About the Organization

The Waterloo Foundation (TWF) is an independent grant-making Foundation created in 2007, and based in Cardiff, Wales.

Why the help:

Oceans cover more than two-thirds of the earth’s surface, and the fish that live in their waters are crucial to the world’s economy, health and environment. Figures suggest that 1 billion people, predominately in developing countries, depend on fish as their primary source of protein1 and in Africa it is estimated that the fisheries sector employs 12.3 million people, with marine artisanal fisheries contributing over $8Million to GDP2.

But, according to the UN, the proportion of marine fish stocks estimated to be overexploited, depleted or recovering increased from 10% in 1974 up to 32% in 2008, and the proportion of underexploited or moderately exploited stocks declined from 40% in the mid-1970s to 15% in 20083. Assessment of marine fish stocks in 2014 indicated that 31.5% were overfished, 58% were fully fished and only 10.5% underfished4, endangering the lives and livelihoods of the millions depending on fish for their nutrition and livelihood.

What we they support:

Under our Marine programme, preference will be given to initiatives working to halt the decline of fish stocks that communities in developing countries rely on, and those working to bring about sustainable fisheries in Wales. We will consider both practical local projects, and strategic initiatives. The protection of mangroves to benefit local fisheries is also a component of our Marine Programme.

Local projects

Applications for local projects should demonstrate that they will positively impact upon the marine fisheries they are working to protect, and could include:

  • Development of marine protected areas or sustainable fisheries management
  • Addressing local causes of over-exploitation of fish stocks and other seafood
  • Creation of sustainable livelihoods for coastal and seafood dependent people

Strategic projects

We will consider applications for strategic projects that are working on addressing marine issues at a wider or international scale. These could include:

  • Working on international or regional marine policy
  • Campaigning for improved practices in commerce
  • Exploring different fishing practices and techniques
  • Improving information exchange to eradicate illegal unreported and unregulated fishing

TWF is an active partner of Funding FISH which was established to support the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy as a means of making fisheries in Europe sustainable. Any project applications that are working on CFP implementation should be submitted via the Funding FISH Initiative. Details of this can be found here.

Please note that all applications must be submitted to applications@waterloofoundation.org.uk .

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Name of the Organisation
The Waterloo Foundation (TWF)
Grant Amount
£50,000 - £100,000
Closing date of Proposal
Sunday, 1 December, 2019
RFP Email
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