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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits
and NGOs for Environmental Protection Projects

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Global Forest Watch

Deadline Date:

03/01/21 11:59 PM (EST)


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Grants of up to $40,000 and in-kind support to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit and non-governmental organizations for environmental protection projects throughout the world. Funding is intended to support local forest conservation and management practices, conduct evidence-based advocacy and campaigning, and promote greater transparency in land-use decision-making.

The Global Forest Watch Small Grants Fund (SGF) seeks to build capacity of civil society organizations to effectively use GFW tools and data. Successful projects translate data into action, applying GFW to overcome challenges in protecting the world’s forests.

The scope of the 2021 Small Grants Fund focuses on three key themes: 

  • Forest Protection: Rapid response to deforestation using early warning systems to identify, verify, investigate, and act upon satellite-based alerts for improved forest management, law enforcement and advocacy.
  • Forests and Agriculture: Support deforestation-free supply chains by using GFW tools to monitor and manage the boundaries of commodity-producing areas.\
  • Forest Policy: Monitor compliance with global sustainability platforms, certification standards, and/or national and international environmental commitments related to forests.

The Small Grants Fund seeks applications for projects that clearly demonstrate how they will use the tools and data on GFW to achieve one of the three key objectives outlined above. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to use additional data on GFW or from other sources as relevant related to land cover, land use, carbon emissions, and forest change. Successful projects will be those that have a demonstrated commitment to forest monitoring, sustainable forest management and/or forest policy and can articulate how the addition of the tools and data on GFW will provide a value add to their existing work. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151801

Number of Grants:

Depending on funding and project budget size, the number of projects selected can range from 8-15, with 12 being the average.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Small Grants Fund awards organizations between $10,000 and $40,000 USD. Each grantee will be assigned a WRI staff member as an advisor, who will provide remote technical support and other assistance.

In addition to the financial support and technical assistance, SGF recipients become part of a network of organizations and receive benefits that extend beyond the lifetime of their grant. These include membership in the GFW Partnership, opportunities to connect with others in the GFW network, invitations to GFW events, opportunities to test and provide feedback on new GFW features, and the potential to be featured in blogs, social media, or other WRI communications materials.

Term of Contract:

Projects will run from August 2021 – July 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to meet WRI’s requirements for subgrant eligibility, organizations must:
• Be legally constituted as non-profit and non-governmental;
• Have a total annual budget greater than $50,000 USD;
• Possess a computerized financial system for tracking and recording expenses (preferably a professional accounting software);
• Be able to complete an organizational assessment document (containing questions regarding organization governance, financial and compliance structure) in English.
• Be able to provide either your organization’s most recent annual audit. If you do not have an audit, you must provide all three of the following documents:
1. a Balance sheet for the most current and previous year;
2. an Income Statement for the most current and previous year;
3. a Cash Flow Statement for the most current and previous year
• Receive a rating of medium to low risk on WRI’s organizational assessment, which will be carried out once finalists are provisionally selected.
• At least one project point person with professional working proficiency in English (oral and written), in order to be able to submit narrative and financial progress reports and communicate regularly with WRI staff.

For ineligible applicants, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register for the 2021 Small Grants Fund Applicant Webinar on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 at 8:00 am EST:

Pre-Application Information:

- Application submission deadline: March 1st, 2021, 11:59 PM (EST)
- Application review: March – April 2021
- Applicant interviews, conditional finalist selection, and organizational assessment: May 2021
- Final approval and subgrant agreements signed: June – July 2021
- Winners announced and projects begin: August 1st, 2021
- Project end date: July 31, 2022


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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