Donor: Darwin Initiative
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United Kingdom
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 23.10.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 50.000GBP
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 200.000GBP
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Education
  • Environment & Natural Resources

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) Objective

The capability and capacity building approach to be used must be formulated and justified with evidence  in the application. Activities can include structured training, fellowships, work placements, mentoring, organisational development, network-building, and can be undertaken across all areas of project activity: biodiversity, poverty reduction and project delivery.
Structured training elements must support locally based future and existing environmental leaders and staff of identified local/national organisations to grow professionally and technically, ideally building lasting positive relationships between participants, and improving their ability to draw on professional and technical expertise relevant to delivering projects in line with Darwin Initiatives objectives.

Where justified, activities can include limited practical application of new skills and knowledge to embed them, but the grant must retain overall focus on capability and capacity building. Grants can support travel between different eligible countries, or for example between the UK and the eligible country (to the UK6 or for UK-based experts to be posted overseas); however, any activities outside of the project country must be strongly justified. In addition to technical areas (e.g. biodiversity, sustainable development), training can include financial, communication, monitoring and evaluation, safeguarding, and risk management amongst others.

2) Eligibility

Applications must come from an organisation(s), and not an individual. Applicant organisations can be based in any country. Lead organisations will need to demonstrate turnover over the last 2 years of at least 25% of the value of the funds requested from Darwin.

3) Location

Least Developed Countries, Other Low Income Countries, Lower Middle Income Countries and Upper Middle Income Countries are eligible.

4) Budget

Darwin Initiative Capability & Capacity grants, ranging from £50,000 to £200,000, must focus on developing the capability and capacity of identified local and national organisations (civil society, research institutes and public bodies) to efficiently deliver effective and successful biodiversity conservation and multidimensional poverty reduction projects.

5) Application

The deadline is Monday 23rd October 2023. Results for Innovation and Capability & Capacity are expected by end of January 2024 at the earliest.

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