The FGMC grants are intended to support global activities related to policy and legal reforms that eliminate illegal logging, promote legal trade and ensure rights and benefits for poor people, local communities and indigenous people. An anticipated 15 to 25 grants will be awarded for up to 36 months from 1 April 2018.
There is a 4 stage process:
- concept note:
- deadline for submission of concept note: 21 November 2017
- notification of concept note evaluation outcome: 15 December 2017
- project proposal:
- deadline for submission of project proposal: 12 February 2018
- notification of proposal award decision: 2 March 2018
- due diligence: 2 January to 16 February 2018
- grant awards: 5 March to 30 March 2018
Proposals from single entities or consortia will be allowed. Proposals are open to new grantees and to non-UK entities. Only 1 proposal per organisation will be supported.
Grants are awarded by DFID and managed by the FGMC Programme Management Support Team (PMST).
What the fund will achieve
FGMC aims to bring about governance and market reforms that reduce the illegal use of forest resources and benefit poor people who depend on forests for their livelihoods. As part of global efforts to improve forest management and tackle deforestation the FGMC supports the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, in particular by tackling illegal logging in timber-producing developing countries and the trade in illegally-produced timber products. It also seeks to apply lessons from the timber trade to trade in other commodities that impact forests and people who depend on forests for their livelihoods.
The focus of the third and final phase (2018 – 2021) of the FGMC programme will be on results – on securing the gains already or almost achieved and on the institutionalisation and embedding of sustainable processes and practices. Attention should be paid to the recommendations set out in the 2017 Annual Review.
The FGMC restricted grant scheme is designed to fund international civil society organisations and trade associations to enable them to support their national and international implementing partners to engage policy and reform processes. Funding is restricted to non-profits who are engaged, directly or through implementing partners, in formal multi-stakeholder processes to address illegal logging and deforestation.
How to apply
Links to the Concept Note form and guidance are provided below.
Deadline for submission of concept notes is 8 am UK time on Tuesday 21 November 2017.
FGMC has supported governance related activities in over 20 timber producing and processing countries, with a particular focus on countries where the UK is the lead EU Member State supporting the FLEGT process.
Given the focus of this final phase on closure, institutionalising processes and sustaining gains, the programme will retain the geographical focus established in earlier phases within regional clusters – South East / East Asia and the Mekong region (Indonesia, Myanmar and China), West Africa (Ghana, Liberia), Congo Basin (Republic of Congo (ROC), Cameroon) and Guyana.
The reference to geographic clusters recognises the need to address regional market issues in operationalising systems to check for legal compliance and to avoid illegal products flowing across borders.