New Grants Calls – BIOPAMA

The objective of this call for proposals is to address priorities for action, identified through management and governance effectiveness assessments (for example, PAME tools including IMET, METT, RAPPAM, Green List, EoH or equivalent; or PAGE tools including SAPA, GAPA, or SAGE), to improve the management and governance of protected and conserved areas, and the sustainable use of natural resources and livelihoods of surrounding local communities.


Before you consider applying and start your application, you are strongly advised to read carefully the Guidelines for Applicants. This document includes everything you need to know about the BIOPAMA Medium Grants 2022.


Key information:


TYPE OF CALL: Please note that this is a Medium Grant call, with a two-step application process. All applicants are invited to submit a Concept Application, and only selected applicants will then be invited to submit a Full Proposal at a later stage.


DEADLINE: The deadline to submit concept note applications to this call for proposals is 10 April 2022 at 23.59 UTC+1.


All submitted applications that are incomplete upon receipt will not be eligible for funding. Once the deadline for the call expires, all incomplete applications within the system that have been saved but not submitted will be automatically rejected.


For successful concept note applicants, the deadline to submit a full proposal is 10 June 2022. Note that successful concept note applicants will be informed on email and invited to submit a full proposal by the above deadline. Please do not submit a full proposal if you have not been explicitly invited to do so.


SIZE OF THE GRANTS: Grant size can be up to 200,000 EUR. A 5% co-funding from the applicant is required. This means that BIOPAMA will provide up to a maximum of 95 % of the total eligible costs of the project; and the applicant is required to provide a minimum of 5% co-financing.


DURATION OF THE GRANT: The duration of the project should be of a maximum of 18 months. The start date of the project will be determined by the date of the signature of the grant contract. The performance of the contract cannot start before its entry into force. Project results and activities need to be clear and attainable within the timeframe of the grant. Projects must end on, or before 30 September 2024.


LOCATION OF THE ACTIVITIES: This call for proposal is opened for countries located in the Western and Central Africa only. These are: Burundi, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Congo, Congo Democratic Republic of, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Chad, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.


HOW TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted through the BIOPAMA Action Component grants management portal ( Create your account and or login.




To be eligible, activities must:


  • be located in one or several priority areas of Western and Central countries, that is: protected and or conserved area/s, including key biodiversity area/s, key landscape/s for conservation (where identified).
  • address clearly formulated priorities identified through the use of a quantitative diagnostic tool (i.e. a protected area management or governance evaluation – PAME/PAGE) in terms of protected and conserved areas management and governance, sustainable use of natural resources and livelihoods of surrounding local communities. Note that any application not supported by a quantitative diagnostic tool will be automatically rejected.
  • be consistent with the BIOPAMA action component objectives (see section 1.2)
  • implement concrete conservation activities on the ground and achieve tangible results measured through clearly identified indicators
  • comply with the IUCN ESMS
  • enable sharing of project data and information with the relevant BIOPAMA regional observatory, as relevant. This will be included in the grant contract.


Examples of eligible activities include:


  • Protected and/or conserved area planning and management activities
  • Activities aimed at strengthening the governance and equitable management models in place
  • Law enforcement activities, including wildlife trafficking controls
  • Activities aimed at strengthening the institutional and legal framework/s in place
  • Activities focusing on threat mitigation in priority areas, including measures to combat illegal wildlife trade a community level
  • Activities focusing on climate change mitigation, resilience and adaptation strategies in priority areas
  • Activities aiming at improving sustainable livelihoods of local communities, vulnerable peoples and indigenous communities living in priority areas.


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