Request for Trellis Fund Project Proposals
Date of Release: January 25, 2011
Applications Due: March 4, 2011
Funding decisions: April 4, 2011
Funding Available: May 18, 2011
unique funding structure. The Trellis Fund will enable the developing-world organizations (DWO) to extend horticultural research to local farmers. Proposals can address horticultural production, pest management, postharvest or marketing problems that face local farmers. Proposals can also address related social and economic processes.
The DWO will complete and submit the proposal below, and Horticulture CRSP will match selected proposals with a horticultural graduate student. In completing the Trellis Fund proposal, the DWO will identify a horticultural problem facing local farmers and the type of expertise they seek in a horticultural graduate student. The proposal will also require the DWO to indicate the project goals, justification, activities, and monitoring and evaluation plans.
The Trellis Fund will pay fellowships to graduate students in agriculture and related programs for corresponding with the DWO via email and honoraria to the DWO staff for extending the knowledge to farmers. We will finance 10 six-month projects ($3,500 max per project). $1,500 funds the graduate student and $2,000 funds the DWO. The DWO can use the funds to pay for the honoraria and transportation costs of extending the information to farmers.
The Trellis Fund expects the DWO to reach at least 180 farmers, an average of 30 farmers per month over a six-month period.
The Trellis Fund is a pilot program that aims to empower smallholder farmers with new information in horticultural production, postharvest and marketing. Our auxiliary goal is to create an enduring funding opportunity aimed at small NGOs that will capitalize from their efficiency and proximity to smallholder farmers. The creators of the Trellis Fund believe that small NGOs can do amazing work, but they are often excluded from grant opportunities because of economies of scale. Work with us to demonstrate that programs aimed at small NGOs can accomplish big benefits.
UGANDA SENEGAL GUATEMALA BANGLADESH
ZAMBIA GHANA NICARAGUA TAJIKISTAN
RWANDA MALI HONDURAS NEPAL
KENYA LIBERIA HAITI CAMBODIA
The Trellis Fund accepts proposals from NGOs, universities and government agencies that