This is very exciting news for Jamaica’s fight against climate change. No less than eighteen non-governmental and community-based organizations will receive grants totaling close to J$85 million next Monday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the Knutsford Court Hotel. And more grants are being reviewed for approval next month. I will be sharing more information on the grantees in subsequent posts. PLEASE “like” Environmental Foundation of Jamaica on Facebook and follow them @The_EFJ on Twitter for updates.
Please find the press release from the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation below. For further information, contact Gail Hoad, Communication Consultant, Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanisms Project, Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience. firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: (876) 294-3608
NGOs, CBOs to get JMD84.9 million in Grants for Climate Change Adaptation
Almost J$85 million is being provided to 18 organisations, which will sign grant agreements with the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) on Monday, January 30, 2017, for climate change adaptation and resilience building projects across the island.
The grant funds have been provided under the Special Climate Change Adaptation Fund (SCCAF) which is supported by the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanisms project of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (AP&FM PPCR), and administered by the EFJ. The fund provides grants of up to J$5 million for a number of community-level climate change adaptation initiatives including: soil conservation, climate smart agriculture and tourism, water management, disaster preparedness and climate smart construction.
The organisations set to sign grant agreements with the EFJ on January 30 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston are the first beneficiaries under the SCCAF grant facility. The first call for project proposals took place between October 3 and November 11, 2016. A total of 83 proposals were received by the EFJ, and from this number 46 were shortlisted. All the shortlisted proposals were then reviewed and 18 were recommended for approval. Another 12 proposals have been provided with the opportunity for further development and the re-submitted documents are being reviewed. A final decision on these proposals is expected during February.
This first call for proposals saw the EFJ circulating the call in the media and through relevant networks. The Foundation also organised three proposal writing workshops in Mandeville, Montego Bay and Kingston during October and November 2016, and a total of 119 persons attended these workshops.
“We are pleased with this first call in terms of the number of proposals received,” said Chief Executive Officer of the EFJ, Barrington Lewis. While expressing satisfaction with the overall results of the first call, Mr Lewis has also expressed concern about the number and quality of proposals from the eastern and western ends of the island and said EFJ would be working with its Public Relations and Communication committee to encourage more applications from these areas.
The second call for proposals takes place in February 2017 and will be announced in the media. The EFJ will again be providing guidance in proposal writing through a series of workshops and all documents related to the call will be posted on the organisation’s website. NGOs, CBOs, other civil society groups and government agencies working with these groups are all eligible to submit proposals to the Fund.
The Special Climate Change Adaptation Fund is a financing mechanism supported by the AP&FM PPCR project to build climate resilience and support livelihoods and income generation. The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and is financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) through the PPCR.