Guidelines for Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Alumni

Guidelines for Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Alumni


Leon Ramon“A full week on negotiation, conflict solving, listening, proposing, collaborating, and facilitating: this was great! In relation to the pineapple environmental problems we have in Costa Rica, I changed my strategy to promote more understanding between the parties, before even talking about the issues.”

Ramón León, 2009 ELP
EARTH University, Costa Rica

The Small Grants Initiative (SGI) was created in 2003 and renamed in 2009 in honor of UC Berkeley/College of Natural Resources alumnus Buck Kingman. Since 2003, the SGI has supported fourty-two (42) collaborative conservation and sustainable development projects designed and implemented by Beahrs ELP alumni together with faculty and students from UC Berkeley. All ELP alumni are eligible to compete for available SGI funds by submitting proposals as stipulated in these Guidelines.

There are many types of collaborative activities that may be funded by the Buck Kingman SGI. These include:  applied field research; training of trainers; development of business/marketing plans; interdisciplinary workshops; course design and delivery; community-level capacity-building; preparation, publication and dissemination of policy guidelines; planning and development of a new organization or enterprise (including potential ELP Regional Centers); and others. SGI cannot fund writing or publication of research findings from prior research projects.

All projects must involve one or more ELP alumni and one or more members of the UC Berkeley/ELP academic community: faculty, researchers, staff, extension specialists or graduate students. An important goal of the Buck Kingman SGI is to enhance two-way learning among academics and practitioners in the field, bringing science, policy and practice together.


All Beahrs ELP alumni (years 2001 – 2014) are eligible to submit a proposal to the Buck Kingman Small Grants Initiative. The ELP is interested to leverage limited funds for greatest impact.  Therefore, alumni submitting proposals must be currently employed by organizations dedicated to conservation and/or sustainable development, and include in their proposal a strong letter of support from their organization.  Preference will be given to applicants that have never received an SGI grant in the past. Only one proposal may be submitted per person per calendar year.


These funds are made available by the Buck Kingman Small Grants Initiative at the College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley.

Grants will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 to a maximum of $10,000 per award. The number of grants awarded will depend upon the quantity and quality of the proposals received and their respective budgets.  The SGI welcomes proposals with multiple sources of funding. Funds cannot be allocated to individuals. Financial information of an organization will be requested upon selection of the proposal.

Collaboration with University of California, Berkeley

All Beahrs ELP alumni interested in applying for a grant from the Buck Kingman SGI must identify their potential UC Berkeley partner(s), as well as fellow ELP alumni partner(s) before submitting the proposal. In your search for an appropriate Berkeley partner that “adds value” to your project, you should feel free to approach any member of the UC Berkeley/ELP community you met during the summer course or have come to know through the literature, UC Berkeley website or other means.  It is important that you correspond with your prospective partners to ascertain their interest and commitment to participate in your proposed SGI project.  A signed letter that substantiates this interest and commitment is part of the application package.  Our advice from past experience is not to delay in identifying collaborators, sharing early drafts of your proposal and obtaining letters of support.

If you have a project in mind that would benefit from business expertise, note that the ELP has a strong collaborative relationship with the International Business Development Program (IBD) at the Haas School of Business.  Under this arrangement, if the proposal is accepted, IBD matches a team of three or four MBA students to work with you and your project on the needed business development aspects, including a site visit of three weeks. Kristi Raube leads the IBD Program at Haas and has prepared a short description of the program, which is included at the end of this document. Please contact Kristi Raube with your intention/pre-proposal as soon as possible at


(Please visit the website at if you would like to see a sample of previously approved SGI funded projects.)

All Beahrs ELP alumni are invited to submit an application to the Buck Kingman Small Grants Initiative for the 2014 competition.  The final deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, December 5, 2014.  Completed applications must include all of the following materials:

  • Electronic application information form;
  • Letter of commitment from the UC Berkeley collaborating partner (this may be a detailed email communication);
  • Signed letter of support from your supervisor or other professional at your organization who is qualified to judge the merit of this proposal; and
  • Project proposal (no more than five pages single spaced), to include the following sub-headings and content:
    1. Problem statement/justification;
    2. Project activities to be undertaken that address the problem;
    3. Collaboration statement: address what the collaboration will consist of and what expertise it lends to the project; include names, affiliations, and expected time commitment of partners;
    4. Connection of proposed project with learning/skills developed during Beahrs ELP certificate course at UC Berkeley;
    5. Expected results and outputs;
    6. Timeline and duration (no more than 12 months);
    7. Detailed budget and budget narrative: explain each budget line item. Institutional indirect cost recovery may not be included in the budget. Note that the budget must cover the travel/local costs of the UC Berkeley collaboration.
    8. Risks associated with the proposed projects, and possible ways to handle these risks.

Application materials should be sent by email to  Please state: “Proposal for SGI/your name” in the subject line.  All letters must be signed.

Reporting requirements

Grantees will be expected to pursue the project activities described in the selected SGI proposals.  If, however, there is a need to adjust the activities because of unforeseen circumstances, the grantee will need to submit a project revision request to the ELP for review and approval.  The Buck Kingman SGI Selection Committee will ensure that the review process is handled quickly (maximum of two weeks).

SGI grantees will need to submit one report:

  1. Final written narrative of three to four pages that documents the project process, substantive results, and the strengths and weaknesses of the collaboration. Pictures must be included as well as blog-friendly version to be posted and shared on the Beahrs ELP Blog.

Report must be submitted by the deadline that will be specified in the grant award.

Selection and Schedule

All Buck Kingman SGI proposals are carefully reviewed and evaluated by a Selection Committee.

Description of IBD, Haas School of Business

The International Business Development Program (IBD) is a global management consulting program undertaken by MBA students and mentored by faculty at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.  IBD students have worked on all manner of business consulting projects around the world for more than 20 years, for more than 150 clients in over 70 countries.  These MBA students have an average of five years of work experience before they enroll in the full-time MBA program at UC Berkeley.  Approximately 40% of them are international students with multiple language skills.  The students are organized in teams of four, and are guided by senior Haas School faculty during the course of their project.  IBD is a popular experiential learning course at the Haas School; it takes place every year from January through May/early June, culminating in a three-week visit by the students to the project country.  This year we had 26 IBD teams working around the world, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, India, Europe, and the Middle East.

The IBD program has a long history of success working with international institutions throughout the world.  Our consulting projects have included market research studies, strategic plans, case studies, entrepreneurial activities, feasibility studies, financial assessments, sustainability plans, and business plans of all kinds.  The industries served have included technology, biotechnology, healthcare, energy, education, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, ecotourism, conservation, agriculture, financial services, and more.  IBD students and faculty bring a fresh and innovative business perspective to real world company issues, all at a fraction of the cost of private management consulting organizations.  We estimate that IBD students and faculty perform 1,000 hours of consulting work on average for each consulting project.   You can find more information on our website at

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