Deadline: 1-Sep-21

The Organising Committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the French Development Agency (AFD) are launching a call for projects to promote sport as a tool for development in Africa.

The purpose of the Impact 2024 International call for projects is to finance sports micro-projects dedicated to young people and equitably for girls, focused on equality and inclusion, citizenship and living together, the protection of childhood, education, health, environmental protection and vocational training and integration.

These micro-projects will use sport as a means to achieve their goals, while transmitting the values of Olympism, civic engagement and social ties conveyed by sport.

They should respond to local demand and seek a lasting improvement in living conditions and the empowerment of vulnerable populations.

Key information on the benefits of the call for projects

  • Continuous support via personalized advice on the project methodology and the funding request;
  • Global training in the management of a development micro-project or specific to the sport and development theme;
  • Monitoring and evaluation of funded projects;
  • Connecting with players in the world of sport and development.

Funding Information

  • Funding of € 10,000 to € 40,000 per project (in the form of a grant)

Eligible Projects

  • Projects must use sport as a means of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, in line with the areas of intervention mentioned in article 1:
    • SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being:
    • SDG 4 – Quality education:
    • SDG 5 – Gender Equality:
    • SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 10 – Reduced Inequality:
    • SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 – Climate Action
    • SDG 14 & 15 – Life Below Water & Life on Land
    • SDG 16 – Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
  • Projects must integrate the traditional criteria of development aid:
    • articulation of the project in its social, environmental, institutional context and relevance to public policies, plans and national, regional or local development guidelines; consistency with the public and private systems in place;
    • sustainability of the project: management capacity and long-term economic balance (coverage of operating and maintenance costs), once the investment phase has been completed; involvement of beneficiaries: participation of beneficiaries in the design and management of the project and ownership of the results by the local community;
    • project impacts: explanations of the project’s impacts with regard to the development themes mentioned above, in Africa;
    • result indicators: ability to measure the short and long term impacts of the project;
    • the innovative or replicable aspect of the project (in terms of appropriate technologies, participation of the local private sector, participation of beneficiaries, risk management, etc.) will be points of attention.
  • Projects are also strongly encouraged to integrate into their project:
    • transversal consideration of gender, youth, disability and the environment;
    • citizen mobilisation in the target country;
    • financial mobilisation of partners other than La Guilde and Sport en Commun, public or private
    • mobilisation on the equity capital project acquired from the supporting structure
    • technical or financial involvement of a French sports federation or in the country of action, in connection with the project

Eligibility Criteria

  • The call for projects is open to African structures (associations, foundations, local authorities, associative sports clubs, federations, CIG/ EIG, cooperatives, state structures, public structures, other declared groups) as well as French associations and foundations;
  • The candidate structure must have been registered for at least 2 years;
  • The structure’s annual resources must not exceed € 500,000;
  • Any candidate French association or foundation must deploy its project in partnership with a local structure in Africa;
  • The project is to take place in Africa.
  • The 54 countries are eligible, excluding red zones defined by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs;
  • The project must have an implementation period of between 1 and 3 years;
  • The project must use sport as a tool for development;
  • The funding granted must not exceed 75% of the overall project budget excluding valuation.

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