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Brazilian Pilot Program - Demonstration Projects

What activities does the program fund? Medium scale forestry projects aimed at sustainable use of natural resources in the Brazilian Amazon and Atlantic Forests, through promoting community based projects.

Who is eligible? Organized civil society: rural worker associations, cooperatives, NGOs, and workers unions.

How to apply? Contact the address below.


World Bank Unit: Program is funded in part by bilateral funds and by a trust fund created by the G-7 countries, administered by World Bank's Brazil Rain Forest Unit in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. Further information is on the website.

Contact Address: Subprograma Projetos Demonstrativos, Setor Comercial Sul, Quadra 6 - Bloco A, Ed. Sofia 0 2 andar, CEP 70300-500, Brasilia – DF, Tel: +55 (61) 3255224, E-mail:

Caspian Matched Small Grants Program (MSGP)

What activities does the program fund? MSGP aims to advance small-scale investment or pilot projects to address urgent environmental problems in the Caspian region.
MSGP funds small-scale investment or pilot projects that produce tangible, practical results addressing the following areas: (1) decline in commercial fish stocks, including sturgeon, (2) degradation of coastal landscapes and damage to coastal habitats, (3) damage to coastal infrastructure and amenities, (4) threats to biodiversity, (5) overall decline in environmental quality, (6) decline in human health, (7) introduced species, and (8) contamination from offshore oil and gas activities. Grants may be requested in the amount of US$ 10,000 up to US$ 100,000.

Who is eligible? Any legal entity that is a governmental, private sector, or NGO from the Caspian region. The region is defined to include: Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan.

How to apply? Prospective grantees complete an application form that is available on request from the MSGP office, or from the Caspian Environment Program website. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit a draft proposal to the MSGP staff for review and guidance before preparation of the final proposal.


World Bank Unit: Europe and Central Asia Region - Social Sector Development Network.

Contact Address: WB Matched Small Grants Program, Caspian Environment Programme Project Coordination Unit
Government House, Room # 108, 40 Uzeir Hadjibeyov Street, 1st Floor, Baku 370016, Azerbaijan, Tel: +994 (12) 938003, 971785, Fax: +994 (12) 971786, E-mail:

Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF)

What activities does the program fund? Creating strategic alliances for a comprehensive, coordinated approach to conservation challenges; managing protected areas and coordinating biodiversity corridors; training; transboundary planning; encouraging local dialogue with extractive industries; engaging in conflict resolution; priority setting and consensus building; strengthening local and indigenous organizations and facilitating partnerships between the private sector and protected areas.

Who is eligible? Civil society organizations, NGOs, community groups and private-sector partners involved in biodiversity conservation. Projects must be within a biodiversity hotspot in a developing country that has ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity. Hotspots are: Caucasus, Atlantic Forest Region, Cape Floristic Province, Chocó—Darién—Western Ecuador, Brazilian Cerrado, Central Chile, Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests of Tanzania and Kenya, Guinean Forests of West Africa, Mountains of South-Central China, Indo-Burma, Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands, Mesoamerica, Philippines, Polynesia/Micronesia, Succulent Karoo, Sundaland, Tropical Andes, Wallacea, Western Ghats and Sri Lanka.

How to apply? Information and application materials are available on the CEPF website.


World Bank Unit: A jointinitiative of Conservation International, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Environment Department of the World Bank.

Global Environment Facility Medium-Sized Projects (GEF MSPs)

What activities does the program fund? Covering issues following GEF priority areas: biological diversity, climate change, international waters, and depletion of the ozone layer. In addition, the GEF also funds projects addressing issues of land degradation and persistent organic pollutants. MSPs are projects with total funding of under $1 million.

Who is eligible? NGOs, CSOs, governments, academic institutions, private sector organizations who meet GEF criteria (see the GEF website for a detailed description of the criteria).

How to apply? Develop and submit a project concept paper for preliminary review by one of three implementing agencies (World Bank, UNDP, or UNEP). Prior to finalizing a proposal, the GEF focal point in each eligible country must endorse the MSP concept before the proposal can be submitted for approval. Application forms and criteria for application, and other information about the implementing agency procedures, are available at the GEF website.


World Bank Unit: GEF Coordination Unit, Environment Department.

Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP)

What activities does the program fund? Addressing local problems related to biodiversity loss, climate change, land degradation and protection of international waters; community-based assessment and planning; pilot activities demonstrating innovative community-level approaches to global environmental problems; technical assistance and training focused on developing community and NGO capacities; program monitoring and analysis; dissemination, networking, and policy dialogue.

Who is eligible? National and local environmental NGOs and community-based organizations. To be eligible for SGP support, projects must fit the SGP country strategy and eligibility criteria, and be consistent with the Operational Strategy and relevant Operational Programs established by the GEF.

How to apply? Contact the SGP national coordinator in your country or the address below.


World Bank Unit: The program is implemented by UNDP on behalf of the World Bank and UNEP, and it is executed by UNOPS.

Contact Address: Global Manager, GEF Small Grants Programme One United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 USA.

Nile Transboundary Microgrant Program

What activities does the program fund? The Nile Transboundary Microgrant Program will be launched in late 2003 as part of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) Shared Vision Program (SVP) Transboundary Environmental Action Project. A national Nile Transboundary Microgrant Program will be established in each participating country.
Priority will be given to funding projects that: (a) focus on transboundary environmental problems and sites; (b) provide for community participation in their design, implementation and evaluation; (c) pay attention to the needs of women and/or indigenous peoples and practices; (d) draw on local or Nile Basin scientific and technical resources; (e) support capacity development; and (f) communicate best practices to wider audiences.

Who is eligible? NGOs and Community Based Organizations within the participating countries may apply. The maximum size of individual grants will be $25,000, and the average will be around $10,000. It will be encouraged that at least 50 percent of each country's Microgrants will directly support transboundary activities, while all single-country projects should clearly be related to transboundary environmental issues. The project portfolio developed by each national Nile Transboundary Microgrant Program will be required to demonstrate a significant contribution to involving women and women's organizations.

How to apply? It will be managed by a Project Management Unit based in Khartoum, Sudan. Once the project is launched, the operations manual with application and selection procedures for the microgrants program will be finalized and published. Specific information on the project can be obtained from the PMU once it is opened. Prior to the launch of the project inquiries can be made with the Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat in Entebbe, Uganda.


World Bank Unit: Nile Team (AFTU1).

Contact Address: The Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat, P.O.Box 192, Entebbe, Uganda, Tel: +256 (41) 321329/ 321424, Fax: +256 (41) 320971, E-mail:

World Bank/World Wildlife Fund Alliance for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Use (WB/WWF ALLIANCE)

What activities does the program fund? Promoting small-scale activities of NGOs, local communities and other stakeholders that will stimulate investment opportunities in protected areas and improve forest management practices.

Who is eligible? NGOs, local community organizations, governments, private sector, scientific and policy research institutes.

How to apply? Develop project proposal in consultation with local World Bank and/or WWF representatives. Proposals will be evaluated by the Alliance.


World Bank Unit: Environment Department.

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