UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs and DFID, Darwin Initiative: Inviting applications for ‘grant’ to support developing countries to conserve biodiversity and reduce poverty.

Funding brief: Partnership Projects are small grants intended to help organizations who are new to the Darwin Initiative to develop their 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 Partnership Project should lead to a Main Darwin Initiative project application.
● Partnership Projects support activities which might previously have been supported under a Darwin scoping award.

The Darwin Initiative supports developing countries to conserve biodiversity and reduce poverty. The Darwin Initiative provides grants for projects working to help developing countries meet their objectives under:
● The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
● The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)
● The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)
● The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES)
● The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
● The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)

The Darwin Initiative encompasses a number of schemes:
● Main Projects
● Partnership Projects
● Fellowship Awards
● Darwin Plus projects and Fellowships, for projects in UK Overseas Territories

Donor Name: UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, and Department for International Development (DFID), Darwin Initiative
Funding name: Darwin Initiative (Round 25)

Deadline: Tuesday, 13th, November, 2018

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: They welcome a diverse range of applications.
● 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.
● An application will not score more highly if it is a large project taking the full length of time available. Shorter projects, with relatively small budgets, are just as likely to succeed in the assessment process. This could include, for example, a short pilot project that may be scaled up for a later application.
● Project budgets should preferably show an even spread over the funding period and should not as a general rule be front-loaded, as this restricts the number of new projects that can be awarded in any year.
● 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. You cannot start earlier and it is unlikely the final list of projects will be accepted until end of February 2019 at the earliest.
● Nust ensure their budget commitments end by 31 March 2022.
● Budgets are allocated by financial year (1 April – 31 March). Applicants should take this into account in designing project proposals, considering carefully the level of risk of delay with any activities proposed for the fourth quarter of the financial year.
● You should have a realistic budget and timeframe for your project, and logframe targets should be achievable. Do not be overambitious.

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

Project start date: 1st, April, 2019

Project duration: The minimum length of a project is 1 year and the maximum length is 3 years (1st, April, 2019 to 31st, March, 2022).

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Applications for partnership projects 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.

Partnership Project 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. Partnership project funding should not be seen as an alternative to seeking matched funding from other sources.

● Partnership Project partners:
 Must include at least one organization that has not previously received Darwin funding

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
● Guideline(PDF): Click to view
● Darwin Initiative Round 25: Flexi-grant user guide: Click to view
● Form (Proposal-Example): Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
● All applications must be submitted through Flexi-Grant and must be in comprehensible English.
● Please note that applications at both Stage 1 and Stage 2 must meet the published administrative, technical and financial criteria in order to be considered. This includes, but is not limited to:
 CVs submitted must be one page only and must be uploaded as one single pdf document
 Letters of support should be uploaded as one pdf document where possible
 All questions must be completed (N/A is acceptable if appropriate), and all required supporting attachments must be submitted
 Applications must be signed (with a PDF signature uploaded as part of the Flexi-Grant application)
 The budget must be fully completed using the format provided. Please note: the financial format uses Defra’s financial years: 1st April- 31st March
 The start and end dates must be within the funding period stated in the Guidance
● You should only submit the materials requested. However, you may include a map to clarify project location. You may also include references, but these should be kept to a minimum, as should weblinks and hyperlinks. You should be able to provide enough information in the space provided on the form. Maps and references should be uploaded as one additional pdf document. They must not be used as a means of providing additional information or avoiding word limits.

Letters of support
● Letters of support should be on headed paper and must be in English or with an English translation. Letters of support are required:
 As evidence of your organization’s support for your application and the importance of the work to your organization
 As evidence of your relationship with partners and contacts within the host country
 To support the demand for the work
 To show your ability to meet deadlines and to be able to achieve results with local contacts.

● If it is not possible to obtain a full letter of support from one of the partner organizations, please explain why.

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