The Environmental Sustainability Fund was launched in 2021 with the aim of supporting civil society organisations (CSOs) working in the field of environmental sustainability in Türkiye with grant and capacity-building support.
In 2021, we partnered with the Support Foundation for Civil Society (Sivil Toplum için Destek Vakfı) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to support the digital transformation of CSOs working in the field of environmental sustainability (as described in the Sustainable Development Goals “clean water and sanitation”, “affordable and clean energy”, “climate action”, “life below water”, and “life on land”), with grant and capacity-building support. Each grantee organisation participated in the capacity-building component, where they worked with mentors, experts, and volunteers on digital transformation. Through the fund, we provided a total of £12,950 (TRY 150,000) to 5 civil society organisations.
In 2022, we partnered with the Conservation Collective to launch the Turquoise Coast Environment Fund (TCEF) to protect, restore, and regenerate the natural beauty, biodiversity and ecosystems of the exceptional marine and coastal resources of Türkiye. TCEF, in partnership with the Support Foundation for Civil Society, MAVA Foundation, GEF Small Grants Program, and the UNDP, supports projects focusing on the protection of Türkiye’s marine biodiversity and coastal environment. The fund aims to aid local communities become actively involved in, and part of, the change towards sustainable food systems, biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, and building local organisations for the sustainable future of the coastlines. In TCEF’s first round, a total of TRY 2,098,346 (GBP 103,315) was granted to 13 civil society organisations.
Please find the details of the Environmental Sustainability Fund’s grantees and their projects below: