Small Grants Fund

Our Small Grants Funds are announced through a call for proposals on our website. They form part of specific projects that we implement.


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).

Our Small Grants Fund provides an opportunity for exchanges between countries, Marine Protected Area sites and communities.  This allows resource managers and marine users in the Caribbean region to share lessons learned and benefit from each other's experiences.

The following is a summary of some of the projects and exchanges that have taken place through our Small Grants Fund.

Marine Protected Areas

The Small Grants Fund is administered by the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute to promote sustainable Marine Protected Area and fisheries practices. The also promote alternative livelihoods for local communities. The fund assists partners to develop management plans and programs for priority species of regional concern, including those of economic value.

Caribbean Challenge

Between 2010-2012, we 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 were 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.

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Sustainable Fisheries and Alternative Livelihoods for Fishers

From 2005 and with funding from the Swedish International Development Coordination Agency (Sida), we had several Small Grants to promote sustainable fishing practices and alternative livelihoods for fishers.  Some of the case studies from this effort are: 

  • 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