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The objective of this call for proposals is to address priorities, identified through management and governance effectiveness assessments (for example, PAME tools including IMET, METT, RAPPAM, Green List, EoH or equivalent; or PAGE tools including SAPA, GAPA, or SAGE), to improve the management and governance of protected and conserved areas, and the sustainable use of natural resources and livelihoods of surrounding local communities.

Before you consider applying and start your application, you are strongly advised to read carefully the Guidelines for Applicants. This document includes everything you need to know about the BIOPAMA Medium Grants 2022.

Key information:

TYPE OF CALL: Please note that this is a Medium Grant call, with a two-step application process. All applicants are invited to submit a Concept Application, and only selected applicants will then be invited to submit a Full Proposal at a later stage.

DEADLINE: The deadline to submit concept note applications to this call for proposals is 14 April 2022 at 23.59 UTC.

All submitted applications that are incomplete upon receipt will not be eligible for funding. Once the deadline for the call expires, all incomplete applications within the system that have been saved but not submitted will be automatically rejected.

For successful concept notes applicants, the deadline to submit a full proposal is 13 June 2022. Note that successful concept note applicants will be informed on email and invited to submit a full proposal by the above deadline. Please do not submit a full proposal if you have not been explicitly invited to do so.

SIZE OF THE GRANTS: Grant size can vary from a minimum of 200,000 EUR to a maximum of 400,000 EUR. A 5% co-funding from the applicant is required. This means that BIOPAMA will provide up to a maximum of 95 % of the total eligible costs of the project; and the applicant is required to provide a minimum of 5% co-financing.

DURATION OF THE GRANT: The duration of the project should be for a maximum of 18 months. The start date of the project will be determined by the date of the signature of the grant contract. The performance of the contract cannot start before its entry into force. Project results and activities need to be clear and attainable within the timeframe of the grant. Projects must end on, or before 30 September 2024. No extension of the grant agreements will be possible.

LOCATION OF THE ACTIVITIES:

This call for proposal is opened for countries located in the BIOPAMA Pacific region only. These are: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Please note that any application from any country located outside of this geographical region will be automatically rejected.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted through the BIOPAMA Action Component grants management portal (app.biopama.org). Create your account and or login.

ELIGIBILITY OF ACTIVITIES:

To be eligible, activities must:

  • be located in one or more recognised protected or conserved areas[1], key biodiversity areas, community managed areas (e.g. CCAs or LMMAs) or sites committed to being designated as a future protected area(s). Proposals from Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa will be given a preference.
  • address clear priorities (needed actions) identified through a quantitative diagnostic tool[2] (i.e. protected area management effectiveness or governance evaluation – PAME/PAGE). Note that any application not supported by a quantitative diagnostic tool will be automatically rejected.
  • Be focused on protected and conserved areas management and governance, community.
  • be consistent with the BIOPAMA action component objectives.
  • implement activities that result in measurable impacts to the site(s)
  • comply with the IUCN ESMS, which includes having the full, prior and informed consent of customary owners[3].
  • enable sharing of project data and information with the project observatory, as relevant. This will be included in the grant contract.

Examples of eligible activities include:

  • Protected and/or conserved area planning and management activities
  • Activities aimed at strengthening equitable governance
  • Law enforcement activities, including wildlife trafficking controls
  • Activities aimed at strengthening the institutional and legal framework/s in place
  • Activities focusing on mitigating threats, including trial invasive species control
  • Activities focusing on climate change mitigation, resilience and adaptation strategies in priority areas
  • Activities aiming at improving sustainable livelihoods of local communities and/or vulnerable peoples
  • Activities aimed at supporting the designation of new protected areas.

Useful documents

The templates of the technical application and project budget are shared on this page for information. Only the applications submitted through the BIOPAMA Action Component Grants management portal (app.biopama.org) will be considered.

Concept Note supporting documents:

Full Proposal supporting documents:

Medium Grant proposals submitted in response to this call must include indicators in line with the BIOPAMA Indicators List.