Darwin Plus: environment funding for the UK overseas territories

Who is eligible for Darwin Plus project and fellowship funding, and how to apply.

Darwin Plus, also known as the Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund, provides funding for:

  • environmental projects in UK overseas territories
  • fellowships for nationals of UK overseas territories to gain technical and scientific expertise and broaden their knowledge and experience of environmental projects

The 14 UK overseas territories are:

Who can apply for Darwin Plus projects

Darwin Plus funding is available for environmental projects in UK overseas territories. For example, projects run by:

  • overseas territory governments
  • non-governmental organisations
  • research institutions
  • private sector organisations

All UK overseas territories can apply, whether they are eligible to receive Official Development Assistance (ODA) or not.

Who can apply for Darwin Plus Fellowships

Darwin Plus Fellowships offer training opportunities for nationals of UK overseas territories. For territories without a permanent resident population, this training is for people who:

  • are committed to providing support to their chosen territory
  • can demonstrate an existing relationship with that territory

How to apply

Find out how to apply for Darwin Plus projects and fellowships on the Darwin Plus website.

Contact Darwin Plus

For questions about Darwin Plus policy, contact the Darwin Secretariat at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Email:

For queries about Darwin Plus project applications, contact the applications team. Email:

For help with using the Flexi-Grant application portal, contact the Flexi-Grant support team. Email:

For queries relating to new and existing projects, contact the fund administrators:

Biodiversity Challenge Funds
Pentlands Science Park
Bush Loan
EH26 0PL

Published 22 May 2014
Last updated 3 November 2022 + show all updates
  1. The fund administrators are now called NIRAS. Updated email addresses and postal address in 'Contact Darwin Plus'.

  2. Updated all guidance information for round 10 applications, including a link to the Darwin Plus website that contains detailed information about how to apply.

  3. Added guidance and documents for Round 9 applications.

  4. Updated the How projects/fellowships are selected section.

  5. Updated forms for round 8 as applications are now open.

  6. Updated the chair of the Darwin Plus advisory group.

  7. Added a link to the Penguins in the Southern Ocean case study.

  8. Added the documents for Round 7 applications.

  9. Updated to reflect that Darwin Plus is not currently open for applications.

  10. Darwin Plus Fellowship application form updated.

  11. Published the Darwin Plus Flexi-Grant User Guide.

  12. Added information on how to apply for Darwin Plus environment funding for the UK Overseas Territories round 6.

  13. Alerting the public that Round 5 of Darwin Plus is now open and inviting applications for Darwin Plus projects and Darwin Plus Fellowships.

  14. Page updated to confirm that Darwin Plus Round 4 is now closed and Round 5 will be launched in Summer 2016

  15. Confirming the closing date for this year's Darwin Plus applications and adding the list of Darwin Plus Advisory Group members.

  16. The application period is now open for Round 4 of the Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund (also known as Darwin Plus).

  17. The 2015 application window for Darwin Plus is not yet open. Previous applicants and interested parties will be alerted by e-mail. Please contact to be added to the Darwin mailing list.

  18. Please note that the 2014 application period for Darwin Plus projects is NOW CLOSED (from 4 August 2014).

  19. updated guidance notes

  20. First published.