CEPF Small Grants to Wallacea Biodiversity Hotspot: Supporting Biodiversity Conservation!

Deadline: 3 March 2016

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) investment in the Wallacea Biodiversity Hotspot has jointly announced a call for proposals from civil society organizations to submit Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) to support biodiversity conservation in the region of Indonesia and Timor-Leste. The fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation.


  • Strengthening the ability of civil society to integrate biodiversity conservation into sustainable economic development policy.
  • Strengthening the ability of civil society to integrate biodiversity conservation into poverty reduction and sustainable livelihood activities.
  • Strengthening the ability of civil society to manage the response to climate change.
  • Creation of networks between civil society, government, and the private sector.
  • Enhancing the ability of civil society to raise funds directly or via long-term mechanisms, including trust funds or policies related to access to public revenue.

Focus Areas

  • Enhance the capacity of civil society to identify, plan and undertake surveys, planning, implementation, and monitoring of conservation actions
  • Catalyze networking and collaboration among community groups, NGOs, private sector, and other elements of civil society
  • Increase the volume of sustainable funding available to civil society for conservation actions via capacity building and appropriate mechanisms

Funding Information

  • CEPF intends to award up to three grants for a combined $500,000 for a period of 30 months.
  • The maximum value of any single grant should be no more than $250,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Non-government organizations, community groups, private enterprises, universities, and other civil society organizations from Indonesia and Timor-Leste are eligible to apply for funding.
  • Applications from organizations that propose to build capacity of local civil society and community groups are particularly encouraged.
  • Projects must be located within the sites and countries identified in the above.
  • Organizations must have their own bank account and be authorized under relevant national laws to receive charitable contributions.
  • Government-owned enterprises or institutions are eligible only if they can demonstrate that the enterprise or institution:
    • has a legal personality independent of any government agency or actor
    • has the authority to apply for and receive private funds
    • is not able to claim sovereign immunity

How to Apply

  • Applicants must download the CEPF Letters of inquiry (LOI) form via given website.
  • LOI must be submitted in English.

For more information, please visit CEPF Program.