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Cities Alliance

What activities does the program fund? Cities Alliance is an alliance of cities and their development partners committed to urban poverty reduction. It funds scaling-up slum upgrading citywide and nationwide, with priority to those cities and countries where local authorities are already working in partnership with organizations of the urban poor; and city development strategies, with priority to those cities already engaged in realizing an inclusive vision for city development.

Who is eligible? Proposals typically originate from local authorities working in partnership with local stakeholders in the private sector, NGOs and community organizations. Countries eligible to receive Cities Alliance assistance are those included in the following categories of the OECD Development Assistance Committee's List of Aid Recipients.All proposals which involve investments, must have investment partners involved from the beginning, and all proposals must include co-financing combining seed funding from the Cities Alliance with at least 20% financing from the cities themselves, as well as from other sources.

How to apply? Detailed information and application guidelines are available on the Cities Alliance website. All proposals must be approved by the government of the recipient country and sponsored by at least one Alliance member.


World Bank Unit: Transport and Urban Development Department.

Poverty Reduction Strategy Trust Fund (PRSTF)

What activities does the program fund? The PRSTF will support any activity that is a country priority for strengthening the formulation or implementation of poverty reduction strategies (PRS). Activities that could be supported include capacity building to: set up or institutionalize the participatory process; improve poverty diagnostics; improve public expenditure management systems; improve the prioritization of public actions; cost policies and programs; undertake poverty and social impact analysis; analyze sources of growth; establish monitoring and evaluation systems for the PRSP; translate and disseminate PRSP documents. Countries are also encouraged to come forward with other activities that support the formulation or implementation of PRSPs.

Who is eligible? The trust fund is available to all IDA-eligible countries which are at some stage of preparing or implementing PRS, based on the principles of the Comprehensive Development Framework. Both governments leading the PRS process, as well as Parliamentarians and non-governmental groups (such as civil society organizations and private sector bodies) supporting the process are eligible to apply.

How to apply? The process for approving proposals for funding will take place principally at the country-level. Governments/Parliaments/NGOs wishing to apply to the fund will need to draw up a proposal in consultation with domestic stakeholders and external partners. The proposal should detail the activity to be funded and provide a rationale as to why it is a priority for the effectiveness of the country's poverty reduction strategy. There is no deadline. Further information on the trust fund can be obtained from Country Office in each respective country, or by accessing the website below.

Website: PRSP Trust Fund

World Bank Unit: Trust Fund Operations Department, Resource Mobilization and Cofinancing.

The Partnership for Transparency Fund

What activities does the program fund? The Bank has recently provided a DGF grant of $180,000 to the Partnership for Transparency Fund, which is primarily focused on funding/supporting civil society engagement in national anti-corruption and good governance projects.

Who is eligible? The PTF makes micro-grants of $25,000 or less to CSOs engaged in specific projects such as monitoring public procurement or government service delivery, media campaigns, preparation of legislation, whistleblower protection, promotion of freedom-of-information and other activities to enhance transparency and integrity in public service. Schools, teacher training and curriculum programs, locally-based community organizations, NGOs, local women's associations and women's rights organizations, and coalitions focused on the issue of girls' education.

How to apply? More information on the program and how to apply is available on the website.

Website: http://

World Bank Unit: World Bank, Public Sector (The PTF is managed by retired World Bank, ADB and IDB staff serving as volunteers.)

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World Bank Community Outreach Grant Program (Washington, D.C.)

What activities does the program fund? The program funds those organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life of the people and communities in metropolitan Washington, D.C. It is one of several ways in which the Bank strives to be a good corporate citizen in the host community. Grants support activities in five broad areas: education and youth, health, economic development, employment, and civic development. Grants typically range in size from $10,000 to $25,000 and cover a one-year grant period.

Who is eligible? A nonprofit agency with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and organized and operated for charitable purposes; the organization must be located within and primarily serving the metropolitan Washington D.C. area, the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia.

How to apply? Applicants must submit a pre-proposal letter of inquiry. If the letter of inquiry is approved, a full proposal will be requested. Application information is available on the website.


World Bank Unit: External Affairs.

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