Call for Project Concepts: Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 through Community-Led Interventions

Event | 8 December 2020 - 11 January 2021

ADB’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department calls for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to submit project concepts to deliver services that ease the impact of COVID-19 on poor and vulnerable populations in Armenia, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Myanmar, Niue, the Philippines, Samoa, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam.

The chosen locally suitable solutions will receive financing from ADB. ADB is provisionally expecting to award one to two proposals from developing member countries in Southeast Asia, one from the Pacific, and one each from Armenia and Mongolia. Awards will be a maximum of $500,000. ADB reserves the right to change this allocation based on needs and on proposals submitted.

Project concepts are due by 11 January 2021 (11:59 p.m. GMT +8). Templates and full details on requirements will be uploaded to this website on 8 December 2020.


Below are the expected outputs of this technical assistance:

  1. Increased community-based crisis prevention, mitigation, and adaptation capacity.
  2. Support informal social protection systems stressed by COVID-19 impacts
  3. Provide economic support for livelihoods affected by COVID-19

The focus areas of these interventions may include:

  1. Prevention and mitigation output: activities include conducting risk communication campaigns, establishing contact tracing and reporting systems, training and managing volunteers, setting up handwashing points, raising awareness related to COVID-19 vaccines to increase uptake and address vaccine hesitancy, and establishing support systems for at-risk persons.
  2. Social protection output: scale up ongoing successful social protection programs and social services that CSOs are currently leading to support vulnerable people.
  3. Economic support output: activities include alternative livelihood programs or skills retraining and job support.

Proposed interventions should be gender responsive, complement ongoing government responses, and align with ADB’s current and/or planned support to the country.

Target CSOs

ADB invites CSOs that have expertise in the expected outputs and focus areas mentioned above. Interested CSOs will also be screened based on the following criteria:

  1. Geographic presence in Asia and the Pacific, including in-country offices
  2. Experience of working in similar areas including relevant experience in projects/programs of similar nature and complexity in at least one region of Asia and the Pacific, and in at least one of the three focus areas.
  3. Extent and nature of partnerships/collaborations with local CSOs or CSOs in each country where the CSO has presence and plans to support through the ADB technical assistance’s pandemic emergency response

ADB defines CSOs as nonprofit organizations independent from the government that operate around common interests. They vary in size, interests, and function, and include NGOs, youth groups, community-based organizations, independent academic and research institutes, professional associations, foundations, faith-based organizations, people’s organizations, and labor unions. CSOs represent the interests of their members or others.

How to apply

Project concepts are due by 11 January 2021 (11:59 p.m. GMT +8). See link for templates and guidance:

  • Flowchart of application process
  • Information session presentation
  • FAQ sheet (last updated 15 December 2020)
  • Project Concept Template
  • TOR for CSOs
  • Additional resources

Project concepts should be sent by 11 January 2021 (11:59 p.m., GMT +8) to [email protected]. Inquiries may be sent to the same email address.

Event organizers

Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC)