15 Jul 2021

New joint call for small grants in the Wider Prespa-Ohrid Area

On behalf of the Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, BirdLife announces a second joint Call for Proposals for Small Grants for Environmental Civil Society Organizations in Albania and North Macedonia.

Ohrid Lake from Macedonia - © Oliver Avramovski, PONT
Ohrid Lake from Macedonia - © Oliver Avramovski, PONT
By Liz Smith

The Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust (PONT) and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) combine their efforts in the Wider Prespa-Ohrid Area for the second time by issuing a new joint Call for Proposals for small grants.

Building upon the positive experience from the first joint call, and with a 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 sharing of best practices and knowledge among grantees across the hotspot.

The geographic scope of the activities for this joint Call is limited to the Wider Prespa-Ohrid Area covering not only the Prespa and Ohrid basins, but also the entire territory of Pelister National Park in North Macedonia that extends outside the watershed of the Prespa Lakes as well as Shebenik- Jabllanicë National Park in Albania that extends outside the watershed of Lake Ohrid.

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-Ohrid Area and have interest and experience in the relevant conservation actions eligible under this Call.

Eligible Countries: Albania and North Macedonia.

Opening Date: Thursday 15 July 2021

Closing Date: Friday 3 September 2021, 14:00 CET

Budget: Maximum budget per project is €20,000. The overall budget available under this Call is €116,000 (€58,000 from PONT and €58,000 from CEPF).

This call for proposals focuses on the following Strategic Direction:

  • Strategic Direction 2: “Sustainable management of water catchments.”
  • Strategic Direction 5: “Sharing of best practices and knowledge among grantees across the hotspot.”

How to Apply

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

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

Applications are to be sent to Oliver Avramoski, PONT Grants Coordinator, by email (oavramoski@pont.org) before Friday 3 September 2021, 14:00 CET.

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The Prespa Orhid 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”.
 
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. Additional funding has been provided by the MAVA Foundation. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation.
 
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).
Find out more at www.birdlife.org/cepf-med