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Fundraising for the Central Coast MaPP Guardian Watchmen Program - Marine Plan Partnership

Sep 18, 2020
Vancouver, British Columbia

The MaPP initiative seeks to contract a consultant or consultants for fundraising strategy support and implementation to secure three years of MaPP Guardian Watchmen funding. Guardians implement the Central Coast ecosystem-based management (EBM) monitoring program and support related stewardship activities in the Central Coast sub-region.  The consultant will work remotely from their own office.

Contract Overview

Enhancing stewardship of ecological and cultural values, and archaeological sites and areas through an enhanced monitoring program is a key priority for the Central Coast Partners. For the purposes of this contract the Central Coast MaPP Monitoring Program refers to:

  1. Compliance monitoring: monitoring of resource users’ compliance with policy direction and regulations put in place through the Central Coast Marine Plan and other processes;
  2. Effectiveness monitoring: monitoring whether spatial zoning is effective at achieving the objectives and management intent of the Plan; and
  3. Ecosystem-based Management (EBM) monitoring: monitoring changes in the state of Central Coast ecological and human well-being systems over time in order to inform ongoing and adaptive management decisions.

The monitoring program is largely implemented by MaPP Guardian Watchmen from the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv Nations. Since 2016 MaPP has provided funding for two Guardian Watchmen from each Central Coast Nation to undertake the tasks included in a monitoring and training work plan. Building this capacity within First Nations communities is critical to achieving a vision of healthy marine ecosystems that support human well-being, sustainable community prosperity and cultural resilience. Monitoring is challenging to conduct in most of the Central Coast Plan Area largely because of the size of the area and its remoteness. Monitoring costs are high, and resources required for conducting frequent patrols are limited. The Central Coast Partners have identified the funding and equipment required for the monitoring program to meet best management practices, but the model, approaches and sources that will be used to fund the program have not been determined.

Scope of Work

The MaPP partners are currently working to develop a long-term funding strategy for MaPP implementation – including compliance, effectiveness and EBM monitoring – across all the sub-regions. In the interim the Central Coast Partners are seeking funding to maintain current monitoring and related stewardship activities supported by MaPP Guardians in the Central Coast sub-region for the next 3 years (beginning March 1, 2021). The consultant(s), drawing on their expertise identifying and cultivating funding opportunities, will work closely with the Central Coast Partners to secure interim funding for the ongoing implementation of the MaPP Guardian Watchmen program.

The project will be conducted in two phases:

Phase 1: Outreach and planning.

Phase 2: Fundraising plan implementation.

This statement of work is for Phase 1 only. Upon review and finalization of Phase 1 deliverables the project will continue with the Phase 2 scope of work and deliverables, which focus on the implementation of the Fundraising Plan developed in Phase 1.

The consultant(s) will be expected to:

  • Review materials provided by MaPP (see the list below) to better understand the work of the MaPP Guardian Watchmen and the funding needs and potential funding models for the program.
  • Identify high potential funding sources from philanthropic and government sources and foster relationships with high-potential funders.
  • Prepare a Fundraising Plan with targeted approaches for targeted funders.
  • Work with MaPP Partners to finalize a compelling case for support for the MaPP Guardian Watchmen program. A draft case for support has already been developed.
  • Work closely with Contract Managers and be available for regular check-in calls to discuss progress and resolve any issues.


Phase 1 – Outreach and planning

  1. Based on the consultant(s)’ previous relationships and/or initial outreach to funders, a detailed Fundraising Plan to secure interest from funders with an expressed / potential alignment of objectives with the Central Coast MaPP Guardian Program. The plan should include a list of prospective funders, projections for level of funding, and steps to be taken to secure funding.
  2. A compelling Case for Support for distribution to key audiences based on a draft prepared by MaPP Partners. The Case for Support will outline the needs and benefits of the Central Coast MaPP Guardian Program and form the basis of language that can be pulled into grant applications and other aspects of the fundraising plan.
  3. A summary report of outreach undertaken to ascertain and build interest on the part of prospective funders to support the Central Coast MaPP Guardian Program.

Timeline and Milestones – (subject to change):

  • Week of August 24, 2020 – Issuance of Contract and kick off meeting
  • By week of November 23, 2020 – Delivery of draft Fundraising Plan and Case for Support for Contract Manager review.
  • By week of December 14, 2020 – Delivery of final Fundraising Plan and Case for Support.
  • Ongoing – Monthly check-in and report with MaPP Central Coast Technical Planner to review progress against deliverables

Contract Remuneration:

  • Phase 1 – Up to a maximum of $10,000 plus GST inclusive of all expenses.
  • Phase 2 – To be determined based on Phase 1 results.

MaPP will provide the consultant with:

  • A draft Case for Support
  • 2019 Central Coast Monitoring Needs Assessment, which identifies funding and equipment required to monitor Protection Management Zones according to best management practices.
  • Relevant background reports and media content that describe the work of the MaPP Guardian Watchmen, including MaPP newsletters, a Guardian Watchmen Valuation report, a 2016 report on Guardian Watchmen Funding Opportunities, and related videos that highlight the MaPP project as well as the work of the Guardians.
  • Contact information for appropriate staff from First Nations, the Province of B.C. and the federal government.
  • Letters of support or introduction for contacts.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of funding approaches and sources related to conservation and environmental stewardship, including federal and provincial granting agencies, private foundations, and non-profit agencies.
  • Demonstrated success in securing conservation and environmental stewardship funds greater than $1 million.
  • Knowledge of legal and tax issues related to innovative financing.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • All equipment necessary to conduct this work including a computer, software, internet access and telephone.

To Apply:

Please submit the following by no later than 5 pm on August 7, 2020:

  • A proposal that outlines a detailed approach to implementing the scope of work and securing funding for the MaPP Guardian Watchmen program over the next three years.
  • Identification of additional relevant tasks (if any) and rationale for inclusion.
  • A project budget that includes a cost breakdown for tasks and rates for the consultant or each member of the consulting team. Efficiency and cost will be a factor in evaluating the proposals.
  • A brief overview of relevant experience, current relationships with funders, and qualifications along with CVs for the consultant or each member of the consulting team.

Send proposals to:

Central Coast Monitoring Interim Funding

c/o Philip Akins, MaPP Central Coast Technical Planner:

with cc to Fiona Kilburn, MaPP Finance and Administration Coordinator:

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