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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits
and NGOs for Environmental Protection Projects

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Global Forest Watch

Deadline Date:

03/01/20 11:59 PM (EST)


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Grants of up to $40,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit and non-governmental organizations for environmental protection projects throughout the world. Funding is intended to support the implementation of an interactive online platform to manage and conserve the world's forest environments, combat deforestation, and prevent forest fires.

Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an online platform that provides data and tools for monitoring forests. By harnessing cutting-edge technology, GFW allows anyone to access near real-time information about where and how forests are changing around the world. Thus it provides timely and actionable information to support the sustainable management and conservation of forest landscapes. 

The Small Grants Fund aims to promote broad uptake and innovative use of GFW tools by civil society groups around the world. The fund provides financial and technical support to civil society organizations to apply deforestation early warning systems, accessed through Global Forest Watch technology, to support their work to strengthen local forest management and conservation practices, conduct evidence-based advocacy and campaigning, and promote greater transparency in land-use decision-making .

In 2020, the Small Grants Fund will continue to focus on rapid response to deforestation through the use of these early warning systems to identify, verify, investigate, and act upon satellite based alerts, with a primary focus on the Global Land and Discovery (GLAD) weekly deforestation alerts and, optionally, NASA’s VIIRs active fire alerts for improved forest management, law enforcement and advocacy. These alert systems are available through the GFW suite of tools (GFW platform, Forest Watcher mobile app, MapBuilder, GFW Pro, Forest Atlases).

Grants  will fund work related to:

  • Advocacy
  • Community engagement
  • Forest monitoring and enforcement
  • Journalism
  • Education  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151801

Number of Grants:

Depending on funding and project budget size, the number of projects selected can range from 8-15, with 12 being the average.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The SGF awards organizations between $10,000 and $40,000 USD.

Each grantee will be assigned a WRI staff member as an advisor, who will provide remote technical support and other assistance.

In addition to the cash grant and technical assistance, SGF recipients become part of a network of organizations and receive benefits that extend beyond the lifetime of their grant. These include membership in the GFW Partnership, opportunities to connect with others in the GFW network, invitations to GFW events, opportunities to test and provide feedback on new GFW features, and the potential to be featured in blogs, social media, or other WRI communications materials.

Term of Contract:

- Projects begin: August 1st, 2020
- Project end date: July 31, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to meet WRI’s requirements for subgrant eligibility, organizations must:

- Be legally constituted as non-profit and non-governmental;
- Have a total annual budget greater than $50,000 USD;
- Possess a computerized financial system for tracking and recording expenses (preferably not Excel);
- Be able to complete an organizational assessment document (containing questions regarding organization governance, financial and compliance structure) in fluent English.
- Be able to provide either your organization’s most recent audit, or all three of the following documents:
1. a Balance sheet for the most current and previous year;
2. an Income Statement for the most current and previous year;
3. a Cash Flow Statement for the most current and previous year
- Receive a rating of medium to low risk on WRI’s organizational assessment, which will be carried out once finalists are provisionally selected.

Applicant organizations may be registered in a country outside of those listed below, as long as the project focuses on geographic areas within one or more of these countries:

Africa: Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Liberia, Uganda, Madagascar

Asia: Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia

Latin America: Belize, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Guatemala, Panama, Brazil, Guyana, Peru, Colombia, Honduras, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Mexico, Suriname

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are encouraged to join a webinar on Wednesday, January 29th 2020 at 8:00 am (EST), or view the recording of the webinar which will be posted on the Grants and Fellowships page shortly thereafter.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Opens: Jan 15 2020 12:00 AM (EST)
- Application Deadline: Mar 1 2020 11:59 PM (EST)


- Application submission deadline: March 1st, 2020
- Application review: March – April, 2020
- Applicant interviews, conditional finalist selection and organizational assessment: May – June, 2020
- Final approval and subgrant agreements signed: June – July, 2020
- Winners announced and projects begin: August 1st, 2020
- Project end date: July 31, 2021

All applications must be completed in English, with the exception of applicants from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, and Madagascar, which may submit responses in French. Please note however that we will not be able to provide a translated version of the application; applicants from these countries should submit French responses to the application in English.

After the committee review, finalists will be contacted for a brief Skype or phone interview. The Skype or phone interview will allow the committee to ask additional questions and the finalist will have the opportunity to learn more about the Small Grants Fund.

About the Small Grants Fund:

For further details about the program:

About the GFW tool:


Webinar Recording:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For further details and to apply online:

Kevin Faragher, Grants And Financial Associate
Global Forest Watch
10 G Street NE Suite 800
Washington, DC 20002

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USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


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