NB: in 2021, only small grants follow the 1-step process (in blue on the left); Medium and Large grants follow the 2-step process in yellow, on the right
Before you begin
Think about your project and ask yourself the following questions:
Q1: Is my project blue? Does it support ocean resources and ocean stakeholders?
Q2: Does my project support one of SeyCCAT’s strategic objectives? Can I clearly explain the link?
- Strategic Objective 1: Support new and existing marine and coastal protected areas and sustainable use zones.
- Strategic Objective 2: Empower the fisheries sector with robust science and know-how to improve governance, sustainability, value and market options.
- Strategic Objective 4: Develop and implement risk reduction and social resilience plans to adapt to the effects of climate change.
- Strategic Objective 5: Trial and nurture business models to secure the sustainable development of Seychelles’ blue economy.
Q3: Is my project innovative? Has it been done before in Seychelles? If it has, can I partner with someone and join our forces?
Q4: Does my project add value? Is anyone benefitting from my project?
Q5: When you are designing your project, think about the risks associated with it. Will you be working in nature? Will it involved removing fragments of nature? Will you take others with you? Do they also, know how not to hurt themselves or the biodiversity they are working with? You might need a plan for environmental and social safeguards (we will let you know if you do)
Not sure about one of those questions? This is the right time to get in touch with us at email@example.com and request an Early Feedback Session with former recipients of the BGF and independent experts. During the session (a group video call), you can present your idea and ask the participants for feedback and advice on how to make your project better for the BGF funding. Also, send us your phone number at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to the WhatsApp chat for instant Q&A
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BGF Application Process
Step 1: Meet the eligibility and screening criteria
The Blue Grants Fund funds non-profit and for-profit projects that support the strategic objectives of SeyCCAT (see above). To be eligible to apply, your entity should be registered for at least one year. They also apply to the Blue Business Grant.
Step 2: Prepare the concept note and budgets
IMPORTANT: We ask all applicants to start their applications by preparing the Concept Note, Simplified Budget, and Itemized Budget as word files to avoid losing information when filling in the forms through the Online Portal later.
- Decide what size of the grant you want to apply for:
- Small Grant – up to SCR 100,000. For projects that can be completed within 1 year
- Medium Grant – up to SCR 1 million. For projects that can be completed within 2 years
- NEW in 2021: Large – up to SCR 2 million. For projects that can be completed within 2 years. To be eligible for the Large BGF grant, you need to satisfy some criteria.
NB: Don’t forget that this year, we are offering the Blue Business Grant (SCR 150,000) that can be used as initial capital to start a brand-new project; Blue Business Grant is a medium-sized grant and follows a two-step application process.
- Decide if you want to apply on your own or if you would like to partner with others and attract additional financing elsewhere.
NB: you can apply on your own but make sure that you research potential opportunities to partner and raise additional financing; Research the local market to ensure that your project does not repeat the existing initiatives. If you discover that it does – partner up and apply together!
- Make sure to join one of the public concept note workshops (Here is the workshop manual)
NB: Our workshops are very effective and have been named as one of the most useful tools by successful BGF grantees from previous years. Click here for the workshop schedule
- Here is an example of a prepared concept note
- Here is the application manual to give you an overview in simple terms and here is the detailed application guide we use at the workshops
- Simple budget
- Itemized budget
- If you need more help, write us at email@example.com and book a 1-on-1 session with a facilitator to go over your application and help you understand the budgets
NB: when preparing your budget, make sure that the budget is realistic, meaning the project can be completed with the funds you are requesting. Do not be afraid to ask more: we evaluate the projects by how effectively they use funds and not looking for the proposals with the lowest budgets. Do your research to understand the real costs. Be mindful not to allocate most money towards salaries, more than 50% of the budget going towards salaries may raise concerns.
- Partnership letters here is a template
- Relevant certificates to prove your competency
Step 3: Submit all the documents through the online portal
Register at the AwardForce Online Portal and submit your application
- Here is a how-to for the Portal
Congratulations! You have completed the first stage of the process. If you applied for a small grant, that’s all you need to do. Now, SeyCCAT reviewers will evaluate your application. Usually, this process takes around 6-8 weeks. Here are some of the criteria they might use.
Step 4: Full project proposal
If you have applied for a medium or large grant and your concept note has been approved, you will need to prepare the full proposal through the online platform: