French Global Environment Facility’s Grants

Deadline: 15 January, 2013
Open to: NGOs from southern countries with confirmed field experience
Grants: 35 000 € for each project


The SSI programme is designed to strengthen the contribution of civil society in the countries of West and Central Africa and Madagascar to global environment preservation by financing local projects.

The environmental issues targeted are biodiversity protection and climate change, to help improve living standards for local populations.

From July 2011 to July 2013, the programme aims to implement about 40 projects in different countries in the “priotity zone” (24 projects) and elsewhere (16 projects) :                

  • the priority zone in West Africa covers : Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo
  • the priority zone in Central Africa covers : Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
  • countries outside the priority zone are : the West and Central Africac countries and Madagascar.

Three calls for projects will be issued during this period. 10 to 15 of the best projects may be selected in each case.


Following organizations can apply:

  • NGOs from southern countries (at least 80% of projects), professional bodies, women and youth groups or associations. Priority is given to field based organizations. NGOs based outside the intervention area should specify their experience and involvement on the field
  • The international NGOs in partnership with NGOs that don’t have yet a legal status: these projects will be eligible if they contribute to the official recognition of the local NGO. The terms of the partnership between the international and local NGO should be stated in a formal agreement signed by the two parties. The empowerment of local organisations must be detailed and some easy-to-check indicators for this purpose must be developed

The recipients must have:

  • A legal status that allow them to receive a grant;
  • A confirmed field experience;
  • A management of projects experience;
  • A solid knowledge of the field relevant to the project, on biodiversity conservation and/or on fight against climate change.


Contribution of SSIP will have an average amount of 35 000 € for each project.

Some projects can receive up to 50 000 € in case of projects with great biodiversity issues, guaranteed results, strong expertise of the NGO on the relevant field, or/and importance of co-financing.

This contribution will cover at maximum 50% of the total cost of the project when there are other partners such as international organisations or NGOs or private companies as co-funding donors. If the recipients only have local donors (local population contribution, NGO, local authorities…) FFEM could contribute up to 75% of the total amount of the project.

How to apply?

Before submitting a grant application, you should read the rules on the call for small-scale projects carefully. If you believe that your project meets the criteria, you may fill in the grant application form.

Rules and criteria can be downloaded here


NGOs must send by email only their pre-proposals to IUCN-CF:  

Pre-proposal form can be downloaded here

Only the duly completed pre-proposals will be considered: respect of plan, font required, number of pages (maximum 4), and has to be in a Word format (PDF and paper not accepted).

Complete proposals

Preselected NGOs by IUCN-FC must send by email only their complete proposal to IUCN-CF:

The application form for complete proposals will be sent to them.Only the duly completed applications will be considered: respect of plan, font required, number of pages, and has to be in a Word format (PDF and paper not accepted). The administrative documents must be sent too.

  • Deadline for sending pre-proposal forms: 15th of January 2013
  • Deadline for sending complete proposals: 20th of April 2013

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