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USAID – Small Grants Aid to help community groups in the Pacific

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Dear Editor,

Searching through the internet today, I came across a UDSAID Small Grant Aid project which appears to have been initiated mid-December, last year.

I would like to share the information with you, and I quote.The Pacific Islands Development Program at the East-West Center has partnered with the USAID Climate Ready project to produce a Small Grants Guide designed to help community groups and other organizations in the Pacific create successful climate change adaptation grant proposals. The free guide, which is based on many years of hands-on experience, is available online at: EastWestCenter.org/small-grants-guide.
The guide includes practical guidance for developing climate adaption projects. Funding for such projects typically carries specific technical criteria and requirements that can be particularly challenging for community-based organizations. The 60-page booklet features information tailored to the Pacific context, but it applies to other locations also.

“Community organizations around the Pacific are best placed to address the impacts of climate change,” says the guide’s author, climate adaptation specialist Dr. Keith Bettinger. “The trick is to draw on local knowledge and ‘package’ it in a way that is consistent with funders’ criteria.” 

Tapping into external assistance for new challenges 

Today, the environmental conditions that have sustained Pacific peoples for thousands of years are shifting as a result of global warming. In some cases, communities need external assistance to adapt to challenges stemming from typhoons and severe storms, droughts, and other environmental issues. 

Fortunately, small grants programs are available to provide financial support for projects that enhance resilience and improve adaptive capacity. While the Small Grants Guide focuses primarily on climate change adaptation projects, much of its content is also applicable to other types of small grants. 

Step-by-step guidance 

The Small Grants Guide is designed to walk community organizations through the process of compiling their know-how into a successful small grants proposal. Throughout, the guide features example questions and criteria that have been taken from actual small grants applications and evaluation forms.I hope the initiative will be taken in the Solomon Islands to take a look, at least at the guide, which can be downloaded and then see how things might develop.

Yours sincerely

Yours sincerely

Frank Short

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