July 24, 2017

Waitt Foundation Issues RFP for Marine Protected Areas Projects

News Source: Philanthropy News Digest

The Waitt Foundation supports projects and campaigns aimed at ending overfishing, the creation and expansion of marine protected areas, marine spatial planning, and the raising of public awareness about the rapid decline in ocean health. With a focus on enduring public private partnerships and conservation finance, the foundation's principal goal is to support governments in achieving their own sustainable fisheries and ocean-conservation goals.

Marine science increasingly demonstrates the value of marine protected areas (MPAs) for biodiversity, the improvement of fisheries management, and other important ecosystem services. Many nations have committed to designating 10 percent of their waters as marine protected areas, with some nations committing to 30 percent. To support the designation of MPAs, the Waitt Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals that aims to identify "shovel ready" MPA projects where six to twelve months of additional targeted funding will result in the creation of legally-binding MPAs that have the political and social support necessary for implementation success.

Qualified projects include those seeking new MPA declaration, or expansion of an existing MPA. No-take MPAs are strongly preferred; marine managed areas with substantive and demonstrable extractive protections also will be considered. MPA implementation projects on their own are beyond the scope of this RFP. The types of activities that this RFP will support include policymaker partnership and education, targeted outreach, designation processes (including government and stakeholder engagement), and legal and policy drafting.

Through this grant cycle, the program will award grants ranging between $50,000 and S150,000 over six to twelve months.

Eligible applicants include U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and international equivalent nongovernmental organizations (NGO). Government agencies interested in applying should contact the Waitt Foundation to discuss NGO "pairing."

See the Waitt Foundaion for complete program guidelines and proposal submission instructions.