MFF is a partnership-led regional initiative chaired by IUCN and UNDP to promote investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. MFF focuses on the role of healthy, well-managed coastal ecosystems as a contribution to building human resilience in ecosystem dependent coastal communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.
Although MFF uses mangroves as a flagship ecosystem, it is inclusive of all coastal ecosystems, including coral reefs, estuaries, lagoons, sandy beaches, sea grasses and wetlands. The National Steering Committee (NSC) of Sri Lanka, chaired by the Ministry in charge of the subject of Environment on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, provides overall guidance and technical oversight to MFF in Sri Lanka. IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Sri Lanka Country Office, provides secretariat support to the NSC in MFF project implementation, including small grants.
NGOs, CBOs, academic and research institutes, small-scale community businesses and management boards are invited to submit project concept notes for Small Grants. Proponents should be based in the geographic focus areas or have previous experience in working in the said areas. Maximum grant amount is Rs 2,000,000. Project duration is 12 months. Proposals must indicate integration of gender aspects in project activities. Geographic focus areas for these grants are the Coastal areas in Jaffna Peninsula and Delft Island.
Information on guidelines and templates:
General guidelines for MFF Grant Facilities can be found at <http://www.mangrovesforthefuture.org/resources/documents?documentId=18919>, and Sri Lanka- specific conditions for SGF Projects including the Annex 2 and Annex 10 templates at <http://www.mangrovesforthefuture.org/resources/documents?documentId=18992>.
Must be addressed to MFF Sri Lanka Small Grants Officer, by email email@example.com, and/or by post through IUCN Sri Lanka, 53, Horton Place, Colombo 7 (Fax: 011 2682470; TP: 011 2682418 ext 317). More information can be obtained from the MFF Sri Lanka Small Grants Officer and from www.iucn.org/srilanka.
The deadline of submission is 16.30 (Colombo time), July 23, 2015. Late submissions will not be considered. Only short-listed applicants will be notified.
A view from the mouth of Thondamanaru Lagoon, Sri Lanka (c) ... , Sri Lanka © IUCN, 2014