Conservation of Wild Birds Funding Scheme

The fund is offering financial support in the form of grants to registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs), which are active within the domain of conservation of wild birds.

The fund is offering financial support in the form of grants to registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs), which are active within the domain of conservation of wild birds.

Financial support under the fund is available for projects that directly contribute to the conservation of wild birds, in accordance with the priorities of this funding scheme. In accordance with the legal basis covering the Conservation of Wild Birds Fund which are found in Regulation 31 of the Conservation of Wild Birds Regulations (SL549.42), the objective of the Fund is to finance activities, projects, programmes and schemes related to the implementation of the aims and objectives of these regulations, thus directly contributing to the conservation of wild birds.

The Fund shall provide financial support in the form of grants for projects that directly address one or more of the priorities listed below:

 

a. Actions to support implementation of enforcement priorities related to eradication of illegal killing, trapping and trade in wild birds;

b. Initiatives that contribute to sustainable hunting governance;

c. Avifauna species re-introduction programmes;

d. Avifauna habitat restoration projects;

e. Avifauna species and habitats conservation measures;

f. Training for personnel involved in the conservation of wild birds;

g. Scientific studies related to monitoring of the status of bird species;

h. Innovation and technology use for avifauna conservation;

i. Awareness raising and educational initiatives related to conservation of wild birds;

j. Initiatives that promote stakeholder dialogue and cooperation in the field of conservation of wild birds.

 

In order to be eligible for potential support under the Conservation of Wild Birds Funding Scheme, application organisations must be, at the time of application:

 

a. Voluntary Organisation (non-governmental / non-profit organisation) that has, amongst its primary aims and fields of activity, the promotion of the conservation of wild birds / and / or sustainable hunting governance, and

b. Officially enrolled with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organizations and compliant with the provisions of the Voluntary Organizations Act and its subsidiary legislation (SL 492.01), meaning that they must have submitted all their annual returns and accounts in their complete form to the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations, and are in receipt of a written confirmation of compliance (letter of compliance) issued by the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations.

 

In order to qualify for funding support, the costs of the project must be directly related to the scope of the project, must be incurred during the period of the grant agreement, and must fall within any of the following categories of costs:

 

·         VAT and other taxes and charges incurred in relation to project activities;

·         Purchase of equipment, infrastructure;

·          Purchase of captive bred specimens for species re-introduction projects;4

·         Works of any kind including refurbishment, restoration of habitats, tree planting, clean up operations, etc;

·         Scientific research, laboratory analysis;

·         Shipping and transportation costs;

·         Communications-related expenses;

·         Training;

·         Services related to the scope of the project (except those considered ineligible – see guidelines).

Guidelines 2017

DEADLINE: Applications close on the 1st September 2017 at noon.


Further information may be provided by contacting the Wild Birds Regulation Unit by:

  1. Email: wildbirds@gov.mt
  2. Phone: (+356) 2292 6412