Grant Opportunities

Forest Restoration Grants: Advancing locally driven Forest Restoration

Forest Restoration Grants: Advancing locally driven Forest Restoration

Deadline: 30-Mar-2024

The WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature (EFN) Program invites applications from local organizations that have been previously funded through the Reforestation Grant program to submit concept notes for the community-based Forest Restoration Grant.

The competitive community-based Forest Restoration Grant aims to strengthen efforts of formerly funded local organizations with on-the-ground outcomes that connect previous work to efficiently and effectively deliver collaborative nature-based solutions to enhance long-term community forest restoration. Applicants must demonstrate a proven record of:

  • promoting a place-based commitment to restoration of deforested and degraded landscapes
  • engaging and connecting with local communities and stakeholders in community-based restoration activities to strengthen hands-on training, knowledge exchange, dissemination of knowledge and livelihoods,
  • long term monitoring and evaluation of forest restoration activities
  • preservation of traditional knowledge, the local capacity and capability for managing natural resources
  • efforts that yield community and socio-economic benefits that contribute to diversification of livelihoods
  • efforts contributing national and regional forest and landscape restoration actions
Priority Areas
  • Oceans
    • Achieving healthy oceans that benefit the planet, people, prosperity, and peace
  • Forests
    • Conserving the world’s most important forests to sustain nature’s diversity, benefit the climate, and support human well-being
  • Freshwater
    • Safeguarding the world’s freshwater resources and landscapes to support biodiversity and human livelihoods
Funding Information
  • Applicants may apply for one year of funding up to $15,000.
Eligible Countries
  • The community-based Forest Restoration Grant is open to organizations in the following eligible countries within WWF-US priority areas: Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, and Uganda.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants must meet all the following criteria to be eligible.
    • Your organization must be legally registered in an eligible country.
    • Your organization must have been formerly funded by EFN through the Reforestation Grant (2011-2022).
    • Your organization must submit all required documents by the application deadline (March 30, 2024).
  • Restoration Project:
    • Your organization must conduct forest landscape restoration and reforestation activities in a WWF-US priority area.
    • Your organization must plant 10,000 or more native tree species.
    • The proposed project must include an active learning, practical skill component, or field-based learning activity that strengthen skills and knowledge of local stakeholders as part of the project activities.
  • WWF will provide special consideration to proposals that:
    • are locally led
    • support forest and landscape restoration activities in the broader landscape context beyond the project intervention sites (for example, through connectivity, downstream ecosystem service recovery, or others)
    • insert into wider efforts of addressing drivers of deforestation
    • focus on conservation of biodiversity and habitats including perspectives for scaling impact
    • consider opportunities of restoration for livelihood diversification, including training and hiring local people for restoration or developing agroforestry systems, among others
    • include consideration of gender equity in implementation and impact
    • build on partnership and active engagement with local communities
    • emphasize on enhancing local expertise, skills, and knowledge
    • develop alliances with other organizations for further restoration interventions and monitoring
    • consult with national WWF offices for project development

For more information, visit WWF.

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