UPDATE: The Reforestation Grant application is now CLOSED. 2014 applicants will be notified by May 1, 2014.
Forest Landscape Restoration can bring back life to degraded (e.g. forest fires) or clear-cut areas (e.g. deforestation, extractive activities). When carefully planned, forest restoration activities can provide environmental services to the local community and develop new habitats in formerly bare areas. Restoration and reforestation activities also provide an excellent way to involve local stakeholders, generate income, and allow communities to connect with nature and become a vested part of a larger conservation program. Connecting corridors, creating buffer zones, improving degraded lands, restoring watersheds, and expanding forest cover are just a few ways that forest landscape restoration can have real and lasting impact for conservation. EFN, with generous funding from the UPS Foundation, has launched a special grant opportunity focused on supporting communities in regaining ecological integrity and enhancing human wellbeing in deforested or degraded forest landscapes.
See below for guidelines, eligibility requirements, and how to apply.
Local organizations from the following WWF-US priority ecoregions are eligible to apply.
- Mesoamerican Reef (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras)
- Tropical Andes (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru)
- Coastal East Africa (Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania)
- Eastern Himalayas (Bhutan, Nepal)
- Greater Mekong (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam)
- Borneo and Sumatra (Indonesia)
To be eligible for an EFN Reforestation Workshop Grant, an organization must meet the following criteria:
- Be a legally registered organization in a WWF-US priority ecoregion.
- Conduct reforestation /restoration activities in a WWF-US priority ecoregion (priority is given to local organizations conducting tree planting activities).
- Include an active learning, practical skill component, or field-based learning activity that builds skills and knowledge for local stakeholders as part of the project activities.
- Priority is given to local organizations that have not yet benefited from this opportunity.
- Complete all grant activities before August 31, 2014.
EFN requires all applicants to apply at least 90 days in advance of the proposed reforestation/restoration project. In addition to the online application you will also be asked to provide a clear and compelling proposal that must include:
- A summary of the organization’s work to date and major accomplishments.
- Name of project lead and other key individuals involved in the project.
- An overview of the need for the reforestation project, conservation objective and other related project goals.
- An explanation of how this reforestation project fits in with other conservation projects in the area – specifically WWF projects.
- A description of the reforestation site (including photos of the proposed site).
- A detailed description of the proposed activity; including: tree species selected and why, expected number of trees and area to be planted, stakeholder participation, long-term tree stewardship/maintenance plans, expected conservation outcomes.
- A detailed description about the training program and how it is building skills and knowledge of local stakeholders to advance conservation.
- A project timeline.
- A detailed project budget (not exceeding USD$10,000).
The application is now closed for 2014. Please check back for new deadlines.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please send an email to EFN@WWFUS.ORG for more information or questions concerning this grant opportunity.