Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme

Pastor Delbert Rice – Small Grant Fund opens

September 16, 2016

The NTFP-EP Micro Grant Fund (MGF) started in 2007 with the support of BothEnds and IUCN Netherlands and has assisted 33 initiatives in 6 countries. The MGF is awarded to promising new projects which need startup funds and established initiatives in need of immediate support. The second phase in 2011 of the grant awarding was supported by Broederlijk Delen. This phase enabled the grant to be open to all applicants, not just NTFP-EP partners.

The year 2014 has been a grim period for NTFP-EP due to the passing of one of the pillars of advocating for indigenous peoples’ rights and sustainable forest resource management in the world, and most especially in the Philippines – Reverend Delbert Arthur Rice. He was an American missionary who first arrived in the mountainous Barangay Imugan, Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya, Northern Luzon, Philippines in the mid-1960s and stayed to live there with the Ikalahan indigenous community until his demise in 2014.


In continuing Pastor Rice’s commitment and passion for grounded initiatives, the previous MGF has now evolved to the Pastor Delbert Rice – Small Grant Fund (PDR-SGF) to cater to a wider range of community-based innovations towards peoples’ empowerment and sustainable forest resource management. With funding from the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA), a global program lead by international women’s funds and rights based organization, FCAM, Mama Cash and Both Ends. In this regard, PDR-SGF opens it call for proposals by 5th September 2016. GAGGA PDR-SGF shall be in line with the GAGGA vision and will aim to strengthen capabilities and unify grassroots groups to lobby and advocate for women’s rights and environmental justice agendas.

To know more about the PDR-SGF, click here.