Grants from Forest Foundation Philippines

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The Forest Foundation Philippines was established in 2002 under two bilateral agreements between the governments of the United States of America and the Philippines through the US Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA). Since their founding, they have been on a mission to protect the Philippine forests from the threats and challenges that they face. They have supported over 450 projects. The Foundation supports organisations that implement projects to protect the forests through its grant programs. They run two grant programs: (1) Forest Landscape Grant Program: The program supports activities that foster the protection and sustainable management of forests in the Foundation’s focal landscapes: Sierra Madre, Palawan, Samar and Leyte, and Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental; and (2) Focused Grants Program: The program supports activities that foster the protection and sustainable management of forests outside the focal landscapes.

2) Eligibility

Entities involved in development, education, research, communications, livelihood and forestry are encouraged to apply. This includes: (1) duly-registered individuals, groups and organisations, such as non-governmental, peoples, indigenous peoples, professional, socio-civic and community organisations; (2) other appropriate local or regional entities active in the Philippines; (3) individuals, who are considered as subject experts or professionals; and (4) units or agencies under the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, in exceptional circumstances. Other entities, like State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), higher educational institutions, corporate foundations or specific industry chambers, are invited to engage in partnerships rather than apply for grants.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Philippines.

4) Budget

The categories of the grants are: (1) Small Grant up to Php 500,000 (approx. $9,500) and must be implemented within one year; (2) Medium Grant up to Php 6,000,000 ($113,600) and must be implemented in one to three years; and (3) Large Grant up to Php 24,000,000 (approx. $455,000) and must be implemented in one to five years.

5) Application

Interested entities may send their applications, using the prescribed templates for the proposals from the website, through mail or e-mail. Mail: The Executive Director, Forest Foundation Philippines, 2F Valderrama Bldg., 107 Esteban St., Legaspi Village 1229 Makati City, Philippines, E-mail: proposals(a)forestfoundation.ph. They accept and review applications on a rolling basis. Periodically, they will issue Request for Proposals (RFPs) for specific projects and areas.