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Call for Letters of Intent no. 3

Large and Small Supports


1. Opening: Thursday, November 8, 2018
2. Closing:Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 18h00 GMT
3. Grants: Small (up to $ 50,000) or Large (over $ 50,000 and up to $ 200,000)
4. Eligible Investment Priorities:
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is pleased to invite applicants for the third call for letters of intent (CDI) to receive conservation projects for the Cerrado Hotspot. This call is specific to projects focusing on:

● Investment Priority 2.1 - Support studies and analysis needed to justify the creation and expansion of public protected areas, promoting the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and the enhancement of local and traditional culture.
In CEPF's four priority investment corridors (Mirador Mesas, Central de Matopiba, Veaderos Pouso Alto Kalungas, and Sertão Veredas Peruaçu) there are many Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) that remain unprotected. CEPF wishes to support initiatives that increase the effectiveness of the management of existing protected areas (protected areas, indigenous lands, quilombola territories, biosphere reserves, protected area mosaics, etc.).

With this call, CEPF intends to choose projects that present:
1) Multi-stakeholder processes (civil society organizations, producer organizations, basin agencies, extractive cooperatives, etc.) seeking preparation and / or implementation of protected area and mosaic management and financing plans;
2) Protected area mosaic networks, basin and biosphere reserve committees that seek to play an active role in increasing the network of protected areas and improving shared territorial management to strengthen sustainable landscapes.

Proposals for Investment Priority 2.1 should be implemented PRIORITYLY across the four priority corridors as described in the Cerrado Ecosystem Profile. Within the 2016-2021 Cerrado Hotspot Logical Framework, this investment priority is linked to Output 2 and related Interim Indicators.

● Investment Priority 2.2 - Promote the inclusion of existing indigenous peoples, quilombolas and traditional populations, respecting and integrating their traditional knowledge, for conservation / restoration planning by government and civil society.
In addition to the National System of Conservation Units in Brazil (SNUC), indigenous lands and quilombola territories contribute to nature conservation. These areas protect not only natural resources but also traditional livelihoods based on these resources for local communities. It would be strategic to integrate all of these areas into conservation efforts.

With this call, CEPF wishes to support projects that:
1) Identify and disseminate good examples of conservation and innovative environmental management approaches, including sustainable use of natural resources within and around protected areas;
2) Are in synergy with policies and programs such as the National Policy on Environmental Management in Indigenous Lands (PNGATI);
3) Establish community agreements for the use of natural resources and help communities characterize their territories as Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs);
4) Allow local organizations, landowners and indigenous, quilombola and traditional communities to play an active role in increasing the network of protected areas and improving the management of these areas.

Investment Priority Proposals 2.2 should be implemented only in the four priority corridors, as described in the Cerrado Ecosystem Profile. Within the Cerrado Hotspot Logical Framework 2016-2021 this investment priority is linked to outcome 2 and the related Intermediate Indicators.

● Investment Priority 6.2 - Develop and strengthen the technical and management capacities of civil society organizations in environment, conservation strategy and planning, policy dialogue, resource mobilization, in accordance with regulations and other topics relevant to investment priorities.
CEPF wishes to improve the technical and management conditions of civil society organizations in the Cerrado, strengthening them for the proposition, implementation and management of projects focusing on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the hotspot.

In this call, the objective of CEPF is to support projects that seek to contribute to Cerrado civil society organizations:
1) Comply with all legal requirements from a fiscal, tax and labor perspective;
2) Enhance their administrative and financial management capabilities (administrative and financial processes and records, organizational structure, etc.);
3) Acquire new knowledge and skills in the use of participatory project diagnosis, planning, monitoring and evaluation tools;
4) Develop capacity to structure and design projects, as well as to define and implement effective communication and resource mobilization strategies (private or government funds, etc.);
5) Acquire technical expertise on relevant topics to achieve conservation objectives in the hotspot;
6) Ensure female protagonism in conservation and sustainability by increasing the skilled participation of women and gender discussion in civil society organizations in the Biome.

The goal is NOT to support one-off courses and workshops, but rather more structured and at least one-year training processes, linked to a clear strategy for strengthening local organizations and using approaches and methodologies that combine modular face-to-face courses. with practical pedagogical field activities in which participants can implement in their organizations, closely monitored by field mentors throughout the training process, intervention plans developed by them, ensuring the internalization of concepts and skills in the practice of their organizations. Proponents are encouraged to use creativity and innovation in the use of a combination of methodologies and pedagogical techniques of non-formal education such as exchanges, training of trainers, conversation circles and exchanges of experience, tutorials, etc.

We strongly recommend that training processes include meeting the training needs of organizations currently supported by CEPF (see Projects page on CEPF Cerrado website). We also recommend that the presential stages of formation are structured around the clustering centers of the CEPF Cerrado project portfolio, in the following cities: Campo Grande (MS), Teresina (PI), Palmas (TO), Arinos (MG), Campinas (SP), Belo Horizonte (MG) and Brasilia (DF). Tenderers should also state in their proposals the number, type and names (if possible) of the organizations they will support through the project. Important assumptions include: (i) the major constraints on the capacities of civil society organizations can be addressed through a combination of capacity building and financial support, and (ii) civil society organizations are able to retain qualified personnel benefits from training opportunities. Investment Priority Proposals 6.2 may be implemented in ALL Cerrado Hostpot within Brazilian territory as described in the Cerrado Ecosystem Profile. Within the Cerrado Hotspot Logical Framework 2016-2021, this investment priority is linked to outcome 6 and related Interim Indicators.

Letters of Intent that address other Investment Priorities will not be considered for this call.

5. Eligible organizations
Non-governmental organizations, community groups, private companies, research institutes and foundations, and other civil society candidates may apply to receive CEPF funds. An agency, company or other governmental entity shall be eligible only if it can prove that: 1) it has a legal personality independent of any government agency or actor; 2) has a mandate to apply for and receive private funds; and 3) you will not be able to invoke your right to sovereign immunity.
The same organization may submit more than one proposal for small or large supports and organizations that are already part of CEPF's project portfolio are also eligible for this call.
Organizations wishing to receive small supports must be legally registered in Brazil or have local partners able to receive and manage CEPF resources.
See section 1 (Eligibility) of the FAQ document.

6. Proposal submission:
• Proposals may be submitted in both Portuguese and English.
When applying, include the project's contribution to the achievement of CEPF outcomes and intermediate indicators as described in the Hotspot Logical Framework 2016-2021..
• The projects contemplated by CEPF in this call for bid are due to begin execution, from June 1, 2019 (small supports) and from October 1, 2019 (large supports). Regardless of the start date of implementation, all projects are expected to complete their activities by December 31, 2020The letter of intent for any project requiring disbursements beyond December 31, 2020 will not be considered.
• All proposals should include costs with project impact monitoring, project communication and the participation of two people in two training sessions offered by CEPF in Brasilia, DF.
• Each type of support (small and large) has its own online system for completing and submitting proposals, as follows:

Small Supports (up to $ 50,000): The proposal must be submitted in the PROSAS by 6:00 pm EDT on December 12, 2018After this time, the system will be blocked from receiving proposals. In PROSAS, you must register by creating a Citizen profile and then an Entrepreneur profile. Using the Entrepreneur profile you can subscribe to any announcement in PROSAS. PROSAS technical support for this announcement will only work until 6 pm on December 12, 2018. Therefore, please do not submit your proposal on the last day. CEPF Cerrado is not responsible for occurrences of any kind that make it impossible to submit proposals in the registration system, even within the deadline. The budget sheet must be attached to the Prosas system at the time of proposal completion. Budgets should follow the CDI Small Grants Budget Worksheet template provided in section 9 of this notice.

Large Supports (over $ 50,000 and up to $ 200,000): The proposal must be submitted in the ConservationGrants system by 6 pm EDT on December 12, 2018. After this time, the system will be blocked from receiving proposals. At ConservationGrants, you must register by creating a profile. It is recommended to register one week prior to the call deadline to allow sufficient time to create a profile, familiarize yourself with the system and prepare your Letter of Intent (CDI). CEPF is not responsible for occurrences of any kind that make it impossible to submit proposals in the registration system, even within the deadline. The budget must be completed directly in the ConservationGrants system at the time of proposal completion. Budgets must follow the template provided within the system.

• Proposals MUST NOT be submitted to CEPF Cerrado or CEPF email. Any proposal sent by email, even within the deadline of this announcement, will not be considered.
• Before start filling in the letter of intent (CDI) on the system, we recommend that you download and fill out the Word versions of the English or Portuguese CDI forms available in seção section 9 (below) to get a sense of the fields to fill out, considering the specific guidelines of this announcement and the FAQs document. This will make it easier to later fill in the CDI information in the systems.

7. Supporting Documents
Before you begin the sign up process for this call, read all of the following reference documents:

Ecosystem Profile

Ecosystem Profile Technical Summary

Ecosystem Profile Logical Framework

Ecosystem Profile Investment Priorities


8. Contact
If you still have questions after reading all the reference documents for this call, please contactcepfcerrado@iieb.org.br or visit our Contact page on CEPF Cerrado website.

9. Supplementary Material