2022 Whitley Awards and Grants for Grassroots Conservationists in Local NGOs(£40,000 GBP)

Application for the 2022 Whitley Awards and Grants is ongoing!

Every year, The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) offers annual Whitley Awards to effective grassroots conservationists working across the Global South. These awards are both an international profile prize and a form of project funding.

To apply successfully, kindly read through this piece to learn the full details about this award- the eligibility criteria, requirements, application deadline, and more. The table below will give you an overview of what you should expect.

About whitley continuation funding

Whitley Awards are for dynamic mid-career conservationists who are leading wildlife conservation projects in developing countries. Winners tend to be nationals of the country in which they are working, and are looking to scale up work that is proven to be effective and would benefit from further funding and profile boost. To be eligible, projects must involve local communities at the grassroots level and deliver practical action that is founded on science.

Whitley Awards and Grants- Objectives

Find, recognize, and the fund has proven grassroots conservation leaders in resource-poor, biodiversity-rich countries. Champion and repeat fund the most effective winners. Support the replication and growth of effective conservation solutions. Raise awareness of the work of winners and spread the message that we can all make a difference to the conservation of wildlife and wild places.

Whitley Awards and Grants- Funding Information

Whitley Awards are worth £40,000 GBP in funding to be spent on projects over one year.

Whitley Awards and Grants- Eligibility Criteria

Not High Income Economy countries – Wildlife conservation projects led by local leaders based in countries that are not defined as a High Income Economy by the World Bank.

  • Exceptions to this criterion include Equatorial Guinea and certain island nations in the Caribbean.

Nationals with local support – a key focus of the Whitley Award is to boost the profile of leaders who are nationals of the country in which they are working. There are some exceptions, for example, long-term residency (15+ years) or commitment to country/region/building capacity of local team members for future leadership.

  • WFN seeks grassroots conservationists from locally incorporated NGOs in biodiversity-rich developing countries, rather than in-country staff employed by NGOs headquartered in developed countries.

Good communicators and passionate leaders – people who will inspire others and importantly, who will collaborate and share results. Please note applicants must be able to communicate in English.

Leadership and teamwork – Whitley Awards are won by individuals backed by an appropriate team/organization. Individuals working in isolation and team/joint entries are not eligible.

Projects that are based on scientific evidence and understanding – this can be in the leader, expertise on the team, or via partners/collaboration. Work involving (and benefitting) the local community and stakeholders is essential.

  • Ecosystem/landscape level projects are preferred. Genuine flagships are great, but not if results are purely species-specific.Projects must be able to demonstrate evidence of success. We do not generally fund pilot projects or work that is at the start-up stage.
  • Grassroots, pragmatic work that is realistic, but ambitious too. WFN looks for applicants on the cusp of ‘something big’ and work that is replicable or scalable.

Actions that will have clear, measurable outcomes – WFN looks for applications that have given careful thought to what indicators can be measured to evidence impact.

Sustainable projects – Whitley wants the work to continue into the future, well past the Whitley Award. Successful proposals will demonstrate long-term planning.

  • Projects that demonstrate value for money and the ability to manage funding at the Whitley Award level (£40,000). Organizations with Audited Accounts are preferred.
  • Projects for which an Award will make a big difference. Priority will be given to those that can demonstrate need.

Work that needs publicity – ones that will do well if ‘doors can be opened via the media and enhanced recognition.

How to Apply for the Whitley Awards and Grants

Interested applicants must download the application form via the given website.

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The closing date for this award application entry is 31st October.

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