Our Blue Funds
SeyCCAT’s goal is to competitively grant at least US$ 750,000 per annum 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.
SeyCCAT’s current cash flows capitalise our Blue Grants Fund (BGF) and our Blue Endowment Fund (BEF). The BEF is due to mature in 20 years time with an expected ending value of US$6-7M. We are also exploring options to capitalise a Blue Challenge / Enterprise Fund.
The BGF is our active revolving fund and from where current projects are funded. Access to these funds is through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process.
These projects are designed and delivered by a range of partners through either:
- Small-medium 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.
- Large grants between SCR 100,000 and SCR 1,000,000. 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.
We have designed our application process to be as straightforward as possible. We have adopted international best practices to ensure that we select projects through a competitive and transparent process.
Each BGF Request for Proposals focuses on one or more of our five strategic objectives. In addition, we seek projects that demonstrate alignment with one or more of the four cross cutting themes (click below).
Our model sees us investing in objectives that:
- Support new and existing marine and coastal protected areas and sustainable use zones;
- Empower the fisheries sector with robust science and knowhow to improve governance, sustainability, value and market options;
- Promote the rehabilitation of marine and coastal habitats and ecosystems that have been degraded by local and global impacts;
- Develop and implement risk reduction and social resilience plans to adapt to the effects of climate change;
- Trial and nurture appropriate business models to secure the sustainable development of Seychelles’ blue economy.
We are committed to supporting projects that align with national and international priorities, such as those articulated in the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), the 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.
We are dedicated to supporting partners and projects that demonstrate robust monitoring, evaluation and learning so that we can validate evidence of project impacts and outcomes. We challenge our partners to be able to demonstrate the social and environmental returns of our investments. Where relevant, we are keen to explore projects that adopt technology and advance circular, non-linear, regenerative principles.
The RFPs are each unique, designed to build on the learning from previous projects supported by SeyCCAT and others. Our approach is emergent, and we are committed to a nimble project investment strategy to ensure we are supporting the forefront of national conservation priorities.
How to Apply
The third SeyCCAT Blue Grants Fund (BGF#3) is now OPEN from 2nd April 2019 to 15th May 2019. We are supporting specific types of projects under all five of our strategic objectives.
Below you will find more information about the types of projects we are able to support this year.
For this call for proposals, we will only support projects that:
Strategic Objective #1
- Contribute research for the design of marine protected area management plans.
- Provide inputs to management plans for areas with a priority for protection. (Box A)
- Contribute to implementation of existing or proposed management plans, e.g., GOS-UNDP-GEF Outer Islands Project.
- Contribute to development of indicators (biological, ecological, and socioeconomic) for management plans and for evaluating effectiveness of marine protection areas.
- Contribute to improving the decision-making process for management and harvest strategies for data-poor fisheries.
- Contribute to improving capacity to protected area agencies and increasing management effectiveness.
Strategic Objective #2
- Support fishers’ associations and associations seeking to promote and engage in rights-based fisheries co-management, including participatory monitoring. (Box B)
- Develop “best in class” sustainable tourism practices linked to fisheries campaigns and activities such as minimum size limits, daily bag limits, fish procurement policies (seasonality) & sustainably caught seafood on local menus including recommendations for whole fish vs. fillet.
- Design, deploy & test new tools and technology for participatory monitoring, information sharing and accessing markets (e.g. Apps to document catch and traceability).
- Foster consumer awareness of sustainable fisheries practices via traditional and social-media channels.
- Support improvements in the design – and advance the uptake – of Seychelles sustainable seafood label.
Strategic Objective #3
- Rehabilitate nationally important marine and coastal species and ecosystems (e.g., as found in the NBSAP (2014)).
- Develop knowledge to understand the roles that certain key species play in shaping their environment – keystone species (e.g. herbivore and predation).
- Implement nature-based solutions to enable ecosystems to maintain or improve their provision of goods and services.
- Support removal of invasive alien marine and coastal species that threaten native species.
Strategic Objective #4
- Support small businesses, particularly locally owned tourism establishments, to engage with multi-sector initiatives (such as connecting local food production with sustainable consumption).
- Explore and back science and technology innovations to increase resilience and support adaptation to climate change (to minimise climate impacts on local livelihoods and businesses) including 1) increase understanding; 2) implement appropriate adaptation measures; 3) establish long-term monitoring.
- Advance Seychelles’ ability to secure access to global climate financing.
- Study the potential impacts of climate change on critical ecosystems, goods and services (e.g. fisheries productivity), and make recommendations on how negative impacts could be addressed to safeguard sustainability.
Strategic Objective #5
- Demonstrate innovation in the Blue Economy – for example in sustainable businesses in post-harvest fisheries sector, sustainable tourism, renewable energy, environmental services, ocean waste management (Box C)
- Improve fisheries post-harvest / value chain performance and market development opportunities.
- Enhance capacities (training, research and development) for preparing, articulating and executing sustainability-focused business enterprise models (e.g. for submission to the DBS blue investment fund).
- Support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and small-scale local investors to develop and access opportunities associated with the aquaculture master plan (land-based and inshore business development).
Do you have an idea that is in line with the type of projects SeyCCAT can support?
Let’s Start …
Step 1 : Are you eligible?
Step 2: What we cannot finance! – Our Exclusion List
Step 3: Small-medium or large projects all start with a concept note:
For BGF#3, we are accepting applications in Creole: SeyCCAT – BGF – Guide – English and Creole.
Help: Need an example of how to complete the application form, see our SeyCCAT Concept Note Specimen
In June/ July, the Grants Committee may invite you to complete Stage II, here is the format for a full proposal application form:
In October, you will be informed whether you have been successful or not!
Step 5: Successful – If you are successful, you will have to provide us with reports:
Also ensure you review the following Environmental & Social and Safety guidance as projects must also be compliant with these standards.
- Environmental and social safeguards
- Generic impacts guidance
- Construction and health and safety requirements
- Environmental and Social Management Framework
- Process Framework
Your success is our success! We want the world to know what you are doing, you will have to follow the branding guidelines.
Unsuccessful – If you have been unsuccessful, you have the option to appeal: Grant application appeal process or you can try again next year!
SeyCCAT’s funds aims to be as open and accessible to all Seychellois. The following categories may submit a proposal to SeyCCAT.
- Any locally-registered NGO
- Parastatal organisation
- government agency
- or citizen of Seychelles.
Proposers must have legally existed and operated in the Seychelles for a minimum of one year. We encourage applications from partnerships and consortia that can demonstrate a shared vision and appreciation of inter-organisational competencies required to achieve a successful project. We actively seek to support “creative collaborations.” Overseas-based organisations are not eligible, although proposals from and led by eligible local organisations may include overseas-based partners. The Board of Directors may decide to restrict the participation of any of the above classes of persons or organisations in any RFP, and this shall be indicated in the scope of each specific RFP. Proposers are required to include details of qualifications and experience to ensure that a sound judgment can be made concerning the proposer’s ability to deliver the project. Proposals must also be compliant with Environmental and Social Safeguards 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 our screening criteria.
What are the timescales for applications to be reviewed?
Can I submit more than one proposal at the same time?
Your guidance says "proposers must have legally existed and operated in the Seychelles for a minimum of one year" - what does this mean?
- 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  by the 31st March each year); and,
- A certified (signed) copy of the minutes of proceedings held at the most recent general meeting.
- A copy of your NIN / identity card; and,
- A certified (signed) copy of your police record (this must be a new issue).
- 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.
- A certified (signed) copy of your most recent audited accounts (i.e. the year preceding your application); and,
- Sector development strategy document.
- 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.