CEPF-ATREE Western Ghats Small Grants

We are not accepting proposals for the CEPF-ATREE Western Ghats Small Grants as of now. The last call for proposals was closed on 15th December 2012

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a global programme that works towards safeguarding biodiversity hotspots by providing strategic assistance to non-governmental organizations, community groups and other civil society partners. The CEPF's conservation action is guided by a region-specific investment strategy developed with inputs and in consultation with diverse stakeholders. ATREE's role in this partnership is that of a Regional Implementation Team, and as the screening organization for the CEPF small grants in the Western Ghats.

Purpose of the CEPF grant
The area of focus for this CEPF grant is the Western Ghats. The purpose of the grant is to bring together civil society organizations, build relevant partnerships and networks, and enhance partner capacity so as to implement conservation plans and action for globally threatened species and their habitats. The objectives of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund grant are to:

»  Enable action by communities and partnerships to ensure conservation and enhance connectivity in corridors.
»  Improve conservation of globally threatened species of the Western Ghats through systematic conservation planning and action.

An Ecosystem Profile for the Western Ghats was developed by Indian conservation and scientific institutions with inputs from civil society to guide the strategic and catalytic conservation investment in the Western Ghats. Based on this profile, the council of donors that governs CEPF approved a $ 4.5-million, 5-year investment strategy for the Western Ghats in April 2007. Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment was selected as the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) to implement the conservation strategy outlined in the Western Ghats Ecosystem Profile, in partnership with CEPF.

The role of the RIT is to lead implementation of the CEPF investment strategy for conservation. The RIT works in collaboration with civil society partners to achieve the conservation goals identified in the Ecosystem Profile. It assists partners in designing, implementing, and replicating successful conservation activities; reviews grant applications; and directly awards small grants.

The CEPF investment program in the Western Ghats Region was launched in April 2008. To date, there have been four rounds of grants made under this program. The program was originally scheduled to end in April 2013. However, based upon strong performance of the grant portfolio, the program has been extended for a further two years, until April 30, 2015.

»  Non-governmental organizations, community groups, universities, and private enterprises may apply for funding. Organizations that promote capacity of civil society and community groups are encouraged to apply. Individuals are encouraged to work with civil society organizations and communities to develop joint applications, rather than applying directly.
»  Projects must be located in one or more of the following states of the Western Ghats region: Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Projects must support a strategic direction and investment strategy as outlined in the Ecosystem Profile.
»  Applicant organizations must have their own bank account and FCRA clearance.
»  Government-run institutions are eligible only if they can demonstrate that the institution
  »  Is a legal personality independent of any government agency
  »  Has the authority to apply for and receive private funds
  »  May not assert a claim of sovereign immunity.

Grants will typically range from US $5000 to US $15,000, disbursed in the form of Indian Rupees. Applications for Small Grants have to be submitted in prescribed format in electronic version (MSWord) to cepfwghats(at)atree(dot)org. Completed applications (containing questionnaire, proposal and budget) should be emailed to cepfwghats(at)atree(dot)org. An email acknowledging receipt of the application will be sent, and the application will be forwarded to the appropriate member of the RIT. As part of the review process, the submitted proposals will be reviewed by RIT and subsequently by Technical Review Team of experts. Based on merit and the applicant's comparative advantage in helping to implement the strategic directions, the proposal will get approved. Approval of a proposal will be followed by signing of agreement between the applicant and the RIT. Queries or requests for clarifications during this stage can be addressed to cepfwghats(at)atree(dot)org. Application processing time and reviews can be expected to take two to three months. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to give a presentation to the review committee, and will have an opportunity to respond to feedback and questions on their proposal. The review committee is expected to be held in Bangalore during February 2013. Successful applicants will have an opportunity to make revisions to their proposal before the contract is awarded.

CEPF-ATREE Western Ghats Small Grants - List of projects granted

CEPF-ATREE Western Ghats Small Grants - Map of project sites

Archived details of the last call are available here, for those interested.

Feedback/ queries
Project Coordinator
CEPF-Western Ghats RIT
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Royal Enclave, Sriramapura, Jakkur Post, Bengaluru 560064, India
Tel: (91) 80 23635555 (Ext 323), Cell: 919008322664 Fax: (91) 80 23530070
Email: cepfwghats(at)atree(dot)org

Useful Links:
CEPF - http://www.cepf.net/
ATREE - http://www.atree.org/
Western Ghats Ecosystem Profile: html, (1.9 MB)

Western Ghats Fact sheet: (136 KB)

Western Ghats Conservation Priority Map: (2.8 MB)