Sustainable Fishing Grants

Fondation Ensemble

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Grant amount: Up to €50,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2021 (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Ecuador, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Madagascar, Mozambique, Myanmar Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Focus Sector: Sustainable Fishing

Current Situation

According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, almost a quarter of the world's fish stocks are overexploited, depleted or vulnerable. This situation is all the more worrying as fishing and aquaculture play a central role in the world's food and nutrition security. Fish provides 4.3 billion individuals with 15% of their animal protein intake. And fishing directly or indirectly supports the livelihoods of one person in ten. For some coastal fishing communities, the situation is particularly fraught. At their traditional fishing sites, where fish used to be plentiful, the nets are coming up empty.

Scope of the Projects Funded

In this sector of intervention, the Foundation funds sustainable fishing projects that closely link protection of fish stocks and conservation of ecosystems with protection of marine species and the well-being of local populations. The actions undertaken help the beneficiary families and future generations to ensure their own food security and to find new local income-generating activities.

The projects funded by the Foundation take the following factors into account:

  • Selective fishing (target species identification, size limitations, restricted fishing periods, etc.);
  • Combating illegal fishing and management of related conflicts;
  • Setting up protected areas (delineation of fishing areas, regulations on net size, minimum fish size requirements, use of non-polluting fishing vessels, etc.) and involving local communities in the management of such protected areas;
  • Scaling up through a serious implication of local and/or national authorities, and support and advocacy actions to promote policies favorable to the replication of these sustainable approaches;
  • Greenhouse gas mitigation and/or adaptation to climate change.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Basic Criteria:
    • Your project corresponds to the Foundation’s mission: it is driven by the demands and needs of the local populations. It aims to bring concrete and sustainable improvements to the target communities’ living conditions (social and economic impacts) while protecting and/or rehabilitating the environment (environmental impacts).
    • The project activities come within the Foundation’s focus sector: sustainable fishing
    • The project activities are undertaken in one of the Foundation’s six focus countries: Ecuador, Peru, Mozambique, Laos, Myanmar.
      • Coastal areas of Madagascar are from now on also eligible but only for biodiversity and sustainable fishing projects.
    • The duration of the grant requested from the Foundation is from two to four years.
    • The funding requested is approximately € 50 000 per year, maximum.
    • The funding requested does not exceed 50% of the total project budget.
    • The proposed implementation areas will have to be accessible for visits by Fondation Ensemble’s staff.
    • Mid-term and final evaluations will have to be budgeted and carried out.
  • Additional Criteria: 
    • Your project is in line with the national strategy of the intervention country.
    • The project is participatory and partnership-based: it is designed and implemented in conjunction with the relevant populations and with recognized local and/or international partners, and fosters capacity building.
    • The project aims at scaling up through a serious implication of local and/or national authorities, and support advocacy actions to promote policies favorable to the replication of the developed approaches.
    • The project delivers sustainable and measurable results, based on appropriate concrete action, contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
    • The project encourages innovation whenever possible.
    • The project contributes to fight climate change, by taking into account its expected effects (adaptation) but also, when possible, by tackling greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation).
    • The project encourages an entrepreneurial approach and the development of local businesses that create jobs and ensure sustainability and replication.
    • The project promotes the empowerment of women, whenever possible, and encourages genuine participation by women in all stages and at all levels of project implementation, particularly in coordination and governance bodies.
    • The project promotes a rights-based approach and encourages shared responsibility between all stakeholders, including the poorest and most vulnerable, community or business organizations, and those in positions of power (institutional, economic, social, religious, etc.).
    • The project budget (in euros) makes provision for mid-term and final evaluations. It indicates the costs to be covered by Fondation Ensemble, including administrative costs (10% maximum of direct costs) that incorporate head office support costs.
    • Your proposal contains a forecast financing plan, listing the names of all donors and their confirmed or expected contributions. Even if your project is selected by the Foundation, a grant agreement can only be signed when at least 75% of the funding (including the Foundation’s contribution) has been confirmed, with supporting documentary evidence.
    • Your NGO and/or your implementing partner must be registered and allowed to work in the intervention country.
    • Your NGO must have been in existence for at least three (full) years and have an annual budget of at least € 500 000.
    • The proposal must be written in French or in English.


  • The Foundation no longer funds projects in Cambodia.
  • The Foundation does not provide funding for university research projects, theses or doctorates. It does not award scholarships.
  • The Foundation does not provide funding for publications, conferences, translations or exhibitions.