France Libertés – Danielle Mitterrand Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘Call for Proposals’ for the funding theme-‘Water and Climate-Return water to the earth to restore the climate’ learn from these projects, both on the threats to the water cycle caused by human activities and on the actions taken to protect the balance of this cycle in the fight against climate change.

Funding brief: In this call, they focus on the interrelations between water and climate and taking into account their links, in order to integrate the protection of this natural resource in the fight against global warming. The links between Water and Climate have been regularly demonstrated and highlighted, the disruption of one or the other modifying the distribution of water on Earth.

The current context only reinforces the importance of a comprehensive approach linking these two themes. There is an intensification of extreme events directly related to climate change, these events occur throughout the globe and are caused by lack or excess of water. The frequency and violence of these events lead to a growing awareness of the impact of human activities on the climate, but also to the weakening of our way of life through climate change. The current consequences highlight the absence of climate justice and social justice contributing to the increase of inequalities. This call wishes to promote the projects and alternatives allowing everyone to choose their place of living including sustainable and resilient habitats in a quality environment.

Human responsibility in the modification of natural cycles including the water cycle is undeniable and raises the question of lifestyles and possibilities to restore their equilibrium. Changes in the local water cycle are affecting the global cycle of water on Earth by changing water transfers around the planet and creating increasingly constrained access to the resource. Human activities have a direct impact on the balance of the water cycle, through the modification or suppression of natural processes (condensation, infiltration, evapotranspiration), the reduction of water quality, the destruction of natural areas and the disruption of ecosystem services, these consequences then have repercussions on the climate.

Yet local solutions, adapted to each context, emerge in many places on the planet. These alternatives demonstrate an opportunity to “do otherwise” and lead to a paradigm shift that promotes sustainable development models, integrated into our environment, into the water cycle and focused on living spaces that respect fundamental human rights. This call for proposals aims to highlight human solutions related to the interconnections between water and climate.

This is why France Libertés wants to support the work of actors who are sources of knowledge, initiatives and alternatives that allow the restoration of the water cycle as a lever for action against climate change. Through the selected projects, France Libertés intends to defend modes of development that are sustainable from both a social, human, environmental and economic point of view, the rights of peoples and the common goods of life.

Access to the rights to water and sanitation is essential for the realization of other human rights, including women’s rights. In an intervention at the Human Rights Council, Leo

Heller, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights to Water and Sanitation, recalls that gender inequalities related to water, sanitation and hygiene are ubiquitous and occur at all stages of a woman’s life – through childhood, adolescence, parenthood, illness and old age. There is an urgent need to ensure that women and girls, throughout their lives, have the same opportunities to lead healthy, self-determined lives. Women are at the heart of family balances cultural, health and social services and often play a central role in development and education. This is why France Libertés will study with particular attention the projects carried by women or benefiting them.

The aim of this call for proposals is to learn from these projects, both on the threats to the water cycle caused by human activities and on the actions taken to protect the balance of this cycle in the fight against climate change.

Through the panel of supported projects, we want to gather ideas to rethink the dominant paradigms in these areas and promote the actions and solutions implemented solutions benefiting them.

Fields of action: awareness raising, information, advocacy, capacity building, legal work, research, field activities and initiatives, or the establishment / strengthening of management systems, governance, way of life and habitat, for the preservation of the water resource and its access.

Whatever the types of activities that the submitted project provides, the actions must include the existing relationships between water and climate. Support will not be given to projects that are purely scientific or technical, nor purely ecological or environmental. The human being must be at the center of the project (based, for example, on notions of environmental justice, of environmental inequalities, dealing with the dispossession or repossession of populations’ natural resources etc.).

Projects centered on making a film or documentary and then broadcasting it will not be considered. Films or documentaries can however be a minor part of a much wider project.

Project objectives:
● Participate in the protection and preservation of the local water cycle
● Promote and implement practices and alternatives that respect our environment, natural resources and integrated into the local water cycle;
● Promote a right of access to water, participatory, democratic, transparent and sustainable water use and management and its common good character;
● Defend the management and sustainable use of natural resources;
● Encourage consideration of social aspects, including the possibility of everyone choosing their place of residence including decent standards, and environmental in the political and economic choices of development.

Expected methodological project characteristics: Projects should:
● Meet the needs and aspirations expressed by concerned local populations;
● Ensure direct involvement of local populations in project definition and undertaking;
● Be adapted to the local and national context;
● Be feasible (their programme and schedule should be consistent with the organization’s financial capacity and available human resources and with local capacity for project management);
● Include an evaluation process and intend to build upon and use its results.
● Include audio-visual materials

Donor Name: France Libertés – Danielle Mitterrand Foundation
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: The deadline for the presentation of the proposals is 26th, October, 2018. All proposals must be received before midnight (Paris time).

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: The grant requested should be between 8000 € and 12000 €. The grant will not exceed 80% of total costs of the estimated project budget.

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

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: Between 6 and 18 months.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● Any non-profit making organizations (organized local communities, associations, representative structures, NGOs, universities, research institutes, trade unions)
● They give priority to proposals directly from peoples themselves or organizations working directly with them.
● Applicants must be in charge of undertaking the projects and not be simple intermediaries.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: justine.richer@france-libertes.fr

Other important link:
● Guideline: Click to view
● Form (Proposal): Click to view
● Form (Budget): Click to view

How to apply: In order for your application to be considered, please provide the following documents: – Filled-in application form. This should not exceed 15 pages length (Times New Roman 12pt or Calibri/Arial 11pt), not including appendices;

● Additional documents attached (see the full list in the application form).
● Forms may be filled in using English, French or Spanish.
● All these documents should be sent by e-mail to: justine.richer@france-libertes.fr.
● The « object line » of the e-mail should be composed as follows: name of the organization – application – n° (the number will be added if many sending are necessary to apply because of the appendices for example).

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