Call for Environment Project Funding Proposals for GEF - Small Grant Programme

The GEF SGP National Steering Committee is calling for environment project funding proposals of up to USD 50,000 from Civil Society, Community Based and Non-Government Organisations in the Cook Islands.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP): Believes local solutions to global environmental problems exist; supports community-based initiatives and action, and aims for the process of implementation to also lead to poverty reduction and local empowerment.

To this end GEF SGP provides contestable funds administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and financed through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) The Cook Islands Red Cross Society serves as the National Hosting Institution (NHI), and a National Coordinator is appointed to facilitate applications by civil society for consideration by the 10 member National Steering Committee comprising NGO and Agency representatives. 

Funds of up to USD $50,000, as well as planning grants of up to USD $5000 are available for CSOs, CBOs and NGOs in the Pa Enua as well as in Rarotonga, for projects related to one or more of the five GEF Focal Areas (Biodiversity, Climate Change, Land degradation, Chemicals, and International Waters). 

In the current GEF Operational Programme 6 (2015-2019) the Cook Islands GEF SGP Programme would like to promote projects that develop the capacity of local and national civil society stakeholders, in any of the environmental focal areas, especially projects that achieve measurable impacts in Waste Management addressing both ‘Local to Global Chemical Management Coalitions’ and ‘Community Landscape & Seascape Conservation’. There is a proportion of funding available for Climate Change Community Based Adaptation Projects that support solutions identified through participatory vulnerability assessments. 

Government agencies are not eligible for the Cook Islands GEF Small Grants, however, local government bodies (such as Island Councils) that include non-government community representatives are eligible.

For further information and to obtain an application form please contact the GEF SGP Cook Islands National Coordinator Pasha Carruthers via email, or ph 22598 at the Red Cross Society Centre.

Applications close Tuesday December 6th 2016 @ 4pm.