With similarities in both their strategies, and the view to enabling longer-term interventions with greater impact, PONT and CEPF have come together to launch a combined Call for proposals. There is a potential to build synergies between a number of conservation actions in Prespa under objectives I, III and IV in PONT’s Strategic Framework, and all investment priorities of CEPF under Strategic Direction 2 (Sustainable management of water catchments) and 4 (plant conservation) for the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot. PONT and CEPF, as well as BirdLife International and BPSSS as the RIT, have joined forces to provide capacity building and technical support to successful applicants, alongside grant funding.
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CLOSEDFeb 21, 2020Deadline
Up to €50,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
CountryAlbania and Macedonia
Focus AreasWater Management (Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH))
This Call is open to applicants that are based in Albania, North Macedonia or in both countries, which have been active in the Wider Prespa Area and have interest and experience in the relevant conservation actions eligible under this Call.

For the purpose of this Call the applicant applying must be a legally established and tax registered organization for at least the last 2 years in either Albania or North Macedonia.
Applicants must be registered as either an NGO, a scientific institution or an academic institution.

Applicant organizations must be composed of basic staff, infrastructure, financial systems and a basic financial budget.

Applicants must have their own bank account and be authorized under relevant national laws to receive charitable contributions.

Individuals, community groups, municipalities or businesses must work with eligible applicants to develop applications.

Government-owned enterprises or institutions are eligible only if they can demonstrate that the enterprise or institution has:
• a legal personality independent of any government agency or actor;
• the authority to apply for and receive private funds; And
• may not assert a claim of sovereign immunity

The scope of this call is limited to the types of activities described below:
− Strategic Direction 2 (Sustainable management of water catchments)
− Strategic Direction 4 (Conservation of plants)
Proposed interventions must support either Strategic Direction 2 or Strategic Direction 4. Applicants wishing to apply for both Strategic Directions must complete a separate concept note application for each Strategic Direction.
The geographic scope of the activities for this joint Call is limited to the Wider Prespa Area covering not only the Prespa Basin, but also the entire territory of Galicica and Pelister national parks in North Macedonia that extend outside the watershed of the Prespa Lakes (see map below).

Other Requirements

Grants cannot be used for:
• the purchase of land, involuntary resettlement of people, or activities that negatively affect physical cultural resources, including those important to local communities.
• activities adversely affecting Indigenous Peoples or where these communities have not provided their broad support to the grant proposal.
• removal or alteration of any physical cultural property (includes sites having archaeological, paleontological, historical, religious, or unique natural values).

Application Directions

Application for a Grant
To apply for a grant under this Call please complete the attached English application form. Applications are to be sent to Oliver Avramoski by email (oavramoski@pont.org).


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