Apply to the Global Forest Watch Small Grants Fund!

Deadline: 1 March, 2015
Open to: civil society not-for-profit organizations that have an annual budget of more than US $30,000
Grants: The fund provides grants between US $10,000 and US $40,000


Established in 2014, the Small Grants Fund seeks to promote broad uptake and innovative use of Global Forest Watch by civil society. The Small Grants Fund provides financial and technical support to civil society organizations that want to use Global Forest Watch in their research, advocacy, and fieldwork. The fund provides grants between US$10,000 and US$40,000.

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The Small Grants Fund seeks applications for projects that use or contribute to Global Forest Watch. Potential project concepts may include however are not limited to:

  • Using GFW to monitor, assess, or map forest landscapes to support sustainable forest management, law enforcement, biodiversity conservation, land use planning, and/or recognition of the forest tenure rights of local communities;
  • Using GFW to support evidence-based advocacy, campaigning, education, or training;
  • Increasing forest transparency by (a) promoting disclosure of geospatial data by companies, governments, or communities; (b) aggregating and surfacing existing forest data; or (c) developing new geospatial data for GFW;
  • Using GFW for journalism or other evidence-based storytelling to support broad communication and to raise awareness about a specific issue;
  • Generating original, policy-relevant research or analysis to discern spatial or temporal trends in land use, forest change or drivers of deforestation;
  • Supporting baseline setting or measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) for REDD+ projects;
  • Building a customized app (web- or mobile-based tool) using GFW’s open source API;
  • Using GFW to support legal investigations and/or court cases related to forest crimes.

Elibility is restricted to organizations which meet the following requirements:

  • They must be certified non-profit and non-governmental;
  • They must be implementing projects at a regional, national or sub-national level;
  • They must have an annual budget of greater than $30,000 USD;
  • They must have computerized financial systems for tracking and recording expenses;
  • They must be able to fill out an organizational assessment document (containing questions regarding the organization’s finances) in fluent English

Other considerations: Although not required, special consideration will be given to projects that promote gender equity or benefit women, and to projects that support poverty reduction and/or social justice. For more information regarding project or organization eligibility, please download the Guidelines for Applicants. Please consult the guidelines before applying.

How to apply?

All applications must be submitted by March 1, 2015. The review process is not rolling; all applications will be reviewed after March 1

To apply, please click on the button available at the official webpage here, which will take you to the online application. All applications must be submitted electronically to be considered.

The official webpage

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