"Apply now if:
  • you are finding new ways of simultaneously improving incomes and strengthening livelihoods; tackling poverty and marginalisation; and managing and conserving natural resources and ecosystems; and

  • you are developing a new concept that brings together people and organizations from different backgrounds to work in partnership, and partners are pooling their commitment and human, financial, and natural resources; and

  • your project or enterprise is in the early stages of development and keen to increase its impacts; and

  • your project or enterprise is locally-led, with strong community engagement, and takes place in a country or countries with a developing economy or economy in transition; and

  • your project or enterprise displays entrepreneurship in its broadest sense and shows a proven concept that has market potential; it must demonstrate financial sustainability in the long term and should have a draft business plan."


"Detailed eligibility criteria are available at www.seedinit.org. Before submitting your application, you will be asked to complete an eligibility checklist."

"Winners of the 2009 SEED Awards for entrepreneurship in sustainable development receive a tailored package of support services, worth up to $40,000, to help their venture to become established and to increase their impact. This includes access to relevant expertise and technical assistance, meeting new partners and building networks, developing business plans and identifying sources of finance."

"The deadline for applications is 16 March 2009. Application forms can be filled in online or downloaded from the SEED Initiative website at www.seedinit.org."

"The SEED Initiative was founded by IUCN, UNDP and UNEP to deliver concrete progress towards the internationally-agreed, aspirational goals in the UN’s Millennium Declaration and the commitments made at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. "

Contact Details

If you require further information about any aspect of the Seed Initiative, please contact:

Ross Andrews
ross.andrews at seedinit.org
Head of Programme, Seed Secretariat
Telephone: +44 79 77 21 8057

Helen Marquard
helen.marquard at seedinit.org
Executive Director,
The SEED Initiative
Telephone: +44 1420 488544
Mobile: +44 7785 706646

The Seed Initiative
c/o IUCN, Rue Mauverney 28
CH - 1196 Gland, Switzerland

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