What We Fund

Blue Action Fund provides grants to selected conservation projects in marine protected areas (MPAs) and their buffer zones, targeting the most sensitive coastal waters of Africa, Latin America and Asia/Pacific and focusing on projects with measurable outcomes in two areas:

  • Newly established or better managed MPAs or networks of MPAs that result in conservation of biodiversity;
  • Enhanced livelihood conditions and food security.

Blue Action Fund’s 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. In summary, we support:

projects that… 

  • are realised in an area with significant biodiversity that is recognised as an MPA or has the potential to achieve formal recognition as an MPA during the lifetime of the project;
  • contribute to marine protection and sustainable livelihoods in coastal communities;
  • are tested and scalable;
  • will show a measurable impact within the duration of the project; and
  • ask for a Blue Action Fund contribution of €1–3 million and have a duration of three to five years;

non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that… 

  • are well-grounded in the target country;
  • have experience of the size and type of project proposed; and
  • are willing to fund at least 25% of the total project costs (‘match funding’).

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

Currently, there is no open Call for Proposals.

Upcoming Calls for Proposals

Blue Action Fund intends to launch a Call for Proposals focusing on Western and Central Africa in the first half of 2021, though this is subject to confirmation. 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
2020Ecosystem-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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