Rapid Feasibility Awards

Rainforest Trust

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Grant amount: Approximately US $5,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Caribbean; Central America; Eastern Africa; Melanesia; Micronesia; Middle Africa; Polynesia; South-Eastern Asia; Western Africa; Algeria; Argentina; Australia; Bangladesh; Bolivia; Botswana; Brazil; Chile; China; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Colombia; Ecuador; Egypt; French Guiana; Guyana; Hong Kong; India; Libya; Macao; Maldives; Namibia; Oman; Paraguay; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; South Sudan; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Suriname; Taiwan, Republic Of China; United Arab Emirates; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of; Western Sahara; Yemen Other eligible locations: Africa; Caribbean; Central America; Melanesia; Micronesia Show all

Location of residency: Preferred: Caribbean; Central America; Eastern Africa; Melanesia; Micronesia; Middle Africa; Polynesia; South-Eastern Asia; Western Africa; Algeria; Argentina; Australia; Bangladesh; Bolivia; Botswana; Brazil; Chile; China; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Colombia; Cook Islands; Ecuador; Egypt; French Guiana; Guyana; Hong Kong; India; Libya; Macao; Maldives; Namibia; Oman; Paraguay; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; South Sudan; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Suriname; Taiwan, Republic Of China; United Arab Emirates; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of; Western Sahara; Yemen Other eligible locations: Africa; Australia and New Zealand; Caribbean; Central America; Melanesia Show all

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Overview:

Applications for Rapid Feasibility Awards are reviewed on a rolling basis. Rainforest Trust provides Rapid Feasibility Awards to encourage conservationists and researchers to evaluate important potential sites for creating new Protected Areas. Awards average $5,000.

Successful applications should exhibit clear intent to establish a new Protected Area and one or more of the following:

  • Assess whether a site qualifies as an A1(a) KBA;
  • Evaluate land tenure of unprotected A1(a) KBAs;
  • Evaluate the presence and abundance of CR and EN species within unprotected A1(a) KBAs;
  • Investigate legal processes for potentially designating the site as a nationally recognized protected area or acquiring the long-term lease of gazetted land, where appropriate;
  • Negotiate land prices and gauge willingness to sell privately owned land
  • Assessments of community and government interest in Protected Area creation

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Your organization must be a local or nationally registered organization and authorized to work within the country of the proposed project
  • Project must be based within the tropics or subtropics. 
  • If the area currently has any form of legal protection, you must be expanding an existing protected area.
  • IUCN Red List Critically Endangered or Endangered species must be confirmed or suspected within the project site, or are there other species that would be considered Critically Endangered or Endangered by IUCN but which are not yet assessed.

Preferences:


Ineligibility:

  • Overhead costs (e.g. 15% for administration costs or office rent)
  • Ecological monitoring or research
  • Forest restoration (e.g. tree planting)
  • Vehicle purchases other than motorcycles
  • International travel