NORAD Call for proposals – Climate and Forest Funding for Civil Society 2016-2020

Organisation: NORAD
Application deadline: 6 January 2015 at 12 noon CET
Website/full details: NORAD Call for proposals – Climate and Forest Funding for Civil Society 2016-2020

Description: Norad’s Department for Civil Society under the Norwegian Forest and Climate Initiative (NICFI) announces a call for proposals from civil society organisations working on Climate and Forest issues. The new grant scheme will run over a period of five years, starting 1 January 2016.

t has been documented that civil society so far has played a crucial role in advancing the goals of NICFI, both locally and on the global arena. Norway’s government has decided to establish a third tranche of the climate and forest funding scheme to civil society, for the period of 2016-2020. The applying organisations are invited to present proposals that can contribute to one or several of the following outcomes for the grant scheme:

  1. Incentives to achieve REDD+ efforts are established through the new international climate regime and/or other climate, environment and development funding streams.
  2. Governments in targeted developing countries have implemented REDD+ related policies, measures and safeguards, such as policies for green growth, sustainable livelihoods, land use-planning, the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities and women’s rights.
  3. Private sector actors have implemented social and environmental policies and practices that reduce the pressure on forests, and are engaged in global public private partnerships to reduce deforestation.

Four thematic areas

In order to achieve these outcomes, four thematic areas are of particular importance. Therefore, applicants are asked to submit proposals within the following thematic areas:

  1. Indigenous and Other Forest-dependent Populations’ Rights and Interests
  2. Commodity Supply Chains and Green Growth
  3. Legality, Transparency and Governance
  4. International Consensus on REDD+

The full announcement text (PDF) may be found here

Who can apply?

Priority will be given to civil society actors working within the field of reduced deforestation and forest degradation in targeted developing countries.

Inter-governmental organisations outside the UN may in exceptional cases receive support. Independent competence centers or think tanks with an idealistic, non-commercial purpose may also receive support.

Geographic priorities

The geographic priorities for this grant are aligned with the targeted developing countries with which Norway and multilateral channels that receive funding fromNICFI cooperate actively on REDD+ issues.

Exceptions from this may be made if the project as a whole is assessed as being of particular importance to the objectives of this scheme. Applicants are also advised to consider the Norwegian policy of concentration of aid recipients.

All projects must demonstrate an added value to REDD+ in the relevant country or region and relate to national REDD+ policies and programs when relevant.