US offers project grants

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is offering grants to civil society organisations in the Pacific region to implement climate change adaptation projects. The grants programme is called the Pacific-American Climate Fund and applications are available at http://www.pgrd.org.

Walter North, the US Ambassador to PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, launched the Pacific-American Climate Fund last month in Port Moresby. The event featured training workshops for local stakeholders and civil society leaders to learn how to apply for the grant. The fund will offer US$24 million (K66 million) in grants over five years to 12 countries that are home to over 8.5 million people.

Non-governmental organisations which support climate change adaptation measures and reduce related vulnerabilities at the community level are eligible to apply. “Climate change is real and we know that we have to deal with it,” North said. He said PNG, like many island nations, experienced extreme weather conditions, king tides and rising sea levels. Partners for Global Research and Development will manage the grants programme on behalf of USAID.

Source: The National, 8th April 2014

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