CEPF Call for LOIs: Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot Small Grants Programme

Deadline: 29 September 2017

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from non-governmental organizations, community groups, private, enterprises, universities and other civil society organizations for its Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot small grants programme.

Strategic Direction & Priorities

  • Empower local communities to protect and manage biodiversity in priority Key Biodiversity Areas
    • Support local communities to design and implement locally relevant conservation and sustainable management actions that respond to major threats at priority sites.
    • Support the development of economic models to improve both livelihoods and biodiversity conservation.
    • Build the technical, administrative and financial capacity of local organizations and their partners.
  • Enable civil society to mainstream biodiversity and conservation into policy making and business practices
    • Support local research institutions to improve basic knowledge of biodiversity of priority ecosystems.

Funding Information

  • This call concerns small grants below US$20,000.
  • Applicants can apply for any amount below US$20,000 but due to transaction costs, CEPF advise to consider projects above US$5,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Non-governmental organizations, community groups, private enterprises, universities and other members of civil society can 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;
    • the authority to apply for and receive private funds; and
    • may not assert a claim of sovereign immunity.
  • Grants cannot be used for:
    • the purchase of land, involuntary resettlement of people, or activities that negatively affect physical cultural resources, including those important to local communities.
    • activities adversely affecting Indigenous Peoples or where these communities have not provided their broad support to the project activities.
    • removal or alteration of any physical cultural property (includes sites having archaeological, paleontological, historical, religious, or unique natural values).

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit letters of Inquiry (LOIs) via email at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries: Madagascar and Comoros.

For more information, please visit Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity.

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