Call for NGO Cooperative Environmental Projects
project is financially supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Technische
Zusammenarbeit, (GTZ) Germany
Maximum funding available per project is EUR 35,000 from a total grant
fund of EUR 375,000
The damage to the
environment in the countries of South Eastern Europe (SEE) presents risks
to human health and the natural balance of life. Significant problems
such as air, water and soil pollution, traffic congestion and deforestation,
still need to be addressed, and there is a tremendous demand for remediation
of polluted zones and protection of rich biodiversity.
NGOs in the Regional Environmental Reconstruction Programme (REReP) Process
The Regional Environmental
Reconstruction Programme (REReP) is the basis for regional environmental
policy in South Eastern Europe. Initiated by the SEE countries themselves
(Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Romania
and Yugoslavia), REReP is the main environmental component of the Stability
Pact, Working Table II.
in June 2000 and SEEENN Establishment
recent years, environmental NGOs have developed a number of initiatives
and networks in the SEE region. In June 2000 The Ecologist's Movement
of Macedonia, Friends of Earth Europe (FoEE), the REC and the Heinrich
Boell Foundation organised the conference Sustainable Development in the
Balkans in Struga, Macedonia. The NGO statement resulting from this meeting
considered the Regional Environmental Reconstruction Programme (REReP)
a useful initiative and requested the following areas be taken into consideration
by different key players and decision-makers within the REReP: assessment
of the environmental impact of planned transport projects; promotion of
the use of renewable energy sources; and sustainable rural and agricultural
development, with an emphasis on organic farming.
Objectives of this Grant Programme
In order to help rebuild and support civil society development and the environmental NGO movement in the SEE area, enhance NGO cooperation, assist the improvement of the state of the environment and contribute to the political stability in the SEE region as a whole, the REC and GTZ are offering these grants with the following objectives:
assist the process of civil society rebuilding in the SEE countries;
Registered non-profit, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Romania, and Yugoslavia may apply for the cooperative grant. NGOs currently running a cooperative project supported by the REC Head
The Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) is working under contract for the Bundesministerium fuer wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) on implementation of technical cooperation projects all over the world in developing and transformation countries. Each project is based on the basic pillars of technical cooperation representing the policy of the German Government, which means taking into consideration the issues of poverty alleviation, gender, nature conservation and education for the target groups of the projects.
Office are NOT eligible for funding under this call. In addition, if you apply as a project leader in one concept proposal, you may only apply as a partner in ONE other concept proposal. Alternatively, you may apply as a partner only in two separate projects. In both cases, the NGO must appoint different project leaders for each project proposal.
NGOs from the CEE region and beyond can be involved in the projects as a source of expertise from outside the SEE region for issues in which the local experience is limited, but only if it is well justified by the SEE NGOs applying for the grant. NGOs from outside the SEE region cannot be primary beneficiaries from this call, but their involvement can be covered within this grant.
WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF THE PROJECT?
NGO Cooperative Environmental Projects Grants programme aims to strengthen
civil society by supporting environmental projects contributing to democratic
public involvement and the development of concrete tools and mechanisms
of sustainable development. The emphasis should be put on long-term campaigns
and activities that will increase NGO membership and raise awareness of
civil society and its importance in the ongoing democratic processes.
the grant will be given only to NGOs working on cooperative projects.
NGOs from at least two different countries will work together on an environmental
issue that affects them both. NGOs will work together to apply for the
grant, implement the programme, and prepare project reports. Only SEE
NGOs may receive REC funds, but NGOs are also encouraged to work closely
with other institutions such as local and national governments, schools,
farms, businesses and universities, as well as with other NGOs in CEE
countries, or beyond if this is beneficial to the project.
projects should address transboundary or region-wide environmental
problems. The call for proposals is open to ideas and suggestions from
NGOs themselves. Some transboundary problems may be geographical,
for example a shared river, watershed or habitat. Other transboundary
issues may involve rare or endangered species that are found in different
countries. For example, NGOs might work together to save a bird species
that migrates from one country to another. A third type of transboundary
issue could be pollution. Global climate change - caused by changes in
landscape, increase in traffic and inefficient use of fossil fuels - is
a pollution problem that threatens us all and requires strong international
cooperation to solve. In general, transboundary projects work to solve
physical, environmental problems or issues found in two or more countries.
projects are slightly different from transboundary projects. Region-wide
projects may deal with problems common to all SEE countries such as issues
related to sustainable development.
may address any environmental topic that is a priority in the SEE Region.
The environmental problem must exist in both countries involved. It should
be a priority environmental topic for both countries, with impact on the
region as a whole. Projects that are local in scope are not eligible.
Projects must include actions with (a) direct, concrete, measurable outputs; (b) that involve public participation and (c) that have long-term impact and follow-up plans.
Projects that deal with institutional strengthening/capacity-building/development of strategic planning are encouraged, although the project should strike a balance between capacity-building activities and output oriented activities.
This call encourages the involvement of NGOs with less experience in project management to participate as junior partners. This cooperation will allow the junior partners to learn from the more developed NGOs and enable them to contribute to different regional processes.
Experts from the CEE region and other non-SEE NGOs can be involved in the project by providing expertise, knowledge, and experience, but they cannot be primary beneficiaries of this grant. SEE NGOs must define clearly the type of experience as well as the expert whom they would like to be involved in their project in order for that person's costs to be covered.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE NGO COOPERATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS
The application is a two-part process. In the first part, NGOs write a short concept paper briefly describing their projects. The format for the concept paper can be found at the end of this announcement. The REC will evaluate the concept papers based on defined standards and criteria (described in Stage 2: Evaluation of Concept Papers). The top concept papers will be selected and those NGOs will be asked to write a detailed project proposal. Grants will be awarded based on the detailed project proposals.
STAGE: CHOOSE YOUR PARTNERS
Grants will be awarded
only to organisations working together on projects. NGOs should begin
by finding partners in other countries who are working on similar topics.
You may wish to find partner organisations using the following resources:
NGOs with little experience in project management can be invited to participate
in the project with a clear and defined role. This cooperation will help
the junior partners to learn from the more developed NGOs and enable them
to contribute to different regional processes.
At the concept-paper stage, the NGOs might include the need for technical
assistance and identify the expert who will help them develop the full
project proposal. The amount of the start-up grant should cover the money
for this assistance. The CV of the expert should be included and agreement
from the expert should be demonstrated.
CEE and beyond CEE NGO involvement: The SEE NGOs who need expertise from outside the SEE region can invite CEE and beyond-CEE NGOs to cooperate on the project.
STAGE 1: PREPARING THE CONCEPT PAPERS (deadline: March 18, 2002)
must fill out the following forms:
further informations contact us: