International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) /UN Environment Grants Programme 2017

Application Deadline: 15 September 2017

This grants programme is a joint initiative of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) and UN Environment, to catalyze implementation of the ICRI Plan of Action 2016-2018 and the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) resolution 2/12 on sustainable coral reefs management. Grants under this programme are funded by UN Environment through contributions from France and the Principality of Monaco.

The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is an informal partnership among governments, international organisations and non-government organisations. It strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world by implementing Chapter 17 of Agenda 21, which was adopted by the international community at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and calls for the protection and rational use of oceans, seas and coastal areas. The initiative contributes to raising awareness on the importance of and threats to coral reefs and related ecosystems, recognising that they are facing serious degradation mainly due to anthropogenic stresses. The French government is hosting ICRI for the 2016-18 biennium.


Who are the ICRI/UN Environment grants targeted at?
  • Grants under the ICRI/UN Environment Grants Programme are available to governments, NGOs and community groups, for projects implemented in developing countries, least developed countries andsmall island developing states. Check the eligibility criteria before applying to ensure you are eligible for funding. Community groups that are not legal entities can apply through another legal entity (such as a local government or non-government organisation) that can go through the application process on their behalf.
In such cases the application must demonstrate that the project is driven by the community
group. The applicant organization will be responsible for meeting the contractual obligations of the grant.
Who can apply for an ICRI/UN Environment grant?
Applicants must be a legal entity, for instance:
  • a national or local government;
  • a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), registered charity, research institution, foundation or similar organization demonstrating a not-for-profit status, registered and permitted to work in the intervention country.
  • Note that your organization must have been in existence for at least two full years.
Applicants that are NOT governments or government agencies need to fulfil due diligence requirements of UN Environment. Individuals may not apply.

Important dates

Announcement / Call for concept notes: 1 August 2017
Closing date for submission of concept notes: 15 September 2017
Invitation for submission of full proposals: 1 October 2017
Submission of full proposals:1 November 2017
Notification of successful recipients: 15 November 2017

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ICRI /UN Environment Grants Programme 2017



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