Deadline: 27 March 2017
The Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund) and Oak Foundation are accepting proposals for its Belize Marine Fund to support high-priority natural resources management and conservation initiatives in Belize.
- To promote the sustainable use and management of Belize’s priority marine resources.
- To support civil society conservation organizations in targeted efforts geared at policy and legislative reforms for enhanced marine resources management.
- The maximum grant amount will be US$30,000, based on project needs and absorptive capacity of the implementing institution.
- The maximum project period is 24 months.
Themes and Eligible Projects
- Protected Areas Management and Conservation
- Efforts related to the expansion, management, monitoring, control and surveillance operations of replenishment zones/no-takes
- Marine Conservation Policy Efforts (e.g. approval, communication on Fisheries Act and actions towards the removal of the Belize Barrier Reef from the list of World Heritage Sites in danger)
- Improving management effectiveness in marine protected areas
- Strengthening the institutional capacity of marine conservation civil society organizations for enhanced management
- Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
- Blue Carbon and the Blue Economy (blue carbon sinks and market opportunities)
- The following are considered eligible applicants for the request for proposals:
- Not-for-Profit organizations
- Community-based organizations, including fishers groups
- Education/academic or scientific organizations
- Potential grantee organizations must:
- Be legally recognized or registered in Belize;
- In complicance and good standing with any or all requirements for operation as a legal local entity;
- Be guided by an operational Board of Directors;
- Have a sound financial management system and structure in place (annual audits etc.);
- Have a good history as a grantee i.e. effective grant/project implmentation, and
- Be credible in the field of marine resources management.
- The Belize Marine Fund (BMF) also seeks eligible organizations with project interests that meet the following criteria:
- Work to address (root causes of) some of Belize’s and the region’s most pressing environmental and marine resources management challenges;
- Can be replicated locally, nationally and across broad geographical locations;
- Incorporate plans (considerations) for long-term sustainability of the work;
- Are of a collaborative nature;
- Build on broader national/regional projects and initiatives for Mesoamerican Reef management and conservation;
- Have secured other sources of matching funds from entities not affliated with the Belize Marine Fund.
- Respond to national, regional or global conservation plans/goals.
How to Apply
Proposals may be submitted by email at the address given on the website.
Eligible Country: Belize
For more information, please visit Belize Marine Fund.