The MCT Conservation and Capacity Building Programs consists of several ongoing programs, each determined by terms agreed upon by MCT and its donors. In general, MCT funds projects through a Call for Proposals process, inviting organizations and groups to submit Concept Papers describing what they plan to undertake in the targeted area. While MCT does not accept unsolicited proposals, it welcomes inquiries as to current calls for proposals.
General Project Criteria
MCT funded projects shall:
- Address a biodiversity conservation issue in one of the designated conservation priority documents for the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, US Territory of Guam, or Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands
- Have a direct positive impact on the flora or fauna of the targeted ecosystem and the related communities,
- Show active involvement and commitment on the part of the participating and adjacent communities, and
- Show technical, financial, and organizational coherence to ensure the sustainability of the project.
MCT can fund legally recognized Governmental and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs). These include professional associations, community organizations, schools, colleges and universities, religious organizations, research organizations, and other institutions. These NGOs must have at least 2 years of conservation-related activities, or be sponsored by an organization that has 2 years of activities. MCT may also fund projects of groups or organizations working with registered local NGOs, international environmental NGOs, or Municipal and/or State Governments.
The Call for Proposals Process for the general Grants Program is as follows:
- Call for Proposals issued.
- Submission of Concept Papers.
- Review and selection of successful concept paper by the Regional Grants Technical Committee.
- Development of the Full Proposal by applicants.
- Feasibility study by the Technical Committee and approval by the Board of Directors.
- Development and signing of the Grant Agreement.
- Payment released by installment through transfer orders or checks.
- Project implementation with monitoring and evaluation.
- Periodic activity and financial reports.