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The first call for proposals for small technical grants was open from 16 December 2019 to 4 February 2020. New calls will be open in the future.

What are the small technical grants?

The purpose of BIOPAMA Small Technical Grants (STGs) is to address pressing and straightforward needs that are already clearly identified.

The STG proposal and its activities must be justified by a diagnostic tool, a quantified management and governance assessment tools (including IMET, PAME tools – e.g. METT, RAPPAM, Green List, EoH, or equivalent) or if not available, strategic documents at the protected area, national and regional levels, or if not available validated studies by the PAs management authorities. If no clear reference is given of the diagnostic tools for justifying the application, the proposal will be rejected.

There is however an exception to this criterion when the objective of the STG is to implement a quantitative management/ governance assessment. In this case, there is no need for a prior justification with a diagnostic tool, as the objective is actually to identify priorities for action.

What is the total amount of a Small Technical Grant?

Small Technical Grants will fund exclusively supplies and equipment, works or services for a value of:

  • EUR 50 000 when addressing one single need;
  • EUR 100 000 when addressing two combined needs such as the purchase of equipment and for organising a workshop.

Unlike the Medium Grants, there is no co-funding required for Small Technical Grants.

What type of interventions are eligible?

  • purchase of essential supplies and equipment for management, patrolling, anti-poaching operations, visitors’ management (car, boat…..)[1] to ensure the effective implementation of field operations;
  • creation of essential infrastructure for management, patrolling, anti-poaching operations, visitor management, livelihoods of local communities living in and around protected areas in priority conservation landscapes when it will bring positive effects for protected areas management;
  • training;
  • quantified management and governance diagnostic assessment tools, such as IMET or PAME tools (e.g. METT, RAPPAM, Green List, EoH, or equivalent)[2].

Examples of activities that could be supported by a BIOPAMA Action Component STG:

  • Promoting ecotourism, including construction of small scale infrastructure e.g. visitor track, eco-lodge, bird-watching tower, arboretum, visitors’ centre, small pier for boats, basic scuba diving equipment;
  • Small/medium scale reforestation including replanting;
  • Small scale aquaculture;
  • Small-scale community agroforestry and animal husbandry for visitors and local consumption;
  • Small-scale irrigation or drainage systems requiring minor infrastructure and civil works;
  • Vehicles, boat for protected areas surveillance, patrolling, visitation;
  • Communication devices (e.g. two-way radios, mobile phones, radar, information board);
  • Mapping, navigation tools and wildlife tracking (GPS);
  • Boundaries and zoning demarcation tools (e.g. buoy, fence, board);
  • Training for visitor eco-guide and visitor management;
  • Training for anti-poaching control;
  • Training for wildlife tracking and monitoring;
  • Conducting assessments of management or governance assessment using Protected Areas Management Effectiveness tools and/or Protected Areas Governance Effectiveness tools.

Who is eligible for a small technical grant?

  • registered public or private legal entity in charge of protected and conserved areas management at the national, sub-national or site level, or agencies involved in a transboundary conservation area:

o National/Sub-national agencies in charge of protected and conserved areas; or
o Protected and conserved Areas (including ICCAs[3]) represented by its legal representative.

  • not be individual or sole traders


  • be established in an eligible ACP country to the BIOPAMA AC[4];


  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the grant, not acting as an intermediary; and
  • not be a beneficiary of a grant funded by the European Union (including EDF funds) for the same activities.

What is the duration of a small technical grant?

The maximum duration is 12 months but it can be shorter depending on the type of activities funded.

How to submit a proposal for a small technical grant?

The grant application process for BIOPAMA STG comprises a single stage, with the submission of a full proposal.

All Small Technical Grant Proposals should be submitted electronically on the BIOPAMA Action Component Portal. Submissions on paper or by e-mail will not be accepted.

Only applications sent by the deadline stated in the description of the call will be accepted.

Useful documents and links

Useful forms in Word and Excel format are available in your applicant space in the portal. You can access the forms once you click on the “Log In/ Sign Up” button.

Timeline of the Small Technical Grant 2019


[1] Lethal equipment is not eligible for EDF funds.

[2] In this particular case, no prior identification by a diagnostic tool is needed.

[3] Some protected areas might be managed by local organisations, indigenous people and local communities (ICCAs), or private organisations.

[4] The ACP countries eligible to the BIOPAMA Action Component encompass 78 countries (in alphabetical order): Angola – Antigua and Barbuda – Belize – Cape Verde – Comoros – Bahamas – Barbados – Benin – Botswana – Burkina Faso – Burundi – Cameroon – Central African Republic – Chad – Congo (Brazzaville) – Congo (Kinshasa) – Cook Islands – Côte d’Ivoire – Djibouti – Dominica – Dominican Republic – Eritrea – Ethiopia – Fiji – Gabon – Gambia – Ghana – Grenada – Republic of Guinea – Guinea-Bissau – Equatorial Guinea – Guyana – Haiti – Jamaica – Kenya – Kiribati – Lesotho – Liberia – Madagascar – Malawi – Mali – Marshall Islands – Mauritania – Mauritius – Micronesia – Mozambique – Namibia – Nauru – Niger – Nigeria – Niue – Palau – Papua New Guinea – Rwanda – St. Kitts and Nevis – St. Lucia – St. Vincent and the Grenadines – Solomon Islands – Samoa – Sao Tome and Principe – Senegal – Seychelles – Sierra Leone – Somalia – South Africa* – Sudan – South Sudan* – Suriname – Swaziland – Tanzania – Timor Leste – Togo – Tonga – Trinidad and Tobago – Tuvalu – Uganda – Vanuatu – Zambia – Zimbabwe.

* The EUTF represents the main catalyst of EU development funds for South Sudan. Only project proposals including transboundary activities are eligible for supporting stakeholders in South Sudan.

*While natural and legal persons established in South Africa are eligible to participate in procedures financed by the 10th/11th EDF, South Africa cannot be a beneficiary of contracts financed by the 10th/11th EDF.