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

How to apply

Before applying, please read the guidance Round 23 - Guidance (PDF, 779KB, 39 pages) .

Once you have read the guidance, please complete the Stage 1 application form Round 23 - Stage 1 application form (MS Word Document, 98.3KB) .

If you are invited to Stage 2, please complete the Stage 2 application form Round 23 - Stage 2 application form (MS Word Document, 111KB) .

A completed budget form Round 23 - Stage 2 Budget Form (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 98.5KB) 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 set out below:

  • Wednesday 6 July 2016 - call for Stage 1 applications
  • Wednesday 10 August 2016 - deadline for Stage 1 applications
  • Early November 2016 - expected outcome of Stage 1 and notification of applicants invited to Stage 2
  • Monday 5 December 2016 – deadline for Stage 2 applications
  • By March 2017 - expected notification of successful projects
  • From 1 April 2017 – 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. The funding pot is however limited. In previous rounds awards have ranged from £80,000 to £310,000 for a three year project. For Round 23, the minimum project length is one year and the maximum is four years.

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.