Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and DFID, Darwin Initiative: Inviting applications to protect and enhance biodiversity and in doing so, to contribute to sustainable development in developing countries.

Funding brief:  The objective of the Darwin Initiative is to protect and enhance biodiversity and in doing so, to contribute to sustainable development in developing countries, through projects which address one, or more, of the following themes:
● 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 listed above.

The contribution of Darwin projects to poverty reduction may be:
● Direct e.g. through activities that help secure increased income or access to other important assets for local communities whilst helping them to protect and improve biodiversity.
● Indirect e.g. through safeguarding traditional rights, cultural values and increasing the voice of marginalized communities, while seeking to increase equality within communities, or through safeguarding plant genetic resources for improved food security, climate resilience, and sustainable agricultural development.
● Through practice orientated research e.g. through activities that expand the knowledge base on biodiversity and the interaction with poverty alleviation.

Donor Name: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Department for International Development (DFID), Darwin Initiative
Funding name: Darwin Initiative (Round 24)

Deadline for Stage 1 applications: Tuesday 12 September 2017
● Deadline for Stage 2 applications (by invitation only): Monday 29 January 2018

Funding details link:

Funding limit:  There is no minimum or maximum award size. The overall funding pot in any given year is, however, limited. In previous rounds, awards have ranged from £50,000 to around £430,000, with an average project award of around £300,000 for around 36 months.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: 1st, July, 2018

Project duration: The minimum length of a project is 1 year and the maximum length is 2 years and 9 months.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Organizations making the application must:
● Have experience of managing similar projects in developing countries
● Be able to demonstrate financial stability and provide audited accounts
● The proposed project leader must have suitable qualifications or a minimum of around 10 years’ experience working on similar projects in developing countries.

Eligible Country: Please find the list of eligible country in the guideline (

Submission mail:

Other important link:

● Form: Stage1:

● Budget format:

How to apply:
● Stage-1: Once you have answered Yes to the questions of the format, please submit the application in Word format, to using the title of the project (or first few words) as the subject of your email. You do not need to send a hard copy.
● Stage-2: Once you have answered the questions of the format, please submit the application, to using the application number (from your Stage 1 feedback letter) and the first few words of the project title as the subject of your email. If you are e-mailing supporting documentation separately please include in the subject line an indication of the number of e-mails you are sending (eg whether the e-mail is 1 of 2, 2 of 3 etc). You are not required to send a hard copy.


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