Ramsar Small Grants Fund


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Grant amount: Up to Fr.35,000

Anticipated deadline: May 6, 2020

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Antigua and Barbuda Show all

Location of residency: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Antigua and Barbuda Show all

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The Small Grants Fund was established by the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention at its 4th meeting (COP4, 1990), with the name “Wetland Conservation Fund”, as a mechanism to assist developing countries in implementing the Convention and to enable the conservation and wise use of wetland resources. At its 6th meeting in 1996 the Ramsar COP, through Resolution VI.6, adopted the current name of the Fund and decided that countries with economies in transition should also be eligible for funding. 

Resolution XIII.2 instructed the Secretariat to phase out the Small Grants Fund Programme upon exhaustion of currently available resources. The total amount available for projects funded under this call for proposals is CHF 134,000.

As its name indicates, the SGF is intended for small-scale projects and does not replace the need for most developing countries and countries in transition to have access to much more substantial levels of funding in order to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of their wetland resources. The SGF offers a maximum of CHF 35,000 per project and is intended to play a catalytic role.

Important Notes 

The 7th Meeting of the COP (San José, Costa Rica, May 1999), in Resolution VII.5, decided that in future years the Standing Committee should make funding for new projects conditional upon satisfactory compliance with reporting requirements for previous grants to the same country under the Fund. 

All project proposals must be endorsed and submitted by the Ramsar Administrative Authority in each eligible Contracting Party. No proposal can be considered that has not been countersigned by the Authority.

Types of assistance available under the SGF

The SGF is open to eligible Contracting Parties and those overseas territories included in the DAC List for:

  • activities that clearly contribute to the implementation of the Convention’s Strategic Plan 2016-2024. Preference will be given to projects that are aimed at implementing particular priority aspects of the planning done by the Contracting Party, on the basis of the Strategic Plan, for the implementation of the Convention in the triennium 2019-2021; and
  • emergency assistance related to maintaining the ecological character of designated Ramsar sites;

and to eligible non-Contracting Parties for:

  • ‘preparatory assistance’, to allow non-Contracting Parties to progress toward accession to the Convention.

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  • According to the criteria established by Resolution VI.6 for SGF eligibility, all countries and overseas territories on the List of Aid Recipients established by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) for the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), shall be eligible for receiving assistance from the SGF.
    • Countries that are not signatories to the Convention are also able to apply to the Fund, but only for so-called ‘preparatory assistance’ to allow them to progress toward adhesion to the Convention, and not for the other types of assistance (see Section III below for further details).