Environmental Funding Support Scheme for Voluntary Organisations
Through this scheme, the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change (MSDEC), on behalf of the Government, offers financial support to non-Government, not-for-profit organisations engaged in environmental conservation and its promotion, to incentivate them to undertake further environmentally-beneficial projects and initiatives.
The objectives of this scheme are to: improve the state of conservation of the environment; promote responsible environmental management and raise awareness about environmental conservation and protection; assist in progressing good environmental management practices; restore degraded environments to their pristine condition; combat, and if possible, reverse environmental degradation and habitat deterioration; protect, rescue or rehabilitate indigenous wildlife (both terrestrial and marine); develop and foster closer collaboration on environmental initiatives between these organizations and the MSDEC; strengthen the set-ups engaged in environmental conservation, environmental restoration and provision of environmentally-beneficial services; enhance the provision of community education programmes, including development of educational material, regarding the environment, its appreciation and its conservation; and/or otherwise contribute to any of the above-listed objectives, inter alia by serving as pilot initiatives for eventual environmental projects, or by catalysing or kick-starting any such project.
Targetted actions through projects and initiatives eligible under this scheme relate to:
Conservation and enhancement of sites, such as: restoration of degraded land, habitats or environmental features to their pristine state; clean-up of land from dumped material, rubble, scrap or refuse; reversal, mitigation or stabilisation of ongoing degradation, to prevent further damage and facilitate recovery or natural regeneration; planting of indigenous or archaeophytic trees or shrubs in appropriate locations, including new or replacement planting; rehabilitation of degraded routes into informal, non-intrusive nature/ heritage trails; installation or improvement of context-appropriate protective measures to prevent or minimise damage/ degradation caused by vehicular access and trampling; removal of environmentally-incompatible or landscape-intrusive structures, unsightly boundary walls or redundant infrastructure; replacement of existing structures/ infrastructure with more environmentally-compatible alternatives; repair of damaged soil-retaining rubble walls, or like-with-like reconstruction of damaged soil-retaining rubble walls in line with traditional good practice; acquisition of land for the purpose of environmental conservation; other initiatives aimed at protection, conservation and appreciation of the countryside, the rural landscape and the natural environment; replacement of artificial hard-surfacing or hard landscaping with soft landscaping; undoing of existing environmental damage, including damage or disfigurement of sites caused by vandalism.
Conservation of fauna and flora, such as: curing and rehabilitation of injured or diseased indigenous trees, flora or fauna for subsequent re-establishment/ release in the wild, and ancillary equipment or material; protection, rescue or rehabilitation of indigenous wildlife, or conduction of ancillary educational and awareness programmes; propagation of native species of flora and fauna, for preservation of native stock and/ or restocking of depleted/ threatened wild populations, and ancillary equipment; installation of reversible irrigation systems for initial maintenance of plantations of native trees/ shrubs; removal or eradication of ecological pests and invasive species.
Environmentally-friendly infrastructure, such as: provision, repair, maintenance or improvement of waste separation facilities, and recycling facilities; installation, repair, maintenance or improvement of sewage/ watsewater treatment facilities; installation, repair, maintenance or improvement of greywater re-use facilities; installation, repair, maintenance or improvement of photovoltaic panels; installation, repair, maintenance or improvement of rainwater collection facilities other than the construction of new reservoirs above ground level; installation, repair, maintenance or improvement of surveillance infrastructure for protected areas, dumping sites, and other environmentally-relevant contexts; fire fighting equipment for wooded areas, protected areas, habitats prone to arson/ vandalism and other environmentally-relevant contexts.
Environmental Education, such as: installation, repair, maintenance or improvement of environmental information boards, heritage interpretation facilities, and informative signage; environmental education publications and their dissemination; media documentaries and educational campaigns for environmental education and environmental awareness, including campaigns for environmental protection and for environmental initiatives such as promotion of organic agriculture, permaculture, eco-tourism, or rural/ urban sustainability; repairs, maintenance and improvements to existing environmental education facilities; restoration, re-use, repair, maintenance or conversion of old historic buildings for environmental education; environment-related training courses for volunteers, site wardens, employed staff, targeted sectors, or the general public, including overseas training where adequate courses are not reasonably available locally; education programs on environmental conservation and environmentally-friendly behaviour patterns; provision of facilities necessary to conduct environmental education programs, and advertising.
Environmental research, innovation and guidance, such as: preparation of specialist reports to guide/ support specific conservation efforts; conduction of controlled experiments/ trials in preparation for specific conservation efforts; pilot projects/ trials for testing the feasibility or effectiveness of potential environmental initiatives; development of innovative solutions to pre-empt, alleviate or remedy environmental impacts; schemes to promote green procurement and environmentally-friendly business/ household practices; implementation of green procurement practices, including installation of environmentally-friendly consumables and appliances, and upgrading/ replacement of other equipment to enable or facilitate their use.
Other actions, such as: continuation of already-ongoing projects/ initiatives falling within the above-listed categories; widening or extension of successfully established projects/ initiatives falling within the above-listed categories, onto adjacent areas; hiring of duly qualified persons to manage and operate sites or facilities falling within the above-listed categories.