to 10,000 Canadian Dollars each.

The geography of the projects is limited to Ukraine (initiatives implemented in other countries will not be supported under this call)

Under this Grant Call, VWB/VSF expects project proposals from the Ukrainian registered public and charitable organizations, and other non-profits. Applications submitted on behalf of individuals, commercial organizations, government agencies, political parties, or religious organizations will not be considered

It is expected that the duration of the proposed projects will not exceed four months. The implementation of the project shall be planned for September 2022

The deadline for submission of project proposals is August 31, 2022.

How to apply

To participate in an Open Call, applicants are invited to submit the following documents to the e-mail with the subject of the message: VWB Open Call.

1.     Short application form (filled in Word format), which describes the main idea, purpose and proposed activities of the project

2.     Budget (filled in Excel);

You can find templates for the application form and budget as annexes to this announcement. Please submit your application no later than August 31, 2022. The results will be announced to the participants after the examination by the selection committee.

Evaluation of the proposals

The submitted proposals will be evaluated by the selection committee according to the following evaluation criteria:

·       Compliance with the theme and priorities of the call

·       Consistence of the project's expected results and approaches

·       Specificity, compliance and effectiveness of project activities

·       Applicant's experience and motivation

Reporting on supported projects

After receiving the grant from VWB, the grant recipients will be responsible for the actual monitoring of the implementation of the project. WVB requests from partners

·       Short monthly update on the project implementation with information about any needs or challenges that WB/VSF may be able to support

·       A narrative report after the completion of the project to show the impact of the grant

·       A financial report to explain how funds were spent

Informational session

To provide answers to questions that may arise during the preparation of project proposals, VWB organizes an information session on August, 22 at 5 pm (Kyiv time).

Please register here to participate.

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