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2017 Small Grants Program

Environmental Fund

The MCF offers financial resources for local projects that address local environmental challenges such as forest connectivity, climate change, the protection of water resources and urban sanitation, among others.

This year, the Environmental Fund will support projects with a maximum donation of US$4,500.

2017 small grants program
  • Background

    Introduction. Monteverde is a semi-rural region located in the Tilarán mountain range of Costa Rica that has a local population of approximately 6,000 inhabitants. It is famous worldwide for its successful preservation of tropical forests, including the sparse and fragile cloud forest. Its private reserve complex, the largest in Central America, has allowed the establishment of a strong tourism industry in addition to traditional economic activities such as coffee and milk production. According to official figures from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, the region experiences an annual visit of approximately 200,000 tourists.

    Demonstrating the unique biodiversity of Monteverde, just the upper part contains seven of Costa Rica's approximately 12 Holdridge Life Zones, hosting:

    > 2,000 species of plants,
    > 450 bird species (133 neo-tropical migrants, 29 endemic and 20 on the IUCN Red List), and
    83 species of mammals.
    It is worth mentioning that the Monteverde area is also a great source of water both for human consumption and for agricultural and hydroelectric production in communities along both slopes.

    Challenges Although tourism has brought many positive things to Monteverde, it also brings great challenges such as unplanned urban development and increasing pressure on the quality and quantity of natural resources. Other factors such as patterns in land use and climate change, among others, also present serious challenges for the conservation of biodiversity, natural resources and the scenic beauty of our region.

    In addition to absolute protection of forests, there is a growing movement in the civil sector to address environmental challenges outside protected wild areas. One of the most representative initiatives of this movement is the Bell Bird Biological Corridor (BBBC), which is made up of a group of public and private entities that aims to connect critical habitat between the cloud forest of Monteverde and the mangrove forest on the coast of the Gulf of Nicoya.

    Purpose. The purpose of this program is to support local grassroots groups with seed funds that will allow them to meet the existing challenges with their own ideas and methods. Also, this contribution - which is more than matched by the resources mobilized by the community itself - provides an opportunity to leverage more funding from other sources, be they national or international.

    The goals presented below represent the environmental issues prioritized by the communities as part of the strategic planning process of the BBBC and other open consultations.

  • Themes & Goals

    We invite project proposals that demonstrate impacts in at least one of the following areas:

     

    Biological Corridors and Biodiversity

    Increase the connectivity of critical habitat for the migration of flora and fauna
    Improve the viability of a community or population of threatened species (flora or fauna)
    Decrease the impact of exotic/invasive species
     

    Protection of Water Resources

    Increase forest cover of riparian zones and/or underground recharge zones (springs and wells)
    Restore aquatic habitat
    Decrease net water consumption
    Decrease the volume or concentration of pollutants discharged into rivers through point and non-point sources
     

    Climate change

    Decrease the amount of air pollutants discharged (Air quality or Greenhouse effect)
    Decrease net energy consumption
     

    Urban Sanitation

    Improve solid waste management
     

    Environmental management

    Increase the technical capacity of local organizations to manage natural resources through the development of good practices
    The projects that the MCF support must meet one of the following goals, demonstrating their impact through at least one of the defined indicators.

     

    GOALS

    INDICATORS

    Increase habitat connectivity critical for migration of flora and fauna
    • # of trees planted
    • # of fauna crossings installed
    • # or % of hectares of forest protected or restored
    Increase the forest cover of riparian zones and/or underground recharge zones (springs and wells)
    • # or % hectares of recuperated protection zones (reforestation or stabilizatioin)
    • # or % protection zones protected by fences or other good practices
    Restore aquatic habitat
    • Aquatic flow (cubic meters per second as a function of the natural system)
    • Evaluative index of aquatic habitat
    Reduce net water consumption
    • Liters or cubic meters of water conserved
    Reduce the volume or concentration of contaminants discharged into rivers by way of point-sources or non-point sources
    • Liters or cubic meters of wastewater reduced
    • Reduction in ppm, mg/l or other measure of nitrates, phosphates or sediment
    Improve the viability of a community or population of threatened species (flora or fauna)
    • Increased total or relative abundance of representatives of a population, community or taxomonic group 
    Reduce the impact of exotic/invasive species
    • # of invasive individuals removed or sterilized
    Improve solid waste management
    • Kg, tons or % of solid waste reduced, locally treated or recovered
    Reduce the quantity of atmospheric pollutants discharged (air quality or greenhouse effect)
    • Tons reduced of CO2, CH4, O3 or other greenhouse pollutants from direct emissions or deforestation/degradation of forests
    • Ppm of fine particles reduced
    Reduce net energy consumption
    • Reduction of electricity consumption (Kwh)
    • Reduction of hydrocarbons consumed (liters)
    • Reduction of firewood burned (kilograms or hours/day)
    Increase the technical capacity of local organizations to manage natural resources with good practices
    • # of tools/technologies implemented that improve management
  • Guidelines

    Type of Financing. The MCF offers grants to local projects that meet the required profile.

    Amounts and Frequency. The maximum grant for each project will be defined each year according to the available budget.  The amounts assigned to projects will be in US dollars.  If the donee prefers to execute the project in colones, the exchange rate on the date of disbursal of funds will be used.  No project may receive more than three (3) grants in a five-year period or may receive more than one grant at a time.  

    Permitted Uses. MCF resources may be destined for the acquisition of equipment, machinery, training sessions, consulting, materials, supplies, activities and remuneration of human resources as long as they do not represent the principal goal of the project.  

    Counterparts. The applicants must supply an equivalent amount or more to the contribution of the MCF, whether in cash or in goods or services valued at market prices.  The maximum amount to be supplied by MCF will be defined each year.  (Example: ‘Organization A’ has a project that costs $5,000 and the maximum available from MCF is $2,000. Therefore, MCF would only contribute $2,000 and the applying organization would contribute $3,000 resources (in cash or in kind) or from other sources).

    Geographic Area. Projects financed by MCF through this fund must be located in the communities of Cañitas, Cebadilla, Cerro Plano, Guacimal, La Cruz, La Lindora, La Guaria, Las Nubes, Los Llanos, Los Olivos, Los Tornos, Monteverde, San Luis, Santa Elena and San Gerardo. Priority will be given to projects located communities within the Municipal District of Monteverde.

    Duration of Projects. The MCF will finance projects for a maximum period of 18 months which may be extended for justified reasons. 

    Disbursements. Funds will be disbursed in installments according to what has been negotiated previously between MCF and the donee.  The donee must have presented a progress report and a financial report in order to receive disbursements of remaining funds.  Once the progress reports have been presented, the Follow-Up Committee will analyze the achievement and scope of the objectives.  

    Expected Characteristics of Projects. The MCF will finance projects of various types, including participatory planning, applied research, organizational development, training, demonstration of a new technology, and expansion of a proven technology, among others.  Nevertheless, all projects must:

    • Directly address a clearly identified local problem;
    • Demonstrate feasibility;
    • Promote the direct participation of the beneficiaries during the development, execution and evaluation of the project;
    • Show the impact of the actions taken and the execution of the budget;
    • Have the potential to be sustainable over time or be replicated in the future; and
    • Include in the work plan an element of public sharing of information.

    .
    Preference will be given to projects that:

    • Propose innovative solutions to the identified problem;
    • Have alliances with non-profit organizations, academic institutions or governmental institutions;
    • Include strengthening processesboth for those who carry out and those who benefit from the project;
    • Are aimed at benefiting traditionally marginalized sectors of the population.

    Medium and long-term projects can be presented in stages. However, a plan of action for the whole process and its anticipated impact must be specified from the beginning.

    Restrictions. MCF will NOT award SGP grants to:

    • proposals presented or directed by governmental entities;
    • proposals presented by individuals or by for-profit companies;
    • proposals presented by groups that do not contribute financial or in-kind resources to the proposed activities;
    • the proposals related to political parties or partisan movements;
    • purely religious or sectarian activities;
    • pure research;
    • social assistance projects of any kind;
    • projects that are the direct responsibility of the local or national government;
    • requests for donations in excess of the maximum amount defined for this fund; or
    • projects whose objectives do not work toward a shared self-help capacity.

    Complementary Provisions.

    -Applying institutions must present a duly completed Project Proposal.
    -MCF staff may visit the project sites or request more information from the applying entity.
    -MCF reserves the right to negotiate with approved institutions or organizations an amount less than that requested and/or reallocation of budget items.
    -The timing of disbursement of funds will be established in the respective agreement.
    -In cases in which the grantees do not have legal status, funds can be deposited in an account opened exclusively for the purposes of the project. The account must be in the name of 2 project representatives who are not related (by blood or by marriage).
    -If all the resources of the FCM can not be awarded in the first round, the MCF may invite a second round of applications, or the funds may be accumulated for a future application process.
    -In order to sign  the respective agreement, the oapproved entity must submit the following documents:

    • Final version of the project, including recommendations made by the Evaluating Committee. These recommendations should be incorporated into the project document (that is, the corrected final version should be presented); other requested information and documentation will be attached as annexes.
    • The approved entity must present all the documentation indicated previously within 30 calendar days, counted from the date of notification of approval by the MCF, attaching the respective observations and recommendations. Otherwise, the entity may lose the grant.

    The guidelines of this program and the funds available for granting are subject to modifications every year.

     

  • Selection Process

    Evaluation of Eligible Proposals. The project selection process contains two stages: 1) presentation and review of the Letter of Intent, and 2) invitation of full proposals.

    Final projects will be selected via a competitive process organized by MCF staff and an Evaluation Committee. The committee will be made up of five (5) people—2 representatives of the MCF, 1 local leader, 1 representative of the academic sector and 1 expert in subjects related to community development—and will be responsible for: 1) determining the general eligibility of proposals; 2) evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the project, the budget and the proposing entity; and 3) presenting the results of their evaluation to the MCF Board of Directors.

  • Important Dates

    Applicants can submit a Letter of Intent by 5:00PM CST on 5 December 2017, either personally in our office - Locale # 6 Monteverde Commercial Plaza - or electronically to solicitudes@monteverdefund.org. The MCF will respond to all letters with initial observations and to eligible projects with an invitation to submit a full proposal. The final version of the full proposal is due by 5:00PM on 15 December, 2017.  The evaluation process and budget allocations will be completed in early December.

  • Forms & Other Documents

Social & Cultural Development Fund

The MCF offers financial resources for projects in the areas of public recreation, participation in the arts, public health and civic participation, among others.

This year, the Social & Cultural Development Fund will support projects with a maximum donation of US$4,500.

2017 small grants program
  • Background

    Introduction:  Monteverde is a semi-rural region in Costa Rica’s Tilarán mountain range that has a local population of approximately 6,000 inhabitants. It is famous worldwide for its successful preservation of tropical forests, including the scarce and fragile cloud forest. Its private reserve complex, the largest in Central America, has allowed the establishment of a strong tourism industry in addition to traditional economic activities such as coffee and milk production.

    Challenges:  Although tourism has brought many positive things to Monteverde, it also brings great challenges, such as:

    • Unregulated development;
    • Globalization of traditional culture and the loss of cultural spaces in general;
    • Decrease in food and nutrition security;
    • Erosion of safety and public health, especially for young people, the elderly, and people with special needs; Y
    • Growing inequality among demographic groups.

    In fact, the "Atlas of Human Development: 2012" of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the University of Costa Rica indicates that the Canton of Puntarenas, where Monteverde is located, places 31st (out of 81). ) in its level of human development, and is near the bottom (76 of 81) in life expectancy

    In recent years, several participatory initiatives have been organized to define local human development priorities, including a process facilitated by the Monteverde Municipal Council and the UNDP-Costa Rica. However, local development processes not only require governmental initiatives, but also the leadership and organization of inhabitants and community-based groups.

     

    Purpose. The goal of this program is to support local groups with the seed funds that will enable them to meet current challenges with their own ideas and methods. Also, this contribution - which is outmatched by the resources mobilized by the community itself - provides an opportunity to leverage more funding from other sources, be they national or international.

    The goals presented below represent the social issues prioritized by the community through the Human Development Plan for the Monteverde Municipal District (2010-2020) and other related initiatives.

  • Themes & Goals

    We invite project proposals that will generate impacts in at least one of the following areas:

    Recreational Opportunities and Cultural Development

    • Increase recreational opportunities and access to public spaces
    • Increase opportunities for promoting and participating in the arts

    Public Health

    • Improve opportunities for physical activity, nutrition and food security
    • Reduce and preventing substance abuse
    • Increase opportunities available for people with special needs
    • Improve pedestrian safety

    Civic Participation

    • Strengthen traditionally-marginalized groups in terms of organization, leadership and civic participation
    • Increasing the administrative capacities for community-based organizations or work groups 
    • Increase abilities to manage conflict
    • Improve communication and cooperation between organizations

    The projects supported by the MCF should meet one of the following goals, demonstrating their impact with at least one of the defined indicators.

     

     

     

    GOALS

    INDICATORS

    Increase recreational opportunities and access to public spaces
    • # or % of people with more opportunities for recreation and physical activity
    • #of programs or public spaces created for recreation
    Increase opportunitids for and participation in cultural activities
    • # or % of people involved in art, theater or music activities
    • # of cultural groups that develop a business plan to become financial self-sustainability
    Improve public health
    • # or % of incidences of cardiovascular disease, diabetes or overweight
    • # or % of people who improve their category of nutrition or food security (Using established indexes)
    • # of opportunities available to inhabitants to lessen their stress levels or improve their mental or occupational health (*Requires a corresponding metric)
    Reduce and prevent substance abuse
    • # or % of decrease in substance abusers
    Improve security
    • # or % of reduction in incidences of crime/violence
    • # or % of reduction of incidences of intrafamiliar or sexual violence
    • Meters or kilometers of pedestrian paths created or improved
    Increase organizational capability, leadership and civic participation of traditionally marginalized groups
    • # of community-based organizations, groups or individuals applying acquired knowledge to participate in civic processes
    Increase the administrative capabilities of community-based organizations or groups
    • # of community-based organizations, groups or individuals applying acquired knowledge about administration, project management, communications or other pertinent topics
    Increase conflict-management capabilities
    • # of conflicts resolved or decisions made in a participatory manner through constructive dialogue
    Improve communication and cooperation between organizations
    • # of means of communication developed for the benefit of the community
    • # of networks or alliances developed among groups, organizations and governmental entities
    Increase number of opportunities available for people with special needs
    • # or % of people with special needs involved in regular programs
    • # or % of installations which comply with Bill 7600
     
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  • Guidelines

    Type of Financing. The MCF offers grants to local projects that meet the required profile.

    Amounts and Frequency. The maximum grant for each project will be defined each year according to the available budget.  The amounts assigned to projects will be in US dollars.  If the donee prefers to execute the project in colones, the exchange rate on the date of disbursal of funds will be used.  No project may receive more than three (3) grants in a five-year period or may receive more than one grant at a time.  

    Permitted Uses. MCF resources may be destined for the acquisition of equipment, machinery, training sessions, consulting, materials, supplies, activities and remuneration of human resources as long as they do not represent the principal goal of the project.  

    Counterparts. The applicants must supply an equivalent amount or more to the contribution of the MCF, whether in cash or in goods or services valued at market prices.  The maximum amount to be supplied by MCF will be defined each year.  (Example: ‘Organization A’ has a project that costs $5,000 and the maximum available from MCF is $2,000. Therefore, MCF would only contribute $2,000 and the applying organization would contribute $3,000 resources (in cash or in kind) or from other sources).

    Geographic Area. Projects financed by MCF through this fund must be located in the communities of Cañitas, Cebadilla, Cerro Plano, Guacimal, La Cruz, La Lindora, La Guaria, Las Nubes, Los Llanos, Los Olivos, Los Tornos, Monteverde, San Luis, Santa Elena and San Gerardo. Priority will be given to projects located communities within the Municipal District of Monteverde.

    Duration of Projects. The MCF will finance projects for a maximum period of 18 months which may be extended for justified reasons. 

    Disbursements. Funds will be disbursed in installments according to what has been negotiated previously between MCF and the donee.  The donee must have presented a progress report and a financial report in order to receive disbursements of remaining funds.  Once the progress reports have been presented, the Follow-Up Committee will analyze the achievement and scope of the objectives.  

    Expected Characteristics of Projects. The MCF will finance projects of various types, including participatory planning, applied research, organizational development, training, demonstration of a new technology, and expansion of a proven technology, among others.  Nevertheless, all projects must:

    • Directly address a clearly identified local problem;
    • Demonstrate feasibility;
    • Promote the direct participation of the beneficiaries during the development, execution and evaluation of the project;
    • Show the impact of the actions taken and the execution of the budget;
    • Have the potential to be sustainable over time or be replicated in the future; and
    • Include in the work plan an element of public sharing of information.

    .
    Preference will be given to projects that:

    • Propose innovative solutions to the identified problem;
    • Have alliances with non-profit organizations, academic institutions or governmental institutions;
    • Include strengthening processesboth for those who carry out and those who benefit from the project;
    • Are aimed at benefiting traditionally marginalized sectors of the population.

    Medium and long-term projects can be presented in stages. However, a plan of action for the whole process and its anticipated impact must be specified from the beginning.

    Restrictions. MCF will NOT award SGP grants to:

    • proposals presented or directed by governmental entities;
    • proposals presented by individuals or by for-profit companies;
    • proposals presented by groups that do not contribute financial or in-kind resources to the proposed activities;
    • the proposals related to political parties or partisan movements;
    • purely religious or sectarian activities;
    • pure research;
    • social assistance projects of any kind;
    • projects that are the direct responsibility of the local or national government;
    • requests for donations in excess of the maximum amount defined for this fund; or
    • projects whose objectives do not work toward a shared self-help capacity.

    Complementary Provisions.

    -Applying institutions must present a duly completed Project Proposal.
    -MCF staff may visit the project sites or request more information from the applying entity.
    -MCF reserves the right to negotiate with approved institutions or organizations an amount less than that requested and/or reallocation of budget items.
    -The timing of disbursement of funds will be established in the respective agreement.
    -In cases in which the grantees do not have legal status, funds can be deposited in an account opened exclusively for the purposes of the project. The account must be in the name of 2 project representatives who are not related (by blood or by marriage).
    -If all the resources of the FCM can not be awarded in the first round, the MCF may invite a second round of applications, or the funds may be accumulated for a future application process.
    -In order to sign  the respective agreement, the oapproved entity must submit the following documents:

    • Final version of the project, including recommendations made by the Evaluating Committee. These recommendations should be incorporated into the project document (that is, the corrected final version should be presented); other requested information and documentation will be attached as annexes.
    • The approved entity must present all the documentation indicated previously within 30 calendar days, counted from the date of notification of approval by the MCF, attaching the respective observations and recommendations. Otherwise, the entity may lose the grant.

    The guidelines of this program and the funds available for granting are subject to modifications every year.

  • Selection Process

    Evaluation of Eligible Proposals. The project selection process contains two stages: 1) presentation and review of the Letter of Intent, and 2) invitation of full proposals.

    Final projects will be selected via a competitive process organized by MCF staff and an Evaluation Committee. The committee will be made up of five (5) people—2 representatives of the MCF, 1 local leader, 1 representative of the academic sector and 1 expert in subjects related to community development—and will be responsible for: 1) determining the general eligibility of proposals; 2) evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the project, the budget and the proposing entity; and 3) presenting the results of their evaluation to the MCF Board of Directors.

  • Important Dates

    Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by 5:00PM CST on 24 November 2016, either personally in our office- Locale # 6 Monteverde Commercial Plaza- or electronically to solicitudes@monteverdefund.org. The MCF will respond to all letters with initial observations and to eligible projects with an invitation to submit a full proposal. The evaluation process and budget allocations will be completed in early December.

  • Forms & Other Documents

Smart Economy Fund

The MCF offers financial resources for projects that address local challenges such as clean production, economic inclusion and integration, and the sustainability of local trades, among others.

This year, the Smart Economy Fund will support projects with a maximum donation of US$4500.

2017 small grants program
  • Background

    Introduction. Our concept of regional economy is made up of three elements: individuals, businesses and the environment in which they operate. It is traditionally valued according to the capacity of the area's labor force, its existing employment opportunities, the competitiveness and efficiency of its businesses, and its gross production.

    Our concept of a smart economy is the sum of actions by community, sectorial and governmental leaders who influence the direction of the economy in a proactive, deliberate and concerted manner. In this concept, there is a recognition of the integral relationship between the three elements of a regional economy, taking into account their evolving needs at various times, depending on their own growth and changing conditions over time. Finally, it considers the needs of future generations and the impacts (negative or positive) of productive activities on society and on the environment.

    Challenges. Currently, the Monteverde region has a mixed economy based mainly on tourism (e.g. eco-tourism, agro-ecological, rural community and adventure) and agriculture (e.g. coffee, dairy products, vegetables and meat animals). . Although historically these industries have provided many employment opportunities, and have brought much prosperity to the area, they face a less certain future due to factors such as:

    • Greater competition from other tourist destinations;
    • Globalization of the dairy industry and uncertainty about the Cheese Factory as the future nucleus of local production;
    • The progressive homogenization of the specific products and of the economy in general;
    • Threats posed by climate change;
    • Degradation of natural resources and reduction of environmental services;
    • Loss of cooperativism between producers and entrepreneurs around collaborative initiatives or shared brands;
    • Shortage of new job opportunities and professional growth for young people between 17 and 25 years old;
    • Increase in production costs, especially caused by oil-based inputs;
    • Inaccessibility of capital for new ventures and for participants of the "informal sector";
    • Lack of a common defined vision for each sector and the articulation of related actions; and
    • Absence of legal mechanisms to straighten out property issues.

    Opportunities and Weaknesses. At the national level there are many public institutions designed to support the productive sector. Among them are: MEIC, MTSS, MAG, ICT, CNP, INA, Municipal Councils, Banks and Universities. There are also specialized organizations at the regional level that can develop projects such as Chambers, Producer Associations, Integral Development Associations and private NGOs. These institutions present significant opportunities for the traditional development of individuals, businesses and the market environment.

    However, there is sometimes a lack of easily available financial resources that can serve as a seed to catalyze local-based projects.

    Purpose. We therefore propose the Fund for Smart Economy (FEI) as a complementary tool to promote a smart economy in accordance with the local vision. In this way we can fill this void and generate opportunities to leverage additional resources from other sources.

    The goal of this program is to finance projects that succeed in:

    • Strengthening the basis in knowledge and participatory planning that inform decision-making and that allow the coordination of strategic actions between organizations that promote a smart economy;
    • Reducing the ecological and social footprint of productive activities through sustainable practices, either by means of the raw material used, processes used in production or rendering of services, operational norms or the distribution of final products;
    • Encouraging cooperation and linkages between businesses, associations and sub-regions that increase or improve the production of local products and services;
    • Increasing the capacity of new enterprises and actors in the "informal sector" to participate in the regional economy in a fair, dignified, legal and sustainable manner; and
    • Adding value to the products or services generated by a specific group in our region while generating social and environmental benefits at the local level.
  • Themes & Goals

    We invite project proposals that will generate impacts in at least one of the following areas:

    Clean Production

    • Improving the ecological and social footprint of local economic activities through best practices, whether related to the sourcing of raw materials, production processes of goods and services, operational norms or the distribution of final products

    Economic Inclusion and Integration

    • Strengthen the cooperation and linkages between businesses, guilds and sub-regions that increase or improve the production of local goods and services
    • Increase the capacity of new enterprises and stakeholders in the “informal sector” to participate in the regional economy in a just, dignified, legal and sustainable manner
    • Increase participatory planning and applied research in order to inform decision-making processes and promote interinstitucional cooperation for a more sustainable economy

    Sustainable Trades

    • Add value to the goods and services generated by a specific trade in our region while also generating social and environmental benefits at the local level (eg., investments in the overall tourism destination/community)

    Los proyectos que el FCM apoyará deben contribuir a una de las siguientes metas, demostrando su impacto mediante al menos uno de los indicadores definidos.

     

    Metas

    INDICADORES

    Fortalecer la base de conocimientos y de planificación participativa que informan la toma de decisiones y permitan la concertación de acciones estratégicas entre organizaciones que influyen la economía inteligente
    • # de Estudios realizados
    • # de Instrumentos de planificación elaborados
    • # de Propuestas colaborativas (o “macro”) presentadas
    Disminuir la huella ecológica y social de actividades productivas mediante prácticas sostenibles, sea por medio de la materia prima utilizada, sus procesos de elaboración de los productos/servicios, sus normas operacionales o en la de distribución de los productos finales
    • # de Actividades productivas implementando nuevas prácticas
    • # de Actividades productivas con una certificación nueva
    • # de empleados capacitados
    • # de empleados aplicando conocimientos adquiridos
    • # de personas o comunidades “vecinas” impactadas positivamente
    • *Ver indicadores complementarios en área ambiental o social
    Fomentar la cooperación y los encadenamientos entre empresas, gremios y sub-regiones que aumentan o mejoran la producción de servicios y productos locales
    • # de actividades cooperativas o enlaces nuevos generados
    • # de actividades productivas secundarias generadas
    Aumentar la capacidad de emprendimientos y de actores en el “sector informal” a participar en la economía regional de manera justa, digna, legal y permanente
    • # de personas capacitadas
    • # de personas aplicando conocimientos adquiridos
    • # de oportunidades o espacios creados para que emprendimientos y actores del “sector informal” pueden participar en la economía local/regional
    • # de emprendimientos que adquirieron certificaciones o permisos nuevos
    Agregar valor a los productos o servicios generados por un gremio específico en nuestra región mientras se generan beneficios sociales y ambientales a nivel local;
    • # de empresas u organizaciones beneficiadas
    • *Ver indicadores complementarios del ámbito social y ambiental
    • *O, se puede demonstrar de manera cualitativa cómo la comunidad, el destino o la región será beneficiada
  • Guidelines

    Type of Financing. The MCF offers grants to local projects that meet the required profile.

    Amounts and Frequency. The maximum grant for each project will be defined each year according to the available budget.  The amounts assigned to projects will be in US dollars.  If the donee prefers to execute the project in colones, the exchange rate on the date of disbursal of funds will be used.  No project may receive more than three (3) grants in a five-year period or may receive more than one grant at a time.  

    Permitted Uses. MCF resources may be destined for the acquisition of equipment, machinery, training sessions, consulting, materials, supplies, activities and remuneration of human resources as long as they do not represent the principal goal of the project.  

    Counterparts. The applicants must supply an equivalent amount or more to the contribution of the MCF, whether in cash or in goods or services valued at market prices.  The maximum amount to be supplied by MCF will be defined each year.  (Example: ‘Organization A’ has a project that costs $5,000 and the maximum available from MCF is $2,000. Therefore, MCF would only contribute $2,000 and the applying organization would contribute $3,000 resources (in cash or in kind) or from other sources).

    Geographic Area. Projects financed by MCF through this fund must be located in the communities of Cañitas, Cebadilla, Cerro Plano, Guacimal, La Cruz, La Lindora, La Guaria, Las Nubes, Los Llanos, Los Olivos, Los Tornos, Monteverde, San Luis, Santa Elena and San Gerardo. Priority will be given to projects located communities within the Municipal District of Monteverde.

    Duration of Projects. The MCF will finance projects for a maximum period of 18 months which may be extended for justified reasons. 

    Disbursements. Funds will be disbursed in installments according to what has been negotiated previously between MCF and the donee.  The donee must have presented a progress report and a financial report in order to receive disbursements of remaining funds.  Once the progress reports have been presented, the Follow-Up Committee will analyze the achievement and scope of the objectives.  

    Expected Characteristics of Projects. The MCF will finance projects of various types, including participatory planning, applied research, organizational development, training, demonstration of a new technology, and expansion of a proven technology, among others.  Nevertheless, all projects must:

    • Directly address a clearly identified local problem;
    • Demonstrate feasibility;
    • Promote the direct participation of the beneficiaries during the development, execution and evaluation of the project;
    • Show the impact of the actions taken and the execution of the budget;
    • Have the potential to be sustainable over time or be replicated in the future; and
    • Include in the work plan an element of public sharing of information.

    .
    Preference will be given to projects that:

    • Propose innovative solutions to the identified problem;
    • Have alliances with non-profit organizations, academic institutions or governmental institutions;
    • Include strengthening processesboth for those who carry out and those who benefit from the project;
    • Are aimed at benefiting traditionally marginalized sectors of the population.

    Medium and long-term projects can be presented in stages. However, a plan of action for the whole process and its anticipated impact must be specified from the beginning.

    Restrictions. MCF will NOT award SGP grants to:

    • proposals presented or directed by governmental entities;
    • proposals presented by individuals or by for-profit companies;
    • proposals presented by groups that do not contribute financial or in-kind resources to the proposed activities;
    • the proposals related to political parties or partisan movements;
    • purely religious or sectarian activities;
    • pure research;
    • social assistance projects of any kind;
    • projects that are the direct responsibility of the local or national government;
    • requests for donations in excess of the maximum amount defined for this fund; or
    • projects whose objectives do not work toward a shared self-help capacity.

    Complementary Provisions.

    -Applying institutions must present a duly completed Project Proposal.
    -MCF staff may visit the project sites or request more information from the applying entity.
    -MCF reserves the right to negotiate with approved institutions or organizations an amount less than that requested and/or reallocation of budget items.
    -The timing of disbursement of funds will be established in the respective agreement.
    -In cases in which the grantees do not have legal status, funds can be deposited in an account opened exclusively for the purposes of the project. The account must be in the name of 2 project representatives who are not related (by blood or by marriage).
    -If all the resources of the FCM can not be awarded in the first round, the MCF may invite a second round of applications, or the funds may be accumulated for a future application process.
    -In order to sign  the respective agreement, the oapproved entity must submit the following documents:

    • Final version of the project, including recommendations made by the Evaluating Committee. These recommendations should be incorporated into the project document (that is, the corrected final version should be presented); other requested information and documentation will be attached as annexes.
    • The approved entity must present all the documentation indicated previously within 30 calendar days, counted from the date of notification of approval by the MCF, attaching the respective observations and recommendations. Otherwise, the entity may lose the grant.

    The guidelines of this program and the funds available for granting are subject to modifications every year.

  • Selection Process

    Evaluation of Eligible Proposals. The project selection process contains two stages: 1) presentation and review of the Letter of Intent, and 2) invitation of full proposals.

    Final projects will be selected via a competitive process organized by MCF staff and an Evaluation Committee. The committee will be made up of five (5) people—2 representatives of the MCF, 1 local leader, 1 representative of the academic sector and 1 expert in subjects related to sustainable economic development—and will be responsible for: 1) determining the general eligibility of proposals; 2) evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the project, the budget and the proposing entity; and 3) presenting the results of their evaluation to the MCF Board of Directors.

  • Important Dates

    Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by 5:00PM CST on 24 November 2016, either personally in our office- Locale # 6 Monteverde Commercial Plaza- or electronically to solicitudes@monteverdefund.org. The MCF will respond to all letters with initial observations and to eligible projects with an invitation to submit a full proposal. The evaluation process and budget allocations will be completed in early December.

  • Forms & Other Documents

Climate Change Fund

The MCF offers financial resources for local projects that address local challenges brought about by global climate change or by actions within our region which emit greenhouse gases. 

This year the Climate Change Fund will support projects with a maximum donation of US$2,000.

2017 small grants program
  • Background

    Introducción. Monteverde está siendo afectado por el cambio climático. Los efectos que ya estamos experimentando incluyen:

    • La disminución en la producción de agua potable para comunidades y el recurso hídrico para actividades económicas (La producción de agua en la ASADA de Santa Elena ha bajado 30% en los últimos 5 años);
    • La falta de predictibilidad en procesos agrícolas y actividades turísticas (En últimos 40 años, la precipitación total anual se ha aumentado un 38%, mientras la cantidad de días secos se ha aumentado por 300%). Estas nuevas tendencias en la intensidad de temperatura y precipitación traen nuevos retos en cuanto a las plagas (ej.,  rolla de café), la producción de alimentos (ej., procesos de floración y fruición), así como la erosión de suelo causada por las lluvias fuertes.
    • El aumento de desastres naturales como inundaciones y deslizamientos, así como la degradación de infraestructura como caminos y edificios;
    • La disrupción de procesos eco-sistémicos y la alteración de condiciones aptas para especies endémicas de la zona (hoy en día se registra la presencia de especies tradicionalmente encontradas en zonas bajas, sugiriendo cambios en las condiciones de hábitat a nivel regional); y
    • Mayores incidencias de enfermedades infecciosas (ej., dengue).

    Las fuentes de mayor relevancia para Monteverde de Gases de Efecto Invernadero (GEI); entre otros temas afines se trazaron en los siguientes puntos:

    • Transporte. La fuente más grande de GEI es el sector de transporte, incluyendo los buses públicos, camiones de carga, buses y busetas del sector turístico, y vehículos particulares. Hay que disminuir el transporte que depende de combustibles fósiles.
    • Energía. Hoy en día existen tecnologías eficientes y económicas (ej., biodigestores, panales solares, molinos eólicos, calentadores solares, etc.) que pueden suplir fuentes de energía tradicionales.
    • Producción agropecuaria: Las aproximadamente 200 lecherías, así como numerosas granjas porcinas y avícolas, producen una concentración de metano. Existen ~30 biodigestores en la zona y hay potencial para muchos más. Actualmente la gran mayoría de las fincas usan fertilizantes químicos que emiten óxido nitroso mientras que hay un potencial de mejorar los suelos en manera que fijan carbón en vez de emitir GEI.
    • Uso de Suelo. En el Corredor Biológico Pájaro Campana, el cual se extiende entre Monteverde y Golfo de Nicoya, hay muchos vacíos en la conectividad de hábitat, particularmente las zonas riparias y de recarga de nacientes (55% del CBPC no presenta cobertura boscosa). En la zona media y baja del corredor existe una alta incidencia de deforestación (árboles maderables), quemas (forestales, pastizales y cañales) y degradación de bosques de manglar. Con el alargamiento de la época seca, el riesgo y frecuencia de incendios también ha aumentado. Esperamos incrementar la cobertura de bosque, el uso de sistemas silviculturales y agro-silviculturales y eliminar las quemas.
    • Desechos orgánicos y Aguas residuales. 40% (680.32 toneladas) de todos los desechos sólidos generados al año en Monteverde son residuos orgánicos. En este momento, el Distrito no cuenta con una estrategia oficial para mejorar la gestión de este material. La mayoría de la región carece de sistemas adecuados para el tratamiento de aguas residuales, especialmente aguas grises. También, se ha notado que la población carece de información y conocimiento oportuno sobre iniciativas para tratar o reutilizar los desechos orgánicos, sean animales o vegetales (ej., boñiga de vacas, broza de café, bagazo de caña y cascara de piña). Estos desechos actualmente emiten gas metano pero tienen la potencial de retornar carbono al suelo si estuvieran mejor manejados.

    Propósito. El fin de este programa es apoyar los grupos de base local con fondos semilla que les permitirán atender los retos existentes mediante sus propias ideas y métodos. Al apoyar proyectos mediante este fondo, se espera:

    • Tomar responsabilidad para nuestras propias huellas de carbono
    • Fomentar resiliencia en múltiples sectores mientras se crea valor agregado (social o económico)
    • Desarrollar sumideros locales que coadyuvan otros objetivos de conservación ambiental

    Las metas presentadas a continuación representan los temas relevantes al cambio climático priorizados por las comunidades indicadas mediante el proceso de planificación estratégica del CBPC y otras consultas abiertas.

  • Themes & Goals

    We invite project proposals that will generate impacts in at least one of the following areas: 

    • Carbon Footprint Reduction & Organizational Carbon Neutrality
    • Community Adaptation to Regional Climate Change
    • Capacity-Building & Expanding the Local Movement

    Los proyectos que el FCM apoyará deben cumplir una de las siguientes metas, demostrando su impacto mediante al menos uno de los indicadores definidos.

     

    METAS

    INDICADORES

    Motivar a vecinos, organizaciones locales y visitantes a reducir su huella de carbono y contribuir a la mitigación y secuestro de carbono en la zona
    • # de organizaciones que reciben capacitación sobre cómo calcular y disminuir su huella de carbono.
    • # de organizaciones en proceso de ser carbono neutro (certificado o no)
    • toneladas de un GEI reducido y/o mitigado anualmente
    • # de turistas que pagan para compensar la huella de su viaje
    Aumentar la cobertura forestal en la zona
    • # o % de hectáreas de zonas protectoras recuperadas (reforestación o estabilización)
    • # o % de hectáreas de zonas protectoras protegidas con cercas u otra  buena práctica
    • # de árboles sembrados
    • toneladas de un GEI secuestrado anualmente
    Disminuir el consumo neto de electricidad de fuentes de combustibles fósiles
    • Reducción de la electricidad consumida (Kwh) del ICE
    • # de paneles solares, y otros generadores locales en la zona
    • toneladas de un GEI reducido y/o mitigado anualmente
    • toneladas de un GEI reducido anualmente por intercambio de tecnología
    Disminuir el consumo de combustibles fósiles por transporte
    • Reducción en los hidrocarburos consumidos (litros)
    • Aumento en el uso de transporte público/colectivo
    • Aumento en uso de número de personas caminando y  andando en bicicleta
    • Aumento en formas de transporte de menor consumo
    • toneladas de un GEI reducido y/o mitigado anualmente
    Disminuir la quema de biomasa en la zona
    • Reducción en la leña quemada (kilogramos o horas/día)
    • Reducción de hectáreas quemadas
    • Reducción de # de familias que queman basura
    • toneladas de un GEI reducido y/o mitigado anualmente
    Disminuir la emisión de gas metano en la zona
    • # de biodigestores funcionando en la zona
    • # de kg de compostaje producido  en la zona
    • # de sistemas de compost en la zona
    • # de fincas manejando el estiércol ganadero
    • litros de agua grises tratado
    • # de tanques de gas LPG consumido
    Disminuir la emisión de dióxido nitroso
    • Reducción de Kg de fertilizante químico de nitrogenado aplicado en la zona
    Mejorar la gestión de residuos sólidos
    • Kg, toneladas o % de residuos sólidos reducidos tratados localmente o recuperados
    Disminuir la cantidad de contaminantes atmosféricos descargados (Calidad de aire o Efecto invernadero)
    • Toneladas de CO2, CH4, O3 u otro contaminante invernadero reducidas al evitar emisiones directas o la degradación de bosques
    • Ppm de partículas finas reducidas
    Disminuir el consumo neto de agua
    • Litros o métricos cúbicos de agua ahorrados
    • # de aparatos de consumo eficiente instalados en casas o empresas
    Aumentar la producción y consumo de alimentos locales
    • # de productores agrícolas que comercialicen sus productos a nivel local
    • Volumen de ventas a nivel local (representada en colones, # de pedidos/semana, Kg de alimento u otro indicador apropiado)
    Aumentar la capacidad técnica de organizaciones, gremios y comunidades de adaptarse a los riesgos generados por el cambio climático
    • # de organizaciones, gremios o comunidades que generan información respecto a su vulnerabilidad y alternativas de adaptación
    • # de acueductos comunitarios que implementan un plan de seguridad agua
    • # de zonas de recarga protegidas mediante acciones voluntarias
    • # de herramientas/tecnologías agrícolas implementadas que mejoran la capacidad de adaptar la producción local mientras conserva más los recursos naturales
  • Guidelines

    Type of Financing. The MCF offers grants to local projects that meet the required profile.

    Amounts and Frequency. The maximum grant for each project will be defined each year according to the available budget.  The amounts assigned to projects will be in US dollars.  If the donee prefers to execute the project in colones, the exchange rate on the date of disbursal of funds will be used.  No project may receive more than three (3) grants in a five-year period or may receive more than one grant at a time.  

    Permitted Uses. MCF resources may be destined for the acquisition of equipment, machinery, training sessions, consulting, materials, supplies, activities and remuneration of human resources as long as they do not represent the principal goal of the project.  

    Counterparts. The applicants must supply an equivalent amount or more to the contribution of the MCF, whether in cash or in goods or services valued at market prices.  The maximum amount to be supplied by MCF will be defined each year.  (Example: ‘Organization A’ has a project that costs $5,000 and the maximum available from MCF is $2,000. Therefore, MCF would only contribute $2,000 and the applying organization would contribute $3,000 resources (in cash or in kind) or from other sources).

    Geographic Area. Projects financed by MCF through this fund must be located in the communities of Cañitas, Cebadilla, Cerro Plano, Guacimal, La Cruz, La Lindora, La Guaria, Las Nubes, Los Llanos, Los Olivos, Los Tornos, Monteverde, San Luis, Santa Elena and San Gerardo. Priority will be given to projects located communities within the Municipal District of Monteverde.

    Duration of Projects. The MCF will finance projects for a maximum period of 18 months which may be extended for justified reasons. 

    Disbursements. Funds will be disbursed in installments according to what has been negotiated previously between MCF and the donee.  The donee must have presented a progress report and a financial report in order to receive disbursements of remaining funds.  Once the progress reports have been presented, the Follow-Up Committee will analyze the achievement and scope of the objectives.  

    Expected Characteristics of Projects. The MCF will finance projects of various types, including participatory planning, applied research, organizational development, training, demonstration of a new technology, and expansion of a proven technology, among others.  Nevertheless, all projects must:

    • Directly address a clearly identified local problem;
    • Demonstrate feasibility;
    • Promote the direct participation of the beneficiaries during the development, execution and evaluation of the project;
    • Show the impact of the actions taken and the execution of the budget;
    • Have the potential to be sustainable over time or be replicated in the future; and
    • Include in the work plan an element of public sharing of information.

    .
    Preference will be given to projects that:

    • Propose innovative solutions to the identified problem;
    • Have alliances with non-profit organizations, academic institutions or governmental institutions;
    • Include strengthening processesboth for those who carry out and those who benefit from the project;
    • Are aimed at benefiting traditionally marginalized sectors of the population.

    Medium and long-term projects can be presented in stages. However, a plan of action for the whole process and its anticipated impact must be specified from the beginning.

    Restrictions. MCF will NOT award SGP grants to:

    • proposals presented or directed by governmental entities;
    • proposals presented by individuals or by for-profit companies;
    • proposals presented by groups that do not contribute financial or in-kind resources to the proposed activities;
    • the proposals related to political parties or partisan movements;
    • purely religious or sectarian activities;
    • pure research;
    • social assistance projects of any kind;
    • projects that are the direct responsibility of the local or national government;
    • requests for donations in excess of the maximum amount defined for this fund; or
    • projects whose objectives do not work toward a shared self-help capacity.

    Complementary Provisions.

    -Applying institutions must present a duly completed Project Proposal.
    -MCF staff may visit the project sites or request more information from the applying entity.
    -MCF reserves the right to negotiate with approved institutions or organizations an amount less than that requested and/or reallocation of budget items.
    -The timing of disbursement of funds will be established in the respective agreement.
    -In cases in which the grantees do not have legal status, funds can be deposited in an account opened exclusively for the purposes of the project. The account must be in the name of 2 project representatives who are not related (by blood or by marriage).
    -If all the resources of the FCM can not be awarded in the first round, the MCF may invite a second round of applications, or the funds may be accumulated for a future application process.
    -In order to sign  the respective agreement, the oapproved entity must submit the following documents:

    • Final version of the project, including recommendations made by the Evaluating Committee. These recommendations should be incorporated into the project document (that is, the corrected final version should be presented); other requested information and documentation will be attached as annexes.
    • The approved entity must present all the documentation indicated previously within 30 calendar days, counted from the date of notification of approval by the MCF, attaching the respective observations and recommendations. Otherwise, the entity may lose the grant.

    The guidelines of this program and the funds available for granting are subject to modifications every year.

  • Selection Process

    Evaluation of Eligible Proposals. The project selection process contains two stages: 1) presentation and review of the Letter of Intent, and 2) invitation of full proposals.

    Final projects will be selected via a competitive process organized by MCF staff and an Evaluation Committee. The committee will be made up of five (5) people—2 representatives of the MCF, 1 local leader, 1 representative of the academic sector and 1 expert in subjects related to environmental conservation—and will be responsible for: 1) determining the general eligibility of proposals; 2) evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the project, the budget and the proposing entity; and 3) presenting the results of their evaluation to the MCF Board of Directors.

  • Important Dates

    Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by 5:00PM CST on 24 November 2016, either personally in our office- Locale # 6 Monteverde Commercial Plaza- or electronically to solicitudes@monteverdefund.org. The MCF will respond to all letters with initial observations and to eligible projects with an invitation to submit a full proposal. The evaluation process and budget allocations will be completed in early December.

  • Forms & Other Documents

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