Deadline: 7-Jun-22

The African Forest Forum (AFF) is inviting proposals to support a total of four pilot projects on different forest types in Africa for community-based organisations or national non-governmental organisations who are actively involved in activities related to forestry and climate change.

For its annual plan of work for 2022, AFF plans to facilitate the implementation of four pilot projects that will promote adoption of:

  • Land use management policies and practices that explicitly incorporate forest biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as conservation needs that enable land users to maximise the economic, social and ecological benefits from land.
  • Viable alternative sources of livelihood that are compatible with containing forest cover loss in different forest types while simultaneously promoting economic and social empowerment of stakeholders, especially women and youth.
  • Gender sensitive forest-based measures and policies that improve the adaptation and resilience to adverse effects of climate change on forests and on people who depend on them.
Funding Information

A modest grant of up to USD 12,000 will be awarded to support the field activities of the pilot project over a duration of two years.


The duration of the support for the pilot projects is initially for 2 years and concept notes should focus on all the following outputs:

  • Innovative ideas for protecting and sustainably managing the forest resource base to enhance supply of ecosystem goods and services,
  • Viable alternative sources of livelihoods that have potential to contain forest cover loss, taking gender (women and youth) into consideration
  • Sound gender sensitive adaptation measures or practices that improve the resilience of the biophysical and social-economic systems to changing climate.

Proposals must be highly visible, technically and financially sound, and lead to qualitatively and quantitatively measurable concrete results. They should incorporate the dissemination of knowledge. The demonstration character is particularly important. A successful pilot project should be accessible to all potential stakeholders and aims to encourage other stakeholders to use the innovative solutions including technologies, techniques, and methods demonstrated in the project.

Duration: The implementation of the pilot activities shall be for a period of 2-year duration from 21 July 2022.

Eligibility Criteria

General eligibility criteria

    • Applicant must be a community-based or non-governmental organisation registered in an African nation.
    • Proposed pilot project and activities must be clearly related to, and likely to advance forest protection, forest conservation, socio economic development and adaptation to climate change in Africa.
    • All application materials must be complete and received by the AFF Secretariat on or before the application deadline.

Specific eligibility criteria

    • Prospective applicants must be a local community-based organisation (CBO), or a national non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Africa with demonstrated capacity to undertake the above tasks at a community level and should meet the following minimum qualifications and skills:
      • Be a renown and officially registered organisation with proven realisations in the sector of forestry in an African country.
      • Have close and well documented working relationships with key forestry institutions in their location and in-country.
      • Have a good record and experience on securing and managing projects related to forestry at the community level, with special focus on sustainable land and forest management approaches, forest-based livelihoods, and climate change as well as gender considerations and capacity building.
      • Demonstrate good networking and partnership capacity.
Key Criteria

The following key criteria will be used for evaluation of the concepts

  • Relevance of the action to the objective of the call
  • Link to national priorities and SDGs
  • Address local communities’ needs
  • Cost effectiveness and leverage co-funding
  • Sustainability of the action
  • Theory of change
  • Organisational mandate

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