Africa

Calls for proposals Eastern Afromontane hotspot

 

We have issued 19 calls for proposals since September 2012.

We have made over 140 grants (large and small).

 

Our latest call for proposals closed on 23 May 2018.

 

We do not expect to make any more calls, until further notice.

CEPF provides 'large grants' and 'small grants'. Applications are ONLY accepted in response to calls for proposals

Large grants (> USD 50,000)

Application guidance

For large grants: Please read the instructions in the relevant call for proposals.

Applicants must respond to the call via the ConservationGrants electronic portal (NB: applications are call-specific, so please use the correct application link as provided in the relevant call for proposals).

Applicants who do not have a ConservationGrants portal account will be required to register a new account.

Questions regarding account creation or the application process should be emailed to conservationgrants@conservation.org.

Decision-making process

For large grants: Your LOI will have to pass an internal review (eligibility, fit with strategy, and basic quality). If your LOI passes this review, it will be sent for external review by independent experts.

If your LOI passes this test as well, the CEPF Secretariat will invite you to prepare a full project proposal. The invitation to submit a full project proposal is usually sent within two months after the deadline. The guidelines for preparing a full project proposal will be provided when your LOI has been accepted.

The timeframe for processing a large grant application from initial submission of the LOI to the award of the grant is usually 6-8 months, however we aim to be faster than that.

Since November 2017 (calls for proposals 17 and 18), we organise a 'CEPF Master Class' for shortlisted large grant applicants under each call.

Small grants (< USD 50,000)

Application guidance

For small grants: Please read the instructions in the relevant call for proposals.

Letters of Inquiry (LOI) : please using the LOI template in English [download here - for Mac users and applicants with older software download here

Applicants will need to download the LOI form, complete all sections of the form, and submit it by email to CEPF-EAM-SGP@birdlife.org.

You will receive an automated response acknowledging receipt of your application. If you don't receive this, please send an email to CEPF-EAM-RIT@birdlife.org.

Decision-making process

For small grants: Your LOI will have to pass an internal review (eligibility, fit with strategy, and basic quality). If your LOI passes this review, it will be sent for external review by independent experts.

If your LOI is successful, BirdLife International will be in touch with you to complete the necessary processes to award you a small grant. This includes a set of 'stage 2 documents' including a detailed budget, a logical framework, an implementation plan, and any documents related to applicable safeguards.

The timeframe for processing a small grant application from initial submission of the LOI to the award of the grant is usually 4 months, however we aim to be faster than that.

We will organise a 'CEPF Master Class' for shortlisted small grant applicants, starting with call for proposals 19 (first Class expected in July 2018).

Eligibility


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  • 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,
  • 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)

NB lists of eligible countries and KBAs for each round of funding will be included in the relevant call for proposals.

Reference documents


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All potential applicants should refer to the Ecosystem Profile, the GEF results Framework, the Long-term Vision, the relevant application form, and the following references available on the CEPF website:

How to apply (Large Grants): https://www.cepf.net/grants/how-to-apply/conservationgrants

Eligibility criteria for applicants: https://www.cepf.net/grants/eligibility

CEPF safeguard policies: https://www.cepf.net/grants/before-you-apply/safeguards/

Proposed activities must observe all World Bank safeguard policies found at www.worldbank.org/en/programs/environmental-and-social-policies-for-projects

Advisory service

All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas with the EAM RIT at CEPF-EAM-RIT@birdlife.org.

Those wishing to seek guidance from the EAM RIT should do so well in advance of the deadline of a call for proposals.

Grievance 

Please find the CEPF 'grievance procedure' on https://www.cepf.net/grants/grievance-mechanism.

For questions or concerns, please contact the RIT at CEPF-EAM-RIT@birdlife.org.

Fundraising manual

To assist you with project development, download and use the fundraising manual (it's free!). 

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