Donor Name: European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA)
Funding name: European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) Fund
Funding brief: Non-profit organizations can apply to the Association for grants of up to €30,000 to implement a conservation project in any country around the world except North America (where the Conservation Alliance provides funding for conservation efforts from the North American outdoor industry). Projects must protect a threatened species or habitat AND have a link to the outdoor user. All projects MUST involve hands-on conservation work.
Members of the European Outdoor Conservation Association can nominate up to three projects (from different, or the same organizations) each year. If you, as a conservation organization, do not have any personal contacts to our members, please do not worry! If your projects get onto the shortlist, they will help you find a nominator!
Criteria: Projects must
The two main areas that must be addressed in your application are:
● Protect, enhance or restore threatened key species, habitats or broader ecosystems in ‘wild’ areas: EOCA defines ‘wild’ areas as non-urban environments and ecosystems occurring in as natural a state as possible, given the area’s location and use. This may include for example moorland, hills, mountains, coasts, rivers, forest, grassland, peatland and ocean areas. ‘Key’ species, habitats or ecosystems are defined here as those which are threatened, those which play a ‘keystone’ function, or those which are indicators of broader ecosystem health*. The project must identify and address the key threats to the species, habitats or broader ecosystems, and how it will protect and /or enhance them. Innovative solutions to ‘old’ problems will be especially welcome!
*Is the species an ‘indicator’ of wider habitat and ecosystem health? i.e. by recovering its populations, will it have a beneficial effect on other species and wildlife communities? Can the species be considered a ‘keystone’ species i.e. one that has a disproportionately large effect on its environment relative to its abundance, and may create conditions for other species to thrive?
● Consider the needs of the outdoor enthusiast: The project must enhance the experience of outdoor enthusiasts as well as protecting the identified species, habitat or broader ecosystem from any negative impact by their visits. Projects may, for example, enhance a visitor’s experience by protecting a threatened species they might then see, or protect an area by ensuring trails / rock faces / waterways and /or associated information / education keeps visitors from damaging fragile habitats or disturbing vulnerable wildlife.
Deadline: The application process for the next funding round (for funding in autumn 2017) will run from 1 – 31 July (MIDDAY GMT) 2017.
Funding details link: http://www.outdoorconservation.eu/project-info.cfm?pageid=20
Funding limit: Grants of up to €30,000
Project start date: Not Found
Project duration: All grants awarded are for the time period of 12 – 24 months.
Eligible organization: Non-profit organizations
Eligibility: As above
Submission mail: N/A
Other important link:
● Funding application questions: http://www.outdoorconservation.eu/download/AC245DE3-BEFE-D384-0D395D1D082F70A1.docx
● Policy: http://www.outdoorconservation.eu/download/ABE8E6C2-031B-9198-66CB3E3EE2972806.doc
How to apply:
● All applications must be filled in English. Please include with your application:
● A copy of some documentation that proves your organization is registered, non profit.
● One or two references / letters of recommendation from organizations that have provided funding to you in the past and you would not mind them contacting, if your project is shortlisted. Please attach a letter from a previous funder outlining how they have funded you in the past and how they worked with you.
● A budget for the amount you have applied for in Euros (€)- how exactly will the funds be used? This should include details of how the rest of the project will be funded – where will the remaining funds come from? Please note they will not pay for staff costs (unless extra staff / expertise needs to be brought in order to carry out the project) or office overheads. The budget does not need to be very detailed, but give an outline of how the project is broken down and where the funding for each section will be coming from.
● If the undertaking of the project is dependent on securing other grants / funding as well as one from EOCA, or will not go ahead without other funding being obtained, please make this point clear on your budget spreadsheet.
● If you are able to access match funding, or further funding from a different source due to a grant being made from EOCA, please also give details of this in your application form.
● If you have room to add a short document (2-3 pages, no more!) with some images of the project area and showing the issue / problem, as well as a map of where it is all located, that would also be very useful!
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