Small Grants Programme (SGP) of the Convention has played
a crucial role in conserving animals on the move through
projects in more than 30 countries since its inception in
1994 by the Fourth
Conference of the Parties. The overall goal
of the programme is to strengthen the implementation of
the Convention and to act as a catalyst for further action.
The deadline for the 2012-2013 call for
proposals was 31 May 2012. Applications have to be endorsed
by the CMS Focal Point(s) of those countries where activities
are planned as part of the project. Thanks to a generous
contribution from UNEP, at least €75,000 will be available
for the 2012 funding round. Individual projects under the
Programme can receive up to €15,000. However, applications
for lower amounts are encouraged. The 2013-2014 call for
funding is foreseen for spring 2013.
The CMS Small Grants Programme funds activities
in countries that have ratified the Convention and are not
more than three years in arrears with their contributions.
Those CMS Parties that are currently more than three years
in arrears will be eligible for the programme if they transfer
the outstanding funds by 31 May 2012.
Governmental institutions, non-governmental
organizations, communities, conservationists and researchers
engaged in the conservation of migratory species may submit
proposals. Projects should contribute to the implementation
of the Convention and focus on migratory species. Project
duration should not exceed two years and applications must
be endorsed by the national CMS Focal Point(s) of those
eligible countries where activities are taking place as
part of the project. The implementing agency must have a
bank account that can receive international payments.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to read
the revised SGP guidelines (UNEP/CMS/Conf.10.43).
Projects under the SGP are evaluated and
approved by the CMS Scientific Council, with assistance
from the UNEP/CMS Secretariat according to the guidelines.
Projects are judged using a specific SGP Assessment Form,
which applicants may wish to consult.
Least Developed Countries, meeting the
above criteria are particularly encouraged to apply. Amongst
high-scoring projects those with co-funding will be prioritized,
as well as those requiring urgent conservation action. In
terms of species, priority is given in the following order:
species on Appendix I and listed for Concerted Action, other
species on Appendix I, species on Appendix II and in exceptional
circumstances other migratory species.
Support the CMS Small Grants Programme!
The SGP is not included in the core budget
of the Convention and is therefore critically dependent
on voluntary contributions. Financial support for the Programme
is strongly encouraged by the Secretariat to ensure the
sustainability of this cost-effective mechanism targeting
conservation action where it is most needed.
For more information contact Borja Heredia,
Scientific and Technical Officer (bheredia[at]cms.int) at
the UNEP/CMS Secretariat.