15 Jan 2020

New donor collaboration launches a call for small grants in Prespa

On behalf of the Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, BirdLife announces a new joint Call for Proposals for small grants.

Prespa Lake © Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust
Prespa Lake © Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust
By Liz Smith

The Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust (PONT) and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) have recently agreed to combine their efforts in the Wider Prespa Area by issuing a joint call for proposals - PONT – CEPF COOPERATION ON PRESPA’.

With similarities in both their strategies, and the view to enabling longer-term interventions with greater impact, PONT and CEPF invite applications from eligible organizations to address the conservation needs around the sustainable management of water catchments and plants.

The geographic scope of the activities for this joint Call is limited to the Wider Prespa Area covering not only the Prespa Basin, but also the entire territory of Galicica and Pelister national parks in North Macedonia that extend outside the watershed of the Prespa Lakes.

This Call is open to applicants that are based in Albania, North Macedonia or in both countries, which have been active in the Wider Prespa Area and have interest and experience in the relevant conservation actions eligible under this Call.

The CEPF small grant programme in the Mediterranean is led by BirdLife International, serving as regional implementation team (RIT) for the hotspot. In the Balkans, BirdLife International works with the Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (BPSSS) to manage the small grants. PONT and CEPF, as well as BirdLife International and BPSSS as the RIT, have joined forces to provide capacity building and technical support to successful applicants, alongside grant funding.    

Eligible Countries: Albania and North Macedonia.

Opening Date: Wednesday 15 January 2020

Closing Date: Friday 21 February 2020, 14:00 CET

Budget: Maximum budget per project is €50,000. The overall budget available under this Call is €200,000 (€100,000 from PONT and €100,000 from CEPF).

Theme: Strategic Direction 2 (Sustainable management of water catchments) and Strategic Direction 4 (Conservation of plants)

How to Apply

Please carefully read the call for proposals document available here, which provides detailed requirements and instructions.

To apply for a grant under this Call please complete the English application form available here.

Applications are to be sent to Oliver Avramoski, PONT Grants Coordinator, by email (oavramoski@pont.org).

Wetland Mapping at Prespa Lake © Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust

PONT is a foundation established under German Law, supporting Protected Areas and Environmental Actors in the Wider Prespa Area in North Macedonia, Greece and Albania, with the mission to “provide long term financing for the conservation and sustainable management of biological diversity, natural processes and ecosystem services in Prespa and its wider area for the benefit of nature and people in the region”. For more information about PONT, its mission, approach and programme please visit: www.pont.org.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation, for more information please visit: www.cepf.net.

Additional funding to the CEPF small grant programme in the Balkans is provided by the MAVA Foundation, which will be used to extend CEPF’s reach and further empower the smaller grassroots organizations.


CEPF is more than just a funding provider

A dedicated Regional Implementation Team (RIT) (expert officers on the ground) guide funding to the most important areas and to even the smallest of organisations; building civil society capacities, improving conservation outcomes, strengthening networks and sharing best practices. In the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot, the RIT is entrusted to BirdLife International and its Partners LPO (BirdLife France), DOPPS (BirdLife Slovenia) and BPSSS (BirdLife Serbia).