Darwin Initiative Capability & Capacity Grants

Darwin Initiative’s Capability & Capacity invites projects that focus on developing the capability and capacity of national and local organisation to efficiently deliver effective and successful biodiversity conservation – poverty reduction projects.

The grant support the embedding of new skills and knowledge, grants can support practical elements where they are clearly linked to the strengthening of capability and capacity.

The focus of the grant must be on capability and capacity building, and seek to strengthen the ability of benefiting organisations to successfully design and deliver interventions aligned to the objectives of the Darwin Initiative.


Darwin Initiative is entirely Official Development Assistance (ODA) funded, and therefore projects must promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries as a primary objective, and the eligible countries are all on the current OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). However, projects will in practice be expected to be mostly focused on Low Income and Lower Middle-Income countries. Upper Middle-Income countries (UMICs) are eligible; however, projects applying to work in a UMIC must clearly demonstrate a stronger case for support. This includes operating in areas of high importance for biodiversity and a clear poverty reduction need.

Grant size: $100,000 to $500,000

Deadline: November 7th, 2022

Grant Sector:
  • Health
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