Darwin Initiative: funding schemes and how to apply

An outline of the funding schemes available under the Darwin Initiative and how to apply.

The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment in developing countries and, through the Darwin Plus fund, UK Overseas Territories (OTs).

Darwin-funded projects usually aim to help preserve biodiversity and the local community that lives alongside it. Most projects will include one or more of:

  • building environmental knowledge
  • capacity building
  • research
  • implementing international biodiversity agreements

Reports and publications

The Darwin Initiative publishes materials about the activities of the Initiative at programme and project level. This includes a quarterly newsletterlearning notes and reviews and proceedings from Darwin workshops.

Documentation, forms and other resources for on-going Darwin projects are also available.

Project funding in developing countries

Funding from the Darwin Initiative is available for projects that will benefit biodiversity and local communities in developing countries. There are 3 separate schemes:

Project and fellowship funding in UK Overseas Territories

Published 19 May 2014
Last updated 22 May 2018