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Round 4 of the NTFP-EP MicroGrants Fund is now open!

 

 




I – What is BD-MGF?

 

The BD-MicroGrant Fund (MGF) or “Partnership Fund for Community-Based NTFP Initiatives in South and Southeast Asia” is a small projects grant facility managed by the Non-Timber Forest Products - Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) and supported by Broederlijk Delen (BD).

 

NTFP-EP is a network of indigenous organizations and support NGOs in South and Southeast Asia. Its shared goal is to empower forest-based communities to make use of and manage forest resources in a sustainable manner. To this end, it catalyses and supports activities that build up and strengthen the capacity of partner organisations in their work with forest-dependent communities, particularly indigenous peoples.

 

With funding support from BD, the “Partnership Fund for Community-Based NTFP Initiatives in South and Southeast Asia” (BD-MGF) was established in 2011. It is a continuation of NTFP-EP MGF facility supported by other donors before 2011.

 

BD-MGF is made accessible for:

 

• Promising new initiatives needing start-up funds; and

• Established initiatives in need of immediate support (unexpected opportunities, sudden threats)

 

The over-all purpose of the MGF is to catalyze and support activities that will build up and

strengthen the capacity of local organizations in:

 

• the protection and sustainable management of ecosystems

• mainstreaming and integrating sustainable forest management in NTFP enterprise development and NTFP subsistence uses or vice-versa.

• communicating their local issues and plans to other stakeholders and parties locally or on a more macro-scale.

 

II – Who can apply?

 

The MGF is primarily directed at the wider NTFP-EP network in forested areas throughout South

and Southeast Asia with special focus on the following countries:

 

Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, India (Western and Eastern Ghats)

 

III – Which initiatives can apply for MGF?

 

A. GENERAL

 

1. Actor: Applicant is a community / peoples’ organization (P.O.) or local non-government organization (NGO) with close community links.

2. Urgency: if not funded, momentum may be lost or set-back may occur in overall strategy.

3. Alternatives: other sources of funding are not immediately available (on the assumption that this has been checked by the initiative and/or its supporters.)

4. Ownership: The project has been discussed in the community/ies involved; motivation is high among a large section of those community/ies.

5. Organization (Institutional Capacity): the initiative is sufficiently well-organized to carry out the activities on its own OR adequate assistance/support by others can be relied on.

6. If bridge funding is requested, the organization should be: (a) able to present reasoning why the former donor will not fund the activity and (b) willing to develop a clear operational and resource mobilization plan during the bridge period.

 

B. THEMATIC

 

Depending on the primary focus of the proposed project / activity, the following thematic coverage/ focus will be considered:

 

1. RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

 

The project contributes to one or more of the following:

 

a. enhancing or reviving sustainable traditional practices;

b. adapting local RM to changing circumstances;

c. improving capacity for monitoring and RM planning;

d. sharing of important learning.

 

2. TENURE

 

The project is concerning land rights / access to forest lands, territorial claims of other communities

have been solved, are in the process of being solved or the project contributes to solving the

disputes.

 

3. LIVELIHOOD

 

The project:

 

a. contributes to improving income situation, through fair trade of forest products from community-based enterprises;

b. has potential to become self-sustained in the future;

c. addresses possible impacts on the resource.

 

4. THREATS

 

The project contributes to:

 

a. awareness-raising of the impact of destructive developments among communities directly affected or within society at large;

b. effective lobby to halt these development; or,

c. better monitoring and enforcement of regulations.

 

5. CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION

 

The project contributes to:

 

a. building resilience among forest –based groups in the face of climate change;

b. testing localized climate change adaptation interventions. Important reminder – All projects should utilize the most efficient, environment-friendly tools and resources to prevent any damage to the environment. This includes use of organic and natural materials for fertilizers, pesticides, etc. if required by the project.

 

IV – How much can be requested?

 

Maximum amount of grant funding is € 5,000.00 for a maximum of ten (10) months project duration per applicant.

 

V – How to apply?

 

Pre-application forms can be downloaded from the following:

 

NTFP-EP website: www.ntfp.org

Google Docs Link: http://bit.ly/1buZ0vd

 

It is recommended that applicants carefully read this guideline prior to accomplishing the MGF application/proposal and budget format.

 

The completed application/proposal (in MS Word) should not exceed three (3) pages. The project budget should be indicated in detail in the Budget form (in MS Excel). Applications should be sent through email to mgf@ntfp.org addressed to –

 

The MGF Secretariat, NTFP-EP for South and Southeast Asia

 

indicating in the subject line –

 

BD-MGF Application 2013 (name of your organization)

 

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS WILL BE ON 23 AUGUST 2013, FRIDAY.

 

 

Note: Please be advised that due to the anticipated volume of applications, your proposal might get lost in internet traffic. If you do not get an acknowledgment after two weeks from closing date, please contact the MGF secretariat at mgf@ntfp.org. Shortlisted applications will be reviewed by the MGF Advisory Committee and decisions will be released within one and half month.