Applicants are invited to submit applications for Darwin Initiative's Main Project Funding which is a competitive grant scheme, to support projects in developing countries. The Darwin Initiative aims to build local capacity to manage local biodiversity and the natural environment for the future, securing the benefits of these natural resources for people.
The objective of the Darwin Initiative is to protect and enhance biodiversity and in doing so, to contribute to sustainable development in developing countries. It does this by funding projects that help developing countries to meet their obligations under at least one of the international conventions/agreements. Projects supported should contribute to one, or more, of the following:
protection or enhancement of ecosystems, species or genetic resources through in-situ or ex-situ conservation or remedying environmental damage;
integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services within host country development objectives and economic decision making, through institution building, capacity development, strengthening regulatory and policy frameworks or research; or
assisting host countries’ efforts to meet their obligations under at least one of the international conventions/agreements.
The minimum length of a project is 1 year and the maximum length is 3 years. Any budget commitment must end by 31 March 2022.
Applicants for Round 25 of the Darwin Initiative:
should plan to start on or after 1 April 2019. Applicants cannot start earlier and it is unlikely the final list of projects will be accepted until end of February 2019 at the earliest.
must ensure their budget commitments end by 31 March 2022.
Organisations applying for funding must:
You will need to apply online for Round 25 Darwin Initiative main projects through the Flexigrant application portal.
Once you have read the guidance, please complete the Darwin Initiative round 25 - stage 1 application form (MS Word Document, 172KB) .
If you are invited to Stage 2, please complete the Darwin Initiative round 25 – stage 2 application form (MS Word Document, 253KB) [by invitation only].