PISCCA, which stands for Innovative Projects by Civil Society and Coalitions of Actors, is a funding programme set up by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and managed locally by French embassies. The Fund aims to strengthen the role of civil society as a development actor, support innovative projects working for inclusive socio-economic development, and encourage initiatives that strengthen the role of women, young people and persons with disabilities.
Each embassy has an annual budget of between €330,000 and €400,000 to finance a call for projects on one or more themes. Every year, between 10 and 20 projects per country are selected to benefit from a grant of up to €55,000 for a period of two years.
Projects are selected by a committee comprising members of the embassy of the country concerned, technical and financial partners, public administration officials and civil society representatives.
- Geographical coverage: worldwide
- Beneficiaries: civil society organisations
- Target segments: micro and medium-sized projects
- Type of funding: grants
- Award amount: up to €55,000 per project
- Selection method: call for projects managed locally by French embassies
- Must be a civil society organisation that has existed for more than two years
- Make sure that sport is one of the themes of the call for projects issued by the French embassy in the country where the civil society organisation operates
Exemples de projets soutenus
- LYSD: selected in the PISCCA 2019 “Sport and Development” call for projects launched by the French Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire
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- DUNK Grassroots: selected in the PISCCA 2019 “Sport and Social Inclusion” call for projects issued by the French Embassy in Ghana.
The project seeks to empower 80 girls from disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Accra through access to sport and education and to train 20 physical education teachers on new methods of teaching sports in public schools in two working-class neighbourhoods of Accra.
- Care and Action for Mental Health in Africa: selected in the PISCCA 2019 “Sport and Social Inclusion” call for projects issued by the French Embassy in
The project works for the inclusion through sport of persons with mental illness by improving the well-being of patients and educating and training mental health professionals.
Has the French embassy in your country included sport in its PISCCA 2020–2021 call for projects? Do you meet the eligibility criteria and wish to apply?
Log into your account and contact the Sport en Commun teams to obtain individual support and maximise your chances of being selected for funding from the PISCCA programme.