Financial support by Member States to IOC activities
In this section we list opportunities to obtain funding for research activities, including resource mobilsation from Member States, institutional and private sector partners.
The SPAW-Regional Activity Center and the Reserve Naturelle de Saint-Martin (RNSM) are glad to announce that today, the BEST 2.0 Programme (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in European Overseas Territories) is launching its Small grant call for proposals (projects < EUR 50,000 and projects < EUR 100,000) for the eligible territories in the Caribbean region, namely: Aruba, Bermudas, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St-Eustatius, St-Maarten, Anguilla, Montserrat, Turks & Caicos, British Virgin islands, Cayman islands and Saint Barthélémy
The BEST 2.0 Programme, coordinated by IUCN with regional assistance from 5 Regional Hubs, supported by the European Commission Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) as part of the EU Biodiversity for Life (B4Life) initiative is offering much needed, accessible and targeted funding for on-the-ground conservation action and sustainable development in European Union Overseas Countries and Territories (EU OCTs).This call is open to applications for small grants for the Caribbean and Pacific regions, andeligible applicants are encouraged tosubmit a concept note until the 23rd of May. A notification of invitation to propose a full proposal will be addressed to the successful applicants after evaluation. Please check the eligibility of your organization before submitting and bear in mind that no co-funding is required and that the maximum possible duration for your project can not exceed 16/18 months.
On the dedicated BEST 2.0 Programme’s portal, interested parties can find the guidelines to apply for a small grant, criteria, answers to frequently asked questions and lessons learnt from the former call. Further information can be found on the EC BEST website, including the BEST initiative history, fact sheets on previously funded projects and updates on the work of the regional partners. Following the BEST 2.0 call for medium grants last September a total of 14 projects were received for the Caribbean region - 4 of which will be awarded a grant soon! The projects were supported by a truly wide array of stakeholders, ranging from regional organizations and NGOs to local research institutions, local NGOs and local Governments. The projects will implement actions related to conservation and restoration of marine and terrestrial ecosystems, endangered species conservation, protected areas network development and invasive species management.
The SPAW-RAC and the RNSM are in charge of the BEST 2.0 Caribbean Hub. Please get in touch with us for more information and questions about the Call!Julie Belmont - BEST 2.0 Project Officer
Romain Renoux - BEST III & BEST 2.0 Coordinator