Call for Letters of Inquiry for Large Grants: Endangered Trees Program

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

Relevent Country: Madagascar

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), as part of its partnership with the Franklinia Foundation, is accepting letters of interest (LOI) from civil society organizations.

  • Applicants are asked to justify in the concept note that their project will meet the following main objective:
  • Improving the conservation status of globally threatened tree species targeted by CEPF grants, with a particular focus on critically endangered species (CR);
  • Projects should also, wherever possible, include elements to achieve the following objectives:
  • Improve well-being of local populations dependent on ecosystem services, with particular emphasis on women and economically marginalized groups;
  • Strengthen the capacities of civil society organizations in Madagascar committed to the conservation of globally threatened trees.
Funding Information
  • The minimum amount for these grants is $50,000. Applications with a budget below this amount will not be eligible.
  • It is brought to the attention of Applicants that the total budget within the framework of this will cannot exceed 800,000 USD, and that the CEPF intends to support between 8 and 12 projects under this call. In this context, the average grants are expected around 80,000 USD and requests for large amounts will be examined with extreme care.
  • Projects in this call are expected to start between July and September 2024 and should not have a duration exceeding July 31, 2026. It is important to mention the duration of the project to be funded by CEPF and not that of the larger project/program in which he registers, if applicable.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Non-governmental organizations, community groups and associations, universities and research institutes, private companies and other civil society organizations can apply for funding.
  • Individuals are not eligible. Individuals should work with CSOs to develop project proposals rather than applying directly.
  • A company or public institution is only eligible if it can establish:
  • that it has a legal personality independent of any government body or actor;
  • that it has the power to request and receive private funds;
  • and that it cannot assert a claim for sovereign immunity.
  • Applicants who are not based in Madagascar may submit an application, as long as the project activities meet the conservation needs listed in this call for projects. However, the attention of Applicants is drawn to the fact that Malagasy organizations will benefit from particular attention in order to meet the expectations of strengthening the capacity of civil society in the country.
  • Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate:
  • a leading role for local organizations and/or an explicit focus on building the capacity of local civil society, and
  • that they coordinate with other organizations to avoid duplication of efforts, such as projects that work with partnerships and alliances. Joint projects with multiple organizations are eligible provided that a lead organization submits the application and the project partners have clearly defined roles in the application.
  • Applicant organizations must have their own bank accounts and be legally authorized to receive grants.
  • Applicants may already be funded by CEPF on another project.
  • Potential applicants who are unsure of their organization’s eligibility are encouraged to contact the Grant Director directly at the address listed at the end of this document.
  • Applications can be submitted in French or English.