Apply for Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot Large Grants Programme!

Deadline: 30 November 2018

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is seeking Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from non-governmental organizations, community groups, private, enterprises, universities and other civil society organizations for its Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation

Strategic Direction & Priorities

  • Empower local communities to protect and manage biodiversity in priority key biodiversity areas.
    • Support local communities to design and implement locally relevant conservation and sustainable management actions that respond to major threats at priority sites.
    • Support the development of economic models to improve both livelihoods and biodiversity conservation.
  • Build the technical, administrative and financial capacity of local organizations and their partners
    • Enable civil society to mainstream biodiversity and conservation into policy making and business practices.
    • Support local research institutions to improve basic knowledge of biodiversity of priority ecosystems.
    • Support civil society to disseminate biodiversity information and influence political and economic decision-makers in favor of biodiversity and conservation priorities.
  • Explore partnerships with private sector stakeholders to promote sustainable practices that deliver positive impacts for conservation.
    • Strengthen civil society capacity at national and regional levels through training, exchanges and regional cooperation.
    • Foster the emergence of a new generation of conservation professionals and organizations through small grants for technical and practical training.
    • Encourage exchanges and partnerships between civil society organizations to strengthen conservation knowledge, organizational capacity, management and fundraising skills.

Funding Information

The minimum budget per project is US$20,000 and the maximum budget per project is US$200,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nongovernmental organizations, community-based organizations, private enterprises, universities, and civil society organizations can apply for funding.
  • Government-owned enterprises or institutions are eligible only if they can demonstrate that the enterprise or institution has:
    • A legal personality independent of any government agency or actor;
    • The authority to apply for and receive private funds; and
    • May not assert a claim of sovereign immunity.

Evaluation of Letters of Inquiry

Evaluation of LOIs shall be made according to the following guidelines:

  • Criteria of eligibility for the applicant and the overall proposal (budget amount, project timeframe, etc.) is in line with this call.
  • The LOI is convincing and the project has been well-thought-through and is clearly presented.
  • The proposed activities are likely to generate sustainable results and impacts, beyond the period of performance/financing of the project.
  • Complementarity with existing projects in a given area has been considered.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply via given website.

Eligible Countries: Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros

For more information, please visit Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity.


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