Community Grants

OCEAN Community Grants for local-level, in-country organisations.

Supporting local-level, in-country organisations to deliver lasting change to the marine environment and coastal communities.

Key Information

Applications are open to small and medium sized, local, regional and national organsations.
There will be two stages to the application process, with the first stage being an opportunity for applicants to share the concept and ideas behind their projects. The second stage will go into more depth about how the projects will work, and applicants will be supported through our helpdesk, webinars and workshops to make sure their application accurately demonstrates what the project hopes to achieve.
OCEAN supports a wide range of projects that work to protect the marine environment and reduce poverty. Projects can be based in any ODA-eligible country and proposals from in-country organisations that work directly with coastal communities are particularly encouraged.
All applications are welcomed – from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), research institutes and others.
Private sector and local government organisations aren’t eligible to receive funding from OCEAN, but are highly encouraged to partner with local non-profit organisations to support their projects.
Applicants can also find potential partners by joining our community.
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How and When to Apply for Grants

The first call for applications is now closed but there will be other opportunities to apply in the future. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to apply, or have any other questions about the process, please get in touch. We are happy to help.

grant selection process

How Ocean Selects Grantees

Grants are allocated through an open and transparent process against clear criteria. Applications will be scored and recommended for selection by a committee of marine and development experts.

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Annual Application Round

The first call for applications for Community Grants has now closed. Sign up to our newsletter to receive news about future calls.  

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Join Our Community

We want everyone who applies to OCEAN to feel supported throughout their journey!
One way we will do that is through building a community where everyone can help support each other. Through Our OCEAN Community – our online learning and networking site – applicants and grantees will be able to connect, share learning, support each other and exchange resources and ideas.
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