Small Grants Projects

Through our small grant facility, TMF aims to support the growth and development of new entrants into the conservation sector. With grants less than R30 000, TMF supports community level conservation in biosphere reserves across the CFR as well as in the Cape Flats.

#SPEKKIES – MITIGATING CLIMATE CHANGE AND LAND DEGRADATION THROUGH ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

#spekkies is a Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) project that will build on existing spekboom restoration efforts in the Klein Karoo through the sale of sustainably harvested spekboom (Portulacaria afra) cuttings in biodegradable pots. The project will empower individuals from the Van Wyksdorp area through training and job creation, whilst also promoting the restoration of degraded thicket and the value of spekboom’s carbon sequestrating abilities.

Photo: Dumisane Jula

Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor Small Grant Project

Funding was granted to CapeNature, for a 4 year period ending in January 2017, to strengthen relationships between civil society and local communities within the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor. This will be achieved through providing support and advice while capacitating civil society to effectively manage priority biodiversity.

Photo: Ryno Pieenar

Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve Small Grant Project

Funding was granted to the the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve for a period of 3 years, starting from June 2013 to August 2016, to focus on the conservation priorities of the Cape West Coast. The aim of the project is to stimulate sustainable development, bring about a heightened environmental awareness and enhance environmental management skills through the use of natural resource management within previously disadvantaged communities of the West Coast region.

Photo: Rachel Mash

Cape Flats Nature Partners Fund small grant project

In the last quarter of 2013, TMF in partnership with the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) launched the ‘Cape Flats Nature Partners’ Fund’ offering small grants for projects that are innovative and spark community nature conservation action on the Cape Flats. A key focus of the ‘Cape Flats Nature Partners’ Fund’ is not just to award small grants but also to build the capacity of interested community members to engage with the Fund through innovative ideas for conservation.

 

A few of the innovative projects of the Cape Flats Nature Partners’ Fund include:

 

Princess Vlei Forum: Rehabilitation and management of indigenous vegetation in the greater Princess Vlei conservation
Funding was granted to the contractor for a period of 6 months, starting from May to October 2016 to rehabilitate and manage the Greater Princess Vlei. The aim of the project is to rehabilitate and manage indigenous vegetation in the Greater Princess Vlei Conservation area by introducing knowledge to local school learners through various activities, so that they actively contribute to nature conservation in the Cape Flats.

 

The Anglican Church: Creating a link between nature and script
Funding was granted to the contractor for a period of 6 months, starting from May to October 2016 to create a link between nature and scripts within 15 Anglican churches of the Cape Flats. The aim of the project is to mobilise the Anglican Church of the Cape Flats to become involved in environmental care.

Photo: Green Renaissance

Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Small Grant Project

Funding was granted to the contractor for a period of 4 years, starting from February 2014 to January 2017 to select community based organisations, located within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, to be the beneficiaries of these small grant. The aim of the project is to capacitate organizations through building sustainable income generating activities.