Van Tienhoven Foundation’s Grant Program: Promoting the Protection, Conservation, and Sustainable Use of Ecosystem

Deadline: 14 February 2019

The Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection is accepting applications for its Grant program to promote the protection, conservation, and sustainable use of ecosystems and its living organisms, where ever these are threatened or under pressure outside the Netherlands.

Aims

  • make small grants available in order to finance direct actions that lead to change in policy and practice. This is especially the case for those ecosystems and its living organisms that are threatened or under pressure outside the Netherlands;
  • promote knowledge into the causes of threats and pressures on nature, in order to generate concrete actions that halt, counteract or mitigate these causes;
  • influence and collaborate with governmental, non-governmental organisations, communities, individuals, and other relevant stakeholders for the sake of the conservation of nature.

Priorities

  • The Van Tienhoven Foundation prioritises projects that:
    • Are practical, hands-on and directly applicable in order to generate change
    • Are initiated, owned or widely supported by local stakeholders, in order to ensure sustainability
    • Are focusing on threatened species and ecosystems and/or key biodiversity areas
    • Are aiming to counter the human-induced causes for these threats, in order to have maximum conservation impact
    • Are exemplary for a wider problem, serve as a catalyst for raising awareness and engaging other stakeholders
    • Create leverage and can demonstrate that small grants and individual efforts can make a difference
  • The Foundation priorities actions that lead to direct change in policy and practice.

Funding Information

The Van Tienhoven Foundation (co-)sponsors projects to a maximum of € 10,000.

Eligibility Criteria

The Foundation only accept applications:

  • From not-for-profit organisations, that are registered as legal bodies (NGOs and scientific institutions). They don’t accept applications from government bodies, private companies or individuals. Only 1 application per organisation will be taken into consideration each call for proposals, if the following conditions have been met:
    • If an organisation has been given a grant before, a final report must have been submitted for any project previously supported by the Van Tienhoven Foundation,
    • No more than 3 projects of the same organisation have been funded by the Van Tienhoven Foundation during the past 8 years (starting from the date at which a final report of the first project was received by the secretariat of the Van Tienhoven Foundation).
  • From organisations with a track record in conservation and/or social justice/sustainable development, to be demonstrated by background documentation (e.g. websites, social media, annual and/or final project delivery reports).
  • Implemented in developing countries or in countries in transition, predominantly following the most recent DAC list
  • With costs based on local rates. Costs of salaries and consultancy fees based on rates outside the countries of implementation are not covered. Travel costs (from) outside the countries of implementation are not covered. The purchase of vehicles (e.g. cars, boats) is not supported. They do not support overhead costs.
  • Where actions are not part of a study leading to any academic title and/or aimed at delivering a book.
  • Of projects that have not started yet at the time of submission, and with a project time span of maximum two years, a maximum requested budget of 10.000 euro from the Van Tienhoven Foundation and a total project budget of no more than 50.000 euro.
  • That are submitted before the designated application submission deadline and contain a completely filled out online application of the Van Tienhoven Foundation.

Additional information on the application and assessment process

  • The Van Tienhoven Foundation holds two Board Meetings each year. Applications must be submitted in English via digital form.
  • Applicants will receive a decision by the Board within twelve weeks after the submission deadline; decisions are at the discretion of the Board and arguments will not be given for positive or negative decisions.
  • The Van Tienhoven Foundation (co-)sponsors projects to a maximum of € 10,000. If the Board considers applications of similar importance, requests for smaller amounts of money will be given priority.
  • If projects are to be co-sponsored by the Van Tienhoven Foundation, a financing plan has to be added which includes incontestable evidence of subsidies already applied for and awarded by other organisations.
  • When projects request funds for equipment, they recommend to keep the costs limited and provide clear argumentation that ties the need for this equipment clearly to the action for change.
  • The filling out of the online application form is sufficient for the proper submission of a project proposal. There is no need to supply additional documentation through email to the Secretariat of the Van Tienhoven Foundation at the submission stage.
  • After an assessment of the project proposals, the Board may form a set of shortlisted proposals. From these proposals, additional information on the proposal, track record of the applicant organisation, and the names of two independent referees could be requested by Board members. This information will aid the further selection of shortlisted project proposal for funding.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit http://www.vantienhovenfoundation.com/C120-Application.html

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