EUR 305,000 made available for local and national projects
By Nathan Johnson
On November 23, 2012, the project "Supporting Environmental Civil Society Organisations in Belarus and Moldova" (SECTOR), part of the framework programme "Strengthening Local Environmental Planning and Environmental Civil Society in Belarus and Moldova during 2012-2014" (STREAM), launched a call for local and national grants for civil society organisations (CSOs) at an announcement event in Chisinau. The grants programme is designed to address current priorities among CSOs, based on thorough needs assessments.
The SECTOR project, implemented by the REC with financial support from the Swedish Government, has a total grants budget of EUR 1,090,000, available for CSOs engaged in promoting environmental protection and sustainable development in Belarus and Moldova, out of which EUR 305,000 is provided under the current call for proposals (EUR 185,000 for national grants and EUR 120,000 for local grants). Individual national grants will be awarded in amounts ranging between EUR 15,000 and 25,000, while local grants will range between EUR 5,000 and 10,000 each.
During the launch event in Moldova, SECTOR team members introduced the scope and topics of the grants, eligibility criteria and administrative conditions, and provided details about the application process. The wide range of participants, including potential grant beneficiaries, ministry representatives, donors, media personnel and other stakeholders, helped to ensure broad outreach and effective dissemination of information related to the grants mechanism.
Launch event participants heard opening remarks from the Swedish Ambassador to Moldova, Ingrid Tersman, as well as from the Minister of Environment of Moldova, Gheorghe Salaru. SECTOR project leader Tsvetelina Filipova and SECTOR grants manager Raisa Gerasina, with the help of the SECTOR grants manager for Moldova, Victor Cotruta, announced details pertaining to grants in Moldova.
Support for development
The SECTOR project's local grants are designed to provide short-term financial support to CSOs working at local level to promote CSO and public participation in environmental issues, or to raise awareness of environmental issues. The local grants scheme is open to individual grant applicants, although networking is recommended.
Meanwhile, projects eligible for financing under the national grants scheme should deal with environmental issues of nationwide importance or priority environmental issues within Moldova that might have major impacts outside the country. Such projects might involve cooperation with local or central government bodies, research institutes, universities, schools or the business sector. A minimum of two CSOs are required to cooperate in each programme under the national grants scheme.
Projects eligible for both local and national grants will have duration periods of between 12 and 18 months. CSOs are invited to apply for both national and local grants simultaneously by submitting multiple concept papers.
Activities and topics
Initiatives and activities eligible for support include, but are not limited to, environmental demonstration projects; capacity-building events; on-the-job training or learning-by-doing training; information dissemination and promotional campaigns; educational and awareness-raising activities; networking, cooperation and platform building with other CSOs and local actors; and concrete local environmental improvement actions.
National grant applications should focus on one or more of the following topics: promoting CSO and public participation in national-level decision making on sustainable development and environmental protection; watchdogging, lobbying for improvements or monitoring authorities; offering advice and free legal advice to citizens and CSOs on public participation in decision making and access to justice; improving the capacities of authorities, CSOs and the judiciary; promoting joint actions to support sustainable consumption and production practices by cooperating with businesses and other actors; strengthening cooperation and networking among national-level CSOs; and providing education on climate change and energy efficiency issues.
Local grant applications should focus on one or more of the following topics: assistance at community level to address environmental protection and sustainable development; promoting public participation in decision making at local level (including local environmental action plans); developing eco-tourism, eco-agriculture and bio-food production, and encouraging the use of local products in cooperation with local farmers and businesses; protecting the soil, promoting sustainable agriculture and good agricultural practices and supporting the protection and rehabilitation of wetlands; promoting sustainable water use, improving access to safe drinking water and improving waste management and waste prevention practices; helping to enhance energy efficiency; and supporting networking, cooperation and platform building with other CSOs.
The application, evaluation and selection processes will take place between November 2012 and April 2013. The SECTOR team will evaluate concept papers in mid-January 2013. CSOs whose concept papers are selected will be invited to develop full proposals by March 2013. Full proposals will be evaluated by the Advisory Board at a meeting in April 2013, and final results will be announced the following month. The implementation of selected projects is planned to begin in June 2013.
Please click here for more informaiton on the call for grants in Moldova.