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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – July 2016 Supporting and Strengthening the Management of Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in the Mesoamerican Reef The French Global Environment Facility, the Government of Germany through KfW, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and the Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund) are pleased to announce the joint request for proposals “Supporting and Strengthening the Management of Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in the Mesoamerican Reef.  Please find detailed information below on the objectives, eligible applicants, proposal format, deadline, and instructions for project presentation. General objective of this request for proposals To contribute to the conservation of the ecological functions of the Mesoamerican Reef System. Specific Objectives

A. To support the protection and conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems in priority areas.

B. To promote the participation of civil society in best management practices and sustainable use of coastal and marine resources.

C. To strengthen communication and exchanges for effective adoption of new practices.

As in our 8th RfP, we are happy to extend a special invitation to the community groups established inside or within the area of influence of the priority protected areas, to submit proposals directly.  

Eligible Priority, Protected Areas and Applicants

Each project may include one or more of the eligible investments shown in the following table:
TABLE 1 CONVO
The 18 coastal and marine protected areas are eligible as well as their areas of influence and are listed below:
Table 1: List of coastal and marine protected areas of the initial network. TABLE 2 CONVO
The following are considered eligible applicants for this request for proposals:
  • Community-based organizations, including fisher groups
  • Governmental institutions
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Academia

Organizations must be legally recognized or registered at any valid governmental level in the four countries (i.e. Municipal), and they must have an operational Board of Directors. Their headquarters must be established in any one of the four countries of the MAR region to be eligible.

Community participation can be supported directly, or through an NGO, as long as there is an agreement between the two organizations that demonstrates the community is an active participant in the project.

For México, if a governmental organization or academic institution is interested in submitting a proposal, the project must be administered by an NGO. All Mexican NGOs that apply to the request for proposals or that are proposed as grants administrators, must comply with the requirements requested in Annex 1. To download this annex, please press here

To maximize the available resources, any proposal involving duplication of funds / efforts funded by other initiatives or programs of MAR Fund, will be discarded.

Criteria, Project period, Deadline and Submission

The following criteria will be applied in the revision and selection of proposals. Although projects do not necessarily have to comply with all of these conditions, they will be an important factor in the final selection. Criteria include that projects:  
  • Can demonstrate measurable results on progress of at least one of the stated objectives.
  • Coordinate their implementation across multiple stakeholders.
  • Strengthen local management capacity of professionals and institutions.
  • Have transferable or replicable outcomes for other communities/protected areas.
  • Engage the MPAs of interest and are aligned with their management plans and with the institutional priorities of the protected area managers.
  • Implement actions or activities included in regional plans.
  • Have activities that are closely aligned with the applicant organization’s mission and/or are otherwise sustainable beyond the project period.
  • Build on current work in the area or model successful projects in the region.
  • Create a new source of financing to reduce the financial gap of the MPA.
  • Demonstrate community participation in the proposed activities.
The maximum grant amount will be $30,000, based on project needs and absorptive capacity of the implementing institution.  
For this RFP at least 25% of the total budget must come from other sources, as a match to the requested funds. The maximum amount allowed for administration expenses cannot exceed 10% of the total amount requested. Administrative expenses refer exclusively to the fixed operating costs of the organization.  
On this occasion, projects may last a period of up to 24 months if they address the following topics:
  • Monitoring and evaluation of natural resources
  • Implementation of adaptation and mitigation strategies for local communities and resources/ecosystems
  • Establishment of fisheries recovery zones (no take zones)
  • Promotion of sustainable income-generating activities for local communities and community associations
 
All other topics will have a period of up to 12 months.
The deadline for the presentation of proposals is September 16, 2016. All proposals must be received no later than 4.30 PM in each country on that date.
Submission of proposals and proposal format
Proposals may be submitted by email but an electronic copy on a CD must also be submitted. The CD will not be returned after the selection process. Attached you will find the proposal format in Word. To download the proposal format and its annexes in Word, please press here.

  The CD must be sent to the founding member of the country where the project will be submitted:

Protected Areas Conservation Trust
c/o Nayari Diaz
2 Mango Street, Belmopan City, Cayo, Belize
email address: nayari@pactbelize.org

Fundación para la Conservación de los Recursos Naturales y Ambiente en Guatemala
c/o Enrique Escalante
22 Av. 0-59, Zona 15, Vista Hermosa 2 Guatemala, Guatemala 01015
email address: eescalante@marfund.org

Fundación Biosfera
Eduardo Rico
Colonia Bella Oriente, Bloque B, Casa 4503, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
email address: eduardo.ricofb@gmail.com

Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza
Cintia Landa
Ave. Acanceh SM 11 Mz.2 L3 Tercer Piso Corporativo SACH
C.P. 77580 Cancún, Quintana Roo, México
email address: cintia.landa@fmcn.org

Proposals and proposal ideas can be discussed with each member fund and the central MAR Fund office by email or phone if presented at least two weeks prior to the deadline (by September 02). Each member fund and the central office can provide guidance in relation to the pertinence of the project idea, coherence and structure of the proposal and elements included in the document. It is important to emphasize, however, that the approval of proposals is the exclusive responsibility of the Board of Directors.
Support for proposal development

Applicants interested in receiving technical support for the preparation of the proposal, especially with the Project Development Table, may request support from the MAR Fund central office or any Member Fund no later than three weeks (by August 12) after the launch of the RfP.

The applicants who require this assistance must complete the application form for support for proposals (Annex 2) and submit it no later than August 12 2016 to Claudio González, Technical Coordinator of the MAR Fund (cgonzalez@marfund.org). To download this annex, please press here

The support will be organized by the technical staff of the member funds from Belize, Honduras and Mexico.  In Guatemala, the MAR Fund technical staff will provide the support.  The person that will provide the support in each country will travel to the applicant’s office for a day to guide them and work with them on the proposal.   The support or assistance process for the development of proposals does not imply commitment for financing the resulting proposal.

Language of the proposal Proposals may be submitted in English or Spanish. For projects to be developed in Mexico, the proposals must be written in Spanish. Proposal selection process Project proposals will be reviewed by the Joint Review Committee, which will make recommendations to the Board of the MAR Fund. The Board is responsible for final determination of the proposals.

Applicants will be notified of the selection process results by the end of March, 2017 through mail, fax or email. For further questions on this request for proposals and the grant process, please contact, no later than August 04, 2016:

Claudio González MAR Fund mailto:cgonzalez@marfund.org Tel. / fax +502 2369-3188

    Partners: KfW

The KfW is a governmental bank established in 1948, and located in Frankfurt.  The purpose of the institution is to support the economy, society and ecology at a worldwide level.  It supports the sustainable improvement of economic conditions and well being in medium class lifestyle, natural resources protection, infrastructure, education, project and export financing and cooperation for development.

FFEM

The FGEF was established in order to promote a sustainable global environment and works all across Latin AmericaAfrica and Asia in the protection of ecosystems. Their work primarily involves dealing with climate change and protecting the ozone layer, biodiversity, marine protection, and protecting land from land degradation. The French Global Environment Facility has worked in various national parks in these continents with other global environmental groups such as the World Wide Fund for Nature in funding and the protection of areas of ecological vulnerability. It has also done much work in the Indian Ocean islands such as the Seychelles.

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

In 1996, David and Lynn created a family foundation to administer their philanthropic efforts. For them, philanthropy was an extension of their natural inclination to help people, knowing that sometimes people need a hand. Helping others was a principle they took seriously and enjoyed immensely, and their motivations sprang from deep, spiritual desire to make a difference in the world.  The Foundation promotes high-impact programs that help people achieve self-sufficiency and well-being by providing them with basic necessities and economic stability.

Mesoamerican Reef Fund

It is a four-country alliance (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico) established to support conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in the Mesoamerican Reef as a single ecosystem and ecoregion.   It operates as a privately managed fund that relies on the preexisting knowhow and technical, administrative, and financial capabilities of the four founding members to operate on the ground:  Protected Areas Conservation Trust (Belize), Fundación para la Conservación de los Recursos Naturales y Ambiente en Guatemala, Fundación Biosfera (Honduras), and Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, A.C.

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For Grantees

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – July 2016 Supporting and Strengthening the Management of Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in the Mesoamerican Reef The French Global Environment Facility, the Government of Germany through KfW, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and the Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund) are pleased to announce the joint request for proposals “Supporting and Strengthening the Management of Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in the Mesoamerican Reef.  Please find detailed information below on the objectives, eligible applicants, proposal format, deadline, and instructions for project presentation. General objective of this request for proposals To contribute to the conservation of the ecological functions of the Mesoamerican Reef System. Specific Objectives

A. To support the protection and conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems in priority areas.

B. To promote the participation of civil society in best management practices and sustainable use of coastal and marine resources.

C. To strengthen communication and exchanges for effective adoption of new practices.

As in our 8th RfP, we are happy to extend a special invitation to the community groups established inside or within the area of influence of the priority protected areas, to submit proposals directly.  

Eligible Priority, Protected Areas and Applicants

Each project may include one or more of the eligible investments shown in the following table:
TABLE 1 CONVO
The 18 coastal and marine protected areas are eligible as well as their areas of influence and are listed below:
Table 1: List of coastal and marine protected areas of the initial network. TABLE 2 CONVO
The following are considered eligible applicants for this request for proposals:
  • Community-based organizations, including fisher groups
  • Governmental institutions
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Academia

Organizations must be legally recognized or registered at any valid governmental level in the four countries (i.e. Municipal), and they must have an operational Board of Directors. Their headquarters must be established in any one of the four countries of the MAR region to be eligible.

Community participation can be supported directly, or through an NGO, as long as there is an agreement between the two organizations that demonstrates the community is an active participant in the project.

For México, if a governmental organization or academic institution is interested in submitting a proposal, the project must be administered by an NGO. All Mexican NGOs that apply to the request for proposals or that are proposed as grants administrators, must comply with the requirements requested in Annex 1. To download this annex, please press here

To maximize the available resources, any proposal involving duplication of funds / efforts funded by other initiatives or programs of MAR Fund, will be discarded.

Criteria, Project period, Deadline and Submission

The following criteria will be applied in the revision and selection of proposals. Although projects do not necessarily have to comply with all of these conditions, they will be an important factor in the final selection. Criteria include that projects:  
  • Can demonstrate measurable results on progress of at least one of the stated objectives.
  • Coordinate their implementation across multiple stakeholders.
  • Strengthen local management capacity of professionals and institutions.
  • Have transferable or replicable outcomes for other communities/protected areas.
  • Engage the MPAs of interest and are aligned with their management plans and with the institutional priorities of the protected area managers.
  • Implement actions or activities included in regional plans.
  • Have activities that are closely aligned with the applicant organization’s mission and/or are otherwise sustainable beyond the project period.
  • Build on current work in the area or model successful projects in the region.
  • Create a new source of financing to reduce the financial gap of the MPA.
  • Demonstrate community participation in the proposed activities.
The maximum grant amount will be $30,000, based on project needs and absorptive capacity of the implementing institution.  
For this RFP at least 25% of the total budget must come from other sources, as a match to the requested funds. The maximum amount allowed for administration expenses cannot exceed 10% of the total amount requested. Administrative expenses refer exclusively to the fixed operating costs of the organization.  
On this occasion, projects may last a period of up to 24 months if they address the following topics:
  • Monitoring and evaluation of natural resources
  • Implementation of adaptation and mitigation strategies for local communities and resources/ecosystems
  • Establishment of fisheries recovery zones (no take zones)
  • Promotion of sustainable income-generating activities for local communities and community associations
 
All other topics will have a period of up to 12 months.
The deadline for the presentation of proposals is September 16, 2016. All proposals must be received no later than 4.30 PM in each country on that date.
Submission of proposals and proposal format
Proposals may be submitted by email but an electronic copy on a CD must also be submitted. The CD will not be returned after the selection process. Attached you will find the proposal format in Word. To download the proposal format and its annexes in Word, please press here.

  The CD must be sent to the founding member of the country where the project will be submitted:

Protected Areas Conservation Trust
c/o Nayari Diaz
2 Mango Street, Belmopan City, Cayo, Belize
email address: nayari@pactbelize.org

Fundación para la Conservación de los Recursos Naturales y Ambiente en Guatemala
c/o Enrique Escalante
22 Av. 0-59, Zona 15, Vista Hermosa 2 Guatemala, Guatemala 01015
email address: eescalante@marfund.org

Fundación Biosfera
Eduardo Rico
Colonia Bella Oriente, Bloque B, Casa 4503, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
email address: eduardo.ricofb@gmail.com

Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza
Cintia Landa
Ave. Acanceh SM 11 Mz.2 L3 Tercer Piso Corporativo SACH
C.P. 77580 Cancún, Quintana Roo, México
email address: cintia.landa@fmcn.org

Proposals and proposal ideas can be discussed with each member fund and the central MAR Fund office by email or phone if presented at least two weeks prior to the deadline (by September 02). Each member fund and the central office can provide guidance in relation to the pertinence of the project idea, coherence and structure of the proposal and elements included in the document. It is important to emphasize, however, that the approval of proposals is the exclusive responsibility of the Board of Directors.
Support for proposal development

Applicants interested in receiving technical support for the preparation of the proposal, especially with the Project Development Table, may request support from the MAR Fund central office or any Member Fund no later than three weeks (by August 12) after the launch of the RfP.

The applicants who require this assistance must complete the application form for support for proposals (Annex 2) and submit it no later than August 12 2016 to Claudio González, Technical Coordinator of the MAR Fund (cgonzalez@marfund.org). To download this annex, please press here

The support will be organized by the technical staff of the member funds from Belize, Honduras and Mexico.  In Guatemala, the MAR Fund technical staff will provide the support.  The person that will provide the support in each country will travel to the applicant’s office for a day to guide them and work with them on the proposal.   The support or assistance process for the development of proposals does not imply commitment for financing the resulting proposal.

Language of the proposal Proposals may be submitted in English or Spanish. For projects to be developed in Mexico, the proposals must be written in Spanish. Proposal selection process Project proposals will be reviewed by the Joint Review Committee, which will make recommendations to the Board of the MAR Fund. The Board is responsible for final determination of the proposals.

Applicants will be notified of the selection process results by the end of March, 2017 through mail, fax or email. For further questions on this request for proposals and the grant process, please contact, no later than August 04, 2016:

Claudio González MAR Fund mailto:cgonzalez@marfund.org Tel. / fax +502 2369-3188

    Partners: KfW

The KfW is a governmental bank established in 1948, and located in Frankfurt.  The purpose of the institution is to support the economy, society and ecology at a worldwide level.  It supports the sustainable improvement of economic conditions and well being in medium class lifestyle, natural resources protection, infrastructure, education, project and export financing and cooperation for development.

FFEM

The FGEF was established in order to promote a sustainable global environment and works all across Latin AmericaAfrica and Asia in the protection of ecosystems. Their work primarily involves dealing with climate change and protecting the ozone layer, biodiversity, marine protection, and protecting land from land degradation. The French Global Environment Facility has worked in various national parks in these continents with other global environmental groups such as the World Wide Fund for Nature in funding and the protection of areas of ecological vulnerability. It has also done much work in the Indian Ocean islands such as the Seychelles.

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

In 1996, David and Lynn created a family foundation to administer their philanthropic efforts. For them, philanthropy was an extension of their natural inclination to help people, knowing that sometimes people need a hand. Helping others was a principle they took seriously and enjoyed immensely, and their motivations sprang from deep, spiritual desire to make a difference in the world.  The Foundation promotes high-impact programs that help people achieve self-sufficiency and well-being by providing them with basic necessities and economic stability.

Mesoamerican Reef Fund

It is a four-country alliance (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico) established to support conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in the Mesoamerican Reef as a single ecosystem and ecoregion.   It operates as a privately managed fund that relies on the preexisting knowhow and technical, administrative, and financial capabilities of the four founding members to operate on the ground:  Protected Areas Conservation Trust (Belize), Fundación para la Conservación de los Recursos Naturales y Ambiente en Guatemala, Fundación Biosfera (Honduras), and Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, A.C.

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