Two funding opportunities for Lebanese municipalities

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grant Program (SGP), operated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have launched a call for proposals for Lebanon. The funding opportunity covers five thematic areas: Biodiversity, Land degradation, Climate Change, International Water and Chemicals. Established in 1992, the GEF Small Grants Programme embodies the very essence of sustainable development by “thinking globally acting locally “. The Small Grants Programme provides financial and technical support to environment projects in collaboration with local authorities (municipalities). 

Amongst others, the type of actives to be covered by the current call for proposals include support at planning community engagement, launch of pilot projects, capacity building, networking and monitoring and evaluation.  The maximum grant per project is $ 50,000. An assessment of the expected environmental impact of the project, with a monitoring and evaluation plan is expected by applicants. As part of the administrative and formal requirements, the candidates should also mention contributions of the proposed project from other sources of funding. 
 
The project implementation period should not exceed 3 years. The deadline for submission of proposals is 31 August 2017. Full details on the announced call are available here: http://www.lbeforum.org/gef-small-grant-program-call-for-proposals-2017/  
 
A call for proposals is announced also by the Direct Aid Program (DAP) of the Australian Embassy, which focuses on advancing developmental objectives in Lebanon through projects consistent with Australia’s international relations and public diplomacy objectives. Each year, the Embassy’s DAP committee assesses proposals for small development projects from individuals, community groups and non-governmental organisations engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.
 
The projects which apply for funding should be participatory and involve the beneficiaries in the identification, design and management of the project. The applicants’ projects should also address environment and education, rural development, needs of vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.A brief outline of the applicant's project activities, sources of funding and an explanation of how it will assist beneficiaries to develop their goals in a sustainable way must be also submitted. 
 
Applicants can apply by 29 September 2017. More information about this funding opportunity is available at the following address: http://lebanon.embassy.gov.au/birt/DAP_Guidelines.html