Grant Programme against Marine Litter

Oceans are the largest ecosystems on the planet. They provide habitats for a large number of species and are an important source of income and food for people across the world. However, these valuable ecosystems are exposed to ever-increasing pressures, such as the roughly eight million tons of plastic litter that enter into the oceans every year. This marine litter poses a major threat to marine animals as they can become entangled in it or swallow it, mistaking it for food. This can lead to death. Plastic consumed by marine animals can also enter the human body via the food chain. It has been estimated that by 2050, our oceans will contain more plastic litter than fish.

Marine litter is a global problem that can only be solved through international cooperation. The 14th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and various international agreements highlight the importance of reducing marine litter for the protection of marine ecosystems. During its G7 and G20 presidencies, the Federal German Government placed this topic at the top of the political agenda.

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports the commitment of the Federal Government with its Grant Programme „Marine Debris Framework – Regional hubs around the globe“ (Marine:DeFRAG). The primary goal is to avoid the production of litter at the source, thus reducing the amount of litter that can even enter the environment. This will be achieved through measures to reduce the quantities of litter, in particular plastic litter, produced in the medium term, as well as the establishment and development of waste and recycling management systems in the short term. In addition to coastal regions and island states, the geographic focus of the programme is also on countries and regions that transport large amounts of plastic into the sea via their rivers.

To achieve its goals, the Grant Programme against Marine Litter supports projects involving policy advice, capacity building, the implementation of policies and strategies, as well as technology cooperation and investment.

Who can apply for funding?

German federal implementing and non-governmental organisations, companies, universities and research institutions, as well as German subsidiaries of international and multilateral organisations and institutions, which are registered in Germany, can submit applications for funding. They must have a demonstrated expertise in implementing projects in developing countries and emerging markets, as well as in the areas of product development, supply chain management, circular economy and/or waste management. Individuals cannot be funded. Furthermore, governments are not eligible to receive funding directly.

How does the application process work?

Applications can be submitted electronically using the easy-Online electronic application form system. The application deadline is 30 June 2020. More information about the application procedure, including the funding purpose, FAQ, conditions and procedures, can be found in the side bar on this page in the funding information documentation and project outline forms. The side bar also contains a link to the easy-Online electronic application form system. If potential applicants have any questions regarding the funding programme or the application procedure, they are welcome to contact the funding programme management using the contact details provided in the contact box.