Call for Proposals for Small Grants Fund in USA and Africa closing date 01 March 2021

Southern Africa Youth Project has published the Call for Proposals for Small Grants Fund in USA and Africa closing date 01 March 2021

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  • Eligible Country: USA and Africa
  • Closing Date:  01 March 2021
  • Categories of Organisations: All organisations 
  • Opportunity Type: Call for proposal
  • Submit Application: Online 
  • Inviting Company/Donor: The Global Forest Watch
  • Website for Application and information:  Click Here 


The Global Forest Watch (GFW) is seeking applications for its Small Grants Fund (SGF) that build capacity of civil society organizations to effectively use GFW tools and data.

The Global Forest Watch is a free forest monitoring system that provides timely and actionable information to support the sustainable management and conservation of forest landscapes.

SGF Objectives

In 2021, the Small Grants Fund will solicit applications based on three themes:

  • Forest Protection: Rapid response to deforestation using early warning systems to identify, verify, investigate, and act upon satellite-based alerts for improved forest management, law enforcement and advocacy. The Global Land and Discovery (GLAD) deforestation alerts are the primary focus, though other alerting systems available through GFW may be used as well, including NASA’s VIIRs active fire alerts and Wageningen University’s radar-based RADD alerts (coming in early 2021 for select countries).
  • Forests and Agriculture: Support deforestation-free supply chains by using GFW tools to monitor and manage the boundaries of commodity-producing areas.
  • Forest Policy: Monitor compliance with global sustainability platforms, certification standards, and/or national and international environmental commitments related to forests.

The SGF Award

Small Grants Fund at a glance:

  • The Small Grants Fund awards organizations between $10,000 and $40,000 USD
  • Depending on funding and project budget size, the number of projects selected can range from 8-15, with 12 being the average
  • Projects will run from August 2021 – July 2022
  • Each grantee will be assigned a WRI staff member as an advisor, who will provide remote technical support and other assistance

Eligibility Criteria

In order to meet WRI’s requirements for sub grant eligibility, organizations must:

  • Be legally constituted as non-profit and non-governmental;
  • Have a total annual budget greater than $50,000 USD;
  • Possess a computerized financial system for tracking and recording expenses (preferably a professional accounting software);
  • Be able to complete an organizational assessment document (containing questions regarding organization governance, financial and compliance structure) in English.
  • Be able to provide either applicant organization’s most recent annual audit. If they do not have an audit, they must provide ALL three of the following documents:
    • a Balance sheet for the most current and previous year;
    • an Income Statement for the most current and previous year;
    • a Cash Flow Statement for the most current and previous year
  • Receive a rating of medium to low risk on WRI’s organizational assessment, which will be carried out once finalists are provisionally selected.
  • At least one project point person with professional working proficiency in English (oral and written), in order to be able to submit narrative and financial progress reports and communicate regularly with WRI staff.

For more information, visit Global Forest Watch.

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