Belize Marine Fund: Supporting High-Priority Natural Resources Management and Conservation Initiatives

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.

Objectives

  • 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.

Grant Information

  • 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)

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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.

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