Small Grants Program Takes Off

Small Grants embody the essence of sustainable development by
“thinking globally acting locally”. By providing financial and technical
support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while
enhancing people’s well-being and livelihoods, a Small Grants Program
(SGP) demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance
between human needs and environmental imperatives.

SGP’s primary stakeholders are the poor and vulnerable communities that
are most at risk because they depend on access to natural resources for
their livelihoods and often live in fragile ecosystems.
The SENRMCAM Project, supported by UNDP and being implemented by
WWF, is managing a small grants scheme. Close to a billion shillings will
be directly given to community based organizations (CBOs) in the districts
of Moroto, Rubirizi, Isingiro, Kasese, Mitooma, Masindi, Abim, Manafwa,
Bududa and Wakiso.

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The organisations are engaged in several activities including apiary and
tourism promotion, renewable energy, climate change resilience innovation
and sustainable forest management.

The CBOs went through a competitive process. From a total of 224
proposals received, only 36 emerged finalists. The selected groups have
been equipped with the necessary technical skills to help them manage
their proposed projects successfully.

This is the first phase of the small grants program under this project. A
second phase will be rolled out in 2014 during which other CBOs will be
invited to apply for funding.