Nature Based Solutions for Economic Recovery in Protected Areas

The National Conservation Trust Fund of Jamaica Limited (NCTFJ) is a grant-making entity established to fund activities that are related to the conservation and management of protected areas.

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Application Ends: June 14, 2021 @ 5:00 PM

Call for Proposals

The National Conservation Trust Fund of Jamaica Limited (NCTFJ) is a grant making entity established to fund activities that are related to the conservation and management of a protected area or areas of environmental significance and fund activities that contribute to the long-term sustainability of Jamaica’s National Protected Areas System.

The NCTFJ, through its Call for Proposals is now inviting eligible applicants (see section 2) to submit concept notes. A two-step application process will be followed: (i) the submission of Concept Notes, and (ii) applicants with selected Concept Notes will be invited to submit full proposals. The NCTFJ is now accepting applications in the form of Concept Notes for projects and programmes that will support Nature-based Solutions (NBS) for economic recovery in protected areas. Nature-based solutions are inspired and supported by nature. These solutions harness the power of nature to simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits. The solutions should include actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore ecosystems, which address degradation of biodiversity in protected areas.

Thematic focus of this Call for Proposal


Management and protection of protected areas

Restoration and/ Rehabilitation of ecosystems

The NCTFJ can provide complementary or partial support to planned and ongoing programmes and projects that are NBS that can create economic opportunities within protected areas that have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. There has been reduced financial support to protected areas and reduced revenues in protected areas which directly affect lives and livelihoods. This has also affected how local people interact with protected areas resulting in additional pressures on ecosystems. There is an urgency for a green recovery post Covid-19 to curtail degradation of protected areas which can be possible through Nature based solutions that will support economy, environment and human well-being.

Approximately JMD 15,000,000 is allocated under this Request for Proposals. Applying project budgets may range from JMD 100,000 – JMD 5,000,000.

Who can apply?

Local NGOs that have continuously maintained, for at least one (1) year prior to the application date of the Call for Proposals with active operations in Jamaica consistent with the purposes of the grant.

Other registered organisations continuously maintained for at least one (1) year prior to the application date for the Call for Proposal with active operations in Jamaica consistent with the purposes of the grant.

Local CBOs such as community associations or community bodies that are consistent with the purposes of the grant. Local community associations or community bodies must have been established in Jamaica for at least 1 year prior to the application date of this Call for Proposals.

Private sector entities from relevant industries involved in protected area conservation, protection and/or monitoring and must be consistent with the purposes of the grant. Additionally, entities must have been established in Jamaica for at least 1 year prior to the application date of this Call for Proposals.

Public sector agencies directly involved in the management of protected areas.

Processing of Concept Notes

Applicants will be informed on the status of proposals at the end of this process.

1

Receipt

 Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of proposals.

2

Screening

Screening to determine if the proposal is within the theme of the call and if the application is eligible for funding.

3

Review

Review by the Grant Selection Committee to assess suitability and recommend proposals to be funded.

4

Approval

Approval by the NCTFJ Board.

Concept Notes will only be accepted during the period May 19, 2021 – June 14, 2021. Forms must be submitted to the NCTFJ Manager, Suite#5 70 Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 10, no later than 5:00pm (local time) on June 14, 2021, by registered mail, hand delivered or emailed to info@conservejamaica.org.

E-applications are strongly encouraged due to the stay at home orders during the pandemic. Incomplete application forms or Concept Notes that exceed the page limit will not be considered.

Concept Notes received outside of this designated period or outside of the Thematic Focus above will not be considered.

Enquires may be directed to:
National Conservation Trust Fund of Jamaica Suite #5, 70 Half Way Tree Road Kingston 10
Tel: 876-620-5374
Email: info@conservejamaica.org or
the.nctfj@gmail.com

Interested organizations can benefit from our proposal writing & project development workshops. Click here to register

FAQs

“No, please see the list of protected areas in our resources.”

No, please see the list of protected areas in our resources.

Response: This is asking for the information/current data you have on the indicator that you have identified to be used to judge your results.

Eg. An indicator for a mangrove restoration project could be Area of Mangrove restored/protected through the project and the current value of this indicator – 0.25 hectares of mangroves at the project site based on an assessment carried out in 2013 (this is the information of the current status/state of the indicator. The date of this information should be included- based on reports, etc ).

In some cases, the current value of indicators may not exist and the project presented may seek to collect a baseline of the indicator.

Resources

Grant-Making Manual

Consists of the grant making guidelines and procedures
to assist eligible organisations in identifying and formulating good quality programmes and
projects for implementation.

Concept Note Template

The Concept Note is part of a 2-step application process. If the Concept Note is approved, the applicant will be requested to submit a full proposal.

List of Protected Areas

Extract from Protected Areas System Master Plan 2013-2017

Evaluation Scoring Sheet

The evaluation scoring sheet for Concept Notes (CN) should be completed for all CN received. All CN received will be given a control number by the NCTFJ Manager.

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