Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and DFID, Darwin Initiative: Inviting applications for ‘Darwin Initiative Scoping Awards’ to develop a workable project idea and build potential project partnerships within the country where the project would take place.

Funding brief: Scoping projects are small grants intended to help applicants who are new to the Darwin Initiative. The aim is to develop a workable project idea and build potential project partnerships within the country where the project would take place. A successful scoping project should lead to a main round project application.

Scoping Awards are small grants intended to help organizations who are new to the Darwin Initiative to develop a robust application. The awards do this by:
 Connecting organizations new to Darwin with partners who have experience of managing successful Darwin Projects; and/or
 supporting work to build new partnerships between applicant organizations.
 A successful Scoping Award should lead to a Main Darwin Initiative project application.

Scoping Awards fund the costs of a visit to the partner country, or travel in-country, to establish some or all of the following:
 Development of the partnerships needed to pull together a full application, by establishing a working relationship between the lead organization and the proposed partners;
 Building an understanding between the new partners of the skills needed to deliver a successful Darwin project (e.g. understanding the need for logframes and how to use them) and getting their buy-in to use this type of approach in developing an application and implementing a project;
 Carrying out any essential preparatory work in advance of a main project. This could include, for example, site visits, attending community meetings to better understand the local context and nature of the problem being addressed, the level of buy-in to an approach, testing transport links.

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

Deadline: Friday 2nd, February, 2018 at 23:59 GMT

Funding details link:

Funding limit: Funding up to £10,000

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

Project start date: 1st, July, 2018

Project duration: Not found

Eligible organization: As below

Applications for Scoping Awards must be to establish new partnerships and must not simply be to continue existing working relationships. They would normally expect applications from partnerships involving around 2-4 organizations.
 Scoping Award lead applicants must also meet all of the following criteria:
 have recognized expertise in the sustainable use or conservation of biodiversity and/or development;
 have a proven track record of managing biodiversity-related and/or natural resource orientated development projects in partnership with local organizations;
 can provide evidence of work which has had an impact on the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity and/or sustainable economic development;
 can demonstrate that alternative funding – including financial support from their own organization – is not available to develop the Darwin project proposal in consultation with their partners. Scoping Award funding should not be seen as an alternative to seeking matched funding from other sources.

 Scoping Award partners:  should not have led a Darwin Main project before (with the exception of the lead applicant); and
 At least one of the partners should be new to the partnership.

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

Prospective applicants from the UK’s Overseas Territories should only apply for funding from the Darwin Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund known as ‘Darwin Plus’. Details of the Darwin Plus fund are available in the following link:

Submission mail:  

Other important link:
 Flexi grant user guide:

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (

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