Darwin Initiative: information on how to apply for main project funding

Round 22 is now closed but we have maintained sample guidance and forms below which may be of interest to future applicants although please note that they will be subject to change. We intend to launch Round 23 in Summer 2016.

Darwin Expert Committee: Please note that we are currently seeking new Committee members who review and score Darwin Initiative project applications.

How to apply

Before applying, please read the guidance note Round 22- main projects guidance note (PDF, 676KB, 24 pages) .

Once you have read the guidance note, please complete the Stage 1 application form Round 22 - Stage 1 application form (ODT, 101KB) .

If you are invited to Stage 2, please complete the Stage 2 application form Round 22 - Stage 2 application form (ODT, 81.3KB) .

A completed budget form Round 22 - Stage 2 Budget Form (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 44.5KB) must also be submitted with your Stage 2 application form.

When to apply

There is a two-stage application process for main round Darwin projects. The timetable for Round 23 is not yet agreed. Below is the timetable for the last application round to give you an idea of the timescales involved:

  • 24 June 2015 - call for Stage 1 applications
  • 20 July 2015 - deadline for Stage 1 applications
  • Early October 2015 - expected outcome of Stage 1 and notification of applicants invited to Stage 2
  • 1 December 2015 – deadline for Stage 2 applications
  • By March 2016 - expected notification of successful projects
  • From 1 April 2016 – expected start date for successful projects

Who can apply

There are no restrictions on the location or nationality of applicants, but projects must benefit biodiversity and local communities in developing countries.

Organisations 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 at least 10 years’ experience working on similar projects in developing countries.

Level of funding

There is no specific minimum or maximum level for a main round project. On average, a typical Darwin main round project is around £250,000 - £300,000 and up to three years in length.

Case study

Before completing the application form, you might like to take a look at a case study showing an example of a successful main project.