Ramsar Convention's Small Grants Fund

The Ramsar Small Grants Fund (SGF) was established in 1990 as a mechanism to assist developing countries and those with economies in transition in implementing the Convention and to support the conservation and wise use of wetland resources, with a strong human and social dimension.Funds may also be used to provide emergency management assistance for Ramsar Sites under threat and to provide ‘preparatory assistance’ to allow non-Contracting Parties to progress toward accession when such needs arise.

Projects may be proposed and implemented by any agency, NGO, or individual, but proposals MUST be endorsed and monitored by the Administrative Authority (the Ramsar implementing agency) in the Party's government. Each year a rigorous evaluation procedure is carried out by the Ramsar Secretariat to assess the project proposals according to the strength of the project design, their relevance to the Convention’s objectives, and the capacity of the proponents to complete the project successfully.

From 1991 to 2009 the Fund has provided a total of 7.7 million Swiss Francs to 234 projects from 108 countries, providing up to 40,000 Swiss Francs (about US$40,000) per project.
How to provide financial support to the Small Grant Fund?

The Fund relies exclusively upon voluntary contributions. In recent years, many very worthwhile projects have not been supported due to insufficient funds. In 2009 this was 75% of all those evaluated as feasible. So far, for 2010, we have received funding for three projects but 37 excellent ones still need funding. Would you like to give these projects a chance to be implemented?

What is a suitable project proposal? Four main criteria

* Suitable project proposals should contribute to the implementation of the Convention's Strategic Plan 2009-2015 for the conservation and wise use of wetlands
* Eligibility is restricted to countries on the List of Aid Recipients established by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
* Project proposals MUST be endorsed by the Administrative Authority
* Project proposals must be submitted using the Ramsar form (sections B1 and B2 of the Operational guidelines)
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