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Call for Letters of Inquiry for Small Grants

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and its regional implementation team (RIT) for the hotspot, are accepting letters of inquiry (LOIs) from non-governmental organizations, community groups, Indigenous peoples’ organizations, women’s groups, private companies and other civil society organizations for projects that address the eligible activities and geographies of this call.

Eligible Country:  Madagascar
Opening Date: Tuesday, 12th September 2023 
Closing Date: Thursday, 23 November 2023 – 23:59 hours (Madagascar time) 
Maximum grant size: US$50,000

Eligible Country: Mauritius (including Rodrigues Island)
Opening Date: Tuesday, 15th August 2023
Closing Date: Saturday, 30th September 2023, 12 pm (Mauritian time, GMT+4)
Maximum grant size: US$50,000

Please read carefully the detailed instructions, criteria and restrictions in the Calls for Letters of Inquiry, available further below, before applying to this call. 

How to apply

Submit your application by the closing date as an e-mail attachment to cepfproposals@iucn.nl. Your application should be in English or French, and following the templates provided in the call for small grants below. Entitle your email with the following subject line: LOI_2/2023/SG_CEPF_”country”/”your organization”.

For example for Madagascar: LOI_2/2023/SG_CEPF_MDG/UICN NL

For example for Mauritius: LOI_2/2023/SG_CEPF_MUS/UICN NL

Technical scope of the call

CEPF is looking for proposals focusing on the following Investment Priority as part of Strategic Directions 1 as detailed in the ecosystem profile

Strategic Direction 1: Empower communities and civil society to implement actions to improve the resilience of species, ecosystems, and human populations to climate change in priority Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs).

  • Investment Priority 1.1: Implement Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) actions, including agroforestry, “climate smart agriculture”, eradication of Invasive alien species (IAS), restoration of degraded watersheds and coastal ecosystems (including wetlands, mangroves, reefs and seagrass beds), and promotion of sustainable management of coastal and terrestrial ecosystems.

More Information

Online Information Session
For Madagascar: An online information session in French will be held on Wednesday, 27 September from 10am to 11.30am (Madagascar time) to inform all potential candidates and give them the opportunity to ask questions and talk directly to the RIT team. The session will be recorded. Register here.

For Mauritius: An online information session in English will be held on Thursday, 24 August from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mauritian time, GMT+4) to inform all potential candidates and give them the opportunity to ask questions and talk directly to the RIT team. The session will be recorded. Register here.

Call for Letters of Inquiry
Madagascar: French (PDF - 232 KB)
Mauritius: English (PDF – 709 KB)

Reference materials

Additional resources

Regional Implementation Team

CEPF has enlisted a consortium of nongovernmental organizations to be its regional implementation team (RIT) in the hotspot. Coordinated by IUCN NL, the RIT includes SAF/FJKM for Madagascar, ID-ONG for Comoros, FORENA for Mauritius and SeyCCAT for Seychelles. These organizations are working with CEPF to implement a five-year conservation strategy for the hotspot and build local civil society capacity. The RIT can be reached via the following email address: cepfproposals@iucn.nl.