CI Women in Healthy Sustainable Societies - Application Guidance




Applicants  must  submit  a  Letter  of  Inquiry  (LOI)  in English (download HERE). LOIs must be submitted electronically to BirdLife International at CEPF-EAM-SGP@birdlife.org before the deadline of 28 February 2014. BirdLife International will not accept hardcopy LOIs. You will receive an email acknowledgement acknowledging receipt of your application.


Please refer to the CEPF Eastern Afromontane Hotspot Ecosystem Profile for further information about the Hotspot HERE (PDF download, 4 MB). Also please read and refer to the CI Environment and Gender documents listed on the Resources page. In case you have any problems accessing documents, and/or if you have questions about the application process, please CONTACT US!


  • Non-governmental organisations, community groups, private enterprises, universities and other civil society applicants may apply for funding. 
  • Applications from organizations that propose to build capacity of local civil society and community groups are particularly encouraged.
  • Projects must be located within the sites and countries identified above and in the Ecosystem Profile.
  • Organizations must have their own bank account and be authorized under relevant national laws to receive charitable contributions.

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

Grants cannot be used for:

  • the purchase of land, involuntary resettlement of people including displacement of land uses or impeding access to traditional uses of natural resources, 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; or
  • the   removal   or   alteration   of   any   physical   cultural   property   (including   sites   having archaeological, paleontological, historical, religious, or unique natural values).


A limited number of small grants (for up to a maximum of USD 10,000) will be available for projects to be implemented between 15 May 2014 and 15 February 2015.


Priority will go to environmentally-focused organizations that have identified a need for focusing efforts on better integrating gender or focusing on empowering women within their ongoing environmental work. Successful proposals will:

  • Link women’s empowerment or gender equality with aspects of the environment (e.g. protected areas, environmentally-friendly livelihoods, sustainable food production, environmental policy, freshwater, climate change, etc.).
  • Enhance existing environmental programs or interventions (instead of a new  activity) to ensure sustainability and long term impact
  • Address at least one of the priority areas of focus :
    • Community-based capacity building, education and awareness that supports women’s involvement and benefit-sharing in environmentally-related activities – including community decision making and project implementation
    • Influencing policy-level decision making around gender equality and women’s empowerment in the environment
    • Information sharing and networking between practitioners and organizations working on gender equality and women’s empowerment to share knowledge, collaborate and strengthen a collective voice on these issues
    • Research to demonstrate benefits of incorporating women into environmental decision making and inform best practices (including tools, guidelines, etc.)


For projects with a national-level scope:

  • Projects will have to be located in Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda

For community-based or site-based projects:

  • community / site-based projects will need to be located in or near a Key Biodiversity Area within the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot in Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda:





Terrestrial Key Biodiversity Areas

Aberdare Mountains

Cherangani Hills

Chyulu Hills

Kianyaga Valleys

Kikuyu Escarpment Forest

Kinangop Grasslands

Laikipia National Reserve

Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Lake Ol’ Bolossat


Masai Mara

Mathews Range

Mau Forest Complex

Mau Narok – Molo Grasslands

Mount Elgon, Kenya

Mount Kenya

Mount Kulal Forest

Mount Nyiru

Mukurweini Valleys

Ol Jogi Rhinoceros S Private Reserve

South Nandi Forest

South Nguruman

Taita Hills Forests *

Budingo Forest Reserve

Bugoma Central Forest Reserve

Bugungu Wildlife Reserve

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Echuya Forest Reserve


Kagombe Forest Reserve

Kalinzu Forest Reserve


Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve

Kibale National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park

Kyambura Wildlife Reserve

Mafuga Forest Reserve

Matiri Forest Reserve

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mount Elgon, Uganda

Mount Kadam

Mount Moroto Forest Reserve

Murchison Falls National Park

Nyamuriro Swamp

Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake George

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Semiliki National Park

Semiliki Reserve

Arusha National park (Arusha and Mount Meru)


Chala Hills

East Usambara Mountains *

Eluanata Dam


Greater Mahale


Kiboriani Mountains

Kitulo Plateau

Livingstone Mountains Forests

Lyango Hill Forest Reserve (Mbizi)

Mahenge Mountains *

Mbeya Range

Mount Hanang

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Rungwe

Mount Ufiome

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nguru Mountains *

Njombe Forests

North Pare Mountains *

Poroto (Mporoto) Ridge

Rubeho Mountains *

South Pare Mountains *

Udzungwa Mountains *

Ufipa Plateau – Loazi

Ukaguru Mountains *

Uluguru Mountains *

Umalila Mountains

West Usambara Mountains *

Freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas

Lake Chala and Lake Jipe Catchments, Kenya

Lake Nakuru

Mount Elgon Catchment, Kenya

Lake Albert, Uganda

Lake Edward, Uganda

Mount Elgon Catchment, Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake George Catchment, Uganda

Semiliki National Park Catchment

Virungu National Park and Rutshuru, Uganda

Kalambo River and the Ufuga Plateau, Tanzania

Kimani River

Kipengere Range

Lake Chala and Lake Jipe Catchments, Tanzania

Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania


Luiche River System

Malagarasi River System

Rufugu River System


Udzungwa Mountains Catchment *

Uluguru Mountains Catchment *


*=ex-Eastern Arc / Coastal Forests hotspot, now included in Eastern Afromontane hotspot; these sites ARE eligible for CI funding under this ("Women in Healthy Sustainable Societies") opportunity, but NOT for CEPF funding under the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot investment


For more information about Key Biodiversity Areas, and maps of the Eastern Afromontane KBAs, please visit

www.birdlife.org/africa/project/cepf-eastern-afromontane-hotspot (check the 'Resources' page) or



All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas with the team at BirdLife International at  CEPF-EAM-RIT@birdlife.org. Those wishing to seek guidance from BirdLife International should do so at least one week in advance of the deadline - i.e. before 21 February 2014.


Decisions on are based on reviews by Conservation International, BirdLife International, and external technical reviewers.

If your LOI is successful, BirdLife International will be in touch with you to complete the necessary processes to award you a small grant.


Please direct any questions or concerns to: CEPF-EAM-RIT@birdlife.org or visit the CONTACT US page for further information.