Darwin Initiative: scoping projects

Darwin Initiative: applying for scoping 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.

Scoping projects are small grants intended to help applicants who are new to the Darwin Initiative. The aim is to develop a workable project idea and build potential project partnerships within the country where the project would take place. A successful scoping project should lead to a main round project application.

You can read more about a successful scoping project in this case study.

How to apply

Before applying, please read the Darwin Initiative Round 22: Scoping project guidance (PDF, 342KB, 13 pages) .

Once you have read the guidance note, please complete the Darwin Initiative Round 22: Scoping project application form (Microsoft Word version) (MS Word Document, 130KB) or Darwin Initiative Round 22: Scoping project application form (open access version) (ODT, 53.6KB) .

When to apply

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 September 2015 - call for scoping project applications
  • 27 October 2015 - deadline for scoping project applications
  • February 2016 - notification of outcome to all applicants
  • From 1 April 2016 – expected start date for successful projects

Who can apply

Only organisations that have not received a grant for main round Darwin project in either of the last two Darwin application rounds may apply for scoping project funding. The project idea must aim to benefit biodiversity and local communities in developing countries.

Level of funding

Funding of up to £5,000 is available for each grant.