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Our model

Our mission and our objectives are crucial to safeguard the future of Seychelles’ ocean biodiversity.  We believe that by strategically directing our trust funds, we can help safeguard the future of Seychelles’ ocean biodiversity. Our model sees us investing in objectives that:

  1. Support new and existing marine and coastal protected areas and sustainable use zones;
  2. Empower the fisheries sector with robust science and knowhow to improve governance, sustainability, value and market options;
  3. Promote the rehabilitation of marine and coastal habitats and ecosystems that have been degraded by local and global impacts;
  4. Develop and implement risk reduction and social resilience plans to adapt to the effects of climate change;
  5. 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 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.

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.

On an regular basis, we announce Requests for Proposals (RFPs), or advertise for Strategic Commissions, to help us achieve our mission.  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.

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).

How to Apply

The second SeyCCAT Blue Grants Fund (BGF#2) is now closed. If you applied, we will be in touch soon with the results of the Stage I review process : good luck!

If you are interested in applying for funding, please register by clicking here and we’ll send you a message when we open BGF#3.

Eligibility

Any locally-registered NGO or CSO (inculding a business organisation), parastatal organisation, government agency or citizen of Seychelles may submit a proposal to SeyCCAT.  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.

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.