CI Women in Healthy Sustainable Societies - Call for Proposals




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Women in Healthy Sustainable Societies – East Africa

Call for Letters of Inquiry for small grants (of USD 10,000 or less) in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda

The opening and deadline dates for this call for letters of inquiry:

Opening Date: Tuesday 14 January 2014

Deadline Date: Friday 28 February 2014



Women in East Africa play a critical role in the “environment” - food production, water and fuel wood harvest, natural resource management, and household well-being, although until recently there has been limited recognition and support for women in these roles. Recognition of the importance of involving women more in environmentally-related decision making at all levels has been growing, although further coordination and support is needed to fully achieve equality. Conservation International (CI) is dedicated to furthering these issues through policy, action, and dialogue.

In October 2013, experts and practitioners working on these issues came together for a two-day Strategic Discussion in Nairobi, Kenya and developed a set of recommendations for funding priorities including:

  1. 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
  2. Influencing policy-level decision making around gender equality and women’s empowerment in the environment
  3. 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
  4. Research to demonstrate benefits of incorporating women into environmental decision making and inform best practices (including tools, guidelines, etc.)

Following these recommendations, CI, with the technical support of BirdLife International, is soliciting proposals from organizations working in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to support work focusing on at least one of these recommendations. The goal of these small grants is to further global and local understanding and practice of gender equality and women’s empowerment (e.g. leadership skills development, technical training, etc.) vis-à-vis the environment.

To download the application form, see application guidance page



Letters of Inquiry should include a budget of USD 10,000 or less. Co-funding (in kind or by other donors) is welcome, but not required.



Thematic focus

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 listed on the application guidance page

Geographic focus

  • For community-based or site-based projects: be located in or near a Key Biodiversity Area within the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot (see application guidance page); for more information, see (including map) and or

  • For projects with a national-level scope: located in Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda

Reference documents

Interested parties are strongly advised to read CI’s fact sheet and other reference documents about Environment and Gender (in East Africa), as well as the CEPF Ecosystem Profile, on



  • 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).



Applicants  must  submit  a  Letter  of  Inquiry  (LOI)  in English  using the  forms  available  at LOIs must be submitted electronically to BirdLife International at by 28 February 2014. BirdLife International will not accept hardcopy LOIs. You will receive an email acknowledgement acknowledging receipt of your application.



All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas with the team at BirdLife International at 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:

Or contact:

Maaike Manten (Team leader)

Dalphine Adre (Finance officer)

BirdLife International
Volker's Gardens, Terrace Close, Off Rhapta Road, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
P.O. Box 3502-00100 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 020 2473259 / +254 020 8068314


Kame Westerman (Advisor, Gender and Conservation - Social Policy and Practice)

Conservation International
2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
Tel: +1 703 3412436