Call for Proposal MFF Indonesia Phase-2 Cycle-2

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia. 15th Nov 2012 to 13th Jan 2013





Phase-2 cycle-2 (2012 – 2013)


A. Background

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is a partnership-based regional initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystems. It is supported by national governments, the United Nations and IUCN, NGOs, donor agencies and the private sector. MFF provides a unique regional platform for concerted action in support of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM), using mangroves as its flagship ecosystem in recognition of the important role mangroves played in reducing the damage caused by the tsunami, and the severe impact on coastal livelihoods caused by mangrove forest destruction. However, MFF is inclusive of all coastal ecosystems, including coral reefs, estuaries, lagoons, sandy beaches, sea grasses and wetlands. This is illustrated by the “ridge-to-reef”, or linked ecosystems based approach that MFF applies to coastal resources management.

MFF began with six Focal countries - those that were worst-affected by the 2004 tsunami, namely India, Indonesia, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Thailand. In January 2010, Vietnam and Pakistan joined the programme as full member countries. This large group of countries face similar challenges and threats in relation to poverty reduction, sustainable development, coastal environmental conservation, climate change and natural disasters. Consequently, they can benefit significantly from MFF’s capacity to promote an integrated ocean wide approach to coastal area management in partnership with other regional bodies and programmes.

The objectives of the programme are to strengthen the focus on helping coastal communities to utilize coastal resources sustainably and to build resilience to the growing threats from climate change and natural disasters, including integrated more socio-economic, gender and climate change considerations. At the national level, implementation of the MFF Programme will focus on:

  1. Improve, share and apply knowledge to support the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of coastal ecosystems particularly in disaster prone areas and/or critical watershed areas.
  2. Strengthen ICM Institutions and empower civil society (including local communities) to engage in decision-making and management that conserves, restores and sustainably uses coastal ecosystems.
  3. Enhance coastal governance at all levels (regional, national, provincial, district and community) to encourage integrated management programmes and investments that are ecologically and socio-economically sound and promote human well-being and security.

The SGF is designed to support local community action in the restoration and management of coastal ecosystems and their services as a basis for sustainable development based on priorities identified in the Indonesia National Strategy and Action Plan (NSAP), and also to offer tangible models to inspire policy-making. For this purpose, the MFF Indonesia Secretariat under strong guidance of National Coordinating Body (NCB) is calling for proposals to find strategic and tailor-made locally led interventions, especially via Community-based Organizations (CBOs) and local NGOs, which are often best positioned to work with local communities and have a good understanding of local ecological and social-institutional conditions.

B. Criteria

The following eligibility criteria will be used when appraising SGF project proposals.  The appraisals will be arranged by the NCB, with the assistance of the MFF Secretariat and UNDP. The criteria on which SGF project proposals will be judged are provided below.

B.1 Basic Criteria

  1. The range of financial assistance provided by the MFF SGF will be USD 5,000 to USD 25,000 per project.
  2. The period for a SGF project is 6 - 8 months.
  3. A pre-proposal or concept paper should be prepared and submitted to the MFF Secretariat according to the application format. 
  4. The SGF project proposal must be based on a participatory approach; it should show that the project (a) will not adversely affect the positions of the various stakeholders, and (b) it seeks to harmonize with the needs, views, expertise and experience of local stakeholders and associate them with the management.
  5. Determine the baselines that will become the reference for the project/programme monitoring.
  6. The results of the projects, project activities and indicators should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant to national priorities and time-bound.
  7. Funding will only be provided for projects in the priority coastal areas for MFF Programme Indonesia focus in Bali islands.
  8. Detailed budget which also shows community and/or organization contribution in cash and/or in kind at least 10% of total proposed budget.

B.2 Technical Criteria

The SGF will support small-scale coastal restoration and management efforts, prioritized, designed and where possible implemented, by the local communities or small scale business. SGF will support projects which:

  1. Promote innovative community based coastal rehabilitation projects.
  2. Building local capacity to implement sustainable development strategies and create or strengthen local community livelihood.
  3. Create public awareness on environmental issues as an integral part of the project.
  4. Project proposals must explicitly integrate gender issues and/or address gender related concerns.
  5. Assist coastal communities to build resilience to the growing threats from climate change and natural disasters.
  6. Demonstrate potential for replication or scaling-up, and development alternative co-financing and sustainable of the project.
  7. Support the achievement of national and sectorial priority targets in 2014.


C. Eligibility of Applicants

Proposals can be submitted by national/local NGO’s, CBO’s, research and scientific institutes, small scale businesses and enterprises which meet the following criteria:

  1. Have been formally registered through relevant policies and procedures, preferably for a minimal of 2 years
  2. Demonstrate a proven or otherwise strong potential capacity to implement community-based projects in the fields of coastal rehabilitation, conservation and/or sustainable use of natural resources
  3. Have a proven record of working with local communities in a participatory way.
  4. Have practical or professional credibility, as recognized by the peer review process.
  5. Able to demonstrate experience in project management and financial administration.

Proposal should be sent by email to   or in hard copy by mail or hand-delivered to the MFF Secretariat office below, by Friday December 7th 2012 at the latest and it was extended until Sunday 13th January 2013. Only short-listed proposals will be acknowledged after administration selection by the committee.

The Programme Associate/National Coordinator

MFF Programme Indonesia

UNDP Environment Unit

Menara Thamrin Building 9th floor

Jl. MH Thamrin Kav 3

PO Box 2338, Jakarta 10250

Tel. 021-314 1308


The detail proposal template and the guideline at:


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