Call for Project Concept Notes: SGF projects MFF India

Location: New Delhi, India . 31st Oct 2014 to 27th Nov 2014

India’s coastline extends almost 7,500 km along the main land and the offshore islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep, covering an area of nearly 42,763 km2. Coastal ecosystems in India harbour rich and diverse flora and fauna, which provide invaluable services to the thousands of communities. In recognition of the rapid rates of population growth and development, the dependence of local communities on marine and coastal ecosystems, the degradation of these ecosystems, and the wealth of available scientific knowledge and good practices in coastal ecosystem management to feed into policy, MFF India works towards the overall objective of increasing coastal resilience. Led by the National Coordination Body (Chaired by the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change - MoEFCC), the focus of projects are on enhancing coastal livelihood security and sustainability, building upon coastal and marine biodiversity research, and developing communication and knowledge of marine and coastal ecosystems.

Eligible applicants, grant amount, and project duration: MFF India invites NGOs, CBOs, academic and research institutes, small-scale businesses, management boards and enterprises to submit project concept notes for its Small Grant Facility. The maximum grant amount is INR 1,200,000 and project duration is 12 months.

Geographic Focus

  • Gujarat
  • Maharashtra
  • Goa
  • Kerala
  • Andhra Pradesh  

Thematic Focus

The SGF project concept notes should focus on the following priority thematic areas:

  1. Identify services offered by coastal and marine ecosystems (mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs), and assess the dependence of stakeholders, especially women and marginalized coastal communities on these services. Concepts can also address issues that may emerge when such services are denied or eliminated by regulatory or developmental activities.
  2. Climate change (adaption) and its implications on coastal livelihoods, including but not limited to research on changing habitat ranges of economically important fishes and marine resources.
  3. Concept notes should also be linked to National Aichi targets 6, 7, 9, and 10

Information on guidelines and templates

General guidelines for MFF Grant Facilities can be found at <>, and India specific information at <>. Applicants should submit a Concept Note using the template at <>.  


Project Concept Notes must be submitted by email and/or post to the following

Ms. Nisha D’Souza

Small Grants Officer, Mangroves for the Future, India

IUCN India Country Office

B-88 Neeti Bagh, New Delhi 110 049 India

T: +91 11 2652 7742; 4605 2583 Ext. 202

E: nisha.d’ (please note the apostrophe in the name)

More information and hardcopies of guidelines and templates can be obtained from the MFF India Small Grants Officer.

The deadline of submission is 17:00, Thursday, 27 November 2014

Fishing in Orissa

Fishing in Orissa, Bhitarkanika, Orissa © MFF India, 2013

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