East Asia and Pacific
Environmental Initiative
USAID and State working with partners
protecting the environment and
improving livelihoods

EAPEI FAQS (Frequently asked Questions)

How does EAPEI differ from the US-Asia Environmental Partnership?
How does EAPEI differ from the Department of State OES Initiative?
Are there other U.S. government funding sources for work with Asian elephants, rhinoceros, tiger and orangutans?
What U.S. Foundations also support environmental and developmental activities in the Asia and Near East Region? 
Are there other financial sources to support activities?
Where can I turn for additional information?

How does EAPEI differ from the US-Asia Environmental Partnership?
The United States-Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP) is a public-private initiative that promotes environmentally sustainable development in Asia. US-AEP is jointly implemented by several U.S. government agencies, under the leadership of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  US-AEP works with a wide array of partners - governments, non-governmental organizations, academia, and the private sector - to provide Asia with the tools it needs for cleaner and more efficient cities and industries. They provide Grants, Exchanges, and Technical Assistance

How does EAPEI differ from the Department of State OES Initiative?
The funding for the OES Initiative (formerly Environmental Diplomacy Fund) is to protect and advance US interests worldwide in ongoing multilateral negotiations, enhance regional cooperation in transboundary environmental and health issues and to assert US leadership as new environmental issues arise.  For more detail, click here

Are there other U.S. government funding sources for work with Asian elephants, rhinoceros, tiger and orangutans?
Yes, see the Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service Grant Program web page for information on the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund, the Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund and soon the Great Apes Conservation Fund.  

What U.S. Foundations also support environmental and developmental activities in the Asia and Near East Region? 
Excellent sources of information are 1) US Foundations: A Review of International Funding Priorities 2002 by JoEllen Gorg in May 2002 2) Private Foundations and Corporate Grantmakers in Africa by Office of Sustainable Development, USAID Africa Bureau and Africa Bureau Information Center, USAID Development Information Services prepared September 2001 and 3) U.S. Foundations: A review of international funding priorities prepared January 25, 2000 for the USAID/ANE Bureau by Diane E. Ray and Adrean E. Scheid of the Research and Reference Services Project of the USAID Center for Development Information and Exchange.

Are there other financial sources to support activities?

Grants.gov provides a simple, unified electronic storefront for interactions between grant applicants and the Federal agencies that manage grant funds. There are 26 Federal grant-making agencies and over 900 individual grant programs that award over $350 billion in grants each year. The grant community, including state, local and tribal governments, academia and research institutions, and not-for-profits, need only visit one website, Grants.gov, to access the annual grant funds available across the Federal government. In short, Grants.gov provides:

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Database of Funding Sources for Sustainable Forest Management A primary objective of the Sourcebook is to act as an interface between the supply and demand sides of the funding SFM equation. The demand side consists of forest actors and stakeholders who are actively seeking financial support for SFM activities and projects, whilst the supply side is comprised of the funding sources such as development banks, bilateral funding agencies, foundations and charities. In addition to funding (e.g. grants, loans and equity investments) for traditional forestry projects, the database also includes information about funding for a wide range of other activities that could contribute to sustainable forest management (e.g. grants for overseas study and training, grants for feasibility studies).

European Tropical Forest Research Network has assembled a Funding Opportunities page, which might be useful. Another European funds source (all sectors) for a fee is at Welcomeeurope.com.  US Foundations such as Packard Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and MacArthur Foundation are all active in the EAPEI region.  See also National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grants

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a $150 million fund designed to better safeguard the world's threatened biodiversity hotspots in developing countries. It is a joint initiative of Conservation International (CI), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank.

Funding Sources for Conservation and Education This guide provides contact information and a brief sketch of more than 150 grants, scholarships, and fellowships for conservationists from Africa, Asia, and Latin America interested in enhancing their skills, up-dating their knowledge, or pursuing further education. The entries contained in this database briefly describe funding sources for a wide range of training and education options in conservation and conservation related disciplines, including natural and social sciences. The database contains grant and award programs from over 100 funding sources for graduate and undergraduate programs, mid-career training, field research and internships.

The Darwin Initiative is a small grants programme that aims to promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of resources around the world. The Initiative is funded and administered by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (Defra).

The Seed Initiative (Supporting Entrepreneurs in Environment and Development) aims to inspire, support and build the capacity of locally-driven entrepreneurial partnerships to contribute to the delivery of the Millennium Development Goals and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. Through an international award scheme, intensive capacity-building activities and a research programme, the Seed Initiative will stimulate and build the capacity of entrepreneurial, nascent partnerships executing action on the ground; create a conduit for investment in partnerships; disseminate good practice and lessons-learned from successful partnerships to inspire further new partnerships; and generate evidence-based research to assist policy makers.

African Conservation Foundation Forum on Fellowships and Funding Opportunities. Focus is Africa but some postings also applicable to SE Asia

International Foundation for Science is an NGO providing support to developing country scientists to conduct, in a developing country, relevant and high quality research on the management, use, and conservation of biological resources and their environment. IFS believes that the interests of both science and development are best served by promoting and nurturing the research efforts of young science graduates, who are at the beginning of their research careers

Where can I turn for additional information?
Contact EAPEI manager, Tim Resch at

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Updated June 15, 2005