Blue Action Fund plans to finance individual grants to selected marine/coastal conservation projects of NGOs in marine protected areas (MPAs) and their buffer zones, focusing on the most sensitive coastal waters of Africa, Latin America and Asia/Pacific.
This First Open Call for Proposals sets the strategic and geographic priorities that the Fund seeks to promote in its first open funding round.
VALUE: For this first call for proposals:
- the geographic focus is set on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
- Blue Action’s contribution to the project can be budgeted at €1-3 million
In general, the Blue Action Fund seeks projects which:
- Contribute to fulfilling Sustainable Development Goal 14 and Aichi Target 11;
- Are located in the marine waters of overseas development aid (ODA) countries and support areas with significant marine biodiversity and potential for poverty reduction;
- Take an integrated, multi-pronged approach (i.e., contribute to marine protection as well as poverty reduction, sustainable & equitable use, community-based protection, etc.);
- Are scalable and if successful could be not only sustainable but transformative;
yet at the same time have the potential to show early impacts and results;
- Look beyond protecting a single MPA and consider MPA systems and/or promote regional approaches.
- international or regional NGOs with proven experience in coastal and marine conservation, who have the capacity to plan, execute and monitor projects of the above-mentioned size.
- Blue Action welcomes the applications of consortia of NGOs led by international and/or regional NGOs that include national NGOs or other local implementing partners. Consortia applications should demonstrate clearly the task sharing and the synergies between the applicants.
- Blue Action’s procedures require that all projects must receive the endorsement of the appropriate authority/authorized body of the country or region.
- Applicants must provide a certain minimum financial contribution as explained in the Grant Procedures Manual.
In summary, Blue Action’s grants process is as follows
- The applicants can submit concept notes using a concept note template until the specified deadline.
- Applicants will be informed if their concept note has been short-listed within 6-8 weeks after the application deadline.
- Short-listed applicants will be asked to elaborate a full proposal using a prescribed template. At this stage, NGOs will have to answer questions regarding their procedures and procurement guidelines.
- The time frame for elaborating the full proposal is six (6) weeks.