Defra Launch Darwin/Illegal Wildlife Trade COVID-19 Rapid Response Round

The COVID-19 Rapid Response Round has been designed to respond to the immediate impact of COVID-19 on the priorities of the Darwin Initiative, Darwin Plus and the IWT Challenge Fund (IWTCF) and support the early stages of recovery.

The primary objective of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Round is to extend existing projects where they have potential to form part of the response to the pandemic, for example by adapting projects where there is clear scope to provide emergency relief while delivering on Darwin and IWTCF objectives. There is a secondary benefit of retaining capacity within local systems and the NGO community to be able to carry out future work.

The lead organisation must be a current or recent (within the previous 12 months) recipient lead organisation of main project funding for:


Darwin Plus


Each lead organisation can apply for a maximum of two projects.

Project must begin no sooner than 1 January 2021 and end no later than 31 March 2021.

Projects should be a minimum of £15,000 and a maximum of £60,000.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 2 November 2020.

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