CEPF Call for LOIs: Guinean Forests of West Africa Biodiversity Hotspot Large Grants Program

Deadline: 30 October 2017

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is currently inviting applicants from eligible organizations for its Guinean Forests of West Africa Biodiversity Hotspot Large Grants Program with an aim to provide civil society organizations at grassroots, national and international levels with the tools, capacity and resources to establish and sustain multi-stakeholder partnerships that demonstrate models for sustainable, pro-poor growth and achieve priority conservation outcomes.

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Funding Information

  • The minimum budget per project is US $50,000 and the maximum budget per project is US $300,000.
  • Projects are expected to start on 01 July 2018 the earliest and must be completed by 31 December 2020.

Strategic Directions

  • Empower local communities to engage in sustainable management of 40 priority sites and consolidate ecological connectivity at the landscape scale
    • strengthen the elaboration and/or implementation of land-use planning, land tenure and forestry reforms in community and private reserves and concessions;
    • promote preparation and implementation of participatory management plans in protected areas;
    • demonstrate sustainable livelihood/job creation activities for local communities that will act as incentives for the conservation of priority sites.
  • Mainstream biodiversity conservation into public policy and private sector practice in the nine conservation corridors, at local, sub-national and national levels
    • conduct policy-relevant research, analysis and outreach for national government conservation policies;
    • generate locally-relevant information on natural ecosystems to influence political and economic decision-making;
    • facilitate partnerships among local communities, private sector and government to demonstrate models for best practice mining, sustainable forestry and sustainable agriculture by private companies.
  • Safeguard priority globally threatened species by identifying and addressing major threats and information gaps
    • support the implementation of Conservation Action Plans for Critically Endangered and Endangered species;
    • update the KBA analysis by incorporating recently available data and by conducting targeted research to fill critical knowledge gaps.

Eligibility Criteria

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  • Non-governmental organizations, community groups and associations, private enterprises, universities, research institutes, and other civil society organizations may 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;
    • has the authority to apply for and receive private funds; and
    • may not assert a claim of sovereign immunity.
  • Individuals must work with civil society organizations to develop applications, rather than apply directly.
  • Organizations must have their own bank account and be authorized under relevant national laws to receive charitable contributions.

How to Apply

  • Letters of Inquiry should be submitted online through the given website.
  • All applicants can apply in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish.

Eligible Countries: Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone and Togo.

For more information, please visit Biodiversity Hotspot.

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