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1 Funding for Environmental and Sustainable Development Universidad del Turabo Ana G. Méndez University System Prepared by: Jacqueline A. Mullen-CFRE Presented by: Eric Morales 1 st CIEMADeS International Conference Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic August 12, 2005

2 Objectives of the Presentation Share information and some examples of funding opportunities for CIEMADeS international initiatives in environment and sustainable development. Open a dialogue among members of participating countries regarding:  the funding of CIEMADeS initiatives; and,  the integration of a database of funding opportunities in one of the CIEMADeS Centers of Information to be developed, for the use its members.

3 Strengths of CIEMADeS Partnership International partnership: Governmental, academic, community, not for profit and for profit sectors Addresses critical environmental and sustainable development issues of the Caribbean region Maximization and sharing of resources and expertise of key players and stakeholders Greater credibility and strength in a colaborative effort

4 Identification of Funding Sources Elements to consider in the identification of funding sources:  Have complete and accurate contact details of the potential funding source.  Funding source supports the areas of interest and specific subject for which you are seeking resources.  Funding source express an interest in your country or geographic region.

5 Identification of Funding Sources Find out if the funding source is a grant- making, loan making or an operational entity. Operational entities carry out their own programs and usually do not provide funding to others. (may offer valuable expertise in their interest areas). Take into consideration if the funding entity only supports major, consortia projects that may involve a number of organizations, including governmental partners.

6 Identification of Funding Sources The funding entity makes grants for the amount of money to be requested. Granting entities requirements for matching funding or leveraging of resources Find out if the entity accepts full project proposals or does it prefer letter proposals. Are there specific guidelines, format or forms for submittal. Is an initial, brief letter of inquiry required.

7 Cultivating Relationships Get to know the funding entity - mission, goals, previously sponsored projects and program personnel. Communicate actively with program personnel through visits, by telephone, e-mail and/or letter to discuss areas of interest, request orientation and clarify doubts before submitting an application. Always respond promptly to any communication or request for information received from the funding entity.

8 Cultivating Relationships Know who they are. Get to know them and them to know you, if possible, before submitting a proposal for funding. Know your project partners well. Attend whenever possible conferences, seminars, workshops and meetings that the funding entity sponsors or participates in. Remember that although it’s an entity that provides the funding; it’s people that make the decisions.

9 Types of Funding Sources Types of Funding Sources Government  International  National and local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) (international, national and local)  Foundations  Corporations Individual Philanthropist

10 Examples of Funding Resources Examples of Funding Resources Government International European Economic Community (EEC) - economic, commercial and development cooperation, including environmental and sustainable development through, European Development Fund (EDF)  EDF instruments include grants, risk capital and loans to the diverse sectors, including many Caribbean countries.  Many individual member countries also have their own programs

11 Government International Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat 1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20433, USA Telephone: (202) 473-0508, Fax: (202) 522-3240/ 3245, E-mail:  GEF projects address six complex global environmental issues: Biodiversity, Climate Change, International Waters, Land Degradation, Ozone Layer and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

12 Government International GEF projects are managed by 3 GEF Implementing Agencies:  United Nations Environment Programme ( To provide leadership and encourage partnerships in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. Presently has more projects then funding available.

13 Government International United Nations Development Programme ( - GEF support to countries in the development of effective policies and institutions, such as integrating environmental and development objectives into national development agendas and processes, to protect the environment as well as reduce poverty. Also manages the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) and the GEF National Dialogue Initiative.undp.orgGEF Small Grants Programme (SGP)GEF National Dialogue Initiative

14 Government International World Bank Group ( - GEF environmental and development grant co-financing are 1. Full-Sized Project funding (GEF grants over US $1 million); 2. Medium-Sized Project funding (GEF grants up to US $1 million); 3. Expedited Enabling Activity grants; and, 4. Project Preparation Grants (PPG). Submittal by government, nongovernmental organizations, communities, private sector, on going project teams and individuals.

15 Government International U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Development Alliance Secretariat (  Partnerships with foundations, US and non-US Colleges and Universities, US Cities and States, Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), US and non-US businesses, among others.  Requires at least 1:1 resource matching, preferred 2:1.  Provides international grants, cooperative agreements and Alternative Agreements, includes areas of environment and energy.

16 Government International Institute of International Education, U.S. Department of Education ( Fulbright Program (U.S. and non-U.S. citizen scholars) and Humphrey Fellows (non-U.S. scholars), graduate level course work and professional development in natural resources and environmental management one of 12 targeted fields.

17 Examples of Funding Resources Government National United States governmental agencies and related organizations offer numerous and diverse programs of funding relating to environment and sustainable development: research, formal and informal education, conferences/workshops, graduate and undergraduate scholarships/ internships, trainings, instrumentation.

18 Government National Most of the previously mentioned funds are directed to entities in the US and its related territories, and US citizens and persons legally admitted to the United States. However, there are programs that are international in nature or allow international components. (Note: At the end of the presentation participants will be asked to share information of funding opportunities in their countries.)

19 Examples of US Funding Sources National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) ( National Science Foundation ( U.S. Department of Agriculture ( U.S. Department of Education ( U.S. Department of Energy ( U.S. Department of the Interior ( U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ( U.S. Department of Defense (

20 Examples of Non-Governmental Funding Organizations (NGOs) National Geographic ( Research and Exploration Fund - addresses international environmental issues. Conservation Trust Fund - research grants that contribute to perservation and sustainable use of Earth’s resources. Average funding $15,000 - $20,000.

21 Non-Governmental Organizations Ford Foundation – program support to NGOs: community-based land and water management, environmental policy, agroforestry, social forestry. Funding from $11,000 - $600,000, mostly below $150,000 (examples biology station Columbia, research station for conservation national resources in Mexico) W. Alton Jones Foundation ( Research of biological diversity, sustainable development, public education, energy use, environmental toxicology. Average $15,000 - $100,000. (examples: Fundacao Vitoria Amazonica, Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental)

22 Non-Governmental Organizations Center for Field Research (Earthwatch) ( Funding for individuals in field biology and other fields of research on a per-volunteer- used basis, $6,000 - $60,000. Areas of climate change, alternative energy use, biodiversity, wildlife and protected areas management, population and community John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ( Research, public education programs, preservation,training - tropical ecosystems, research and sustainable development for NGOs. Average $30,000 - $420,000. (examples: Fundacao O Boticario de Protecao a Natureza, Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund)

23 Non-Governmental Organizations Tinker Foundation - Research grants and program support for tax exempt organizations regarding impact of environmental issues on national policy. Funding from $5,000 to $155,000 (examples: environmental problem-solving with Argentina government leaders; community outreach in Dominican Republic) WWF - Education for Nature Program (www.wwf- - International scholarships, training and professional development grants relating to environment and conservation. Funding varies depending on type of award.www.wwf-

24 Non-Governmental Organizations Compton Foundation, Inc. ( Funds for NGOs in population and environment: education, policy analysis/development, research, training, others - no conferences. Maximum $35,000 (examples: Funding of Organization of Tropical Studies, The Nature Conservancy - Latin American and Caribbean Division)

25 Non-Governmental Organizations Asoka- support innovative individuals who provide practical solutions to society’s problems through social entrepreneurship in environment, among others. Fellowships and start-up funds for projects - no research. Average $11,000/yr/1-3 yrs. Bydale Foundation - Continuing support, operating costs, seed money, matching funds for NGOs, for energy conservation, water quality, toxics. Up to $20,000 (average $9,000).

26 There are many other international, national and local governmental entities, foundations and corporations with diverse opportunities and levels of funding that support initiatives in the areas of environment and sustainable development.

27 Who are they and how can we, working together through CIEMADeS, access them to make a difference?

28 Questions and Dialogue

29 References Fundnet, web page, http://www.fundnet.org Simbiota, web page, Funding Opportunities Database 2004-05, Universidad del Turabo, Office of Sponsored Programs, Gurabo, Puerto Rico Respective web pages of entities presented.

30 Contact Information Universidad del Turabo Office of the Chancellor PO Box 3030 Gurabo, Puerto Rico 00778-3030 Telephone: (787) 743-7979 ext. 4011 Eric Morales, Sponsored Programs Specialist Jacqueline A. Mullen, CFRE, Ass’t. Vice Chancellor Sponsored Programs

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