Tanzania Forest Fund prepared Guidelines for Preparation of Project Proposals and Procedures for Making Grants as an attempt to contain challenges of achieving fairness, transparency and efficiency in its operations. It is evident that organizations with clear policies and procedures in project solicitation and development as well as in making and administering grants earn reputation for being open and honest. In addition, having standard procedures helps in maintaining essential communication with grant seekers and grantees.
The guidelines and procedures contain information on how to solicit applications, approve proposals, disburse funds, monitor grants and evaluate project implementation results. It is my hope that these guidelines and procedures will increase the impact of grants and thus attain the envisaged objectives of the Fund of improving conservation and management of forest resources and livelihoods.
The laid down guidelines and procedures need to be strictly observed to avoid confusion among grant seekers. On the other hand, grant seekers for various interventions aimed at enhancing sustainable conservation and management of forest resources should study the guidelines and procedures carefully so as to prepare proposals that are competitive and responsive to calls for proposals.