The Commonwealth Blue Charter Project Incubator is now accepting applications under its first Small Grants Round. This round of applications closes on 10 January 2023.

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About the Project Incubator

The Commonwealth Blue Charter Project Incubator supports the development of governments’ projects under the Commonwealth Blue Charter that accelerate their transition to fair, sustainable and inclusive marine conservation and maritime development, while mitigating and adapting to climate change.

The Incubator supports Commonwealth governments and their partners developing solutions that address shared ocean issues. While the grants are modest (£5k - £50k), the scope is large, and can include project-related capacity building, the writing of larger project proposals, ‘rapid assessments’, and proof-of-concept pilot projects. In summary, the Project Incubator:

  • Encourages the development of projects under each of the Commonwealth Blue Charter Action Group themes;
  • Focuses on the entire project cycle, including rapid assessments, proof-of-concept and small-sized projects;
  • Assists in the development of funding proposals for medium-sized and larger projects;
  • Provides mentoring and technical support;
  • Facilitates project partnerships with non-governmental entities;
  • Encourages planning for sustainability and scaling up, including regional initiatives;
  • Supports ideas that dare to be different –innovative and cooperative solutions;
  • Supports meeting global ocean commitments including ’30 by 30’ and the UN SDGs;
  • Encourages the engagement of women, youth, LGBTI, Indigenous Peoples and local communities;
  • Follows best practices, including transparency, accountability, and inclusivity. 

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Offline application form (PDF) (MS Word)
Read the Frequently Asked Question (PDF) (MS Word)

The Commonwealth Blue Charter Project Incubator was launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in June 2022 and managed by the Commonwealth Secretariat, in close cooperation with Blue Charter members and Action Groups. The initiative is supported by an initial contribution from the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation, with additional commitments from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Vibrant Oceans Initiative.

About the Commonwealth Blue Charter

The Commonwealth Blue Charter is an agreement by all 56 member countries to actively cooperate to support ocean action and meet commitments for sustainable ocean development. Its work programme is implemented through 10 Action Groups, led or co-led by 16 champion countries.

To date, at least 46 Commonwealth countries have joined one or more Action Groups