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 and can I clearly explain the link? In 2022, we are looking for projects that support Strategic Objective 1: Support new and existing marine and coastal protected areas and sustainable use zones, see more details in the Request For Proposals document.
NB: this does not apply to the Blue Business Grant that supports business-oriented projects
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 involve 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. Also, send us your phone number at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to the WhatsApp chat for instant Q&A or scan this QR code here with a camera on your smartphone to be added automatically.
Also, see Useful Resources
BGF Application Process in 4 steps
Step 1: Meet the eligibility and screening criteria
Satisfied that you have a good project idea, check that you are eligible to apply to the Blue Grants Fund. To be eligible to apply, your entity should be registered for at least one year. Our eligibility requirements change slightly for the Blue Business Grant and SeyCCAT’s new large grants.
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.
1. 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
- Large Grant- 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 (up to 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.
2. 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!
3. 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 you can watch the recording from last year’s workshop
- 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
If you need more help with preparing your budgets, write us at email@example.com or 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.
2.3 Other attachments:
- Partnership letters here is a template
- Relevant certificates to prove your competency
Step 3: Submit all the documents through the online portal
Here is a how-to guideline 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 evaluation 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: