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Applying for funding through the Special Programme UN

Please note that in light of the current COVID-19 situation, the Executive Board of the Special Programme has made the decision to extend the deadline for the submission of applications to 4 September 2020.

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The fourth round of applications was launched on 29 November 2019 in the margins of Minamata Convention third Conference of the Parties.
Governments that are interested in submitting an application during the fourth round of applications are invited to prepare their project application in consultation with ministries and stakeholders to identify national priorities, gaps and challenges to facilitate and enable the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management. Consultation with additional sources, such as the Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention, SAICM and GEF, including consultation with the GEF focal point; LIRA guidance; Guidance on Chemicals Control and guidance on gender mainstreaming is also encouraged.

Support from the Special Programme is available for developing countries, taking into account the special needs of least developed countries and small island developing States, and for countries with economies in transition, with priority given to those with least capacity. Countries should also be on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) at the time of application.

Additional information is detailed in the Guidance on the scope of the Special Programme document which provides information on eligibility and the types of projects that may be funded. (Also available in Arabic, French Spanish and Russian)

Furthermore, the Special Programme Application Guidelines outlines the project application process for the fourth round of applications and step by step information on how to fill in the application forms. (Also available in Arabic, French Spanish and Russian)

The Special Programme Secretariat has also prepared Guidance on the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste in the context of COVID-19 to provide information to countries that may wish to submit projects that focus on the implementation of activities which address existing systemic weaknesses and gaps related to the sound management of chemicals and waste that have been highlighted following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Furthermore, the Special Programme e-learning platform is available to assist Governments with the process of completing a Special Programme application based on the project application guidelines. We invite you to visit the platform and take the course.

Applications must include:

The duly signed Project application form
A project budget form
Endorsement letter from the Official focal point
Letters of support from the project partners confirming its/their role(s)
Projects with an implementing organization/institution, a letter from the organization/institution confirming its role (if relevant)
Annexes providing any relevant additional information regarding the measures and activities to be funded
Applications must be submitted in English only.

Complete application packages should be sent electronically in Word and PDF versions to: unepchemicalsspecialprogramme[at] no later than 4 September 2020. 

Original signed forms and supporting documents should also be submitted to the Secretariat by post to the following address:

         Special Programme Secretariat,
         UN Environment, Economy Division,
         Chemicals and Health Branch,
         Avenue de la Paix 8-14,
         1211 Genève, Switzerland

Detailed information on the projects that have been funded to date, can be found in our Project Database.

Please contact the Secretariat of the Special Programme at unepchemicalsspecialprogramme[at] for more information. 
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