Applications open for Kiwa Initiative Local Projects


Relevent Country: Samoa

The Kiwa Initiative Local Projects Component is now open for submissions of concept notes for very small, small and medium grants.


  • Conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services


  • Eradication/control of invasive species, with climate change adaptation benefits
  • Coastal and marine ecosystem and natural resources management
  • Efforts to improve the conservation status of threatened species and their habitats
  • Vegetation/habitat mapping for restoration and conservation actions
  • Establishment/extension of Protected and Conserved Areas and increasing and gender participation
  • Development and implementation of marine spatial plans
  • Increasing PA management effectiveness (through training, management planning, habitat restoration, invasive species management, boundary demarcation, fire management, etc.)
  • Establishment of new financing mechanisms for species and habitat conservation (Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), biodiversity offsets, etc.)
  • Analyses to better understand/quantify threats to biodiversity (including socioeconomic studies)
  • Actions to reduce detrimental edge effects and to protect core refugia for species populations

Sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services


  • Actions to maintain hydrographic integrity and contiguity in freshwater ecosystems
  • Good agricultural and fisheries practices that promote species conservation and climate change adaption
  • Development of sustainable economic valorisation of biodiversity, ecosystems and ecosystems services (such as through ecotourism)

Enabling tools


  • Public awareness, education campaigns, training and capacity-building with tangible results
  • Enabling tools to support to local stakeholders (local communities and authorities) to help protect/manage biodiversity with links to Community Conserved Areas (CCAs) ecosystems (ecosystem management, participatory monitoring, etc.)

Funding Information

  • Very small
  • Budget: €25,000 – €50,000
  • Duration: Up to 12 months
  • Small
  • Budget: €50,001 – €100,000
  • Duration: Up to 20 months
  • Medium
  • Budget: €100,001 – €400,000
  • Duration: Up to 23 months

Eligible Projects

The project should:

  • Be implemented in one or more of the Kiwa Initiative eligible PICTs.
  • Align with the Kiwa Initiative’s investment priorities.
  • Apply NbS to climate change adaptation, including through biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, and sustainable use of ecosystem services.
  • Deliver more than research-based outcomes alone-research can be funded if it is accompanied by clear and tangible on ground follow-up actions, delivered within the project term.
  • Comply with the Environment Social Management System standards and principles of the local projects component of the Kiwa Initiative.
  • Include objectives and activities that are realistic, achievable and cost efficient within the proposed project term and budget.
  • Be in accordance with Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML-CFT) requirements.


  • The call is inviting concept submissions from the 19 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) listed below:
  • Countries/Territories: New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Vanuatu, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu.
  • Project Content Eligibility
  • They support projects that:
  • Employ Nature-based Solutions (NbS) to achieve climate change adaptation benefits that are rights-based, gender-sensitive and socially inclusive. Specifically, integrating climate adaptation into:
  • Conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  • Sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  • Enabling tools for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Grantee (Applicant) must be a legal entity, registered in one of the 19 countries/territories eligible to the Kiwa Initiative.
  • Grantee (Applicant) must not be an IUCN entity.
  • Lead Applicant must hold a bank account in the name of the organisation.
  • Lead Applicant must be directly responsible for implementing the funded project.
  • Grantee currently funded by the EU can apply to the call for local projects of the Kiwa Initiative.
  • International NGOs
  • Projects must be endorsed by a relevant government authority in the country of implementation.
  • Projects must be implemented in partnership with a local organisation (CSO or public authority).
  • Public institutions/authorities
  • 19 eligible Pacific countries and territories as mentioned under the geographic scope.


  • Co-applicants are subject to the same eligibility criteria as the lead applicant.