Guidelines and criteria for the ranking of sites proposed by grants are important tools for the SLUNCF to use in its allocation decision-making. Each year, the SLUNCF will work with the TAC to determine priority ecosystems and sites to support each year. The SLUNCF and the TAC will continue to refine the high-level guidelines and criteria for ranking sites each year. A few examples of the types of criteria the SLUNCF may develop include the following:
- Current ecological condition of the site: Consider the ecological status of sites and weigh the benefits of protecting healthy ecosystems and/or enabling degraded ecosystems to recover.
- Presence of endangered and rare species: Consider the importance of endangered and rare species to Saint Lucia’s national patrimony.
- Urgency for taking actions in the site: Consider critical threats and pressures facing the site and the need to act immediately to prevent further ecosystem degradation and worsening site conditions.
- Ecological connectivity: Consider the role of the site within the larger ecosystem.
- Social capital associated with site: Consider the level of stakeholder interest and engagement, as well as resources available from community groups, NGOs, and other groups.
- Sustainable livelihood potential: Consider the potential for the site and/or project to support sustainable livelihoods for stakeholders.
A variety of different types of recipients in Saint Lucia will be eligible to receive grants from the SLUNCF. All eligible organizations or individuals must be legally-registered entities in Saint Lucia and have the necessary organizational infrastructure, including but not limited to a bank account and necessary leadership and staff capacity to support implementation of the project. All eligible organizations should show any available matching funds in their proposals.
Potential recipient types include:
- Public sector agencies of the government of Saint Lucia responsible for natural resource and biodiversity conservation. Public sector agencies must provide a 1:1 match of funds through in-kind or cash contributions for all proposals; in-kind contributions may be no more than 50% of the match.
- Local universities or colleges conducting activities relevant to the vision, mission, goals, and strategies of the SLUNCF.
- Local or regional (Caribbean) NGOs established, legally-registered and existing in Saint Lucia for no less than 5 years and with an established track record and complementary source of funds.
- Private corporations or other companies from relevant industries involved in marine/terrestrial ecosystem and biodiversity clean-up, protection, conservation, and/or monitoring. Private corporations must provide a 1:2 match of cash funds for all proposals, and they must not generate a profit through project activities.
- Local community associations/community bodies with direct impact on marine and/or terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystem resources (e.g., fisherfolk associations, youth groups, church groups).
- Other appropriate local entities of Saint Lucia working toward the vision, mission, and goals of the SLUNCF.
A number of project types will not be eligible to receive funding from the SLUNCF. Non-eligible projects include:
- One-time and recurring operation/administrative costs of ministries, agencies, departments
- Salaries for executive officers or core organization staff
- Activities relating to extraction/depletion of natural resources
- Purchase of land
- Projects not consistent with the purpose of the SLUNCF
- Projects related to political campaigns and/or political propaganda
- Projects that violate provisions of the Inter-American Convention on Corruption
- Projects that could be expected to give a conflict of interest