The Waterloo Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘grant’ to initiatives working to halt the decline of fish stocks that communities in developing countries rely on, and those working to bring about sustainable fisheries in Wales.

Funding brief: Under Marine programme, preference will be given to initiatives working to halt the decline of fish stocks that communities in developing countries rely on, and those working to bring about sustainable fisheries in Wales. They will consider both practical local projects, and strategic initiatives. The protection of mangroves to benefit local fisheries is also a component of our Marine Programme.

Applications for local projects should demonstrate that they will positively impact upon the marine fisheries they are working to protect, and could include:
● Development of marine protected areas or sustainable fisheries management
● Addressing local causes of over-exploitation of fish stocks and other seafood
● Creation of sustainable livelihoods for coastal and seafood dependent people

Click here for examples of local projects supported under our Marine programme.

Specific application requirements for marine funding: If your initial proposal to the Marine programme is deemed eligible, you will be expected to provide the following information. Therefore, applicants that refer to the availability of this information in their initial proposal will be given priority:

For marine local projects: Applicants should be able to evidence previous successful marine projects, with outcomes including:
● A demonstrable increase in fish stocks;
● Implementation of a management plan over a specified and measurable area;
● Improved livelihoods and / or income levels of fishery-dependent communities.

For marine strategic projects:
● Evidence of previous successful strategic programmes e.g. an attributable change in policy or improved supply chain;
● For your proposed project, the specific measurable outcomes that you expect the programme to achieve, and the methods you will use to monitor these outcomes;
● The strategy put in place to ensure the sustainability of the programme’s objectives for the long term.

The majority of our grants support projects or programmes.  Grants that are predominantly for core costs or unrestricted funding will only be open to organizations which they have previously supported with a grant, and which are invited to apply for this type of funding support.

There are certain types of project for which they are not able to offer funding under each of our programmes:

Marine:
● Projects with animal conservation as the sole focus
● Projects focusing on environmental education
● Projects based in freshwater fisheries (e.g. Lake Victoria)
● Tropical Rainforests:

In addition, they will only consider proposals from US-based organizations under exceptional circumstances, due to the higher availability of environmental funding in the US compared to the UK.

Donor Name: The Waterloo Foundation
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: Each year they have 2 deadlines per programme for applications to our Environment Fund. They aim to process all the applications we receive within 6 months of the deadline date.
Marine – The 2 deadlines for applications to our Marine programme fall on the following dates every year:
● 1st, March
● 1st, September

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: They will consider providing one off and multi-annual grants (usually for up to three years).  The majority of our grants in this programme will be for a total of £50,000 – £100,000.

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

Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Not found

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: They prioritize providing funding support to UK-based charities, many of whom work in close partnership with smaller local NGOs based in the countries in which they operate.

If you are an organization based outside of the UK you must send us contact details for a named person who is willing to provide us with a reference for your work.  This must be someone who:
● Works for an international NGO with offices in the UK
● Works for an organization that the Foundation has previously given a grant to
● Works for an organization with offices in the UK, which has been a current or former donor to your organization
● Works for an academic institution, think tank or as an independent consultant who is based in the UK, and which has evaluated your organization.

Ideally, the person you provide as a reference will have visited your organization and be able to provide feedback on the quality of your work. Please state the name, contact details and your relationship to the referee (i.e. past funder) at the beginning of your application. Only applications with references will be considered.

Eligible Country: UK and world-wide (conditional)

Submission mail: applications@waterloofoundation.org.uk

Other important link:
● Guideline: Click to view
● About: Click to view

How to apply: They don’t have an application form, so you are free to formulate your proposal as you wish.  However, when applying to the Environment Fund, please follow these guidelines:
● Limit the proposal to approximately 2-3 sides of A4, and send it as an attachment to an email to applications@waterloofoundation.org.uk. Applications sent anywhere else will not be counted.
● State that you are applying under our Environment programme, and state which programme you are applying to – Marine or Tropical Rainforests. Please also let us know how you heard about this particular funding programme.
● Supply basic information on your organization – name, address, aim, charitable status, annual income and expenditure, website address and contact details.
● Briefly describe the project or purpose for which you are seeking funding. You must outline how this meets the priorities of the programme you are applying to.
● Briefly outline the anticipated project outcomes and how these will be measured, including any post-implementation studies you plan to undertake.
● Please provide a brief outline of the need for this particular intervention. Do reference any statistics, data or research that you use as justification.
● Provide brief project details such as cost, timescales and activities. We don’t need to see the full project plan or budget at this stage.
● Provide evidence that your previous projects have led to successful outcomes and sustained impact.

They may ask at a later stage to see a full copy of the supporting data and evaluation.
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