Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund: Preserving Biodiversity Projects in the Asia-Pacific Region

Deadline: 3 December 2018

Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF) has announced a 2019 KNCF Grant Program.

The nature of the fund is to provide assistance for nature conservation efforts implemented by NGO/NPO in developing countries, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region and also provide assistance for nature conservation efforts and sustainable use of nature resources in Japan.

KCNC was established in 1992, in the same year as United Nations Conference on Environment and Development at Rio de Janeiro was held.

Since its establishment, 32 million US dollars have been granted to approximately 1,000 projects through KNCF (Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund). KNCF/KCNC supports a wide range of projects mainly on biodiversity conservation including natural resources management and rare species conservation and others such as plantation or environmental education.

Benefits

  • Expenses for purchasing or leasing materials and goods, for purchasing land, for purchasing or installing temporary buildings, or for their repair.
  • Personnel costs (labor costs for temporary staff, honoraria paid to experts, etc.)
  • Travel, transportation, and lodging expenses (utility charges for local office, food, etc.)
  • Communication and printing expenses (including translation and publication-related costs)

Eligible Projects

Projects meeting all of the following four conditions:

  • Projects carried out for the purpose of nature conservation in developing countries, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Priority is given to projects for preserving biodiversity.
  • Projects expected to receive appropriate levels of cooperation from the host governmental agencies, related international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the local citizenry.
  • Projects that do not serve the special interests of any specific corporation or individuals.
  • Projects that will be carried out by persons with sufficient scientific expertise, or with the advice and cooperation of persons having such expertise.

Eligibility Criteria

A group or organization meeting all of the following three conditions:

  • A group capable of making appropriate reports, as requested by the Fund, regarding progress in implementing the funded project and its financial status including budgetary matters and settlements of account.
  • A group with corporate status or a similar level of public trust.
  • A group with a record of at least three years of carrying out nature conservation projects.

Selection Process

Based on the results of scoring by specialists or academic experts, the steering committee will perform an overall evaluation mainly according to the following criteria as the basis for selection.

  • Significance
    • It must be an appropriate and effective project grounded in an awareness of current problems.
  • Benefits
    • The project plan must be feasible.
    • A suitable budget plan for implementing the project must be presented.
  • Reliability
    • The applying organization must be seen to have sufficient experience and capability for carrying out the project activities.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Canada, China, Chile, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Niue, North Korea, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam, United States

For more information, please visit Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund.

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