Grant seekers are advised to go through our Strategic Program Focus to determine if their request falls within our funding priority.
In case the grant seekers are not sure, they may write a brief letter inquiry that include:
- Purpose for which funds are being requested
- Environmental problems the project will address
- Information about the organization or individual conducting the project
- Estimated budget and duration for which funds are requested
- Contact information of the main grant seekers
After receiving the letter, trust fund staff may ask the grant seeker to submit a formal proposal using prescribed application forms.
- Proposals must be submitted by 31 December( for spring meeting) and 30 June (for fall meeting) for review by the Technical Advisory Panel
- All government grant seekers have to route their proposals through the Gross National Happiness Commission
- A copy of the proposal should also be submitted in soft copy
- Proposals recommend by the Technical Advisory Panel will be submitted to the Board for funding approval
- Proposals must address one or more of the trust fund’s strategic funding objectives
- Funding decision-making will occur at semi-annual meetings of the management board
- The trust fund’s fiscal year is 1 July through 30 June
Agencies of the Royal Government, local NGOs, grassroots communities and Bhutanese individuals are eligible for support.
- Proposals received directly from grass roots communities are desired
- When submitted by government and NGOs, proposals that enhance community involvement in conservation will be prioritized
- Co-financing is desired, but trust fund support should not displace other donor funding
- Individual large scale grants should not exceed Ngultrum 15 million
- A grant should not exceed three years
- Small Grants are available at the trust fund secretariat
- Individual Grants should not exceed Ngultrum 0.4 million.
Social & Environmental Checklist
From January 2013 onwards, all approved project are required to administer the Social and Environmental Checklist to ensure that the proposed project addresses all social and environmental impacts generated from the project implementation.
All Management Board Grant proposals must be attached with completed Social and Environmental Safeguard Checklist mentioning clear mitigative measures, if any.
Forms can be downloaded from here: