Grants

Welcome to the MFF Grants page. MFF invests directly in coastal ecosystems through on-the-ground projects. Several types of projects are used to channel MFF activities. Since 2008, both small-scale and larger projects have been implemented in the member countries. From 2012, regional projects have been introduced as a way of addressing topics relevant to the whole MFF Region.  

Small Grant Facility (SGF) 
SGF Projects are the mechanism through which funds are provided for small-scale projects. Each member country receives funds to establish a Small Grant Facility to deliver projects under two categories: less than US$10,000, and between US$10,000 to US$25,000. MFF also encourages co-financing of these projects, especially by the private sector.

Small Grant Facility projects are important for supporting local action in the form of community-based project activities. The National Coordinating Body (NCB) in each country has full ownership of the Small Grant Facility. The NCB calls for proposals and selects the projects for funding. The projects themselves are managed for each NCB by the country office of IUCN or UNDP.

Between 2008 and 2011, more than 80 Small Grant Facility projects were implemented across the MFF region. These focused primarily on supporting NGOs and community-based organizations working to meet the needs of coastal communities. By linking these projects to government agencies, much interest has been generated among officials in scaling up their learning to other agencies and to policy makers. For example, the research-oriented projects in India have encouraged the Ministry of Environment and Forests to provide funds to build upon MFF’s work.

Medium Grant Facility (MGF)
Medium projects were introduced at the 7th meeting of the MFF Regional Steering Committee held in November, 2010. The budget range for medium projects is USD 50,000-100,000. These  projects go through a multiple-stage approval process. Following the NCB call for proposals and preliminary review, the project proponents may refine or adjust their proposals. Once the NCB endorses a proposal, it is forwarded to the MFF Secretariat for the second stage of evaluation.

MFF Medium Projects will follow from the priorities identified in the National Strategy and Action Plan (NSAP) prepared by each MFF Focal Country, and will commence in late 2012.

Large Grant Facility (LGF)
The budget range for large projects is upto USD 300,000. MFF Large projects were implemented between 2008-2011. Beginning late 2012, only Medium projects (referring to grant amount) will be implemented. MFF is currently documenting lessons learned from the Large Projects implemented during MFF's earlier days (with a higher limit of grant funding upto USD300,000).

Regional Initiatives

MFF regional projects span several countries to consolidate existing knowledge on best practices in coastal resource management and to conduct research onemerging issues to acquire new knowledge. Each regional project has the direct support of at least three MFF member countries, with a strong leading partner organization selected from MFF’s core institutional partners.

To emphasize the strength of MFF as a regional initiative, the Regional Steering Committee recognized the value of implementing projects that bring together at least two member countries and one core institutional partner. Four projects, to be implemented with MFF's core insitutional partners UNEP and FAO, will span topics around mangrove conservation; community resilience; governance in small island communities; and responsible diving. The National Coordinating Bodies of India and Sri Lanka will also lead a regional study about the conservation of living resources in the Gulf of Mannar.

 

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Related Documents

Annexes to MFF Grant Facility Guidelines (MSWord)

Including templates for Concept Notes

Author: MFF

Publisher: MFF

Posted on: 29th Oct 2015

Category: SGF (Small Grant Facility)

Size: 2.1 MB

Mangroves for the Future Guidelines for Grant Facilities

Revised 27 July 2015

Author: MFF Regional Secretariat

Publisher: MFF

Posted on: 29th Oct 2015

Category: SGF (Small Grant Facility)

Size: 1.3 MB

12 Projects found

The following projects match your filter:

P1Honey Colletors team in SundarbansWest Bengal India c Pradeep Vyas2007

A critical evaluation of the impacts of alternative livelihood programmes to reduce dependence on the Sundarbans mangroves

Location: Sundarbans, West Bengal, India

Duration: 7th Dec 2008 to 31st Aug 2009

MFF Grant Amount: US$ 10,000

MFF Grant Type: Small Grant Facility

Topics: Knowledge for Management, Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation, Coastal Governance

P3Assessing mangrovesTamil NaduIndia c MSSRF2011

Mangrove restoration: participatory assessment of current practices

Location: Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, India

Duration: 19th Feb 2010 to 1st Feb 2011

MFF Grant Amount: US$17,400

MFF Grant Type: Small Grant Facility

Topics: Knowledge for Management, Strategies for Management, Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation

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Stakeholder led management planning for Vembanad Kol backwaters, Kerala

Location: Vembanad-Kol backwaters, Kerala, India

Duration: 28th Nov 2011 to 30th Nov 2012

MFF Grant Amount: INR 880,000

MFF Grant Type: Small Grant Facility

Topics: Knowledge for Management, Strategies for Management, Reef to Ridge, Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation, Civil Society Engagement, Capacity Building, Sustainable Livelihoods, Community Resilence, Coastal Governance, Integrated Coastal Planning, Capacity development, Climate change, Gender equality, Knowledge management and communications

Whal Shark

An assessment of the past and present distribution status of the Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) along the west coast of India

Location: West coast of India: Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, and the Lakshwadeep Islands

Duration: 31st Dec 2011 to 31st Mar 2013

MFF Grant Amount: INR 834,900

MFF Grant Type: Small Grant Facility

Topics: Knowledge for Management, Strategies for Management, Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation, Civil Society Engagement, Capacity Building, Sustainable Livelihoods, Coastal Governance, Integrated Coastal Planning, Marine Protected Areas, Capacity development, Gender equality, Knowledge management and communications

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Commercially important gastropod shell resources and trade in India: Distribution, Status & Conservation strategies

Location: Tamil Nadu (Gulf of Mannar, and Palk Bay), Kerala (Wedge Bank, Kollam)

Duration: 9th Dec 2011 to 31st Oct 2013

MFF Grant Amount: INR 794,200

MFF Grant Type: Small Grant Facility

Topics: Knowledge for Management, Strategies for Management, Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation, Capacity Building, Integrated Coastal Planning, Marine Protected Areas, Knowledge management and communications

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Community stewardship in conservation, restoration and sustainable management of mangroves in Orissa coast

Location: Rajnagar, Kendrapara district (Bhitarkanika mangrove forest) Orissa, India

Duration: 20th Jan 2012 to 31st Dec 2012

MFF Grant Amount: INR 814,340

MFF Grant Type: Small Grant Facility

Topics: Knowledge for Management, Strategies for Management, Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation, Civil Society Engagement, Community Resilence, Sustainable Livelihoods, Capacity Building, Gender equality, Knowledge management and communications

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Mangrove diversity and related fishery in lagoon/estuarine systems in Potuvil- Panama coastal stretch.

Location: Pottuvil, Panama

Duration: 1st Jun 2012 to 31st May 2013

MFF Grant Amount: LKR 734,400/-

MFF Grant Type: Small Grant Facility

Topics: Knowledge for Management, Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation, Integrated Coastal Planning

IMG9714

Evaluation of the present status of seagrass ecosystems along the west coast stretching from Kalpitiya to Thaleimannar.

Location: Puttalam, Mannar

Duration: 1st Jun 2012 to 31st May 2013

MFF Grant Amount: LKR 738,800/-

MFF Grant Type: Small Grant Facility

Topics: Knowledge for Management, Coastal Governance, Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation

Nurturing Young Saplings

Nurturing Young Saplings

Location: Sandspit, Karachi, Pakistan

Duration: 22nd Nov 2011 to 30th Jun 2012

MFF Grant Amount: PKR 860,000

MFF Grant Type: Small Grant Facility

Topics: Knowledge for Management, Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation

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Inspiring Young Rescuers

Location: Rehri and Ibrahim Hyderi coastal villages, Sindh, Pakistan

Duration: 1st Nov 2011 to 30th Apr 2012

MFF Grant Amount: PKR 829,000

MFF Grant Type: Small Grant Facility

Topics: Knowledge for Management, Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation

12 Projects

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No. Name Location Countries Start End Amount Type Status
1 A critical evaluation of the impacts of alternative livelihood programmes to reduce dependence on the Sundarbans mangroves Sundarbans, West Bengal, India India 2008-12-07 2009-08-31 US$ 10,000 SG Completed
2 An assessment of the past and present distribution status of the Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) along the west coast of India West coast of India: Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, and the Lakshwadeep Islands India 2011-12-31 2013-03-31 INR 834,900 SG Completed
3 Biodiversity Assessment & Ecological Valuation of Huraa Mangrove Kaafu Atoll, Huraa, Maldives Maldives 2013-06-25 2015-06-26 MVR 375,000.00 SG Completed
4 Commercially important gastropod shell resources and trade in India: Distribution, Status & Conservation strategies Tamil Nadu (Gulf of Mannar, and Palk Bay), Kerala (Wedge Bank, Kollam) India 2011-12-09 2013-10-31 INR 794,200 SG Completed
5 Community stewardship in conservation, restoration and sustainable management of mangroves in Orissa coast Rajnagar, Kendrapara district (Bhitarkanika mangrove forest) Orissa, India India 2012-01-20 2012-12-31 INR 814,340 SG Completed
6 Conserving mangroves as a local food source Takauthung, Phang Nga, Thailand Thailand 2009-05-01 2010-11-30 US$9,834 SG Completed
7 Evaluation of the present status of seagrass ecosystems along the west coast stretching from Kalpitiya to Thaleimannar. Puttalam, Mannar Sri Lanka 2012-06-01 2013-05-31 LKR 738,800/- SG Completed
8 Inspiring Young Rescuers Rehri and Ibrahim Hyderi coastal villages, Sindh, Pakistan Pakistan 2011-11-01 2012-04-30 PKR 829,000 SG Completed
9 Mangrove diversity and related fishery in lagoon/estuarine systems in Potuvil- Panama coastal stretch. Pottuvil, Panama Sri Lanka 2012-06-01 2013-05-31 LKR 734,400/- SG Completed
10 Mangrove restoration: participatory assessment of current practices Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, India India 2010-02-19 2011-02-01 US$17,400 SG Completed
11 Nurturing Young Saplings Sandspit, Karachi, Pakistan Pakistan 2011-11-22 2012-06-30 PKR 860,000 SG Completed
12 Stakeholder led management planning for Vembanad Kol backwaters, Kerala Vembanad-Kol backwaters, Kerala, India India 2011-11-28 2012-11-30 INR 880,000 SG Completed