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Grants, Funding and Scholarships

The following links provide guidance on some of the scholarships, grants and financial management assistance that could be available to Pacific Island protected area practitioners. This is not an exhaustive list, nor is everyone necessarily eligible for all opportunities. However, there are several websites listed that can provide general advice for those searching for funding or scholarship opportunities and one trust that can even assists grantees with the fiscal aspects of grant management. Several of the grant cycles may have already been completed for 2014 but potential applicants can begin to prepare for subsequent years.

Advice on Scholarships Grants and Awards for Pasifika Students

There are many scholarships, grants and awards available to Pasifika students, and this website answers questions and provides information to students interested in researching the topic.

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) LifeWeb Initiative

The LifeWeb Initiative helps align country and donor funding priorities, as well as to develop and coordinate counterpart funding opportunities. It provides assistance by allowing CBD parties, especially developing countries, convey their funding needs for implementing projects of national priority. The LifeWeb Initiative highlights these needs to those donors who are able to create development assistance partnerships through an online clearing-house and through participation in roundtable meetings.

Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP)

Started in 1992, the GEF SGP provides financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods.  SGP grants are made directly to community-based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in recognition of the key role they play as a resource and constituency for environment and development concerns.


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Lui Bell Memorial Post-Graduate Scholarship for Marine Species Conservation

Open to Pacific Island students (under 40 years old) from SPREP member countries, the Lui Bell Memorial Post-Graduate Scholarship will pay up to $20,000 (USD) per year for postgraduate study in areas related to the conservation and management of dugongs, marine turtles, and cetaceans. The scholarship covers the disciplines of marine biology, environmental science, marine science, climate change and environmental law for postgraduate qualifications.

New Zealand Pacific Scholarships (NZPS) for Tertiary Level Education from the New Zealand Aid Programme.

A particular focus of New Zealand Pacific Scholarships (NZPS) is to increase the number of young students and high academic achievers studying in New Zealand and to build a new generation of Pacific leadership with strong links to New Zealand.

Funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government’s international aid and development programme, NZPSs are available to candidates from: Cook Islands; Federated States of Micronesia; Fiji; Kiribati; Marshall Islands; Nauru; Niue; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu.

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program

Each year, subject to the availability of funds, the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) publishes Federal Funding Opportunities (FFOs) in the Federal Register to solicit proposals for coral reef conservation activities, as authorized by the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 (CRCA).

Pacific Development and Conservation Trust

The Pacific Development and Conservation Trust is committed to supporting sustainable development, where communities are engaged and working in partnership, with iwi, hapū, aiga, the local indigenous people and communities. The objectives of the trust are:

RARE Pride Program

Rare is continually developing new programs based on the needs expressed by governments, non-governmental organizations, and conservation leaders in their target regions. Rare’s target regions are globally-prioritized areas of high-biodiversity whose communities speak English, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia, and Mandarin. Sites could include United Nations World Heritage Sites, biodiversity hotspots, national or regional protected areas, or areas recognized by international conservation bodies as a priority (or that are soon to be placed on endangered lists).

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has a programme under their oceans subcategory for the Western Pacific Countries of Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Micronesia. The goal of this program is to restore and ensure the health and productivity of coastal marine environments in the face of rapidly increasing pressures, in particular from overfishing. Their strategy focuses on:
  • Supporting well-designed and durable systems of marine reserves as models of effective management. • Developing sound systems of nearshore fisheries management and governance. • Developing and promoting the skills, policies and institutions required to support effective marine reserve and fisheries management.

The MacArthur Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation usually provides grants to NGOs who submit a letter of inquiry after ensuring that their proposed project would be eligible. However, in certain situations, profit organizations and individuals can also be provided with grants. MacArthur’s Conservation and Sustainable Development Strategy (CSD) 2013 contains a Coastal and Marine Strategy which is supporting the following interventions in Melanesia in 2013/14:
  1) Build local and regional awareness of threats to coastal fisheries and policies that support local management options;

Trust for Conservation Innovation

The Trust for Conservation Innovation (TCI) is a service that can provide assistance to recipients of grants who wish to carry out project work but may not have the means to manage the fiscal aspects of the project successfully. TCI projects must have a firm commitment to the environment and an innovative, viable plan that will create real change and have a positive impact on the environment. If you are ready to move forward and carry out your vision, TCI can help with the day-to-day administrative and financial aspects of managing your organization. In order to qualify for assistance from TCI, your project must fulfil the following criteria:

University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant) 2016-18 Biennial Grant Award Cycle

The three Sea Grant Focus Areas to be addressed through research for 2014-2016 are: Sustainable Coastal Development, Hazard Resilience Coastal Communities, and Sustainable Coastal Tourism.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) for UH Sea Grant Awards will be sent out towards the end of 2014. Faculty from universities and colleges, state, local and Indian tribal governments, organizations, and individuals in Hawai‘i and US Pacific territories are encouraged to apply.

If you wish to learn more information about the RFP please contact