REDAA grant call – nature and people thriving together | Summary and Q&A

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REDAA grant call – nature and people thriving together

TL;DR

This webinar provides an overview of the Reverse Environmental Degradation in Africa and Asia program, including details about the grant call, eligibility requirements, and funding opportunities.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What are the eligibility requirements for organizations applying for the grant?

Eligible organizations must be non-profit, including research institutes, universities, community-based organizations, and NGOs. Private sector organizations can also receive funding as sub-grantees or consultants, but they cannot lead proposals. Additionally, organizations based in the focal regions of sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia are prioritized.

Q: Can organizations collaborate across countries and regions in their proposals?

Yes, collaborations across countries and regions are encouraged. Partnerships with neighboring countries and between different regions are eligible. However, organizations must demonstrate strong partnerships and local presence within their proposed locations.

Q: Can the grant funds be used to support research that builds upon previous work?

Yes, previous research can be incorporated into proposals as long as it is relevant and contributes to the overall objectives of the initiative. The emphasis is on research to action, so the proposed project should focus on using existing knowledge to inform practical actions and improve outcomes.

Q: How are grant payments structured?

Generally, grant payments are made on a quarterly advanced basis, with a final payment based on actual expenditure. However, the specific payment terms may vary depending on the lead organization's location and financial capacity. Due diligence checks will determine any exceptions to the standard payment terms.

Q: What types of projects are considered successful for REDA funding?

Successful projects should demonstrate a locally led approach, aiming to improve the relationship between people and nature in the context of a changing climate. They should show positive impacts for diverse stakeholders, involve strong stakeholder engagement, and contribute to the evidence base on ecosystems and livelihoods. Gender equality and social inclusion should be prioritized, and there should be a clear focus on research to action and the effective use of resources.

Q: How many proposals can one organization submit?

There is no maximum limit on the number of proposals an organization can lead. However, individual lead applicants can only lead on one proposal.

Q: Are co-funding arrangements required for the grant?

Co-funding is not mandatory, but it is encouraged if organizations can secure additional funding or demonstrate collaboration with other funding sources. Co-funding can enhance the overall scope and impact of the proposed project.

Q: What is the timeline for the first grant call?

Stage one concept notes must be submitted by July 31. Successful concept note applicants will be invited to submit full proposals in September and October, with final decisions and grant agreements expected in December. The projects are set to start in January of the following year.

Note: Due to the nature of the content, some answers have been generalized and may vary based on specific details provided in the webinar or program guidelines.

Q: What are the eligibility requirements for organizations applying for the grant?

Eligible organizations must be non-profit, including research institutes, universities, community-based organizations, and NGOs. Private sector organizations can also receive funding as sub-grantees or consultants, but they cannot lead proposals. Additionally, organizations based in the focal regions of sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia are prioritized.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The Reverse Environmental Degradation in Africa and Asia program (REDA) is a UK FCDO initiative that aims to support research, communication, and action in addressing environmental degradation in these regions.

  • The program offers competitive grant calls and technical support to locally led initiatives that focus on research, nature conservation, climate change adaptation, gender equality, and social inclusion.

  • The first grant call is for medium-sized projects (between £200,000 and £500,000) lasting 2-4 years, with a focus on projects in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Future grant calls will include smaller catalytic grants and larger program grants.

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