UPDATE: The Reforestation Grant application is now OPEN.
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 through Forest Landscape Restoration.
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. EFN is looking for organizations that will use this workshop opportunity to connect corridors, create buffer zones, improve degraded lands, restore watersheds, and expand forest cover while also allowing local stakeholders to connect with nature and become a vested part of a larger conservation program.
See below for guidelines, eligibility requirements, and how to apply.
Local organizations from the following WWF-US priority ecoregions are eligible to apply.
- Amazon and Tropical Andes (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname)
- Borneo and Sumatra (Indonesia)
- Coastal East Africa (Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania)
- Congo Basin (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Dem. Republic of Congo, Gabon, Republic of Congo)
- Eastern Himalayas (Bhutan, Nepal)
- Greater Mekong (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam)
- Mesoamerican Reef (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras)
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, 2015.
EFN requires all applicants to complete an online application and 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 with photos of the proposed site.
- A detailed description of the proposed activity; including: tree species selected and why (please include Latin name and climate adaptability of the species selected), how climate projections are being taken into account in the research, 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).
Applications must be submitted online by one of the two following deadlines:
- December 15, 2014
- March 15, 2015
Please note: All activities must take place before August 31, 2015.
CLICK HERE to access the application for this opportunity.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please send an email to EFN@WWFUS.ORG for more information or questions concerning this grant opportunity.