Projects: How we fund?

TOFT PROJECT FUNDING & PARTNERSHIP

In 2010 TOFTigers initiated a small fund for its network of PUG Eco Rated Lodges to apply to for support with projects or initiatives that can both enhance conservation efforts in buffer or corridor regions of protected areas and help community integration and enterprise within the tourism sector (click here for information on PUG Eco Ratings).

WHAT PROJECTS CAN WE SUPPORT?

TOFTigers does NOT aim to be a conventional NGO funder and all applicants must be existing members of TOFTigers. We are looking for projects that can be funded and in which there is an inherent need from your business (or supply chain of businesses) in your area, thus ensuring sustainability as a social or locally owned business entity. These are not limited but could include:

  • Market gardens to supply lodge needs
  • Homestays
  • Training needs to provide services like guiding or handicrafts
  • Service needs that support micro enterprises that help lodges dispose of waste, recycle, sell handicrafts or provide rental services
  • Tree planting or community forestry projects
  • Visitor service needs that have community benefit like machans, reforestation or waterbody protection
  • Initiatives that enhance local nature awareness and support for conservation.

MUTUAL PARTNERSHIP REQUIREMENT

All project proposals put forward must be developed by lodges in partnership with individuals, groups or organisations within their local community who will derive mutual benefit (financial or otherwise) from the project. Alternatively, they can be collective initiatives involving more than one lodge, different elements of the supply chain or TOFTigers members. All lodge partners involved in such projects will gain the benefits of such relationships in terms of useful services or new experiences to offer their clients. Projects will also count towards enhanced PUG Eco rankings.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS?

  • All proposals must prove to have one or more of the following criteria:
  • Long term chance of being sustained through ongoing lodge or private enterprise use, support or product purchase (not through continued TOFTigers or other NGO funding);
  • Have an inherent 'value' in terms of local employment, training and enterprise opportunity to the village or greater community;
  • Can directly or indirectly benefit long term conservation of the park through active park support, awareness and education;
  • Offer tangible benefits or services to parks, adjacent ecosystems, TOFT members and sustainable tourism services, or communities without compromising the environment.

AMOUNT OF STARTER FUNDING?

Funding support can be considered from as small an amount as INR 5,500 to larger amounts of up to INR 163,500.

A total of INR 545,000 of TOFT funding has been set aside for projects starting this coming year, and consideration will be given to projects from all Tiger reserves within which TOFTigers works.

Funding is generally given as one off payments to project applicants at the start of the project and overseen and accountable to the TOFTigers UK office and the TOFT India Committee in Delhi.

EXAMPLES OF PROJECT FUNDING

  • Vulture conservation project on the borders of Corbett National Park - under Mahseer Conservancy, an initiative to help the vulture population recover from the disaster of a veterinary drug, with awareness raising, targeting farmers and retail outlets. Lodge visitors could visit known nesting sites and communities incentivised to look after them and benefit from visitors.
  • Funding for the Singinawa Foundation (run by the owners of Singinawa Lodge) to work with teams of tribal school children of 20 villages within the buffer zone of Kanha National Park to build greater understanding of the environment they live in and the application of science to daily life (eg drinking water, house and agricultural use, alternative energy, waste disposal).
  • Lantana Project organised by the Singinawa Foundation turning an invasive weed into charcoal bricks offering the local community an income generating opportunity. Many Kanha lodges agreed to buy the briquettes.
  • Children in the Park days in Kanha, Pench and Bandhavgarh, organised by TOFTigers with the Lodge Association; game-viewing vehicles and naturalists provided by TOFT member lodges to take local children to the Park and build their support and love for the Parks.

MORE INFORMATION

For enquiries, contact info@toftigers.org