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By Rachael Petersen With the launch of Global Forest Watch (GFW), anyone with an internet connection can now access troves of timely, high-quality information about where, when, and why forests are changing worldwide. The free, online monitoring system provides the open data and transparency necessary to improve forest management and enhance the livelihoods of forest-dependent peoples. However, information alone cannot lead to real-world change—it takes the work of communities, organizations, and other stakeholders to turn this data in action. Now that we can see where trees are being lost, what can be done to slow or stop harmful forest destruction? How can we empower communities affected by poor forest management to use GFW to protect natural resources? Enter the Global Forest Watch Small Grants Fund. The Fund, which we’re opening up for applications today, aims to support civil society organizations around the world to use the GFW platform in innovative and impactful ways. We have pledged an initial $375,000 for 2014 and are accepting applications through June 30. The Fund offers local organizations from around the world the chance to improve forest management in their own communities.
The Small Grants Fund seeks applications within the following categories to help meet our goal of improving forest management and enhancing local livelihoods:
The Small Grants Fund supports projects ranging from 10,000 USD to 40,000 USD, with a completion date of no later than December 31, 2014.
The Small Grants Fund is intended for registered non-profit, civil society organizations with full-time, paid staff. The fund is not intended for large, international NGOs or any for-profit establishments or government agencies. To learn about how Global Forest Watch is working with other types of stakeholders – including governments, companies, and international NGOs – please visit our website.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, beginning today, March 10, 2014, and ending on June 30, 2014. Organizations are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For more information on the application process, please visit the GFW Small Grants Page and click “How to Apply.”
The possibilities are endless — from strengthening local community forest monitoring to producing new and improved data sets on the world’s vital natural resources. Below are some examples of how civil society groups can utilize the GFW platform to promote sustainable forest management and improve local livelihoods.
We look forward to supporting unique ideas about how to implement our global tool to create positive local outcomes for forests, people, and the planet. LEARN MORE: For more details regarding the Small Grants Fund, please visit the Small Grants Fund website.