International Tree Foundation – Sustainable Community Forestry Programme 2019


Do you plant trees? Are you a Community-Based Organisation? Are you in a Commonwealth country in Africa? The ITF Sustainable Community Forestry Programme is open for applications

The Sustainable Community Forestry Programme supports projects in Africa that:

  • Conserve, restore and protect indigenous forest resources, habitats and associated biodiversity
  • Support community-led natural resource management and regeneration to promote reforestation
  • Improve nutrition, food security and local livelihoods through sustainable use of forests and trees
  • Impact positively on climate change and carbon sequestration.

The Sustainable Community Forestry Programme supports community-based organisations (CBOs) to deliver community-level participatory projects that conserve and restore local forest resources and associated biodiversity, improve local livelihoods through sustainable use of trees and related income generation and increase resilience to climate change.

We prioritise support for new community-based organisations so that we are also helping them to build their own capacity to achieve their aims and objectives. We encourage the preservation of indigenous knowledge and the planting of indigenous species of trees.

Eligibility criteria


To be eligible for the SCF programme in 2019:

  • The proposed project must take place in a Commonwealth country of Africa (mentioned below)
  • Organisation must be a registered NGO or CBO in the country where the project will take place
  • Organisation must have a bank account in its name
  • Applicants EOI must meet the basic requirements of this call:
      • Project duration: up to 2 years
      • Budget attached
      • Tree planting plan attached
      • Organisation’s registration or governance document attached
      • 6 photos attached of the field activities carried out in the last year with explanation and location of the activity
  • Organisations that submit eligible applications will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Funding grants

  • A maximum of £3,000 per year is available for projects of up to 2 years duration.
  • Up to £600 is available additionally to address agreed capacity building needs of the organisation, subject to discussion with ITF.

To find out more download and read guideline document and take a look at other projects supported through the Sustainable Community Forestry programme.

The ITF Sustainable Community Forestry Programme is open for Expressions of Interest until Monday 30th September 2019.


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