May 3, 2021, Victoria, Seychelles – The Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT) has launched the fifth call for proposals under the Blue Grants Fund (BGF). The interested applicants are invited to submit their project proposals before June 11, 2021 using the online portal at SeyCCAT.com.
This year, the BGF 5 is accepting applications from selected types of projects (please consult the Request for Proposals at SeyCCAT.org for the detailed list) that support one of the four strategic objectives of SeyCCAT. Potential applicants are requested to evaluate the relevance of their projects before submitting their proposals:
- 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.
In 2021, the BGF 5 is seeking to disburse SCR23 million to impactful and innovative local projects that help advance the blue economy, conservation, and climate adaptation agendas in Seychelles. The BGF offers small (up to SCR100,000), medium (up to SCR 1 million), and large grants (up to SCR 2 million).
Any locally registered NGO or CSO, businesses, parastatal organization, government agencies or departments, and citizens of Seychelles may submit a proposal, as long as they have legally existed in the Seychelles for a minimum of one year. The deadline for concept notes for the fifth BGF call is June 11, 2021 at 5 PM.
Angelique Pouponneau, the CEO of SeyCCAT, said: “As we are entering the post-covid recovery, we are seeking to disburse even more funds and generate more local impact. To make it happen, we are looking to work with the potential applicants and help them prepare strong project proposals through workshops, application guidelines, and one-on-one sessions. We are also launching the Early Feedback Lab – a friendly challenge board, where peers and former BGF recipients will offer their feedback and suggest ways to improve the project concepts. We strongly encourage all interested applicants to take advantage of the support services”, she added.
New in 2021:
Blue Business Grant
In 2021, the BGF offers a new grant for budding blue entrepreneurs. The Blue Business Grant offers SCR150,000 that can be used as start-up capital for a brand-new blue business idea. Additionally, the successful applicant will receive business mentorship from the management of a well-established business in Seychelles.
SCR 2 million grants
This year, the BGF offers large grants of up to SCR 2 million. The large grants follow a two-step application process and specifically targets Civil Society Organisations, including NGOs and academia, Government departments and agencies, and parastatals organisations.
To qualify for the large grant, interested applicants must fulfil the following criteria:
- Organisation with significant experience in supporting marine protection.
- Proven capacity (qualification, competence, knowledge, skills and experience) of the 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
Full details about SeyCCAT, the application process, and the specific request for proposals can be found online at www.seyccat.org . Reach us at email@example.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at SeyCCAT for updates.