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View toolkit documents | Acknowledgements
The GCF Toolkit is intended to serve as a resource for GCF partners and serve as a database for strong examples of documents drawn from long-term funding projects administered through Conservation International (CI) and its Global Conservation Fund (GCF).
Organizations that are interested in obtaining GCF long-term financing can access the Toolkit to view templates and examples of the various required and suggested documents that are vital to the long-term funding process. Many of these documents are templates of basic forms that every organization must supply to CI in its grant application process. However, other documents have been selected from past and current successful GCF projects to guide organizations currently developing their own sustainable financing mechanisms. All important and confidential information has been removed from the documents where necessary.
Each long-term financing mechanism will vary greatly in many ways; GCF does not expect that all projects will follow these documents exactly. We encourage partners to think creatively and to find particular structures to suit the individual needs of the sites, regions and context in which they work. However, by providing successful examples from past projects, GCF hopes to streamline the application and grant approval process and allow grantees to more fully understand what is required for success.
Documents in the Toolkit include legal documentation such as by-laws, articles of association, and operations manuals, as well as examples of investment policies and investment contracts. We have also included examples of GCF grant agreements as well as a copy of the Rapid Review of Conservation Trust Funds published by the Conservation Finance Alliance in May 2008. We expect that the tool kit will continue to grow as additional partners develop new and unique long-term financing mechanisms.
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Introduction to Conservation Trust Funds
A. Rapid Review of Conservation Trust Funds
- Conservation Finance Alliance
An overview of experience with the creation, operation and evaluation of conservation trust funds. Provides a rationale for further investment in CTFs. Includes executive summaries in English, Spanish and French.
B. CTF Investment Survey
- Conservation Finance Alliance
A detailed summary of financial returns and management data for a variety of conservation trust funds (CTFs), obtained through investment surveys. This financial information is shared among CTFs in the hopes of offering insights into successful investment strategies and of fostering best practices.
Many thanks to the following organizations that have allowed GCF to include their documents in the Long-term Funding Toolkit:
- The Gulf of California Marine Endowment
- Fondo para la Acción Ambiental y la Niñez
- ProAves UK
- The Conservation Finance Alliance Working Group on Environmental Funds
- The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
- Friends of Nature (Little Water Caye)
We appreciate their continued support of conservation and thank them for allowing us to share these successful materials and experiences with other GCF partners.