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ENVIRONMENT - APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Every year we receive more funding applications under our Environment Fund than we are able to support with grants. We are therefore only able to support the strongest applications which follow our application guidelines and clearly meet our funding criteria.

Details of the funding priorities in our Environment programme can be found here.  The strongest applications always provide evidence of the success of their previous programmes.

If you have previously had funding from TWF please contact us before making a new application.

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR FUNDING

We don’t have an application form, so you are free to formulate your proposal as you wish.  However, when applying to the Environment Fund, please follow these guidelines:

  • Limit the proposal to approximately 2-3 sides of A4, and send it as an attachment to an email to applications@waterloofoundation.org.uk. Applications sent anywhere else will not be counted.
  • State that you are applying under our Environment programme, and state which programme you are applying to – Marine or Tropical Rainforests. Please also let us know how you heard about this particular funding programme.
  • Supply basic information on your organisation – name, address, aim, charitable status, annual income and expenditure, website address and contact details.
  • Briefly describe the project or purpose for which you are seeking funding. You must outline how this meets the priorities of the programme you are applying to.
  • Briefly outline the anticipated project outcomes and how these will be measured, including any post-implementation studies you plan to undertake.
  • Please provide a brief outline of the need for this particular intervention. Do reference any statistics, data or research that you use as justification.
  • Provide brief project details such as cost, timescales and activities. We don’t need to see the full project plan or budget at this stage.
  • Provide evidence that your previous projects have led to successful outcomes and sustained impact.

We may ask at a later stage to see a full copy of the supporting data and evaluation.

 

DEADLINES

Each year we have 2 deadlines per programme for applications to our Environment Fund. We aim to process all the applications we receive within 6 months of the deadline date. 

Marine - The 2 deadlines for applications to our Marine programme fall on the following dates every year:

  • 1st March
  • 1st September

Tropical Rainforests - The 2 deadlines for applications to our Tropical Rainforests programme fall on the following dates every year:

  • 1st June
  • 1st December

 

SPECIFIC APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MARINE FUNDING:

If your initial proposal to the Marine programme is deemed eligible, you will be expected to provide the following information. Therefore, applicants that refer to the availability of this information in their initial proposal will be given priority:

For marine local projects:

Applicants should be able to evidence previous successful marine projects, with outcomes including: 

  • A demonstrable increase in fish stocks;
  • Implementation of a management plan over a specified and measurable area;
  • Improved livelihoods and / or income levels of fishery-dependent communities.

For marine strategic projects:

  • Evidence of previous successful strategic programmes e.g. an attributable change in policy or improved supply chain;
  • For your proposed project, the specific measurable outcomes that you expect the programme to achieve, and the methods you will use to monitor these outcomes;
  • The strategy put in place to ensure the sustainability of the programme’s objectives for the long term.  

 

SPECIFIC APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR TROPICAL RAINFORESTS FUNDING:

If your initial proposal to the Tropical Rainforests programme is deemed eligible, you will be expected to provide the following information. Therefore, applicants that refer to the availability of this information in their initial proposal will be given priority:

For tropical rainforest local projects:

Applicants should be able to evidence previous successful tropical rainforest projects, with outcomes including:    

  • Demonstrable protection of an area of tropical rainforest specified by hectare and cost;
  • Implementation of a management plan;
  • Improved livelihoods and income levels of forest-dependent communities.
  • The area of tropical forest the project will protect in hectares.

For tropical rainforest strategic projects:

  • Evidence of previous successful strategic programmes e.g. an attributable change in policy or improved supply chain. We may ask to see a full copy of the supporting data and evaluation at a later stage;
  • For your proposed programme, the specific measurable outcomes that you expect the programme to achieve, and the methods you will use to monitor these outcomes;
  • The strategy put in place to ensure the sustainability of the programme’s objectives for the long term. 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the timescales for applications to be reviewed?

We aim to undertake a first review of all new applications within 2-3 months of submission.  If your funding application is unsuccessful we will let you know as soon as we can after this first review.  If your funding application is able to be taken forward to be reviewed in more detail, we will then contact you to discuss it further.  It usually takes around 6 months between the submission of an application and a decision to provide a grant, so please consider this when submitting an application.

Who can apply for funding?

We prioritise providing funding support to UK-based charities, many of whom work in close partnership with smaller local NGOs based in the countries in which they operate.

Can I apply if I am from outside the UK?

If you are an organisation based outside of the UK you must send us contact details for a named person who is willing to provide us with a reference for your work.  This must be someone who:

  • Works for an international NGO with offices in the UK
  • Works for an organisation that the Foundation has previously given a grant to
  • Works for an organisation with offices in the UK, which has been a current or former donor to your organisation
  • Works for an academic institution, think tank or as an independent consultant who is based in the UK, and which has evaluated your organisation.

Ideally, the person you provide as a reference will have visited your organisation and be able to provide feedback on the quality of your work. Please state the name, contact details and your relationship to the referee (i.e. past funder) at the beginning of your application. Only applications with references will be considered.

What size of grants does TWF provide?

We will consider providing one off and multi-annual grants (usually for up to three years).  The majority of our grants in this programme will be for a total of £50,000 - £100,000.

Can I submit more than one proposal, or apply under both Marine and Tropical Rainforests at the same time?

We will only consider one application per organisation at any one time. We therefore recommend that you chose your strongest project proposal and only submit that one.

What type of grants does TWF provide?

The majority of our grants support projects or programmes.  Grants that are predominantly for core costs or unrestricted funding will only be open to organisations which we have previously supported with a grant, and which are invited to apply for this type of funding support.

Are there any types of projects you don’t support?

There are certain types of project for which we are not able to offer funding under each of our programmes:

Marine:

  • Projects with animal conservation as the sole focus
  • Projects focusing on environmental education
  • Projects based in freshwater fisheries (e.g. Lake Victoria)

Tropical Rainforests:

  • Tree planting projects
  • Projects focused solely on the use of fuel-efficient stoves (we have selected one partner to undertake forest-related efficient stove interventions)
  • Projects with animal conservation as the sole focus
  • Projects focusing on environmental education
  • We are currently not accepting proposals for REDD projects, pending a review of projects already funded.

In addition, we will only consider proposals from US-based organisations under exceptional circumstances, due to the higher availability of environmental funding in the US compared to the UK.

I’ve read all the above, and can’t find the answer to my question. How do I contact you?

Please send us an email with your enquiry at info@waterloofoundation.org.uk and we will endeavour to respond to you within a few days. If your query is more urgent, please call the office on 02920 838980.

 

 

 

 


Last updated Sunday 21 August, 2016