Donor: FAO
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 50.000€
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Environment & Natural Resources

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Republic of the Congo, Uganda

  2. America

      Colombia, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Peru

  3. Asia

      Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam


1) Objective

Direct Assistance can be used as a flexible financing tool to respond to immediate, specific requests connected with VPA and non-VPA national strategy and needs, such as provision of training and technical assistance. The Direct Assistance mechanism largely follows the same process in both VPA countries and countries not engaged in VPA:

  • Project identification: direct assistance requests are developed through a collaborative dialogue between FAO, the relevant government agency, the European Union representatives and the beneficiary organization. The Programme will be responsible for final approval and oversight of Direct Assistance requests.
  • Submission of Direct Assistance proposals: after the identification phase, interested proponents submit a short proposal to the Programme Management Unit (PMU).

Illegal logging poses a major challenge for the establishment and maintenance of efficient markets and sustainable logging practices in a global economy that increasingly demands assurances of legal and sustainable production of wood and wood products. Illegal behaviour in the logging sector results in lost government revenue, missed opportunities for industrial development, and increased environmental damage and social problems. In 2003, the European Commission adopted the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan , whose ultimate goal is to encourage sustainable management of forests. To this end, ensuring the legality of forest operations is a vital first step.

The FLEGT Action Plan focuses on governance reforms and capacity building to ensure that timber exported to the European Union (EU) comes only from legal sources. The FAO-EU FLEGT Programme supports implementation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan targeting assistance to stakeholders in tropical timber producing countries. Phase III of the Programme was launched in 2016 and is operational until 2021.

2) Eligibility

Direct Assistance requests are open to two groups of actors: (1) Government institutions, including relevant Ministries, administrations and public institutions; (2) Non-profit private sector organization representing members of the private sector including trade unions, federations, organizations of chainsaw operators and charcoal producers, or other small scale unions or associations representing small and medium sized enterprises operating exclusively in the forestry sector. Direct support to private companies is not available through the Programme.

3) Location

Requests for Direct Assistance can be submitted from entities in VPA countries and in countries not engaged in a VPA (non-VPA countries: (1) Africa: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique, Uganda; (2) Asia: Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, The Philippines, Myanmar; (3) Americas: Guyana, Honduras, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru.

4) Budget

Direct Assistance is available to governments and private sector organizations, and are accepted by the Programme on a rolling basis, for support up to €50,000. Requests exceeding €50,000 will be considered on a case-by-case basis and presented to the Steering Committee for a “no-objection”.

5) Application

Requests of Direct Assistance can be submitted at any time. Proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

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