Call for Applications: Restoration Field Projects

Deadline Date: March 31, 2024

Donor Name: G20 Global Land Initiative

Grant Size: $10,000 to $100,000

Is your organization passionate about land restoration? Are you involved in community actions? Do you have innovative ideas and solutions to scale or fast track land restoration? If so, G20 Global Land Initiative invites you to apply for a grant for Restoration Field Projects.

During the Saudi Arabian presidency of the Group of Twenty (G20), the leaders of the G20 launched the Global Initiative for Reducing Land Degradation and Enhancing Conservation of Terrestrial Habitats (henceforth referred to as G20 Global Land Initiative). The G20 Global Land Initiative has a global ambition of 50% reduction in land degradation by 2040. To ensure the effective implementation of this goal, an Initiative Coordination Office was established at the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. Moreover, the G20 Global Land Initiative is also leading the Land Challenge of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

The G20 Global Land Initiative is undertaking a series of activities around the world to promote land restoration at scale. These include sharing and showcasing best practices, working with the private sector to see restoration as a business opportunity, working with civil society to promote advocacy for land restoration, and working with global universities to build largescale capacity for restoration. As part of its activities, the G20 Global Land Initiative is interested in supporting up to 60 field restoration projects undertaken by civil society organizations with a view to promote community action for land restoration.

Funding Information

  • The Initiative’s grant programme will support up to 60 field restoration projects this year, with grants ranging between USD 5,000 and 15,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Civil society organizations from any region of the world, which are involved in community actions to restore land, are eligible.
  • Land restoration would mean improving land cover or land productivity and as such could involve reforestation, afforestation, sustainable agriculture, waste management avoiding land contamination, clean-up of contaminated land, avoiding waterlogging, rewetting of peatlands and improving soil quality.
  • Ecosystem restoration work in any of the landscape’s forests, grasslands, drylands, rangelands, croplands, peatlands, mangroves, soil, tundra and wetlands could be supported.
  • The restoration work can take place anywhere in the world, not limited to G20 member countries. Priority consideration will be given to submissions of civil society organizations from developing and least developed countries.
  • Both proposed and ongoing projects may be considered for support, though preference will be given to ongoing operations.
  • The funds may be utilized for expanding the area of restoration, improving techniques, use of new technology, providing technical assistance, conducting capacity building programmes or documentation of lessons learnt and communication of progress. Funds may also be used for a combination of the above.
  • Organizations must have an annual budget greater than USD 25,000 to be eligible. The funding should be used to upscale and elevate planned or ongoing efforts. Stand-alone projects solely depending on this grant will not be considered for support.
  • Multi-year support can be considered based on demonstrated progress of implementation of the project.

For more information, visit G20 Global Land Initiative.

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