Published On: Tue, Dec 2nd, 2014

The CEPF Large & Small Grants to Organizations in Indo-Burma Hotspot Region

Deadline: 22 December 2014

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) jointly invite Letters of Inquiry from non government organizations, community groups, private companies and other civil society organizations in Indo-Burma Hotspot region to conduct projects in Myanmar. The major goal of this funding scheme is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation.

Strategic Directions and Investment Priorities for this particular call

Strategic Direction: Empower local communities to engage in conservation and management of priority key biodiversity areas.

Investment Priority

  1. Conduct a gap analysis of key biodiversity areas in Myanmar and support expansion of the protected area network using community-based models.

Strategic Direction: Engage key actors in mainstreaming biodiversity, communities and livelihoods into development planning in the priority corridors.

Investment Priorities

  1. Support civil society efforts to analyze development policies, plans and programs, evaluate their impact on biodiversity, communities and livelihoods and propose alternative development scenarios and appropriate mitigating measures where needed.
  2. Integrate the biodiversity and ecosystem service values of priority corridors into land-use and development planning at all levels.
  3. Develop protocols and demonstration projects for ecological restoration that improve the biodiversity performance of national forestry programs.
  4. Engage the media as a tool to increase awareness and inform public debate of environmental issues.

Strategic Direction: Strengthen the capacity of civil society to work on biodiversity, communities and livelihoods at regional, national, local and grassroots levels.

Investment Priorities

  1. Support networking activities that enable collective civil society responses to priority and emerging threats.
  2. Provide core support for the organizational development of domestic civil society organizations.
  3. Establish clearing house mechanisms to match volunteers to civil society organizations’ training needs.

Grant Categories

  1. Small grants up to US$20,000 – for projects 1-2 years long
  2. Large grants over US$20,000 up to US$1,000,000 – for projects 11-3 years long. They may be up to five years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be legally registered civil society organization in one of the six countries in Indo-Burma Hotspot.
  • For small grants, applications can be submitted in English or Burmese while for large grants applications can be submitted only in English language.
  • Proposed projects must fall into the strategic directions and investment priorities.
  • To be eligible for funding, an organization must be able to demonstrate that it has a legal personality independent of any government agency or sector. It must have the authority to apply for and receive private funds, and must not be in a position to assert a claim of sovereign immunity.
  • An organization must have its own bank account to receive fund. Organizations that apply to this call are encouraged to open bank account immediately after making the application (if it is possible in the country they are based in).
  • Countries in Indo-Burma Hotspot are – Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

For more information, please visit CEPF Call for Letters of Inquiry.

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