1 Jun 2018

Give your organisation a boost: the Capacity Development Fund is now live

Our Capacity Development Fund is offering a range of grants for different sizes and types of project. If you think your organisation would benefit from improved organisational design, management and professional development for staff, then read on...

By Kiragu Mwangi

Welcome to the Capacity Development Fund’s first ever call for proposals. As part of a huge network spanning across the globe, we at BirdLife are dedicated to helping our Partners to grow and empowering them to make their conservation visions a reality. The Capacity Development Fund (CDF) was created to increase the power of our BirdLife Partners, making organisations stronger, more secure, and able to keep on making an impact in the long term.

We identified the key needs of our Partners through the Quality Assurance System in 2015. In response, we developed the CDF to offer a wide range of backing: grants, technical assistances, experience exchanges, training and mentoring support for organisational capacity development.

In 2018, we are accepting proposals from BirdLife Partners in in the following countries: Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Lebanon, Malta, Macedonia, Montenegro, Palestine, Portugal, Syria and Tunisia. This call for proposals offers five levels of grants:


•             Catalytic Small Grants: Up to £10,000 per project

•             Catalytic Medium-size Grants:  Up to £25,000 per project

•             Catalytic Large-size Grants: Up to £50,000 per project

•             Technical Assistance: Up to £5,000 per project

•             Thematic Grants: Up to £10,000 per project

•             Ad Hoc Capacity Development Opportunity: Up to £1,500 per person


The application deadline for Medium and Large-size Grants is 1st September 2018.

Applications for Catalytic Small Grants, Technical Assistance, Thematic Grants and Ad Hoc Capacity Development Opportunities will be on a rolling basis until March 2020.


How do I apply?


To apply for any of the grants, consult your Regional Focal Point, outlining your project idea and its suitability for your chosen category. Then submit an application to the CDF Management Team at CDF-Grants@birdlife.org


You can access all of the relevant documents here:

Guidelines and eligibility criteria

Application form

Budget template


Successful projects will need to demonstrate they are addressing corrective measures identified by diagnostics tools such as the Quality Assurance System. The Grants Awards Selection Committee will favourably consider projects that demonstrate innovation and ability to test new approaches for capacity development.

For additional questions or advice, please email CDF-Grants@birdlife.org