United Nations Development Programme The Caspian Environment
MICRO ENVIRONMENT GRANTS
IN THE CASPIAN REGION
an opportunity to apply for micro grants from
USD 500 to USD 3,000
to raise public awareness of the environment of the Caspian
CASPIAN ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (CEP)
PROGRAMME COORDINATION UNIT (PCU)
Matched Small Grants Programme (MSGP)
# 63, Golestan Alley, Valiasr Avenue, Tehran, 1966 733413, I.R. Iran
Tel: (+ 98-21) 22042285, 22042935, 22059574, 22048777 - Fax: (+98-21) 22051850
Azerbaijan: Aytan Shirinova
Tel: (+994-12) 4938003 / (+994-12) 49717 85 - Fax: (+99-412) 49717 86
I.R. Iran: Hafez Ghaffari
Tel: (+98-122) 6254754
Kazakhstan: c/o Serik Akhmetov
Tel: (+7 31) 72 59 19 35 - Fax: (+7 31) 72 59 19 35
Russia: Amisei Guseynova
Tel: (+7-8722) 67-19 -50 - Fax: (+7-8722) 68-27-90
Turkmenistan: Oleg Guchgeldiyev
Tel: (+993-12) 357341 - Fax: (+993-12) 353716
WHAT IS THE MICRO ENVIRONMENT GRANTS PROGRAMME?
The Caspian Environment Programme (CEP) started in 1998 and the overall goal
is to promote the sustainable development and management of the Caspian environment,
a major and unique ecosystem under threat from pollution and loss of biodiversity.
As a way of making this happen CEP have a grant Programme called Micro Environment
Grant (MEG). This is funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and managed
by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE MEG?
The purpose of the MEG is to raise public awareness, knowledge and understanding
of the environmental problems facing the Caspian Sea. The MEG will help you
to finance the small-scale projects with a REAL impact to address urgent environmental
problems through raising awareness of a number of specific issues including
the declining biodiversity, pollution of land near the Caspian and of rivers
that flow into the Caspian.
HOW MUCH CAN WE PROVIDE? WHAT WILL WE SUPPORT?
The MEG will finance projects that will raise awareness and have real impact
on environmental issues:
· We can award grants from a minimum scale of USD 500 to maximum USD
· Projects should be completed in max. 12 months or less;
· You may wish to use your own resources as well. This can be money,
time or other resources;
· You can put fees for people into your budget but not more than 20%
of the money can be spent on this
· You can buy some equipment, but not more than 30% of the budget can
be spent on this - and you will have to justify it very carefully;
· Grants will be paid in two instalments. The first instalment will be
maximum 70% of the total grant and will be paid before you start the project.
The second instalment will be paid after you have finished and submitted the
final project report and financial reports.
WHO CAN APPLY?
We will support projects in the Caspian Regions of Azerbaijan, I.R. Iran, Kazakhstan,
Russia, and Turkmenistan. The Caspian Region is defined as coastal areas and
100 km inland of the sea, and also includes the major tributaries.
Any group of people who has the capacity to raise public awareness is eligible.
This includes NGOs, Schools, Community Groups, specialist groups, associations,
trade unions and others. If you are not sure whether you qualify then contact
your national MPPA or PCU-Tehran.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF application from for the FOURTH round of
MEG is 7th April 2006.
HOW CAN I APPLY?
If you want to apply for a grant you should:
1. Either complete the MEG Application Form, or contact your national MPPA
to discuss your ideas over the phone or through a meeting;
2. If the idea matches our simple criteria then you should complete the MEG
Application Form. Ask your national MPPA to help you to fill out the application
form if needed;
HOW DOES THE SELECTION PROCESS WORK?
1. Your application form will be assessed by the national MPPAs and Caspian
Concern Groups (CCGs). These groups meet frequently and will forward your application
to the Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) stationed in Tehran for final approval;
2. You will be informed whether your project has been approved or not within
two months of submission;
3. If your project is not approved then we shall tell you the reason;
4. If your project successful and approved then a meeting will be arranged with
the national MPPA who will inform you about project implementation and things
like reporting, financial arrangements and so on;
5. You must start your project within a month of receiving the approval letter
for your project. If you don't, then we shall probably take away the grant award
unless there are very good reasons why you are late starting!
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION?
All application forms will be evaluated by the PCU based on advice from MPPAs
and CCGs. We have a transparent and open evaluation process to help us choose
the best projects.
Projects eligible under the MEG Programme must address at least one of the following
environmental areas, which have been identified as the priority areas of concern
in the Caspian Strategic Action Programme (SAP) priorities:
· Unsustainable use of bioresources (particularly sturgeon)
· Threats to biodiversity, including those from invasive species;
· Unsustainable coastal area development
Successful projects will need to:
- have a realistic workplan with tangible objectives and clear activities;
- demonstrate sustainability after the grant period;
- be cost effective;
- have an effective stakeholder participation and sufficient information dissemination;
- deal with issues that have been identified in the SAP and/or in the National
Caspian Action Plan (NCAP).
EVALUATION CRITERIA MAX. POINTS
A) The project has a realistic workplan with tangible objectives and clear activities.
B) The results of the project are sustainable after the grant period. 5
C) The project is cost effective. 5
D) The project bears significant participation, including partnerships with
appropriate stakeholders. 10
E) The project is Caspian related and has a tangible and sustainable environmental
impact, consistent with SAP and/or NCAP objectives. 25
· An awareness raising poster for school students illustrating how the
Caspian is being polluted;
· A series of broadcasts on radio for farmers made to focus specially
on environmental issues;
· A series of articles in a local newspaper about Caspian issues;
· A special play performed in public places during the summer - aimed
at tourists - performed by schools students;
· A special leaflet designed to show the links between Religious and
· Series of training workshops; etc;
· Collection of local tales on environmental endogenous knowledge, etc.
OTHER CASPIAN GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
The MEG is just one of the grant opportunities available and it might not be
appropriate for your organization or project idea. Other grants can be provided
through the following schemes:
- UNDP supported GEF Small Grants Programmes in I.R. Iran and in Kazakhstan:
- EU/Tacis supported CEP Sustainable Development of Caspian Coastal Communities
- Matched Small Grants Programme (MSGP), the UNDP supported CEP-SAP project:
For more information please contact your national MPPAs.
THE CASPIAN ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (CEP) is a regional umbrella
programme established by the five Caspian littoral states and aided by the international
agencies including EU/Tacis, the World Bank, the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to meet
a desire for regional cooperation towards the sustainable management of the
Caspian environment. Under the first phase of the CEP a regional environmental
management mechanism has been established, a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis
(TDA) has been carried out, a Portfolio of Priority Investment Projects (PIPs)
has been identified and 16 Matched Small Grants have been awarded. Five National
Caspian Action Plans (NCAPs), one in each country and a Strategic Action Programme
(SAP) have been developed and approved. Also through a constructive regional
dialogue the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment
of the Caspian Sea has been produced and signed by all. The first phase of CEP
/GEF was completed by end of 2002. In November 2003 the GEF Council approved
the second phase of GEF support to the CEP. This was followed with the regional
approval of the Project Document and its activation in April 2004. The Project,
short titled as CEP-SAP, aims to achieve four major objectives of a ) commencing
the implementation of the SAP in the priority areas of biodiversity protection,
invasive species, and persistent toxic substances; b) continuing specific capacity
building measures to ensure a regionally owned CEP coordination mechanism capable
of full implementation of the SAP and regional coordination of the NCAPs; c)
strengthening the environmental legal and policy frameworks operating at the
regional and the national levels and d) achieving tangible environmental improvements
in the SAP priority areas through implementation of small scale investment supported
by a Matched Small Grants Programme (MSGP).