How to Apply

Extra Applications


Darwin Initiative Extra will provide grants between £800,000 and £5 million, for projects that are on a clear scaling pathway: building on good evidence from smaller projects and demonstrating the potential to scale further by completion and delivering strong results for biodiversity conservation and multidimensional poverty reduction. Darwin Initiative Extra projects should last between 2 to 5 years maximum.

Applications to Round 31 of Darwin Initiative Extra are now open.

The latest application Round opened on Wednesday 22nd May 2024.

Applications to Darwin Initiative Extra are a single stage process, with an interview for shortlisted candidates. 

  • Deadline for applications: Monday 16th September 2024
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to provide clarifications from: late November – Tuesday 31st December 2024
  • Shortlisted applications will be invited to interview (remote): Monday 13th – Friday 17th January 2025

Results are expected by end of February 2025 at the earliest.

Expected start date for successful projects is from 1st April 2025.



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


Application Process

Once you have read the general guidance, complete the Darwin Initiative Extra Round 31 application form on the Flexi-Grant application portal. If you are invited to interview, you may be asked to provide clarifications on the feedback provided upon the review of your application.

For drafting purposes, you may find the Word version of the Darwin Initiative Extra Round 31 application form below useful.

The budget spreadsheet for Darwin Initiative Extra projects can be found below.

Please note that the £100k+ budget is locked so cannot be amended to ensure that all figures link through to the Summary correctly. However, if you would like a copy of the unlocked version, please contact directly. It will be your responsibility to ensure that the budget is correctly presented. We cannot increase a budget request after a project is awarded. The Summary page will remain locked to ensure all budgets are reviewed on the same basis.

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.