WWF’s Russell E Train Education for Nature (EFN) Program is seeking proposals that promote collaborative capacity building concerning the environmental and social impacts and risks of development projects on ecosystems and their services. The program also aims to enhance inclusive conservation and sustainable development efforts.
WWF Environmental and Social Impact Grant 2024
Through the Environmental and Social Impact Grant, competitive financial support will be provided to teams and institutions in Kenya, Tanzania, and Madagascar. The focus will be on enhancing capacities to address the needs of environmental and social impact assessment, particularly with a strong emphasis on local communities and practitioners.
The proposals should target various stakeholders involved in addressing social and environmental issues related to conservation and development initiatives. It is essential to align with WWF’s key goals, including climate, food, forests, freshwater, oceans, and wildlife.
Proposals should aim to engage a diverse range of groups and sectors, focusing on the following:
- Developing skills, best practices, and standards. This should involve practical activities and case studies that directly address the institutional challenges and gaps in understanding and mitigating the potential social and environmental impacts and risks associated with development programs and projects. It should also identify opportunities to enhance inclusive conservation objectives for sustainable development.
- Engaging various stakeholders, including mainstreaming gender and involving local and indigenous communities.
- Fostering a professional network among individuals and organizations, with an emphasis on collaboration and exchanging information. Priority will be given to proposals that aim to strengthen collaboration with local associations such as conservation professionals, impact assessment professionals, environmental journalists, urban and regional planners, or environmental lawyers, as well as regional bodies.
- Enhancing the capabilities of organizations to tackle governance issues associated with conservation, development, and infrastructure initiatives. This includes improving the expertise and experience of individuals and communities to achieve collaborative impact assessment and conservation outcomes. Attention should also be given to cumulative effects, strategic level cooperation, and the use of nature-based solutions to mitigate environmental impacts and risks.
- Applicants have the option to request a maximum funding amount of US$ 15,000, provided they provide a strong justification for their budget.
To be considered for a grant, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- The organization must be registered in one of the eligible countries, namely Kenya, Tanzania, and Madagascar.
- Teams or organizations should have a proven track record in capacity building related to environmental and social impacts, as well as its application to local activities on conservation and development. They should also demonstrate their ability to monitor results.
- All required documents must be submitted by the application deadline.
- All grant activities must be completed before August 2025.
- Proposals should include components such as active learning, practical skill development, mentoring, and/or field-based learning activities that enhance the skills and knowledge of local stakeholders, institutions, and networks. Priority will be given to local organizations that address development challenges affecting ecosystems and their services while promoting sustainable development and conservation.
- Organizations must outline how they plan to achieve expected outcomes within the framework of country-specific regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Organizations must commit to supporting work aligned with WWF’s six ambitious goals, which encompass climate, food, forests, freshwater, oceans, and wildlife.
The project proposals will undergo a thorough and competitive selection process, and their scores will be based on a set of criteria, which include but are not limited to the following areas:
- Proposed objectives and goals: The proposed work should demonstrate an understanding of the underlying reasons for the project, the feasibility of the proposed activities within the work plan, and a realistic budget.
- Project impact: Both short-term and long-term impacts, as well as the potential for broader environmental and social sustainability beyond the proposed timeframe, will be considered. This assessment will also take into account any identified risks. Also, the project’s contribution to capacity development and ecological and social outcomes will be evaluated.
- Project measurability: The proposed initiative should have clearly defined and measurable outcomes and outputs.
- Project scalability and transferability: The proposed activities should be adaptable to specific contexts and capable of being replicated in different settings.
- Collaborations: Projects that foster partnerships and clearly outline the roles of each stakeholder in achieving the proposed objectives will be given importance.
To submit your application, please complete the online form by December 18, 2023, before 11:59 PM US Eastern Time. To begin the application process, you can click on the provided link.
For more detailed information, please visit the official website of WWF Environmental and Social Impact Grant.
December 18, 2023.
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