Climates NGO Support Services

Climates offer two free services remotely to our partners with the aim to increase the capacity to support communities in the Pacific. In offering these services, Climates seeks to support capacity-building in the Pacific without competing with or duplicating the important work that our NGO partners are already doing. 

Who can access these services? 

Climates’ services are available to all community groups, not-for-profit, or civil society organisations in the Pacific, and in particular those organisations which have a focus on climate resilience. 

Climates will provide services to strengthen a wide range of documents, including but not limited to grant applications, research reports, policy proposals, and information communication and educational materials. Documents do not have to be directly related to climate resilience, provided this forms part of the organisation’s objectives. Climates is unable to provide services for personal or study assignments. 

Editing and Proofreading Service

The Editing and Proofreading Service consists of English language editing and proofreading of documents such as grant applications, policy submissions, and reports. To ensure our partners retain control of their stories in any documents we review, our role will focus on proofreading, rather than making major edits or rewriting which may change the flow of the narrative. Climates’ volunteers will be sensitive to if and when we suggest changes to the narrative or the content to ensure we are not losing the meaning intended by the community, and to ensure partners retain control of their narratives.

What can I expect from the Editing and Proofreading Service?

Climates’ proofreaders will provide a clean proofread document which can be used immediately, and a tracked-changes version where any corrections are annotated with the rationale to allow you to easily identify any changes made and learn where any mistakes have been identified. If English is not your first language, Climates’ proofreaders can provide advice on grammar rules.

Where appropriate, proofreaders will ensure that where documents are being prepared for set requirements such as for a grant application or a progress report, Climates will request a copy of any guidelines or requirements that the document is being prepared to meet. Climates will identify any areas where the document may not meet the requirements and work with partners to address any gaps.

Climates aim to offer a 5 business day turnaround on proofreading documents.

Research and Literature Review Service

The Research and Literature Review Service seeks to build the capacity of our Pacific partners to access and utilise academic literature by conducting research to support proposals, reports, or applications. The Service can also use research to highlight the importance of indigenous and local knowledge where academic literature might be given preference over this. In providing this Service, Climates’ role will be to provide evidence to support solutions identified by our Pacific partners, as opposed to these identifying solutions. 

What can I expect from the Research and Literature Review Service?

Climates will conduct research on a given topic to strengthen a document in line with any set requirements. As such, Climates will request a copy of any guidelines or requirements a document is being prepared to meet. While a growing amount of academic literature is now available for free online, where possible Climates will use open journals and databases. If references are not available for free online, Climates will provide a PDF copy of any reference to partners. 

Climates will provide brief notes on how we conducted the research to allow partners to expand on this at a later time if required. This could include points such as how the volunteer conceptualised a topic, identified relevant keywords, performed searches, analysed search results for relevance, and refined or expanded the search.

Climates aim to offer a 10 business day turnaround on conducting research on a given topic.

How do I access these services?

If you’re interested in accessing Climates’ services, email services@climates.org.au with:

  • A brief description of your organisational context, the intent of the document, and the services required;
  • As attachments, your document and any relevant guidelines or requirements that the document seeks to address.