U.S.A.'s National NGO Ramsar Committee announces small grants program
[The Ramsar Bureau is delighted to pass on the news of the inauguration of a new small grants fund for assisting Ramsar sites in the United States. The US National Ramsar Committee is composed of leading non-governmental organizations that are concerned with wetland conservation and wise use. The new initiative is not a programme of the Ramsar Bureau itself. -- Web Editor.]
U.S. National Ramsar Committee
Small Grants Program
The U.S. National Ramsar Committee offers a Small Grants Program to assist wetlands conservation and awareness at and adjacent to U.S. Ramsar sites. Grants will be made on a matching funds basis to local organizations for projects to support various needs at these wetlands.
Eligible Projects: Examples of such projects include (but are not limited to) the following:
- trails or boardwalks
- educational and outreach materials
- educational and outreach programs
- repairs or additions to the physical site either to buildings or the wetland
A grant application must include the following elements:
- Name, location and description of Ramsar site that will benefit from the proposed project.
- Abstract summarizing the proposed project.
- Description of the proposed project for which support is requested and how the small grant will further conservation objectives at this site.
- Budget for the project, including the local match (5% minimum) and any other funding to be used. A sample form appears at the end of this announcement.
- Description of the requesting organization.
- Name, address, phone, fax and e-mail of the person responsible for managing the grant.
Preparation of the application:
- Submit only typed pages; do not send videos, scrapbooks or other such materials.
- Must not exceed 1,000 typed words.
Deadline for application submission: no later than COB November 1, 2000.
Notification of grant awards: December 1, 2000.
Once a grant has been awarded, the grantee must fulfill the following requirements:
- Account for expenditure of all funds, including the local match, within 30 days following completion of the project.
- Submit a Final Report, including photographs, if possible, within 30 days following completion of the project. This report should describe how the project was implemented, including achievement of objectives, unexpected successes/failures, and resolution of any problems encountered.
- Proposals should be in the $500 to $1,500 range, and must include at least a 5% nonfederal match secured by the local grantee. The match may include in-kind as well as direct financial contributions.
- Grants may not be used to pay salaries, transportation, or rental of space.
How to Apply: Submit your application no later than COB November 1, 2000, signed by the person responsible for managing the grant, to: U.S. National Ramsar Committee, c/o Terrene Institute, 4 Herbert Street, Alexandria, VA 22305; 703/548-5473.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has provided the grant to make the Small Grants Program possible.
Sample Budget Form
|Contractual (e.g., carpenter, artist)||600|
|Recipient share (5%)||$ 75|
|USNC Ramsar share||$1,500|
*Tasks will differ by type of project; use general categories specific to your project.