Sharing Lessons from a Small Grants Programme

03 August 2009 | News story
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IUCN Sri Lanka Office has been implementing a Small Grants Programme, referred to as the Community Conservation Support Fund (CCSF), to support Community-based organizations (CBOs), Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), provincial and local governments and the private sector to undertake replicable, innovative, community-based, sustainable, natural resources management initiatives in Sri Lanka.

IUCN Sri Lanka Office has been implementing a Small Grants Programme, referred to as the Community Conservation Support Fund (CCSF), to support Community-based organizations (CBOs), Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), provincial and local governments and the private sector to undertake replicable, innovative, community-based, sustainable, natural resources management initiatives in Sri Lanka. These projects, implemented from July 2006 to December 2008, ranged in value from about Rs 200,000 to Rs 3.2 million. The projects aimed at implementing environmental action plans at local level, promoting effective environmental tools and technologies to address local level problems, enhancing environmental knowledge and management skills, strengthening local level institutional capacity, and developing environmental partnerships.
Financial support for this Small Grants Programme was provided by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Sri Lanka under a larger project to ensure that key stakeholders in resource management - the private sector, local communities and civil society members - demonstrate capacity to support national sustainable development objectives.
Under the Small Grants Programme, grants were provided to 24 organisations in Sri Lanka. About 65% of the recipients were community-based organisations and non-governmental organisations. Activities under the project covered several areas, viz., ecosystem restoration and conservation, supporting agro-forestry, solid waste management, species conservation, and supporting associated livelihoods. Replication of many initiatives was evident, and five of these projects received additional grants for extended activities.
An event to mark the closure of the project and to highlight the lessons from the outcomes of these projects was held ion 17 July 2009 at the Waters Edge, Battaramulla. The Chief Guest was Mr W.M.V. Narampanawa, Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, representing the Hon. Minister of Environment and Natural Resources. Several grantees shared their experiences.
The lessons from the small grants programme are captured in the book, “Small Help, Large Gain: Community Action for Environmental Management”, with emphasis on those that may influence future project work and also policies. The book which was produced in all three languages was also launched at this event. It is hoped that this book will provide valuable insights on how small sums of money could produce significant local level results which are replicable.
 


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1 sujith Dammika
sujith Dammika
The Chairman
Kangchana Education and Development Foundation
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November 24, 2009 - 07:48
2 Kangchana Education and Development Foundation
Dear sir/ Madam
I would like to inform you that we have been implementing envoronmental projects in Monaragala District. But now we face in the problem of finding funds for our future activities.
If you can please send us a reply
Kangchana Education and Development
November 24, 2009 - 07:45
3 children aid foundation
how to get help 4 our programmes
October 9, 2009 - 05:36
4 sinharaja
ECOTOURISM-HOPE AND REALITY

http://web.archive.org/web/20071226184716/http://www.competitiveness.lk/tourism.htm it was start to help local community , local school and university. BUt no local school or community university invole in this project and this is restricted area for local people
August 26, 2009 - 12:48
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