REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – February 2017
Collaborating for Sustainable Marine Resources Management in Belize
The Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund) and Oak Foundation are pleased to announce the first request for proposals of the Belize Marine Fund. This is a new financial mechanism established within the MAR Fund, with technical and financial support from Oak Foundation, to provide long-term financial sustainability for high-priority natural resources management and conservation initiatives, with a focus on Belize.
Please find detailed information below on the objectives, eligible applicants, proposal format, deadline, and instructions for project presentation.
To support high-priority natural resources management and conservation initiatives in Belize.
A. To promote the sustainable use and management of Belize’s priority marine resources.
B. To support civil society conservation organizations in targeted efforts geared at policy and legislative reforms for enhanced marine resources management.
As this is the 1st Request for Proposal (RfP) of the Belize Marine Fund, we are happy to extend a special invitation to marine conservation NGOs in Belize to submit proposals, within the scope of the established funding priorities.
Eligible Priority Activities and Applicants
Project Proposals may include one or more of the eligible investments shown in the following table:
Protected Areas Management and Conservation
• Efforts related to the expansion, management, monitoring, control and surveillance operations of replenishment zones/no-takes
• Marine Conservation Policy Efforts (e.g. approval, communication on Fisheries Act and actions towards the removal of the Belize Barrier Reef from the list of World Heritage Sites in danger)
• Improving management effectiveness in marine protected areas
• Strengthening the institutional capacity of marine conservation civil society organizations for enhanced management
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
• Blue Carbon and the Blue Economy (blue carbon sinks and market opportunities)
The following are considered eligible applicants for the request for proposals:
- Not-for-Profit organizations
- Community-based organizations, including fishers groups
- Education/academic, or scientific organizations
Potential grantee organizations must:
- Be legally recognized or registered in Belize;
- In complicance and good standing with any or all requirements for operation as a legal local entity;
- Be guided by an operational Board of Directors;
- Have a sound financial management system and structure in place (annual audits etc.);
- Have a good history as a grantee i.e. effective grant/project implmentation, and
- Be credible in the field of marine resources management.
The Belize Marine Fund (BMF) also seeks eligible organizations with project interests that meet the following criteria:
- Work to address (root causes of) some of Belize’s and the region’s most pressing environmental and marine resources management challenges;
- Can be replicated locally, nationally and across broad geographical locations;
- Incorporate plans (considerations) for long-term sustainability of the work;
- Are of a collaborative nature;
- Build on broader national/regional projects and initiatives for Mesoamerican Reef management and conservation;
- Have secured other sources of matching funds from entities not affliated with the Belize Marine Fund.
- Respond to national, regional or global conservation plans/goals.
Grant amounts and project periods
The maximum grant amount will be US$30,000, based on project needs and absorptive capacity of the implementing institution.
For this RfP, at least 25% of the total project budget must come from other sources, as a match to the requested funds. The maximum amount allowed for administrative costs cannot exceed 10% of the total amount requested from the BMF. Administrative costs refer exclusively to the fixed operating costs of the organization.
The maximum project period is 24 months.
Deadline for presentation proposals
The deadline for the presentation of proposals is March 27, 2017. All proposals must be received no later than 4:30 PM on that date.
Submission of Proposals
Proposals may be submitted by email to the Belize Marine Fund Project Officer, Angeline Valentine at firstname.lastname@example.org and the MAR Fund Executive Director at email@example.com.
To download the proposal format and its annexes, please here
Proposals and proposal ideas can be discussed with the BMF Project Officer and/or the MAR Fund Executive Director by email or phone if presented at least two weeks prior to the deadline (by March 13). The Project Officer can provide guidance in relation to the pertinence of the project idea, coherence and structure of the proposal and elements included in the document. It is important to emphasize, however, that the approval of proposals is the exclusive responsibility of the Belize Marine Fund Steering Committee.
Language of the proposal
Proposals are to be submitted in English.
Project selection process
Project proposals will be reviewed by the Belize Marine Fund’s Grants and Evaluation Committee, which will make recommendations to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is responsible for final determination of the proposals.
Applicants will be notified of the selection process results by the end of June, 2017 through mail, fax or email.
For further questions on this request for proposals and the grant process, please contact:
Belize Marine Fund
Tel: (501) 615-9645
Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, Oak Foundation makes grants to organizations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.
Mesoamerican Reef Fund
MAR Fund is a regional environmental fund whose primary goal is to protect the Mesoamerican Reef Ecoregion shared by, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Its mission is to enable innovative, transnational solutions to critical Mesoamerican Reef issues through providing meaningful, long-term financial support and trustworthy reef management advice so that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a thriving reef system.