The fourth round of applications is currently open for proposals to support national-level institutional strengthening for implementing the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). 

Special Programme funding to help implement chemicals and waste-related conventions opened on 29 November 2019, on the sidelines of the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-3) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The submission deadline is 17 April 2020.

Special Programme support is available for developing countries, and considers the special needs of least developed countries (LDCs), small island developing states (SIDS), and countries with economies in transition, with priority given to those with least capacity.

A document titled, ‘Guidance on the Scope of the Special Programme,’ provides additional information on eligibility and the types of projects that may be funded, including guidance on developing projects that facilitate SAICM implementation. The Special Programme e-learning platform is available to help governments with the application process. [Notification on Call for Proposals] [Special Programme Website] [Special Programme Projects Database] [Special Programme Application Guidelines]