Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Foundation Ensemble’s Programme Fund and Small Grants Fund Call for Proposals

Foundation Ensemble provides grant support to NGOs in areas of water and sanitation, sustainable development and animal biodiversity through its Programme Fund and Small Grants Fund.

The Foundation has issued a 2012 call for proposals for providing funding for projects that will bring multiple benefits in three or more categories of impact among the following:

        Environmental Impact: Improvement of the main natural resources (water, air, timber, wildlife, fish,…), preservation/enhancement of biodiversity, fight against erosion, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, carbon capture, soil enrichment, fight against desertification, etc. …
        Social Impact: Improve food security, health, education, housing, governance, understanding and respect for human rights, reducing the risks of conflict …
        Economic Impact: Increase and diversification of income, creation of micro-enterprises, job creation, cost reduction (energy, water, …)…
        Disaster Risks Reduction : Such as landslides, floods, destruction of habitat and means of production, caused by hazards like storms/cyclones, droughts, earthquakes, tsunamis

This is obviously not about trying to respond to all these issues, but to make interventions which can meet the priority needs of communities in one or several areas, while helping to improve the situation for other aspects.

Allocating over 85% of the its funding for Programme Fund, the Foundation Ensemble intends to support water and sanitation and sustainable development activities in developing countries under this Fund.

For 2012, The Fondation has selected 6 priority countries of intervention:
Benin, Mozambique, Cambodia, Laos, Ecuador, Peru.
The minimum amount allocated per project is €50,000 per year; support is provided for, at least, two years. The Foundation can  provide up to 50% of the total budget for the project, to a maximum subsidy level of € 250,000.

The Foundation is looking for programmes that will make a concrete and lasting improvement to the life of its target population. Supported projects contribute to protecting the environment and rationalizing the use of natural resources. Projects arise from specific findings that take into account both the needs of local populations and those of the land.Projects are selected by a yearly committee meeting. The opinion of the Foundation’s Board of Experts is sought on the occasion of the committee meeting, via a forum.

The deadline to apply is February 12, 2012
For more information about Programme Fund and how to apply for it, visit this link.

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