Forests and Communities Initiative
Welcome to the call for project proposals on forest conservation through the action of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, launched in the framework of the Forests and Communities Initiative (FCI).
The FCI was launched by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, the International Ranger Federation and the Global Forest Coalition, with the following overall objective: to support conservation of forest ecosystems through the action of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) and develop a supporting network of actors providing a multi-disciplinary set of expertise.
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This pre-application session is open online from 1st to 30th June 2023 included.
Shortlisted projects will be appraised for potential funding starting in 2025. Therefore, the application for funding must be for activities starting in 2025.
No project can be directly submitted to any of the FCI partners. Only files submitted in the framework of this call for project proposals will be considered.
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by email by March 31st, 2024 at the latest.
In order to be eligible, project proposals must be in line with the following sections.
A/ Priority Subject
Building capacity of local professionals and local experts in forest conservation to support and empower IP and LCs in their efforts to safeguard forest ecosystems.
B/ Geographic Scope
Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, South and South East Asia, and Pacific islands.
- The application for funding must be for activities starting in 2025.
- Any financial support requested should not exceed 50% of the total project budget.
- The request for support must not concern:
- The regular functioning of the
Projects carried out by one or more natural persons, independent of any structure with legal personality,
- Projects that are solely commercial in nature,
- Projects with no other financial partner(s),
- Pure research projects.
D/ Selection criteria and FCI’s cross-cutting principles:
If your project meets the prerequisites presented above, it will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Clarity of the information provided,
- Originality of the approach with regards to the selected tackled topic,
- Added value, exemplarity and replicability of the project,
- Measurable and concrete aspect of the project’s expected results,
- Viability and durability of the project,
- Concertation and involvement of the local populations concerned,
- Quality and solidity of partnerships,
- Technical and financial feasibility,
- Competences of the project leaders,
- Quality of project management,
- Existence of a project evaluation system.
A critical part of the analysis and selection process will look into how well proposed projects follow the FCI’s Cross-Cutting Principles, available here.
The project selection process is based on the following steps:
- The Pre-Application File is submitted online via the Foundation’s website during the call for project proposals,
- Applications are internally pre-selected by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation staff to exclude non-eligible projects,
- An application file is sent to applicants of pre-selected projects,
- The Foundation’s staff pre-selects the applications to be presented to the FCI Steering Committee, to exclude non-eligible projects
- Review and evaluation of applications by the FCI Steering Committee,
- Review and evaluation of applications by the Foundation’s Scientific and Technical Committee,
- Final selection of projects by the Foundation’s Board of Directors,
- Preparation and signature of the financing agreements.
Additional information may be requested during various phases of the process.