Eswatini Environment Fund Application for Project Grants 2023/2024

Eswatini Environment Fund Application for Project Grants 2023/2024

The Eswatini Environment Fund was established by the Environment Management Act of 2002. It provides financial support for programmes, projects and activities aimed at the enhancement, protection and conservation of the environment and the sustainable management of natural resources and supporting community participation in these activities. to promote environmental sustainability at grassroots level in the in the Kingdom of Eswatini.

The Fund is managed a by the Eswatini Environment Fund Board of Trustees (BoT) and the Eswatini Environment Authority performs the administration function of the Fund. The BoT is responsible for approving projects that are to be awarded grants from the Fund, from shortlisted projects that have been identified by a technical proposal selection committee of the experts from the pool of applications that have responded to the open national call for proposals.

ELIGIBILITY

Projects that are eligible for funding by the Fund must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Must have positive impact on community environmental enhancement, protection and restoration;
  • Enhance community livelihoods;
  • Must demonstrate sustainability beyond the funding period;
  • Must demonstrate community ownership or stakeholder involvement
  • Must demonstrate youth participation;
  • Must have the capacity to leverage additional resources.
  • The call for funding is open to:
  • Communities (rural, peri-urban, and urban);
  • Environmental groups within communities;
  • Non-Governmental Organizations engaged environmental protection initiatives.
  • Individuals whose projects portray clear positive impacts to the environment and wider community;
  • Educational and Research institutions.

PRIORITY AREAS FOR THE 2023/2024 CYCLE

The Eswatini Environment Fund seek to tackle emerging environmental risks facing the country in all four administrative regions of the country. In this year funding cycle, the focus is on five thematic areas:

  • Sustainable Land Management
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Water Availability, Use and Management
  • Chemical and Waste Management
  • Ecosystem, Habitat, Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Use

SIZE OF GRANTS

The Fund will award small grants up to a maximum of E300, 000 for eligible projects. A minimum of 80% of this grant should go direct into the environmental action. In-kind contributions from involved stakeholders and community members are encouraged.

CHECKLIST

A set of criteria has been established to judge a project’s eligibility for financing. This is as laid down below:

  •  Letter from local authority (Umphakatsi or Municipality) approving the project.
  •  Detailed explanation of the concept.
  • If there are any other funders for the project, attach the award letter.
  • If technical assistance for implementing the project will be sourced externally,   attach   the commitment letter from the identified expert.
  • Project is inclusive, demonstrates youth and women involvement. Attach list of committee members and their signatures.
  • At least 80% of the funding goes to the actual project other than into administration costs.
  • The number of beneficiaries is stated such as the number of households.

APPLICATION PROCESS – Eswatini Environment Fund Application for Project Grants 2023/2024

  • Application forms are available at EEA website (eea.org.sz); can requested from EEA via email: reception@eea.org.sz or call: 2404 6960/ 7608 9222 or can be requested via WhatsApp: 78090040.
  • Applications should be submitted before or by 18 August 2023 (16:00Hrs). Submissions should be made in person to Eswatini Environment Authority offices in Mbabane, Rhus Office Park or via email to: reception@eea.org.sz.
  • Incomplete applications or a lack of required attachments (i.e. Letter from local authority) may result to disqualification of proposal.
  • All applications will be assessed by a technical committee of experts that will make recommendations to the Eswatini Environment Fund Board of Trustees after doing field verification of shortlisted projects.
  1. Physical, telephone call or email enquiries by project proponents are welcome at any time during the application process until the application deadline and should be directed to the Fund Officer via email: mfundo@eea.org.sz
  • Applicants will be advised of the Board of Trustees’ decision on their application in writing as soon as the selection process has been finalized.

GENERAL INFORMATION

(i) The Fund Officer will be monitoring and evaluating the progress of all funded projects. Where possible the Fund Officer may provide technical assistance and other services that will fast-track the completion of the project.

(ii)  To those projects that will require an Environmental Impact Assessment, the Environmental Assessment fees may be deducted from the award.

2023/24 CALL FOR APPLICATION FOR GRANTS

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