Capability & Capacity Applications


Darwin Initiative Capability & Capacity welcomes applications for projects between £50,000 and £200,000. Projects should focus on developing the capability and capacity of national and local organisations to efficiently deliver effective and successful biodiversity conservation - multidimensional poverty reduction projects. Projects should last between 1 to 2 years maximum.

Applications to Round 30 of Darwin Initiative Capability & Capacity are now closed.

The latest application Round opened on Monday 22nd May 2023.

Applications to Darwin Initiative Capability & Capacity are a single-stage process.

  • Deadline for applications: Monday 23rd October 2023
  • Results are expected by end of January 2024 at the earliest

The expected start date for successful projects is from 1st April 2024.



Before applying, you should first read the Guidance documents found under How to Apply.


We also hosted a Darwin Initiative Capability & Capacity Round 30 Pre-Application webinar. The webinar was designed to provide applicants interested in applying with an overview of the application process and an opportunity to answer questions applicants had about the process.

If you missed it, you can find the slides and a recording of the event by following this link: Capability & Capability Pre-Application Webinar, August 2023.


Application Process

Once you have read the general guidance, complete the Darwin Initiative Capability & Capacity Round 30 application form on the Flexi-Grant application portal. For drafting purposes, you may find the Word version of the Darwin Initiative Capability & Capacity Round 30 application form useful.

The budget spreadsheet for Darwin Initiative Capability & Capacity projects can be found below:

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

For further queries, see our Frequently Asked Questions.