AusAID: Climate Change Action Grants
Community-based activities can play an important role in helping developing countries respond to climate change, while also contributing to poverty reduction and enhancing livelihoods.
In recognition of the important role that non-government organisations (NGOs) play in developing and implementing community-based climate change responses, the Australian Government is committing up to $30 million over two years to Community-based Climate Change Action Grants to support adaptation and mitigation activities in developing countries.
Grants are available for Australian and international NGOs to work with local organisations to increase current successful community-based climate change activities or to build a climate change component into existing community development activities in the Pacific and South-East Asia.
The grants fall into two main categories:
1. Community-based adaptation grants, which will help build the resilience of communities to the impacts of climate change; and
2. Community-based mitigation grants, which will help communities reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions, while also addressing key development priorities.
Applications of $1-3 million in South-East Asia and $1-2 million in the Pacific will be considered, but proposals must demonstrate value for money. Activities are expected to commence by mid-2012 and be completed by 31 December 2014.
Organisations are invited to submit concept proposals for the grants program. AusAID will co-fund the detailed design of activities for successful organisations.
All concept papers must be received by AusAID by 5pm Canberra time on 10 February 2012.
Community-based Climate Change Action Grants—FAQs
1. How does this program relate to the Australian Mekong Partnerships (AMP) currently under development?
AusAID is currently developing a new partnerships platform called the Australian Mekong Partnerships (AMP). AMP aims to strengthen and develop a consistent approach to how AusAID partners with INGOs in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. It will provide opportunities for dialogue and support at a regional level, which will augment INGO partnerships that will emerge under AusAID's country programs and strategies.
The AMP and the Community-based Climate Change Action Grants Program are different but complementary programs. Rather than initiate new INGO engagement opportunities and partnerships, AMP will support implementation of existing and new partnerships initiated under AusAID’s programs in the region. In Vietnam, this will include supporting the Community-based Climate Change Action Grants Program once partners have been selected.
2. Why are only some countries in South East Asia eligible for the program?
In response to the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness, the Australian Government has committed to consolidating the aid program with fewer, larger programs in fewer sectors. As a result, our climate change partnerships with INGOs will focus on the countries where climate change aligns with AusAID's development priorities in that country.
In Vietnam, for example, one of AusAID's priorities is to help Vietnam adapt to a changing climate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with global efforts. This includes building on previous success in disaster risk reduction and working in partnership with Germany in the Mekong Delta to rehabilitate mangrove forests to protect coastlines and help communities establish sustainable livelihoods. On mitigation, Australia will support Vietnam's transition to low-carbon development, to reduce emissions and improve energy security and sustainable use of resources. Vietnam is a key focus of the Community-based Climate Change Action Grants Program.
3. What is considered an International NGO for the purposes of this program?
An International NGO, for the purposes of this grants program, is a non-government organisation established outside of Australia.
Successful applicants must demonstrate they have the ability to manage projects of this size ($1–3 million). As detailed Section 6.1 of the Application Guidelines, organisations that are not accredited by AusAID will be requested to provide documents to help AusAID assess their management capacity, systems and operations, including:
1. A copy of the organisation’s constitution or articles of association
2. An audited financial statement certified by a public accountant who is not a member of the organisation
3. A copy of the organisation’s annual report or similar document
4. An outline of its work program.
Please note: These documents should not be provided when submitting a concept paper. AusAID will request these documents during the assessment process.
Australian or International NGOs may partner with smaller, local organisations that have valuable local knowledge but may not themselves have the capacity to implement activities of this scale. In this instance, applications should be submitted by the Australian or International NGO.
AusAID's Community-based Climate Change Action Grants Application Guidelines as per following should be examined before submitting your concept paper.
Community-based Climate Change Action Grants program—specific guidelines (Word 501kb)
Annex 1—The International Climate Change Initiative (Word 420kb)
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