Microgrants: Frequently Asked Questions

1. The project leader who completes the application must be between 18-35 at the time of submitting the application.

2. The applicant must be proficient in English in order to clearly articulate their project in the application and to understand and complete the reporting requirements.

3. The majority of key activities, as proposed, must take place in 2021.

4. All local Covid-19 guidelines must be followed and, to the degree possible, anticipated in the project budget and activities. 

5. The primary project objective must have a clear and demonstrable connection to improving ocean health and sustainability.

Anyone under 35 with an idea or current project benefitting ocean health can apply. You don't have to be an Ocean Leader or Hub member to apply, but if selected you will need to complete the Ocean Leader onboarding course.

We evaluate projects based on their alignment with our mission, the degree of their impact (taking into account the scientific soundness) and their sustainability in consideration to their feasibility, replicability, community mapping/engagement, and budget.

We want to support projects that are going to 'live on', either through sustained community engagement, or by creating a vehicle for the project to be implemented elsewhere/again.

That is why we require that all applicants become Ocean Leaders; so that SOA and our network of Hubs, Mentors, and Regional Representatives can help ensure a project's sustainability. 


Grants are reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis; the sooner an application is received the sooner it will be funded. All grants will be awarded by mid-June. 

$2,000 is the maximum amount for the first grant award. Further funding may be available for past grantees and/or participants in the 2021 Community Leadership Deep Dive. 

Grants are typically disbursed in two installments. 

Yes! Grantees have the option to engage in 1:! mentorship with an SOA Mentor.

Additionally, the 2021 Community Leadership Deep Dive will take place in the fall, in which selected applicants will undergo 4 weeks of training to increase both competency and capacity as an agent of change in the ocean space.

More details on these opportunities will be shared with all grant awardees.

Projects may have already begun at the time of application, though we encourage applicants who apply for funding as a component of a larger project to articulate discrete objectives and deliverables that will take place in 2021.

The majority of (above 50%) of the activities proposed and directly supported by SOA must be complete by December 1, 2021. (Ideally, 100% of activities will be complete by this date but we understand complications due to Covid-19 may arise).

Final reports will be due within 30 days of project completion and no later than March 1, 2021.

All projects will require a brief interim report and a comprehensive final report.

We will consider funding activities of for-profit social enterprises on a case by case basis. It is essential to demonstrate a direct link to SDG14 goals and communicate why the enterprise cannot fund this work themselves.

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