CEPF EAM - Calls for Proposals
For small grants (up to USD 20,000) in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi.
The opening and deadline dates for this call for letters of inquiry:
Opening Date: Friday 14th February 2014
Deadline Date: Wednesday 2nd April 2014
Please note that the MacArthur Foundation launched a similar call for proposals for the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa, with a particular focus on the Lake Victoria Basin. CEPF will pay particular attention to proposals that seek to complement (but not duplicate) geographical and thematic priorities for the MacArthur Foundation (for more details, please see www.macfound.org/press/publications/conservation-sustainable-development-program-priorities/)
CALL FOR LETTERS OF INQUIRY
BirdLife International, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society, in their role as Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot, invite civil society organizations to submit Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for projects in countries within the Hotspot per the Scope of this Call, as described below.
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International (CI), the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation. More information on CEPF can be found at www.cepf.net and www.birdlife.org/africa/project/cepf-eastern-afromontane-hotspot
The Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot stretches over a curving arc of more than 7,000 kilometers from Saudi Arabia to Mozambique. Within this area, Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) cover an area of more than 50 million hectares, of which only 38 percent have full legal protection and variable amounts of government funding.
CEPF’s niche for investment in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot was formulated through a participatory process that engaged civil society, donor and governmental stakeholders throughout the region. The results of this process and the five-year (2012-2017) strategy that CEPF has identified for supporting biodiversity conservation in the region are outlined in the Ecosystem Profile, available at:
Interested parties are strongly advised to read the Ecosystem Profile, with particular attention given to the chapters on the CEPF Investment Strategy and Programmatic Focus (chapter 12). This chapter is also available as a separate document, and can be found on
|This call for proposals is open for small grants (of up to USD 20,000) only.|
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:
i. has a legal personality independent of any government agency or actor;
ii. has the authority to apply for and receive private funds; and
iii. may not assert a claim of sovereign immunity
Grants cannot be used for:
i. 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;
ii. activities adversely affecting Indigenous Peoples or where these communities have not provided their broad support to the project activities; or
iii. the removal or alteration of any physical cultural property (including sites having archaeological, paleontological, historical, religious, or unique natural values).
SCOPE OF CALL
This is the sixth of several Calls for Proposals over the investment period of 2012-2017 and as such, is purposefully limited in scope. This call invites applicants to submit Letters of Inquiry for small grants only in Afromontane Key Biodiversity Areas in the Lake Victoria Basin.
Eligible countries for this call are: Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
Projects addressing the following Strategic Directions and Investment Priorities are eligible for this call:
|Strategic Direction||Investment Priority||Eligibile Countries and Sites|
|2. Improve the protection and management of the KBA network throughout the hotspot.|
2.2 Support the role of civil society organizations in the application of site safeguard policies and procedures, including the strengthening of Environmental Impact Assessment implementation in order to address ongoing and emerging threats to terrestrial KBAs, and priority freshwater KBAs.
NB With this we do not mean on-the ground action such as tree-planting, restoration, alternative livelihoods or awareness raising activities. This Investment Priority does include advocacy and technical input into processes such as EIAs, ESIAs, application of existing environmental legislation, World Bank safeguards, Equator Principles, certification and accreditation schemes, etc.
|3. Initiate and support sustainable financing and related actions for the conservation of priority KBAs and corridors.|
3.3 Support training for civil society organizations in fundraising and project management, especially training such organizations at all levels with respect to emerging opportunities for sustainable financing for KBAs in Africa.
Activities are eligible that support the protection and sustainable management of Eastern Afromontane KBAs (see Table below) and/or benefit Eastern Afromontane ecosystems in African countries.
LOIs must be submitted electronically to BirdLife International at CEPF-EAM-SGP@birdlife.org by 2 April 2014. CEPF 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 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.
Please consult us before 26 March 2014.
All potential applicants should refer to the Ecosystem Profile, the LOI Form, and the following references available on the CEPF website:
- How to apply: www.cepf.net/grants/apply/Pages/default.aspx
- Frequently asked questions: www.cepf.net/about_cepf/faq/Pages/default.aspx
- Eligibility criteria for applicants: www.cepf.net/grants/Pages/eligibility.aspx
- CEPF projects database: www.cepf.net/grants/project_database/Pages/default.aspx
- CEPF safeguard policies: www.cepf.net/grants/Pages/safeguard_policies.aspx
- Proposed activities must observe all World Bank safeguard policies found at http://go.worldbank.org/WTA1ODE7T0
|All required documentation, information, guidance, formats and news are also available on|
- Please direct any questions or concerns to the Regional Implementation Team: CEPF-EAM-RIT@birdlife.org
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- Stay up-to-date through Twitter: www.twitter.com/EAM_Hotspot
- Read the Afromontane SASA e-bulletins (in English and French) here: Nr 1 March 2013; Nr 2 August 2013; Nr 3 January 2014; and subscribe to further editions here
Further information and assistance can be obtained from:
CEPF Eastern Afromontane Regional Implementation Team (EAM-RIT), BirdLife International, Africa Partnership Secretariat - off Rhapta Road, Volker’s Garden, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
PO BOX 3502, 00100 GPO Nairobi, Kenya - Tel: +254 (0)20 247 3259; Fax: +254 (0)20 806 8315
www.cepf.net - www.birdlife.org/africa - www.iucn.org - www.ewnhs.org.et
Past calls for Proposals :
- November 2013: 5th call for proposals
- September 2013: 4th call for proposals
- July 2013: 3rd call for proposals
- February 2013: 2nd call for proposals
- September 2012: 1st call for proposals