15th REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

August 3rd, 2022

The Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund) is delighted to announce its annual request for proposals (RfP). On this occasion, we have two available financial windows, which include a new objective to strengthen the economy of the coastal communities of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) through sustainable enterprises that demonstrate a positive impact on ecosystems.

The financial windows are:

1. Traditional Small Grants:
Supporting Coastal and Marine resources management and protection in the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR).

This RfP will support: 1) Productive activities or new sustainable markets, 2) Resilience of protected areas, coastal communities, and NGOs, 3) Wastewater and solid waste management and 4) Effective conservation of fish spawning aggregations (FSA).

2. Reef Rescue Initiative:
Supporting and strengthening science-based restoration, repopulation, and rehabilitation of coral reefs in the MAR region.

On its sixth RfP, the Reef Rescue Initiative will promote: 1) Resilience of protected areas, coastal communities, and NGOs, 2) New techniques for restoration, repopulation, and rehabilitation of coral reefs, 3) Coral restoration projects that promote productive activities or new markets, and 4) Strategies to prevent and address the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). This RfP is not restricted to specific protected areas.

1.Traditional Small Grants

Supporting Coastal and Marine resources management and protection in the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR)

The French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), the German Cooperation through KfW, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and the Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund) are pleased to announce the 15th request for proposals. Please find below detailed information on the objectives, eligible applicants, proposal format, deadline, and instructions for proposal presentation.

General objective

To contribute to the conservation of the ecosystem functions of the Mesoamerican Reef System and its resilience.

Specific Objectives

  1. To support the design and/or implementation of productive activities or new sustainable markets that can demonstrate a positive impact on the MAR (those market innovations around untreated waters and solid waste management will be prioritized).
  2. To support actions to strengthen the resilience of protected areas, coastal communities, and NGOs.
  3. To support and strengthen efforts for wastewater and solid waste management.
  4. To support activities related to effective conservation and monitoring of fish spawning aggregation (FSA) sites in the region.

As in previous RfPs, community groups are welcome to submit proposals directly.

The following table provides examples of possible eligible investments, including those related to productive activities or new sustainable markets. However, activities that are not included in the table can be funded. If you have questions about a particular activity, please contact Elisa Blanda (eblanda@marfund.org).

The objectives, A. “To support the design and/or implementation of productive activities or new sustainable markets”, B. “To support actions to strengthen the resilience of protected areas, coastal communities, and NGOs” and C. “To support and strengthen efforts for wastewater and solid waste management”, apply to the following 18 prioritized coastal and marine protected areas, as well as their areas of influence.

The fourth objective, D. “To support activities related to effective conservation and monitoring of fish spawning aggregations in the region” is not restricted to protected areas.

The proposals to be presented may have a duration of up to two years. Proposals with a duration of up to 17 months may request a maximum amount of US$30,000, while proposals between 18 and 24 months may request a maximum amount of US$50,000, based on project needs and capacity of the implementing institution. For two-year projects, funding is approved for both years, but disbursement for the second year will depend on performance in the first year.

For this RfP, at least 25% of the total budget must come from other sources, as a match to the requested funds. The maximum amount allowed for administration expenses cannot exceed 10% of the total amount requested. Administration expenses refer exclusively to the fixed operating costs of the organization.

The costs of implementing and monitoring the Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) may be included in the budget of the proposal. Information related to the ESMS can be found on our website.

For additional information for the Traditional Small Grants please click here.

2. Reef Rescue Initiative

Supporting and strengthening science-based restoration, repopulation and rehabilitation of coral reefs in the MAR region.

The German Cooperation through KfW, the Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund) and the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD) are pleased to announce the sixth request for proposals of the Reef Rescue Initiative (RRI). This RfP focuses on coral reefs in the region and is not restricted to specific protected areas.


Objectives

  1. Support activities and actions to strengthen the resilience of protected areas, coastal communities and NGOs that work on coral reef restoration in combination with or in areas that are simultaneously working to address threats to coral reefs (e.g. overfishing, wastewater management, others).
  2. Promote and contribute new techniques for restoration, repopulation and rehabilitation of coral reefs in the MAR region in areas that are simultaneously working to address threats to coral reefs, with the intention of increasing the probability of survival of coral reefs.
  3. Promote coral restoration projects that promote productive activities or new markets.
  4. Promote strategies to prevent and address the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD).

This request for proposals is not restricted to protected areas. All coral reefs within the MAR region are eligible. Proposals must clearly justify the site where activities will take place, for the benefit of the Mesoamerican Reef system.

The proposals to be presented may have a duration of up to 24 months. The maximum grant amount is US$33,000, based on project needs and capacity of the implementing institution.

For this RfP, at least 25% of the total budget must come from other sources, as a match to the requested funds.

The maximum amount allowed for administration expenses cannot exceed 10% of the total amount requested. Administration expenses refer exclusively to the fixed operating costs of the organization.

The costs of implementing and monitoring the Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) may be included in the budget of the proposal. Information related to the ESMS can be found on our website.

For additional information for the Reef Rescue Initiative please click here.

Additional information for the
Traditional and the Reef Rescue Initiative windows:

The following list includes eligible applicants for this request for proposals:

  • Community-based organizations, including fisher groups
  • Governmental institutions
  • Non-governmental organizations and
  • Academia and Individuals (both must have administrative support from an NGO, who shall be responsible for the grant).

Potential grantee organizations must be:

  • Legally recognized or registered in their country;
  • In compliance and good standing with all requirements for operation as a legal local entity;
  • Guided by an operational Board of Directors;
  • Have a sound financial management system and structure in place (accounting, annual audits, etc.);
  • Have a good history as a grantee (i.e. effective grant/project implementation), and
  • Have experience in the field of marine resources management.

Organizations must have their headquarters established in any one of the four countries of the MAR region to be eligible.

Community organizations may be supported directly, or indirectly through an NGO, as long as there is an agreement between the two that demonstrates that the community organization is an active participant in the project.

To maximize available resources, proposals involving duplication of funds/efforts funded by other MAR Fund initiatives or programs will not be considered.

All supported organizations must implement and monitor MAR Fund’s Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) throughout project execution. If the organization already has its own policies or procedures, these may be applied if they cover the requirements of the MAR Fund ESMS.

In addition to finding the information related to the ESMS on our website, revision of Appendix B is recommended. It includes other requirements to apply to this RfP. For questions about the ESMS, please contact the following people: Elisa Blanda (eblanda@marfund.org) and Karla Zaldaña (kzaldana@marfund.org).

The following criteria will be applied in the revision and selection of proposals. Some projects may not comply with all the conditions. Projects should:

  • Demonstrate measurable results on progress of at least one of the stated RfP objectives;
  • Coordinate their implementation across multiple stakeholders;
  • Have transferable or replicable outcomes for other communities/protected areas;
  • Strengthen local management capacity of professionals and institutions;
  • Contribute to strengthening of local capacities;
  • Engage the MPAs of interest, and be aligned with their management plans and with the institutional priorities of the protected area managers;
  • Create a new source of financing to reduce the financial gap of the protected area in which you will work (if applicable);
  • Align with national, regional or global strategies, plans or policies;
  • Align with ridge-to-reef strategies;
  • Have activities that are closely aligned with the applicant organization’s mission and/or are otherwise sustainable beyond the project period;
  • Build on current work in the area or successful model projects in the region;
  • Demonstrate community participation in the proposed activities;
  • Promote collective and/or community resilience
  • Create a new source of funding for reef restoration in the region (specifically for RA projects), and
  • Generate transferable results to sites with potential for reef restoration (specifically for RA projects).

Complete proposals and the due diligence documentation, including the signed Appendix B, must be submitted through the online format on the MAR Fund webpage. Proposals that do not present complete documentation will be discarded.

In addition to the proposal, a video of maximum three minutes is requested, in which the objective, the implementers, the activities, the expected results and the proposed impacts of the project are presented in a summarized way.

Attached you will find the proposal format and annexes in Word/Excel. For community organizations or groups that can demonstrate the unavailability of an Internet connection, proposals can be sent to the following addresses, of the member funds or the MAR Fund central office, depending on the country in which the proposal will be submitted:

FOR BELIZE

Protected Areas Conservation Trust
c/o Joyce Tun
2 Mango Street, Belmopan City, Cayo, Belize
Email address: cimanager@pactbelize.org

FOR GUATEMALA

The Mesoamerican Reef Fund
c/o Elisa Blanda
22 Av. 0-59, Zona 15, Vista Hermosa II, Guatemala, Guatemala 01015
Email address: eblanda@marfund.org

FOR HONDURAS

Fundación Biosfera
c/o Ana Paz
Colonia Bella Oriente, Bloque B, Casa 4503, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Email address: a.pazfunbio@gmail.com

 FOR MEXICO

Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, A.C.
c/o Cintia Landa
Email address: cintia.landa@fmcn.org

The deadline for the submission of proposals is September 28th, 2022. All proposals must be received no later than 11:59 PM in each country on that date.

 Each member fund and the MAR Fund central office can provide guidance in relation to the pertinence of the project idea, coherence and structure of the proposal and elements included in the documents or annexes. For this, the proponents must contact the corresponding member funds or the MAR Fund central office with ample time (no later than four weeks after the launch of the call, by August 29th, 2022) to be attended. Any guidance that may be provided does not imply approval of the proposal; final approval of proposals is the exclusive responsibility of the Board of Directors.

Applicants interested in receiving financial support for the preparation of a proposal, especially regarding the Project Development Table, may request an amount of up to US$ 1,000 through the “Request for support for proposal preparation” form (Annex 1) and send it to the representative of the corresponding member fund no later than four weeks after the launch of the call (August 29th, 2022). Support applications will be evaluated and those selected will be notified one week later.

The proposing organization may use the funds to, for example, hire a consultant to prepare the proposal, organize consultations with local stakeholders. The consultant providing the support will schedule one or more Skype/Zoom calls with the proponents to guide and work with them on the proposal if they cannot meet in person. The support or assistance process for the development of proposals does not imply commitment for financing the resulting proposal.

Proposals may be submitted in English or Spanish.

Project proposals will be reviewed by the Grants and Evaluation Committee, which will make recommendations to the MAR Fund Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for the final decision on the proposals to be supported.

Applicants will be notified of the selection process results in February 2023, through the online platform and by e-mail.

For questions on this request for proposals and the grant process, please contact, the following person:

Elisa Blanda
Small Grants Program Officer
eblanda@marfund.org
Skype: elisapone

Requests will be evaluated on a first come first serve basis until available funding has been completely distributed.

_______________________________________________________________

  1. Title of the Proposal:

_______________________________________________________________

 

  1. Applicant organization:

_______________________________________________________________

 

  1. Exact Physical Address (Community, Neighbourhood, Street, City, Municipality/State, Telephone and e-mail):

_______________________________________________________________

 

  1. Country:

_______________________________________________________________

 

  1. Protected Area (if applicable):

_______________________________________________________________

 

  1. Brief description of the applicant organization and its main activities:

_______________________________________________________________

 

  1. Brief description of the project to be submitted for consideration of the MAR Fund: _______________________________________________________________

 

  1. Have you submitted proposals to MAR Fund previously?    Yes ____ No _____

_______________________________________________________________

  1. If the answer is yes, have these been approved?                Yes ____ No _____

Please indicate the project title(s) and year(s) of implementation:

________________________________________________________________

 

  1. Please indicate the amount, in US$, that you require to hire the consultant to prepare the proposal (maximum US$ 1,000):     US$ _________

_______________________________________________________________

  1. Why do you require support for the preparation of the proposal?

_______________________________________________________________

  1. Who, beside the consultant, will be involved in the formulation of the proposal? (Indicate if permanent staff member(s), manager(s), volunteer(s) and his/her work experience with the applicant organization)

_______________________________________________________________

  1. Add any information you consider important for MAR Fund to know regarding your organization and/or proposal.

_______________________________________________________________

To download Annex 1 in Word – Click here

Send the complete document to the correspondig member fund and copy (Cc) to eblanda@marfund.org.

Proposals must be submitted (except in particular cases) through the MAR Fund on-line Small Grants Program system. As a first step to follow, each organization should check if it is already registered in our on-line system in the following list:

If your organization is already registered, you can go directly to the system SGP and add a new project.

In the event that your organization is already registered and you do not know or remember the access credential, please contact Elisa Blanda (eblanda@marfund.org) and José Jaime Ruiz (webmaster@marfund.org) for technical support.

If your organization is not registered please register at the following link https://sgp.marfund.org/forms/en/, completing the organization form. We recommend registering as soon as possible. Upon registration, you will receive a notification email with your on-line access credentials.

Partners of the two financial windows

German Development Bank (KfW)

The KfW is the German Development Bank based in Frankfurt. Its name originally comes from “Reconstruction Credit Institute”. It was established in 1948 after World War II as part of the Marshall Plan. The purpose of the institution is to support the economy, society and ecology worldwide. It supports the sustainable improvement of economic and living conditions of the middle-class population, protection of natural resources, housing economy, infrastructure, education, financing of projects and exports and development cooperation. As of 2018, it is Germany’s third largest bank by balance sheet. It covers over 90% of its borrowing needs in the capital markets, mainly through bonds that are guaranteed by the federal government. This allows KfW to raise funds at advantageous conditions. Its exemption from having to pay corporate taxes due to its legal status as a public agency and unremunerated equity provided by its public shareholders allow KfW to provide loans for purposes prescribed by the KfW law at lower rates than commercial banks. KfW has been involved in the conservation of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR), supporting the strengthening of coastal and marine protected areas, protecting natural resources, and promoting their sustainable use.


French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM)

The French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) was established to promote a sustainable global environment and works across Latin America, Africa and Asia in the protection of ecosystems. Their work primarily involves dealing with climate change and protecting the ozone layer, biodiversity, marine protection, and soil degradation. FFEM has worked in various national parks in these continents and with other global environmental groups such as the World Wide Fund for Nature, funding the protection of areas of ecological vulnerability. It has also done much work in the Indian Ocean islands such as the Seychelles. In the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR), FFEM also supports the recovery of fish populations by strengthening the protection and monitoring of a regional network of fish spawning aggregation sites


Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

In 1996, David and Lynn Angell created a family foundation to administer their philanthropic efforts. For them, philanthropy was an extension of their natural inclination to help people, knowing that sometimes people need a hand. Helping others was a principle they took seriously and enjoyed immensely, and their motivations sprang from a deep, spiritual desire to make a difference in the world. The Foundation promotes high-impact programs that help people achieve self-sufficiency and well-being by providing them with basic necessities and economic stability. The Foundation has been involved in the conservation of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR), addressing one of the main threats to the region: untreated wastewater effluents and solid waste, supporting the construction and/or improvement of infrastructure for the management of solid and liquid waste, changing the behavior of communities through education, the implementation of good environmental practices and the creation of new alliances for the protection of water resources, among others.


 

Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD)

The Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD) is the organ of the Central American Integration System (SICA) responsible for the environmental agenda. Its objective is “to contribute to the sustainable development of the Central American region, strengthening the cooperation and integration regime for environmental management”. The CCAD seeks the appropriate way to make national policy and legislation guidelines compatible with regional strategies for the conservation and restoration of coral reefs, in order to establish collaboration among the countries of the region to jointly seek the adoption of sustainable development practices, promoting projects with a ridge-to-reef vision.


Mesoamerican Reef Fund

The Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund) is a private regional environmental fund established to support conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) as a single ecosystem and ecoregion. Its mission is to drive regional funding and partnerships for the conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of the MAR. It was established by four pre-existing environmental funds, one from each MAR country: Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) in Belize, Fundación para la Conservación de los Recursos Naturales y Ambiente en Guatemala (FCG) in Guatemala, Fundación Biosfera (FB) in Honduras, and Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (FMCN) in Mexico.  (www.marfund.org).