What We Fund

Blue Action Fund’s overall goal is to reduce the dramatic loss of marine biodiversity and improve incomes of coastal fishing communities. It is dedicated to supporting Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the most sensitive coastal waters of Africa, Latin America and Asia/Pacific and focuses on projects with measurable outcomes in two areas:

  • Newly established or better managed MPAs or networks of MPAs, as well as Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs) which result in conservation of biodiversity;
  • Enhanced livelihood conditions in coastal communities.

Blue Action Fund operates through a programme of providing grants to NGOs that typically work in partnerships with various local actors. Its grant-awarding process is based on Calls for Proposals only.

Funding Eligibility Requirements

Blue Action Fund’s grant-eligibility requirements concern both the project and its implementation. Applicants should consider carefully whether they fulfil these requirements and have the capacity to offer and implement projects of this nature. For full details, please refer to our Grant Procedures Manual.

Grant Programme Focus and Activities

Blue Action Fund’s grant portfolio consists of projects that seek to establish, enlarge or better manage MPAs of regional importance and promote sustainable livelihoods in coastal communities.

The implementation of the projects is based predominantly on activities that support:

How to Apply

Blue Action Fund does not accept unsolicited proposals. We award our grants based on open Calls for Proposals only (see below). Each Call for Proposals may set a strategic and geographic focus that will need to be considered in addition to the general requirements. Please carefully consult the Grant Programme documents to see if your project concept will meet all requirements and will measurably contribute to the prescribed indicators.

Calls for Proposals

Current Call for Proposals

Blue Action Fund is currently accepting Grant Applications for projects in the ‘Eastern Tropical Pacific Region’. The deadline for submission is 15 August 2024. If you would like to find out more information on this open Call for Proposals, please read here.

Upcoming Calls for Proposals

There are no upcoming Calls for Proposals. If you would like to receive updates on future funding opportunities, please subscribe to our Funding Alerts.

Prior Calls for Proposals

This table lists all the Calls for Proposals that Blue Action Fund has published to date. Please visit the Grant Programme section for more information on the grants awarded and their impact.

YearTitleMore informationGeographical focusFunding envelope (€)StatusClosing date
2024Eastern Tropical Pacific RegionMore infoEastern Tropical Pacific Region20 millionOpen15 August 2024
2023Asia-Pacific Region (2023)More infoAsia-Pacific region20 millionClosed8 Sept 2023
2022Wider Caribbean Sea (2022)More infoWider Caribbean Sea20 millionClosed20 Nov 2022
20212nd Call Ecosystem-based Adaptation / Western Indian Ocean (2021)More infoWestern Indian Ocean20 millionClosed10 Dec 2021
2021Africa's Atlantic Coast (2021)More infoAtlantic coast, Africa15 millionClosed16 July 2021
20201st Call Ecosystem-based Adaptation / Western Indian Ocean (2020)More infoWestern Indian Ocean30 millionClosed24 May 2020
2019East Asian Seas (2019)More infoEast Asian Seas12 millionClosed14 Feb 2019
2019Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean (2019)More infoEastern Tropical Pacific Ocean12 millionClosed24 Jan 2020
2018Western Indian Ocean (2018)More infoWestern Indian Ocean12 millionClosed14 Apr 2018
2017Small Island Developing States (2017)More infoSmall Island Developing States12 millionClosed03 Aug 2017
2016Inception Pilot (2016)Global10 millionClosed31 Dec 2016

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