JVOFI was one of the 11 organizations shortlisted by the Gerry Roxas Foundation (GRF) for the USAID INSPIRE Project with the concept paper entitled, “Strengthening Good Governance and Multi-stakeholder Collaboration in the West Philippine Sea”. The project goal is an improved ecosystem and sustainable livelihood in FMA6 through good governance and active Multi-stakeholder participation.

After being shortlisted, JVOFI with the help of GRF, only had a month to create a full proposal submitted to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Preliminary consultations with GRF and meetings with stakeholders were done from June to July and the full proposal was submitted in July. The staff also underwent an intensive NUPAS (Non-U.S. Organization Pre-Award Survey Guidelines) Evaluation from the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC). The NUPAS is USAID’s tool for determining an organization’s capability to manage a grant from the US government.

The INSPIRE project is in line with JVOFI’s Ecological Enhancement Program which promotes the conservation, protection, rational management, and utilization of critical ecological resources.

The three-year INSPIRE project grant was awarded to JVOFI on August 30, 2022.

About the INSPIRE Project

INSPIRE is a five-year project that aims to improve natural resource resilience and security through the increased participation and engagement of civil society organizations (CSOs), media, academe, and local communities. It envisions to expand civil society participation and influence in natural resource governance for greater accountability and better results and complementation of local conservation and climate change mitigation actions. The Gerry Roxas Foundation (GRF) is the lead implementing partner for INSPIRE.