Environmental management – collection

Darwin Initiative: funding schemes and how to apply

An outline of the funding schemes available under the Darwin Initiative and how to apply.


  1. Documents

The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment in developing countries and UK Overseas Territories (OTs).

Darwin-funded projects usually aim to help preserve biodiversity and the local community that lives alongside it. Most projects will include one or more of:

  • building environmental knowledge
  • capacity building
  • research
  • implementing international biodiversity agreements

Project funding in developing countries

Funding from the Darwin Initiative is available for projects that will benefit biodiversity and local communities in developing countries. There are 4 separate schemes:

Project and fellowship funding in UK Overseas Territories

The Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund (Darwin Plus) provides funding for projects and fellowships in the UK’s Overseas Territories

Existing Darwin projects

Documentation, forms and other resources for on-going Darwin projects are also available.

Reports and publications

The Darwin Initiative publishes materials about the activities of the Initiative at programme and project level. This includes a quarterly newsletter, learning notes and reviews and proceedings from Darwin workshops.


  1. Darwin Initiative: scoping projects

    • Detailed guide
  2. Darwin Initiative: applying for main project funding

    • Detailed guide
  3. Darwin Initiative: applying for post project funding

    • Detailed guide
  4. Darwin Initiative: Fellowship Awards

    • Detailed guide
  5. Darwin Plus: environment funding for the UK Overseas Territories

    • Detailed guide