The Table Mountain Fund is committed to growing and strengthening the conservation community of the Cape Floral Kingdom by facilitating the inclusion and involvement of new entrants into conservation. This includes, where needed, the creation and development of new community-based conservation organisations, the growth and support of existing conservation organisations, as well as supporting existing non-conservation focused organisations to become more environmentally conscious. The Care Programme is also about empowering the community to network and collaborate, to hold government accountable and to take on a shared responsibility to care for our natural environment.
The Fund best delivers on this programme through supporting small and micro grant facilities which offer financial aid in support of conservation projects being implemented by fledging community-based organisations. At times these micro grants represent the first financial support these organisations have ever received and allows them a well facilitated and mentored induction experience.
This programme aims to ensure that:
- Already established organisations are more conservation-minded and implement new conservation projects
- The conservation community grows through the start-up and growth of new conservation organisations
- The conservation community has increased capacity, capability, collaboration and networking
- Empowered communities perform necessary advocacy functions to ensure delivery and compliance regarding policies, legislation and plans.