Call for Proposals
The Secretariat for the Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) is pleased to announce that the SDM has opened a call for proposals for SDM 2021 projects. The SDM is one of the collaborative activities of the International Partnership for Satoyama Initiative which facilitate the implementation of activities under the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) through the provision of seed funding. The SDM selects up to six IPSI member organizations with convincing proposals through its selection process and criteria specified in this page. The upper limit of the grant amount for one organization is ten thousand (10,000) US dollars.
The deadline for applications is Thursday 12 August 2021 (application closed). IPSI members are kindly invited to submit project proposals by this date by email to the SDM Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org). Project proposals for developing and/or implementing IPSI collaborative activities will be welcomed (see here for more about IPSI Collaborative Activities).
- Deadline of applications: Thursday 12 August 2021 (application closed)
- Applications submitted to: email@example.com
- Number of organizations to be selected: up to six IPSI member organizations
- Grant amount per project: up to US$ 10,000
- Project period: up to 12 months
The SDM invites all interested and eligible IPSI members (see eligibility criteria) to apply for the SDM to implement the activities that fall under either of the four project types and address the SDM objectives using the format provided by the SDM. The SDM selects up to six projects from among the eligible applications through a three-step evaluation process (see Project selection).
The successful grant recipients prepare the grant agreement (GA) and the project implementation plan documents. IGES, on behalf of the SDM Secretariat, disburses the first instalment upon agreement on GA with each recipient. In the course of the project implementation, the grant recipients are recommended to provide updates to the SDM Secretariat when they make major progress.
The SDM mandates the grant recipients to submit the final project evaluation report at the project end. The SDM Secretariat, upon the endorsement of the final project evaluation report, disburses the final instalment.
The SDM follows a three-step process, eligibility assessment, screening and prioritization, to select grant recipients. It first prepares a longlist of applications that fulfill eligibility criteria, and narrows it down to a short list after an evaluation against the screening criteria. The SDM Executive Board concludes the selection process by identifying up to six projects from among the shortlisted applications referring to the prioritization criteria.
1. Eligibility criteria
- The applicant is an approved member of the IPSI at the date of submission of the project proposal.
- The applicant has agreed to act as focal point of the proposed project to be contacted by the SDM Secretariat, if the proposal is jointly submitted by multiple IPSI members.
- The applicant has demonstrated sufficient institutional capability to implement the proposed project.
- The applicant has demonstrated sufficient English proficiency to deliver a good project report.
- The applicant is not a member of either the Advisory Group or the Executive Board of SDM.
- Any applicant that makes an unequivocally false presentation of him/herself or his/her organisation will be excluded from the SDM.
2. Screening criteria
- Addresses critical local needs.
- Contributes to the IPSI Strategic Objectives, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the SDGs, with particular focus on OECM1, landscape/seascape restoration and resilience, and sustainable food/material production.
- Specifies concrete outputs and outcomes of the project, and logically presents the project components and activities leading to these.
- Engages multiple stakeholders necessary to generate intended outcomes.
- Proposes the activities that effectively utilize time and resources while fit within the given timeline and budget.
- Demonstrates appropriate implementation capacity of the proponent with clear roles of those involved.
- Properly identifies the measures to mitigate possible risks that may emerge during the project implementation.
- Identifies self-reliant operating mechanisms for the continuation and/or further development of the project activities after the project end
1Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures. See its guiding principles, common characteristics and criteria for identification in CBD/COP/DEC/14/8 Annex III
3. Prioritization criteria
- Potential for an innovation or a best practice
- Underrepresented regions, sectors and/or landscape/seascape types.
- Implements an IPSI Collaborative Activity
(https://satoyama-initiative.org/activities/ipsi-collaborative-activities/) that have already been endorsed by IPSI, or formulates a new IPSI Collaborative Activity.
- The applicants who have not been selected by the SDM before.
- Demonstrates a strong need of support from the SDM (e.g., limited access to other funding sources).
- Attachment 1. Application Form (33KB)
- Attachment 2. Application form (example) (26KB)
- Attachment 3. Definition of Terms (57KB)
The “Final Project Evaluation form” (Attachments 4) and “IPSI Case Study Summary Sheet” template (Attachment 5) are now under revision for more streamlined reporting and evaluation. The Attachments 4 and 5 herein are the previous forms provided for reference by applicants. Applicants, if selected, will be requested to use the new forms that will be shared from the SDM Secretariat once the revised version is ready.
- (For reference) Attachment 4. Final Evaluation Form (34KB) *to be revised
- (For reference) Attachment 5. IPSI Case Study Summary Sheet template (803KB) *to be revised