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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits and NGOs
for Forest Conservation Projects in Eligible Countries

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Global Forest Watch

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Deadline Date:

08/01/22 11:59 PM (ET)


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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 forest conservation projects in eligible countries. Funding is intended for projects that monitor forests, support sustainable management of forest landscapes, and reduce illegal and unplanned deforestation. Previously funded projects have been used to strengthen community land rights, alert authorities to illegal deforestation, and raise awareness of deforestation drivers. Currently funded projects must be carried out in specified countries in Latin America, Africa, or Asia.

For the 2023 Small Grants Fund cycle, GFW is looking for projects that will be carried out in Latin America, Africa, or Asia, in one or more of the countries listed at


Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an online platform that provides data and tools for monitoring forests. By harnessing cutting-edge technology, GFW allows anyone to access near real-time information about where and how forests are changing around the world. This free forest monitoring system provides timely and actionable information to support the sustainable management and conservation of forest landscapes. For details about Global Forest Watch tools, see; see also the Training Guides Brochure in Supporting Documents below. 

The Small Grants Fund provides financial and technical support to organizations around the world to use Global Forest Watch’s tools and data to turn forest monitoring information into action. The Fund seeks to build the capacity of civil society organizations to reduce illegal or unplanned deforestation. Successful projects translate data into action, applying GFW to overcome challenges in protecting the world’s forests.

Projects may employ one or more of the following approaches:

  • Stakeholder engagement and capacity building
  • Advocacy
  • Forest monitoring and enforcement
  • Storytelling/journalism

Small Grants Fund projects have used GFW to strengthen community land rights, by providing evidence of the benefits of community-monitored forests; alert authorities to illegal deforestation, resulting in fines for the perpetrators; and create campaigns, to raise awareness of deforestation drivers and hold those responsible to account.

For examples of project approach and scope, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151801

Number of Grants:

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 virtual 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 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 begin February 1, 2023
- Projects end January 31, 2024

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);
• Receive a rating of medium to low risk on WRI’s organizational assessment (containing questions regarding organization governance, financial and compliance structure), which will be carried out once finalists are provisionally selected.
• Be able to provide your organization’s most recent annual audit, or ALL three of the following documents:
1. A Balance sheet for the previous two years;
2. An Income Statement for the previous two years;
3. A Cash Flow Statement for the previous two years
• At least one project point person with professional working proficiency in English (oral and written), in order to be able to submit the organizational assessment, narrative and financial progress reports in English, and communicate regularly via email and videoconference with WRI staff.

Projects must be carried out in Latin America, Africa, or Asia in one of the countries specified on The applicant organization may be registered in a country outside of those on this list if their project focuses on geographic areas within one or more of these countries.

Applications from individuals, private consulting firms, research institutions, universities, and researchers will not be accepted.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join the 2023 Small Grants Fund Applicant Webinar on June 16, 2022 at 9:00 AM ET.

During the webinar, an overview of the 2023 application process wil be provided and a demo hosted of the GFW platform and its near real-time data. There will be an opportunity for questions at the end.

Please visit the Small Grants Fund webpage for more information or contact if you have any questions or feedback prior to the webinar.

(By registering for this webinar, applicants agree to subscribe and receive updates from WRI and Global Forest Watch.)

To register:

You may also view the recording of the webinar which will be posted at the URL for Full Text below shortly thereafter.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on August 1, 2022.

- Application submission deadline August 1, 2022
- Application review August – September 2022
- Applicant interviews, conditional finalist selection, and organizational assessment October – November 2022
- Final approval and subgrant agreements signed December 2022 – January 2023
- Projects begin February 1, 2023
- Projects end January 31, 2024

Please note: All applications must be completed in English.

The same organization may submit multiple proposals for the Small Grants Fund.

Previous applicants to the small Grants Fund are eligible to reapply.


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

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;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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