Realize Your Constitutional Right for Qualified Legal Aid
The Legal Services Facility is a basket fund that is created to channel funding on an equal opportunities basis to organizations which are providing legal aid and paralegal services on Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar and who through these services assist individuals to claim their rights, redress grievances, and who protect fundamental human rights of the individual.
Which organizations can apply for funding?
LSF will consider to support organizations, which assist individuals to claim their rights, redress grievances, and which protect fundamental human rights of the individual in both Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar. These organizations can be legal aid providers, paralegal organizations, organizations who do provide legal aid but are not primarily referred to as such.
How to apply for funding?
LSF will issue ‘calls for proposals' or open ‘windows of opportunity' to invite organisations to submit their applications. With each of these facilities the exact guidelines for presenting applications as well as application forms will be made available.
What will be funded?
The LSF will issue different calls inviting organizations, which have a strong commitment to improve the quality of legal aid and increase its coverage, to present proposals.
‘The first call for proposals (CfP) concentrated on increase of geographic coverage and was launched in May 2012. This CfP resulted in contracts with 12 grantees of which 10 grantees cover an additional 64 districts with legal aid services, one grantee will work in 24 prisons on the reduction of remand cases and one grantee will further develop the national ‘Paralegal Training Manual’ and undertake training of trainers for this paralegal training. The second CfP has just been closed (15th January 2013) and focussed on quality and sustainability of legal aid. Contracts with new grantees will be concluded in March 2013.
What is a Window of Opportunity?
A Window of Opportunity is a funding facility that features one theme and that is open for a period of 3 months. Within this period interested organisations can present their proposal at any time. Depending on the number of proposals received evaluation will be undertaken after each month the Window has been open. Funding, therefore, may be available fast (possibly within a month), on condition the panel of expert evaluators considers the proposal sufficiently interesting for funding.