The Waterloo Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘Tropical Rainforests programme’ for initiatives working to protect tropical rainforests for their value to the climate, communities and biodiversity, principally through avoided deforestation.

Funding brief: Under our Tropical Rainforests programme, preference will be given to initiatives working to protect tropical rainforests for their value to the climate, communities and biodiversity, principally through avoided deforestation. They will consider both practical local projects, and strategic initiatives.

Local project: Applications for practical local projects that we will consider would typically be working on a specified tropical rainforest area, defined in hectares. We will generally only accept applications for the protection of areas larger than 10,000 hectares. Applicants will need to demonstrate how their project involves:
● Exposing, addressing and overcoming the local drivers of deforestation
● Management of the specified area
● Methods to measure and monitor the protected area
● Sustainable livelihoods for forest-dependent communities

Click here for examples of local projects we have funded through our Tropical Rainforests programme.

Strategic projects: They will consider applications for strategic projects that are working on addressing the drivers of deforestation on a wider or international scale. These could include:
● Working on international or regional forest policy
● Campaigning for improved practices in commerce
● Innovative ways of reducing deforestation e.g. financial systems or solutions based on the value of forest ecosystem services

Click here for examples of strategic projects we have funded through our Tropical Rainforests programme.

Specific application requirements for tropical rainforests funding: If your initial proposal to the Tropical Rainforests programme is deemed eligible, you will be expected to provide the following information. Therefore, applicants that refer to the availability of this information in their initial proposal will be given priority:

For tropical rainforest local projects: Applicants should be able to evidence previous successful tropical rainforest projects, with outcomes including:
● Demonstrable protection of an area of tropical rainforest specified by hectare and cost;
● Implementation of a management plan;
● Improved livelihoods and income levels of forest-dependent communities.
● The area of tropical forest the project will protect in hectares.

For tropical rainforest strategic projects:
● Evidence of previous successful strategic programmes e.g. an attributable change in policy or improved supply chain. They may ask to see a full copy of the supporting data and evaluation at a later stage;
● For your proposed programme, the specific measurable outcomes that you expect the programme to achieve, and the methods you will use to monitor these outcomes;
The strategy put in place to ensure the sustainability of the programme’s objectives for the long term.

Donor Name: The Waterloo Foundation
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: Tropical Rainforests – The 2 deadlines for applications to our Tropical Rainforests programme fall on the following dates every year:
● 1st, June
● 1st, December

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: They will consider providing one off and multi-annual grants (usually for up to three years).  The majority of our grants in this programme will be for a total of £50,000 – £100,000.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: N//A
Project duration: N//A

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: They are not able to offer funding for:
● Tree planting project
● Projects focused solely on the use of fuel-efficient stoves – they have selected one partner to undertake forest-related efficient stove interventions
● Projects with animal conservation as the sole focus
● Research projects
● Projects focusing on environmental education
● They are currently not accepting proposals for REDD and carbon finance projects
● Projects based in countries that are not secure and politically stable. They are therefore unlikely to support projects in conflict-affected areas such as within DRC and CAR.
● In addition, they only consider proposals from US-based organizations under exceptional circumstances, due to the higher availability of environmental funding in the US compared to the UK.

Eligible Country:
● They prioritize providing funding support to UK-based charities, many of whom work in close partnership with smaller local NGOs based in the countries in which they operate.

● If you are an organization based outside of the UK you must send us contact details for a named person who is willing to provide us with a reference for your work.  This must be someone who:
 Works for an international NGO with offices in the UK
 Works for an organization that the Foundation has previously given a grant to
 Works for an organization with offices in the UK, which has been a current or former donor to your organization
 Works for an academic institution, think tank or as an independent consultant who is based in the UK, and which has evaluated your organization.

Ideally, the person you provide as a reference will have visited your organisation and be able to provide feedback on the quality of your work. Please state the name, contact details and your relationship to the referee (i.e. past funder) at the beginning of your application. Only applications with references will be considered.

Submission mail:  applications@waterloofoundation.org.uk

Other important link:
● Guideline: Click to view
● About: Click to view

How to apply: Please note that all applications must be submitted to  applications@waterloofoundation.org.uk.
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Visit all funding categories:  Click to view

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