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Darwin Initiative: Partnership Projects

Partnership Projects are small grants intended to help organisations who are new to the Darwin Initiative to develop their application. The awards do this by:

  • connecting organisations new to Darwin with partners who have experience of managing successful Darwin Projects; and/or
  • supporting work to build new partnerships between applicant organisations
  • A successful Partnership Project should lead to a Main Darwin Initiative project application.

Partnership Projects support activities which might previously have been supported under a Darwin scoping award.

The objective of the Darwin Initiative is to protect and enhance biodiversity and contribute to sustainable development in developing countries. It does this by funding projects that help developing countries to meet their obligations under at least one relevant international environment convention/agreement and that tackle key threats to biodiversity.

Who can apply?

Applications for partnership projects must be to establish new partnerships and must not simply be to continue existing working relationships. We would normally expect applications from partnerships involving around 2-4 organisations.

Partnership Project lead applicants must also meet all of the following criteria:

  • have recognised expertise in the sustainable use or conservation of biodiversity and/or development;
  • have a proven track record of managing biodiversity-related and/or natural resource orientated development projects in partnership with local organisations
  • can provide evidence of work which has had an impact on the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity and/or sustainable economic development
  • can demonstrate that alternative funding – including financial support from their own organisation – is not available to develop the Darwin project proposal in consultation with their partners. Partnership project funding should not be seen as an alternative to seeking matched funding from other sources.

Partnership Project partners:

  • must include at least one organisation that has not previously received Darwin funding


Darwin projects should be a minimum of £50,000 and no more than £500,000. Further information on the size of Darwin Projects can be found in the Round 27 guidance notes for applicants


The timetable for Round 27 Darwin Partnership Awards is set out below:

  • deadline for applications: 19 January 2021
  • expected notification of successful projects: end of May 2021
  • expected start date for successful projects: from July 2021

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Name of the Organisation
Grant Amount
Pound 5,00,000
Closing date of Proposal
Tuesday, 19 January, 2021
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