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 thirty-seven collaborative conservation and sustainable development projects designed and implemented by 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 ELP alumni (years 2001 – 2011) 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.
An estimated US$30,000 is available for the SGI in 2012. 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. The required financial information is requested in the SGI application information form.
All 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 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. A requirement is that you contact Kristiana Raube (email@example.com) by October 21, 2011 to express interest in collaboration with an IBD team and a short description of your project.
(Please contact Anita Ponce or Sarah Sawyer if you would like to see a sample of previously approved SGI funded projects.)
All ELP alumni are invited to submit an application to the Buck Kingman Small Grants Initiative for the 2012 competition. The final deadline for receipt of applications is December 1, 2011. See below for schedule of notification of awards. Completed applications must include all of the following materials:
Applications may be sent as email attachment to Anita Ponce (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please state: “Proposal for SGI/your name” in the subject line. Signed letters must be sent by fax or by email with the signature scanned. Fax: (510) 643-4483 or (510) 642-4612.
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 two short reports. The narrative reporting consists of:
Reports must be submitted by the deadlines that will be specified in the grant awards.
All Buck Kingman SGI proposals are carefully reviewed and evaluated by a three-person Selection Committee consisting of one ELP co-director, one UC Berkeley faculty member, and one member of a Bay Area-based environmental organization with an international focus.
December 1, 2011: The absolute deadline for receipt of complete proposal packages.
January 9, 2011: Notification of awards, in some cases pending requested clarifications and changes.
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 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. Attached is an electronic copy of our IBD brochure; you can find more information on our website at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/IBD.