What is the TDWG Community Support Fund?
TDWG Interest (IG) and Task (TG) Groups undertake the core business of developing, maintaining, and integrating biodiversity information standards. TDWG is committed to supporting the work of I/TGs by contributing to the costs of conducting working meetings. Support is provided through a fund dedicated to this purpose, the TDWG Community Support Fund (CSF). The size of the Fund is adjusted yearly by decision of the TDWG Executive Committee.
What does the TDWG CSF cover?
- Travel and subsistence support for participation in IG/TG working meetings.
- Costs directly related to the organization of IG/TG working meetings, including venue hire.
- Costs related to the dissemination of the workshop/meeting results and engagement of stakeholders.
Who can apply?
TDWG IG/TG conveners may apply for funds to (co-)organize IG/TG working meetings.
Please be aware that proposals from Groups that have a current annual report will be given preference. Instructions and a template for IG/TG annual reports is linked under item 6 on the Convener Responsibilities page.
Provided that sufficient resources are available, a call for applications will be announced at least once every calendar year.
Criteria for awarding TDWG CSF
- Previous activity of the Group, proven through annual reports submitted to the TDWG Executive Committee or other public reports and products (not applicable to new Groups*)
- Overall impact, timeliness and cost efficiency
- Inclusiveness of the participation model (e.g., percentage of new members participating and geographic coverage)
- Expected progress on development of new or revision of current TDWG standards
- Availability of matching funds from other sources (as percentage of total costs)
New Groups are here defined as formally endorsed IG and TG with less than a year's activity from the time of approval.
Additional information and restrictions
The maximum amount of funds awarded per proposal is USD $3,000.
Following successful completion of TDWG CSF-supported working meetings, the I/G Convener must report to the TDWG Executive Committee key outputs and action items. Reports must be submitted within 30 days after the event date.
Review and scoring process
Applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by TDWG Executive Committee and evaluated against the criteria set forth in the call (see section 5). Following the completion of the review, applicants will be notified of their scores and the Committee's decision. Successful proposals will be communicated to the TDWG membership and posted on the TDWG website.
Application forms will be available online at URLs provided in the announcement of each call.
Proposals must include an estimated budget. Following an award, the budget will be finalized by agreement with the TDWG Treasurer. Generally, funds will be disbursed to participants as reimbursement of expenses incurred. Receipts and/or reimbursement forms must be submitted to the TDWG Treasurer within 30 days of the event. By prior arrangement, vendors may submit invoices directly to the Treasurer.