Applications are now open for the USAID/Uganda Biodiversity for Resilience (B4R) Activity that is implemented by RTI International together with consortium members African Wildlife Foundation, (AWF), Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), and Viamo.
The main goal is to support communities, the Government of Uganda (GoU), and the private sector to conserve and manage biodiversity in target ecosystems for lasting environmental, economic sustainability, increased community, and household resilience.
The B4R Activity works collaboratively with key government agencies that include Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and National Forest Authority (NFA) and other related ministries and departments, as well as district and local authorities in support of community wildlife ranches, collaborative forest management areas and protected area management while promoting market-based solutions to improve stewardship of the natural resources necessary to sustain Uganda’s economic development.
B4R provides direct financial support in the form of sub-awards from its Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) to the private sector and other community-based enterprises. This support is tied to achieving the biodiversity conservation objectives in Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo, and Budongo forest landscapes.
- Landscapes where wildlife populations, natural habitats, and empowered communities are resilient and prosperous.
- Grant range: US$50,000 to US$150,000;
- Term of Grant: 36 Months.
- Kidepo Valley National Park (NP) area: Karenga Community Wildlife Area (KCWA) and Central Forest Reserves (CFRs) of Timu, Morungole, Nyagea Napore, Lwala, and Rom. Districts: Karenga, Kaabong, Abim, Kotido, Kitgum, and Agago.
- Murchison Falls NP area: Murchison Community Conservancy (MCC) and Budongo CFR. Districts: Masindi, Buliisa, Nwoya, and Pakwach.
- Lake Mburo NP area: Rurambira, Conservancy. Districts: Isingiro, Kiruhura, and Mbarara, and Rakai.
The B4R SIF will target primarily private sector organizations, as well as eligible non-profit and community-based entities with business activities, which are owned and/or operated by individuals, entrepreneurs, or cooperatives, and are officially registered as private enterprises and legally allowed to conduct business in Uganda. In addition, applicants must have:
- A functioning governance and management structure.
- Physical presence in the target landscapes.
- Other co-investment for the project (e.g. by owners, members, or others).
- A clear and compelling business/project and financing plan.
- Proven technical experience in implementing the proposed projects in the target sector and Landscape.
- Technical approach – 40 points.
- Organization’s capacity – 10 points.
- Implementation Plan – 20 points.
- Organization’s Experience (Past Performance) – 10 points.
- Monitoring and Evaluation Plan -10 Points.
- Cost efficiency – 10 points.
- Completed and signed Grants Application Form in PDF format.
- A copy of the completed Grants Application in MS word format.
- Budget and Budget notes in the excel format.
- Signed Certifications and assurances.
- A copy of the current firm / company registration certificate.
- A copy of Tax clearance Certificate and VAT Certificate if VAT registered.
- Company Profiles with CV’s of staff to complete the assignment.
- Particulars of Directors, Memorandum & Articles of Association.
- Memorandum & Articles of Association.
- Contacts of former clients to be contacted for recommendations.
- Financial Status of the Firm (i.e., last audited reports (2 years) or bank statement for 6 months).
Note that successful applicant (s) will be required to complete and sign the Organizational Control Environment Questionnaire and Environmental Review Form (ERF) after notification from RTI international of having been selected in the competition and before the grant may be issued to the organization.
For more information, visit https://www.rti.org/sites/default/files/1.b4r_sif_rfa_2021_announcement.pdf