Small Grants Fund

Small Grants Funds of CEP are announced through a call for proposals on the CEP website. They usually form part of specific projects executed by UNEP CEP.


Supported by the SPAW Programme of UNEP-CEP and its Regional Activity Center (SPAW-RAC), the Small Grants are funded by several foundations and institutions including the government of Italy (Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the government of France (MPA Agency), and the government of Sweden (Swedish International Development Agency, SIDA).

The Small Grants Fund is administered by GCFI to promote sustainable MPA and fisheries practices, as well as to promote alternative livelihoods for local communities. The fund also forms part of the CEP/SPAW initiative to develop adequate management plans and programs for priority species of regional concern, including those of economic value.

One of the interesting aspects of the Small Grants Fund is that it provides an opportunity for exchanges between countries, MPA sites and communities so that resource managers and marine users in the Caribbean region can share lessons learned and benefit from each other's experiences. The following section provides a summary of some of the projects and exchanges that have been achieved in recent years through the Small Grants Fund.

In 2010-2012, the Program focused on the Insular Caribbean countries associated with the "Caribbean Challenge", funded by the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The main goals are to:

  • Strengthen the management capability of marine protected area (MPA) managers in the WCR;
  • Strengthen the capacities of institutions managing MPAs;
  • Develop and implement strategies for increased involvement of stakeholders in MPA management;
  • Develop and implement training programmes, strategies, and tools for improved management of MPAs;
  • Act as a catalyst in attracting funds from other bilateral and multilateral initiatives for the purpose of addressing stated priority problems and issues;
  • Promote “best management” MPA sites to serve as sites for demonstration, training, and internships; and
  • Promote horizontal exchanges of all types among MPAs, including twinning and mentoring programmes.

 For further information, see links below: 

Sustainable Fisheries and Alternative Livelihoods for Fishers

With funding provided by the Swedish International Development Coordination Agency (Sida), the SPAW Programme had several Small Grants to promote sustainable fishing practices and alternative livelihoods for fishers in since 2005. Some of the case studies from this effort are provided below.  :

  • Enhancing marine resources governance through developing capacity for communication in the eastern Caribbean, CERMES, Barbados. View case study
  • Towards a Sustainable Bonefish Recreational Fishery at Los Roques Archipelago National Park, Venezuela. View case study
  • Intercambio para el Desarrollo de APEJU (Asociacion de Pescadores de Juanillo), ReefCheck, Dominican Republic. View case study
  • Caribbean Regional Fisheries mechanism (CRFM) CERMES-UWI and Antigua & Barbuda Fisheries Alliance Inc.: Strengthening and Networking of fisher folk organizations (FFOs) at the Community, National and Regional Levels in the CARICOM region. View Case study