Blue Grants Fund

The Blue Grants Fund offers grants to impactful Seychellois-led projects that advance marine conservations, sustainable fisheries, development of new and existing MPAs, and select other blue sectors. Alongside the Blue Investment Fund managed by the Development Bank of Seychelles, the BGF is a part of the Seychelles’ Blue Finance approach.

SeyCCAT’s goal is to competitively grant at least US$ 700,000 per year to support the stewardship of Seychelles’ ocean resources, island life and blue economy.  We believe that SeyCCAT’s funds provide a solid foundation for creative collaborations, and that together we can secure Seychelles’ Blue Future.

We offer 

SMALL GRANTS up to SCR 100,000. These grants will be awarded on the basis of an approved concept note. The maximum duration of grant awards is 12 months for a small-medium grant

MEDIUM GRANTS between SCR 100, 000 and SCR 1, 000, 000. These grants will be shortlisted on the basis of the concept note  (stage 1) and then awarded on the basis of a full proposal (stage 2). The maximum duration of grant awards is 24 months for a medium grant

NEW: LARGE GRANTS between SCR 1, 000,000 and SCR 2,000,000. These grants will be short-listed on the basis of the concept note (stage 1), and then awarded on the basis of a full proposal (stage 2). The maximum duration of grant awards is 24 months for a large grant.

LARGE GRANT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Civil society organisations, including NGOs and academia.
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Parastatals

TO QUALIFY FOR THE LARGE GRANT, YOU NEED TO MEET THE FOLLWOING CRITERIA:

  • Organisation with significant experience in supporting marine protection.
  • Proven capacity (qualification, competence, knowledge, skills and experience) of project team (including partners) to manage and successfully deliver on specified project outcomes and large projects.
  • Previous experience and track record in implementing successful projects of SCR 2 million or more.
  • Book-keeping and other financial management systems in place.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE BGF

Our goal is to be open and accessible to all Seychellois. The following categories may submit a proposal to SeyCCAT.

  • Any locally-registered NGO
  • Businesses
  • Parastatal organisation
  • government department or agency
  • or citizens of Seychelles.

Proposers must have legally existed and operated in Seychelles for a minimum of one year.  We actively seek to support “creative collaborations.” Overseas-based organisations are not eligible, although proposals from  eligible local organisations may include overseas-based partners.Proposals must also be compliant with Environmental and Social Safeguards, if applicable, applied by SeyCCAT.

Our due diligence policy requires us to screen the legal status of applicants – before applying to SeyCCAT you should check that you are able to satisfy the screening criteria by the date of disbursement.

How to Apply

Where to start:

 

Step 1:   Check your eligibility

Find out our eligibility criteria and the list of exclusions

Step 2:   Prepare a Concept Note and a Budget

Whether you are applying for a small, medium or large grant, submit a concept note and an itemised budget. You can prepare your application using the SeyCCAT online platform or submit the Microsoft Word file of the ConceptNote

Note: You can apply in Creole! SeyCCAT-Concept Note (Creole)

Step 3:  Make sure you have prepared all the documents

You must submit all the documents, you can also attach them on the online platform

  1. Concept Note
  2. Simple Budget
  3. Itemised Budget 
  4. Relevant Attachments

Step 4:  Prepare your Stage II Full project proposal

You must submit all the documents, you can also input them on the online platform.

  1. Project Full Proposal
  2. Itemised Budget
  3. Logframe & M&E Framework Template
  4. Relevant Attachments, including letters of support, co-financing letters and CVs.

Deadline for application: JUNE 11

Need help with the application?

Here are the resources we provide to help prepare your application:

Download the Application Guide

 

Additional Resources:

  • Think of monitoring and evaluation from the design phase, here are some M&E- Top Tips to ensure you deliver impact.

NEED ONE-ON-ONE GUIDANCE?

Our dedicated facilitators can be there every step of the way to ensure that you receive the support you need, by way of mentoring and training, as you work through the application process. This can cover project development aspects such as technical assistance in responsible business planning and management, and project monitoring, evaluation and learning for the successful applicants when initiating their projects. See: Summary of support services that facilitators can provide to prospective BGF applicants

 

Environmental and Social Safeguards

When you are designing your project, think about the risks associated with your project? 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?

Here are some tips:

E&S – Do and Don’ts

E&S – flow chart guide

Simple Tips for Environmental and Social Safeguards

Had a think – now make a plan! Here is the template for mitigation measures and the environmental and social management plan.

Mitigation measures Template, See example – 20191113 – Allen Boniface – ESMP_Clean_Final

Simplified ESMP Template

Here is an example of an Environmental and social management planClick here

 

Learn more about your Environmental and Social Responsibility

Q&As

What are the timescales for applications to be reviewed?
We aim to undertake a first review of all new concept note applications (small-medium and large grants) within 2-3 months of submission.  It could take up to 6 months between the submission of an application and a final decision, so please consider this when submitting an application.
Can I submit more than one proposal at the same time?
Yes, you can submit more than one proposal as a lead applicant.  However, for each specific RFP, we will only consider funding a maximum of one project per organisation.  It is possible you could have more than one active SeyCCAT funded project, but they would have been awarded through different RFPs.  If you present SeyCCAT with a proposal in collaboration with other organisations, and you are the lead organisation, you are eligible to be a non-lead partner on other submissions for the same RFP.
Your guidance says "proposers must have legally existed and operated in the Seychelles for a minimum of one year" - what does this mean?

SeyCCAT will only invest in applicants that can demonstrate adherence to the laws of Seychelles.  Our due diligence policy requires us to screen applicants and so before applying to SeyCCAT you should check that you are able to satisfy our screening criteria. Before we enter into a grant agreement with any potential project partner we will request: ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Proof of organisations / associations certificate of registration (including names of officers of the association);
  • A certified (signed) copy of your most recent audited accounts (i.e. the year preceding your application), which is required to be submitted to the Registrar [1] by the 31st March each year); and,
  • A certified (signed) copy of the minutes of proceedings held at the most recent general meeting.

CITIZENS:

  • A copy of your NIN / identity card; and,
  • A certified (signed) copy of your police record (this must be a new issue).

BUSINESSES:

  • A certified (signed) copy of your most recent audited accounts (i.e. the year preceding your application);
  • Business Registration evidence (including articles of incorporation, particulars of directors, and;
  • The option of a certificate of good standing.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES:

  • A certified (signed) copy of your most recent audited accounts (i.e. the year preceding your application); and,
  • Sector development strategy document.

PARASTATALS:

  • A certified (signed) copy of your most recent audited accounts (i.e. the year preceding your application); and,
  • Organisational strategy document.

Please also consult the detailed application guidelines to understand the full application process and requirements.

 

[1] https://www.seylii.org/sc/legislation/consolidated-act/201

Are there any types of project costs you do not support?
A variety of exclusions exist – such as Government administrative or operating costs, large capital purchases, debt servicing – please consult the application guidelines for full details of exclusions.
How do you assess or cap project costs (salary, travel, communications, etc)?

Costs for all budget line items are examined by the Blue Grants Fund committee and decisions are based on realistic and justifiable budgets to deliver the work plan. At present we do not set upper limits (value or percentage of total budget) for individual budget lines such as salaries, external consultants or equipment.  We evaluate projects on a case-by-case basis and we recognise that individual organisations and their proposed projects have unique budget needs and challenges.  Final awards may be subject to negotiation with the SeyCCAT Secretariat.

What Overhead or Management fee can we charge?
Overhead and Management fees may be applied by the proposer but may not be more than more 10% of the total grant.
Are projects expected to link to any national or international targets?
Yes, we expect projects to be able to articulate how they will contribute to the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), as well as the international Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and targets, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi targets.
What should I do if I cannot find my answer here or in the detailed application guidelines?
Please send us an email with your enquiry at info@seyccat.org and we will endeavour to respond to you within a few days.