The Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF) welcomes for its grant program 2021 to provide assistance for nature conservation efforts implemented by NGO/NPO in developing countries, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region and also provides assistance for nature conservation efforts and sustainable use of nature resources in Japan.
KNCF was authorized as a public trust by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in April 2000. The Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. (current Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited) was selected as the Trustee of the Fund. After its establishment in April 2000, a lot of corporations (mainly Keidanren member corporations) and the general people have been contributing donation to the Fund on the approval of substance of KNCF.
The KNCF has continuously supported the following projects every year with about the total amount of ¥150 million (JPY). The KNCF raises applicants for the Fund on this Web Page every fiscal year, and Project Selection Committee has assumed the rigid responsibility of appraising and selecting supported projects among submitted applications.
Projects meeting all of the following four conditions:
- Projects carried out for the purpose of nature conservation in developing countries, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Priority is given to projects for preserving biodiversity.
- Projects expected to receive appropriate levels of cooperation from the host governmental agencies, related international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the local citizenry.
- Projects that do not serve the special interests of any specific corporation or individuals.
- Projects that will be carried out by persons with sufficient scientific expertise, or with the advice and cooperation of persons having such expertise.
A group or organization meeting all of the following three conditions:
- A group capable of making appropriate reports, as requested by the Fund, regarding progress in implementing the funded project and its financial status including budgetary matters and settlements of account.
- A group with corporate status or a similar level of public trust.
- A group with a record of at least three years of carrying out nature conservation projects.
Based on the results of scoring by specialists or academic experts, the steering committee will perform an overall evaluation mainly according to the following criteria as the basis for selection.
- It must be an appropriate and effective project grounded in an awareness of current problems.
- The project plan must be feasible.
- A suitable budget plan for implementing the project must be presented.
- The applying organization must be seen to have sufficient experience and capability for carrying out the project activities.
For more information, visit http://www.keidanren.net/kncf/en/fund/program/