European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA): Inviting applications for ‘grant’ for plastic clean up projects; on beaches, rivers, lakes, mountains and trails – alongside other conservation projects as well.

Funding brief: EOCA will next be accepting funding applications from 1 – 30 June 2019, for funding in autumn 2019. They will still be looking for plastic clean up projects; on beaches, rivers, lakes, mountains and trails – alongside other conservation projects as well. Projects must also meet all EOCA’s other criteria for a conservation project.

Project applications MUST:
– Protect a threatened species or habitat;
– Have a link to the outdoor enthusiast; AND
-Involve hands-on practical conservation work.

Project Outcomes: Your application should include 3 easily identifiable and measurable outcomes to show how the project will address the issues above. They should consider:
1. Conservation measures addressing specific issues and root causes
What are the identified threats to the species / habitat / ecosystem? What are the impacts of these threats? How are these threats going to be eliminated, alleviated or better managed? How will the habitat / ecosystem be protected, enhanced or restored? How will the project deliver the desired outcomes? How will the experience for the local community, the visitors and the habitat be enhanced in the long term?

Please note: projects MUST include practical on-the-ground conservation work, such as tree planting, removal of invasive species, anti poaching measures, habitat restoration etc.
2. Involvement / engagement of local people
In order for a project to be sustainable, it is vital that local people are fully engaged. If local communities and also communities of interest are not involved, they may not feel any need or desire to ensure that the good work that has been started continues into the future. Obviously, if specialist work needs to be carried out, relevant experts may need to be brought in, but wherever possible, projects will involve the local community, giving them ownership of the project and its outcomes, and contributing to their livelihoods during and after the project.

Please note: EOCA will consider projects which provide social benefits as a result of conservation measures. HOWEVER, projects whose sole goal is to provide only social benefits will NOT be eligible; projects must be implementing conservation measures with a link to the outdoor enthusiast.
3. Education and communication
Education and communication should be aimed at both local communities and visitors. Education should include communicating responsible ways of enjoying the project area, suggestions as to how visitors and locals can reduce threats to the species, habitat or ecosystem, and ways in which they can help protect the biodiversity of the project area. How will you reach the potential visitors to the area effectively and communicate with the local community, and how will this process continue once EOCA’s funding for the project has finished?

Please note: EOCA will not consider projects that are based on 100% education.

EOCA’S criteria for funding:
Link to the outdoor enthusiast
As EOCA is raising money from the European outdoor industry, they feel that conservation and restoration work should go hand-in-hand with responsible use of the ‘wild’ areas we all enjoy. Projects MUST therefore demonstrate a specific link to the outdoor enthusiast (such as hikers, bikers, kayakers, climbers, bird watchers or explorers etc).

This is intended to be a positive, rather than limiting focus and may include enhancing the visitor’s experience in an area as well as protecting an area from any detrimental impact caused by the visitor. It will make projects very relevant to those that are contributing towards their funding. As a small organisation, they hope that, not only will this give the projects we support a unique and specific focus, but will help other smaller organisations, which may not otherwise be considered for funding elsewhere, attract a grant from EOCA.

The TWO MAIN areas that MUST be addressed in your application are:
1. 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?
2. Consider the needs of the outdoor enthusiast
As highlighted above, 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.

Donor Name: European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA)
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: Applications for funding are invited via this website from 1st-30th, June and 1st -30th, November.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Non profit organisations can apply to EOCA for grants of up to €30,000.

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

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: The work must be completed and demonstrate a clear and measurable impact between 12 months and 2 years from the project start date.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
Non profit organisations can apply to EOCA for grants of up to €30,000 to implement a conservation project in any country around the world except North America (US and Canada – where the Conservation Alliance provides funding for conservation efforts from the North American outdoor industry).
Project applications are shortlisted according to their ability to meet EOCA’s criteria for funding. Using this criteria, the shortlist of projects is drawn up at the sole discretion of the General Managers, the Scientific Advisors and EOCA’s Board of Directors. The General Managers will seek further advice from EOCA’s Scientific Advisors if required. Due to the many diverse nationalities making up the whole panel, all applications must please be written in English.
The projects to successfully win funding will be chosen from the shortlist via a public vote and an EOCA’s members vote (in March for applications received in November and October for applications received in June). The public vote is held in conjunction with a range of national magazines throughout Europe. In Spring 2017, 60.4 million people were reached through this process!
The public vote involves some effort on the part of the projects involved, to mobilise supporters and generate votes for their project over a two week period. However, the process also gives projects a very valuable opportunity to raise the profile and awareness of their organisation and its work in an international arena.
Members of EOCA can nominate up to three projects (from different, or the same organisations) each year. If you, as a conservation organisation, do not have any personal contacts to our members, please do not worry! Apply directly and if your project gets onto the shortlist, we will help you find a nominator!

The types of project EOCA will NOT support (unless they are linked with local biodiversity loss / education about conservation etc) are:
Installation of alternative energy
Community or social projects
Alternative / sustainable transport
Waste management projects (unless linked to detrimental effect on local biodiveristy / education of recreational users of the area). This includes local community recycling / incinerating projects.
Building projects
Projects in urban areas
100% research / PhD’s / MSC’s / expeditions / conference attendance
100% education projects
Animal welfare and rehabiliation of captive animals

EOCA will also NOT support projects:
Which are party political or linked to religious groups
Covering general overheads, maintenance costs or salary payments
Seeking the acquisition of buildings
Promoting violent or illegal action
Involving lobbying governments / campaigning on environmental issues

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

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Form (Proposal): Click to view
● About: Click to view
● FAQ: Click to view
● Policy on Applying for Funding: Click to view

How to apply: Please contact with the donor directly to know the details of applying (t:+44 (0)1539 727255 e:info@outdoorconservation.eu w: www.outdoorconservation.eu a: Gartenstrasse 2, 6304 Zug, CH. Registered as a not-for-profit association in Kanton Zug, Switzerland. Reg No. CH-170.6.000.188-3).

● All applications MUST be completed in English.  Please include with your application:
● A copy of some documentation that proves your organisation is registered, non profit.
● At least one (preferably two) reference / letter of recommendation from an organisation that has provided funding to you in the past and you would not mind us contacting, if your project is shortlisted.  The letter must outline 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 we will not pay for ongoing staff costs (such as pension / insurance etc) or office overheads (electricity, heating, stationery etc). 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.
● Short documents (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, would also be very useful!
● The online application form will appear on 1 June 2019.  If you would like to see the questions asked on the form before that time, please click on the link in ‘Related Resources’ you will see to the right.
● If you have applied to EOCA in the past and have either been unsuccessful more than once or received funding recently, please do check the attached ‘Policy on Applying for Funding’ document to see if you are eligible to apply again.

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