Grant Opportunities for Forest Restoration

Deadline: 1 November 2015
Open to: organizations that will use this workshop opportunity to connect corridors, create buffer zones, improve degraded lands
Grant: not exceeding USD 10,000


Education for Nature (EFN) with generous funding from The UPS Foundation, has launched a special grant opportunity focused on supporting communities in regaining ecological integrity and enhancing human well being in deforested or degraded forest landscapes through forest restoration.

WWF has the objective to take to scale landscape approaches, including restoration, in at least 10 landscapes where forest ecosystem services are valued and conserved by 2020. In 2012, with support from The UPS Foundation, EFN launched the Reforestation Grant Program to fulfill this goal by supporting locally based organizations working in WWF priority areas to plant, protect, and preserve trees. Together, these locally-led projects are helping to restore and reforest tropical areas of significant conservation value.

When carefully planned, forest restoration activities can provide environmental services to the local community and develop new habitats in formerly bare areas. EFN is looking for organizations that will use this workshop opportunity to connect corridors, create buffer zones, improve degraded lands, restore watersheds, and expand forest cover while also allowing local stakeholders to connect with nature and become a vested part of a larger conservation program.


To be eligible for a Reforestation Grant, an organization must meet the following criteria:

  • Your organization must be legally registered in an eligible country;
  • Your organization must conduct reforestation/restoration activities in a WWF-US priority ecoregion;
  • Your organization must submit all required documents by one of the application deadlines;
  • You organization must complete all grant activities before 31 August, 2016;
  • The proposed project must take place at least 90 days after one of the application deadlines;
  • The proposed project must include an active learning, practical skill component, or field-based learning activity that builds skills and knowledge for local stakeholders as part of the project activities.

Eligible countries

Local organizations from the following WWF-US priority ecoregions are eligible to apply:

  • Amazon and Tropical Andes (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname);
  • Borneo and Sumatra (Indonesia);
  • Coastal East Africa (Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania);
  • Congo Basin (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Dem. Republic of Congo, Gabon, Republic of Congo);
  • Eastern Himalayas (Bhutan, Nepal);
  • Greater Mekong (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam);
  • Madagascar;
  • Mesoamerican Reef (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras);
  • Namibia.


A detailed project budget not exceeding USD 10,000.

How to apply?

All applicants must complete an application by one of the deadlines 1 November 2015 or 1 February 2016. 

Application process must include:

  • A summary of the organization’s work to date and major accomplishments;
  • An overview of the need for the reforestation project including conservation objectives and other related project goals;
  • An explanation of how this reforestation project fits in with other conservation projects in the area, specifically WWF projects;
  • A description of the reforestation site with photos of the proposed site;
  • A detailed description of the proposed activity including: tree species selected and why (please include Latin name and climate adaptability of the species selected), how climate projections are being taken into account in the research, expected number of trees and area to be planted, stakeholder participation, long-term tree stewardship/maintenance plans, expected conservation outcomes;
  • A detailed description about the training program – Describe how it is building skills and knowledge of local stakeholders to advance conservation;
  • A project timeline;
  • Expected outcomes including: short-term (6 months – 1 year) and long-term expectations (1+ years);
  • Method of evaluation – Describe how you will measure the expected outcomes (i.e. surveys, monitoring, survival rate of planted trees);
  • Include a CV for the main trainer and attach a brief biography for the other trainers;
  • A detailed project budget (not exceeding USD 10,000).

For more information please visit the official website. 

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