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Darwin Initiative: Round 29 

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Darwin Initiative!  

 

The schemes and how to apply 

Round 29 of the Darwin Initiative include the following schemes: 

  • Darwin Initiative Main – now open 
  • Darwin Initiative Extra – now open 
  • Darwin Initiative Capability & Capacity – opening in September 
  • Darwin Initiative Innovation – opening in September 

Before applying, you should first read: 

Additional material that you will be required to complete as part of your application can be found below or downloaded from Flexi-Grant: 

The budget spreadsheet for Darwin Initiative Main and Extra projects can be found below: 

More specific details on the various schemes can be found below. 

 

Darwin Initiative Main 

Round 29 sees the continuation of Darwin Initiative Main, now in its 30th year. Darwin Initiative Main invites applications for environmental projects between £100,000 and £600,000. 

You need to apply online for Round 29 Darwin Initiative projects through the Flexi-Grant Application Portal. 

Once you have read the guidance, complete the Darwin Initiate Main Round 29 – Stage 1 application form on the Flexi-Grant application portal. For drafting purposes, you may find the Darwin Initiative Main – Stage 1 application form useful. 

If you are invited to Stage 2 you will be asked to complete the Stage 2 application form on the Flexi-Grant portal. For drafting purposes, you may find the Darwin Initiative Round 29 – Stage 2 application form useful.    

 

Darwin Initiative Extra 

Darwin Initiative Extra will continue under Round 29 for projects between £600,000 and £5m. Darwin Initiative Extra is intended for projects that are on a clear scaling pathway: building on good evidence from smaller projects to demonstrating the potential to scale further by completion and delivering strong results for biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction.  

Once you have read the guidance, complete the Darwin Initiative Extra Round 29 application form on the Flexi-Grant application portal.  

For drafting purposes, you may find the Darwin Initiative Extra Round 29 application form useful. 

 

Darwin Initiative Capability & Capacity  

Darwin Initiative Capability & Capacity will also continue under Round 29 and invite 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. These will be £50,000 – £200,000 projects. 

Darwin Initiative Capability & Capacity is not currently open for applications but will open in September 2022, deadline early November 2022. 

 

Darwin Initiative Innovation 

Darwin Initiative Innovation welcomes applications for projects ranging from £10,000 to £200,000. Darwin Initiative Innovation is aimed at projects intending to test a novel approach that if proven could scale to deliver results for biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction. 

Darwin Initiative Innovation is not currently open for applications but will open in September 2022, deadline early November 2022. 

 

When to apply 

Darwin Initiative Main 

There is a two-stage application process for Darwin Initiative Main projects. 

The timetable for Round 29 is: 

  • Call for Stage 1 applications: Sunday 22 May 2022 
  • Deadline for Stage 1 applications: Monday 25 July 2022 
  • Expected outcome of Stage 1 and notifications of applicants invited to Stage 2: late October 2022 
  • Deadline for Stage 2 applications (by invitation only): Monday 12 December 2022 
  • Expected notification of successful projects: at the end of February 2023 at the earliest 
  • Expected start date for successful projects: April 2023  

 

Darwin Initiative Extra 

 The timetable for Round 29 is: 

  • Call for applications: Sunday 22 May 2022 
  • Deadline for applications: Monday 3 October 2022
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to provide clarifications from: Friday 9 December – Friday 6 January 2023 
  • Shortlisted applications will be invited to interview (remote): Monday 16 – Friday 27 January 2023 
  • Expected notification of successful project:  at the end of February 2023 at the earliest 
  • Expected start date for successful projects: April 2023 

 

Darwin Initiative Capability & Capacity and Innovation 

Both Darwin Initiative Capability & Capacity, and Innovation will launch in early September 2022. 

More details will follow soon.