Blue Action Fund Calls for Proposals

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.


DEADLINE: Interested organizations should send a concept note in Word or PDF format to:  with the subject line “[your organization] Project Concept Note” by August 3, 2017.


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.

For further details

National Geographic Society Early Career Grant Open

The National Geographic Society awards grants for conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology through its Committee for Research and Exploration.

National Geographic Society grant-funded projects should be bold, innovative transformative, novel and exploratory, and be of broad interest.

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FOCUS AREAS: Conservation, Education, Research, Storytelling, Technology

ELIGIBILITY:  Global (especially applicants from outside the United States)

An Early Career Grant application is a request for funding that offers less experienced individuals (those without an advanced degree) an opportunity to lead a project.

VALUE: Usually up US $5,000.

DEADLINE: July 1, 2017

Applications should be submitted at least four months before the project start date. National Geographic Society accept applications on a rolling basis and usually make decisions within four months.

More details here

Grant Assistance for Sports & Cultural Grassroots Projects

Grant assistance for Cultural Grassroots Project (GCGP) is meant to facilitate cultural exchanges and deepen friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and developing countries by providing non-profit organizations of those countries with support for procurement of equipment and construction of facilities to promote culture and higher education.


any type of non-profit organizations which are active at the grass-roots level in developing countries including:

  • non-governmental organizations (NGOs),
  • local authorities,
  • research & higher education institutions.

Under certain conditions, governmental institutions may also be eligible for assistance.

Priority areas:

  • GCGP directly supports the promotion of culture and higher education at the grass-roots level in each country, while also serving as cooperation which encourages understanding of and cultural exchanges with Japan.
    • Currently, one of the priority area of GCGP is sport fields as a part of the “Sport for Tomorrow” initiative.

Available Funds

The grant amount per project, in principle, is up to 10 million yen.

Implementation Period

The implementation period of the project is one year after the signing date of the grant contract.

Eligible Countries

Countries eligible for GCGP are selected from ODA eligible countries and regions specified by the DAC list of ODA recipients. See here

How to Apply

See here

SIANI: Open Call for Agriculture & Food Security Proposals

Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative announce the new call for applications for Expert Groups!

Have you got an idea about how to make our food systems more sustainable and our food security better? Do you have in mind people who would make a good team for realizing your idea? Yes?! Then fill in the application for Expert Group funding following the Terms of References and get ready to put your thoughts to practice!

Agency: SIANI

Country Eligibility: Global

Field: Agriculture & Food Security

Deadline: 15th July 2017


All proposals must clearly demonstrate how the proposed group will deliver on gender equality and how its activities contribute to the alleviation of poverty. In addition, proposals should clearly fit under one of the following focus areas of the SIANI programme:

  • Rural transformation
  • Agricultural production and trade
  • Landscape management
  • Climate change, resilience, peace and conflict
  • Nutrition and health


Sophie Danforth Biology Conservation Grant for Wildlife and Habitat protection

Agency: Roger Williams Park Zoo

Country Eligibility: Global

Value: $1,000

Field: Conservation

Deadline: 1 June 2017



Established by the Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Rhode Island Zoological Society in 1989, the Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund (SDCBF) supports conservation programs that protect threatened wildlife and habitats worldwide.Projects that demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation are  given top priority.


Eligibility Criteria

  • There are no eligibility restrictions on the nationality of the applicant.
  • Applicants must be associated with an organization (e.g. NGO, university, etc.) through which s/he can receive funding.
  • Funding checks are provided to organizations, not individuals.
  • Projects that have been funded by the SDCBF are eligible for a second year of funding. A second application must be submitted according to the application guidelines, along with a progress report from the first year of SDCBF funding.

See here for more information Conservation Biology Fund.

Call for Proposals: GEF Small Grants Programme

Agency: Global Environment Facility

Value: $150,000US

Eligible Caribbean & Latin American Countries: Grenada

Field: Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change Mitigation, Protection of International Waters, Prevention of Land Degradation, and Persistent Organic Pollutants

Deadline:April 14, 2017




The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) provides financial and technical support to civil society organizations (CSOs) in 126 countries. Grenada based CSOs (including national non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, professional associations, academic organizations, faith-based organizations, youth groups, business civic organizations, hotel and tourism associations and foundations) are invited to apply for grants from the Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP).

All projects should fit within the GEF Focal Areas. Projects should also have viable sustainable livelihood components. Projects that facilitate the participation of poor and vulnerable groups as well as youth and women will be given priority.

All projects should contribute to environmental sustainability; alleviate poverty; and build capacity in communities. Project proposals should address the priorities identified in the Grenada Country Programme Strategy (CPS) (2015 – 2018).

The SGP offers funding at two levels as follows:

  1. Planning Grants: Planning Grants are meant to help applicants initiate a participatory planning process, undertake research, assess their capacity and/or hire consultants to help them define a project and prepare a proposal to access a Full Grant.

These grants are up to a maximum of US$5,000 but most awards usually average US$2,000. It is only in exceptional circumstances that a planning grant will be awarded for US$5,000. The exceptions are when a significant amount of research is needed prior to defining and developing a project proposal; and where business plans are required.

  1. Full Strategic Grants: These grants are given for project implementation and can be for a maximum of US$150,000.

For further details see here 


Call for Proposals: Commodity Development in Developing Countries

Agency: Common Fund for Commodities

Theme: Support of business activities in commodity development, including agriculture, minerals and metals in developing countries

Value: Maximum 50% of the total amount required to execute the project

Eligible Caribbean & Latin American Countries: Argentina, Brazil,  Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala,  Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica,  Nicaragua, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago,  Venezuela

Field: Business Activities

Deadline: 30 April 2017



The CFC provides a range of financial instruments in support of business activities in the field of commodity development, including agriculture, minerals and metals in Developing Countries that, besides giving a sound financial return, also deliver a measurable social and environmental impact.

CFC is seeking applications to support organizations and enterprises engaged in commodity value chains in its member countries.

Focal Objectives

  • Social: Create employment, provide sustained increase in household incomes, reduce poverty, and enhance food security.
  • Economic: Enhance production and productivity, achieve higher local value addition; improve competitiveness of producers, producer organisations and small and medium sized industries, support the financial sector development.
  • Environmental: Enhance production taking into account the environment and its long term possibilities for the same, or increased use of productive resources while maintaining or reducing the impact on the environment

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible entities include all legal public and private entities that:

  • operate in commodity value chains in CFC member countries or provide financial services to micro, small and medium sized businesses operating in these value chains,
  • have a proven relevant track record of sound commercial operations in the proposed activities over a period of at least 3 years, which can be documented by means of (audited) financial statements, and
  • share CFC’s values, including internationally recognized principles concerning human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption as reflected in the United Nations Global Compact.

For more information, see here Common Fund for Commodities.

Call for Expressions of Interest: Cyber Policy in Global South

Agency: International Development Research Centre (Canada)

Theme: Networked Economies

Value: CA$800,000

Eligible Caribbean & Latin American Countries: Latin American Region

Field: Innovation, Science And Technology, Networking, Policy, Intellectual Property Rights

Deadline:March 15, 2017 by 11:00 PM (EDT)



The Networked Economies Program at IDRC invites applications from independent policy research organizations in the global South that are committed to using research to inform and influence national-level cyber-related policies in digital rights, cybersecurity and innovation policy.

This initiative will provide funding to promising policy research organizations, and will work with successful applicants to improve their research, policy influence, and organizational performance.

Expressions of interest are open to established research organizations in eligible low-, middle- or upper-middle income countries in  Latin America with strong research and policy engagement track records.

The Save Our Seas Foundation

Agency: Save our Seas Foundation

Eligibility:  Global

Value: US$10,000

Field: Marine Environment

Deadline: 31 May 2017



The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) protects the oceans by funding research, conservation and educational projects that focus on the major threats to the marine aquatic species and habitats. Project Grants are designed for early career scientists and target research, conservation and educational projects on sharks, rays and skates. The Foundation invites applications for small projects to be completed within 12-months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Early career scientists (Having five years of a degree) Conservationists, Educators are eligible to apply.
  • Projects should include at least two of these three components-researches, conservation and educational projects on sharks, rays and skates.
  • Local projects conducted by local project leaders are encouraged.
  • Applicant must have the knowledge of English Language.

Please visit The Save Our Seas Foundation for more information

  • Application questions [PDF]
    Application guidelines [PDF]

Investors seeking to Fund Caribbean Businesses

The Trident Angels Investment Network operating out of Barbados has opened its annual call for proposals. The Network is seeking entrepreneurs in need of financing to grow their business.

Deals are negotiated independently by the investors and entrepreneurs on a deal-by-deal basis and  applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.



Interested entrepreneurs that meet the investment criteria  should complete application forms available here (TA-ApplicationForm-2017) and submit their application to: