Deadline: 2018-09-01 Posted On: 0000-00-00 00:00:00 , By Admin

Why we want to help:

Oceans cover more than two-thirds of the earth’s surface, and the fish that live in their waters are crucial to the world’s economy, health and environment. Figures suggest that 1 billion people, predominately in developing countries, depend on fish as their primary source of protein1 and in Africa it is estimated that the fisheries sector employs 12.3 million people, with marine artisanal fisheries contributing over $8Million to GDP.

But, according to the UN, the proportion of marine fish stocks estimated to be overexploited, depleted or recovering increased from 10% in 1974 up to 32% in 2008, and the proportion of underexploited or moderately exploited stocks declined from 40% in the mid-1970s to 15% in 20083. Assessment of marine fish stocks in 2014 indicated that 31.5% were overfished, 58% were fully fished and only 10.5% underfished4, endangering the lives and livelihoods of the millions depending on fish for their nutrition and livelihood.

What we will support:

Under our Marine programme, preference will be given to initiatives working to halt the decline of fish stocks that communities in developing countries rely on, and those working to bring about sustainable fisheries in Wales. We will consider both practical local projects, and strategic initiatives. The protection of mangroves to benefit local fisheries is also a component of our Marine Programme.


If your initial proposal to the Marine programme is deemed eligible, you will be expected to provide the following information. Therefore, applicants that refer to the availability of this information in their initial proposal will be given priority: 

Local projects

Applications for local projects should demonstrate that they will positively impact upon the marine fisheries they are working to protect, and could include:

  • Development of marine protected areas or sustainable fisheries management

  • Addressing local causes of over-exploitation of fish stocks and other seafood

  • Creation of sustainable livelihoods for coastal and seafood dependent people

Strategic projects

We will consider applications for strategic projects that are working on addressing marine issues at a wider or international scale. These could include:

  • Working on international or regional marine policy

  • Campaigning for improved practices in commerce

  • Exploring different fishing practices and techniques

  • Improving information exchange to eradicate illegal unreported and unregulated fishing

TWF is an active partner of Funding FISH which was established to support the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy as a means of making fisheries in Europe sustainable. Any project applications that are working on CFP implementation should be submitted via the Funding FISH Initiative. 


Who can apply for funding?

We prioritise providing funding support to UK-based charities, many of whom work in close partnership with smaller local NGOs based in the countries in which they operate.

Can I apply if I am from outside the UK?

If you are an organisation based outside of the UK you must send us contact details for a named person who is willing to provide us with a reference for your work.  This must be someone who:

  • Works for an international NGO with offices in the UK

  • Works for an organisation that the Foundation has previously given a grant to

  • Works for an organisation with offices in the UK, which has been a current or former donor to your organisation

  • Works for an academic institution, think tank or as an independent consultant who is based in the UK, and which has evaluated your organisation.

Ideally, the person you provide as a reference will have visited your organisation and be able to provide feedback on the quality of your work. Please state the name, contact details and your relationship to the referee (i.e. past funder) at the beginning of your application. Only applications with references will be considered.

Size of Grant


We will consider providing one off and multi-annual grants (usually for up to three years).  The majority of our grants in this programme will be for a total of £50,000 - £100,000.



We are not able to offer funding for:

  • Projects with animal conservation as the sole focus

  • Projects focusing on environmental education

  • Projects based in freshwater fisheries (e.g. Lake Victoria)

  • Research projects

  • Projects based in countries that are not secure and politically stable. We are therefore unlikely to support projects in conflict-affected areas

  • In addition, we only consider proposals from US-based organisations under exceptional circumstances, due to the higher availability of environmental funding in the US compared to the UK.


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