|1.0 Environment Fund
The Eswatini Environment Fund is established by the Environment Management Act 5 of 2002 and strives for an environmentally healthy Kingdom of Eswatini for sustainable livelihoods and well-being of Emaswati. The purpose of the fund is to promote environmental sustainability at grassroots level in the country. The Eswatini Environment Authority through the Board of Trustees (BOT) manages the operations of the fund, including inter alia, the identification of activities that stand to benefit from the fund from time to time.
2.0 Objective s of the Fund
The Act provides the following as the objects of the Fund
• To aggregate funds from different sources to ensure sustainable funding for programmes, projects and activities that provide for and promote the protection, conservation and enhancement of the environment and the sustainable management of natural resources.
• To provide financial support for activities aimed at the enhancement, protection and conservation of the environment and the sustainable management of natural resources and supporting community participation in these activities.
• To enhance and restore the environment of Eswatini.
Project proponents eligible for financing from the EEF.
• Community as a whole.
• Environmental groups within communities.
• NGOs engaged in community-wide environmental initiatives.
• Individuals whose projects portray clear positive impacts to the environment and wider community.
4.0 Priority Areas
The Eswatini Environment Fund seek to tackle emerging environmental risks facing the country in five thematic areas:
• Sustainable Land Management
• Climate Change Adaptation
• Water Availability, Use and Management
• Chemical and Waste Management
• Ecosystem, Habitat, Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Use
5.0 Size of Grants.
The Fund will award small grants (to a maximum of E300, 000) for eligible projects. At least 80% of this grant should go into the environmental activity itself, with 20% used for other administrative issues where necessary.
A set of criteria has been established to judge a project’s eligibility for financing. This is as laid down below:
• Letter from local authority (Umphakatsi) approving the project.
• If there are any other funders for the project, attach the award letter.
• If technical assistance is to be sourced externally, provide commitment letter from expert.
• If there’s any detailed document that explains the concept the concept, attach it.
• Project must ensure gender balance and should demonstrate women representation in project leadership. Attach list of committee members and copies of their IDs
• At least 80% of the funding must go to the actual project and at most 20% for administration costs;
• Projects must benefit more than 5 homesteads
• Availability of Technical Assistance is encouraged