Donor Name: Whitley Fund for Nature
Funding name: Whitley Awards 2018
Funding brief: WFN is a UK registered charity offering Whitley Awards and ongoing support to outstanding nature conservationists around the developing world. They locate and recognize dynamic conservation leaders and support projects founded on science, community involvement and pragmatism. The charity offers funding, training and recognition to people who bring about change, and champions passionate individuals who are committed to enabling long-lasting conservation benefits on the ground. Applicants are not restricted to qualified scientists, but must be able to compile a written report to describe and quantify the success of their work with appropriate references.
Deadline: Applications close at midnight GMT on 31 October 2017.
Funding details link: https://whitleyaward.org/apply-for-conservation-funding/how-to-apply/
Funding limit: To mark their 25th anniversary, this year’s Whitley Awards are worth £40,000 GBP in funding, to be spent over a period of one year.
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Project duration: To mark their 25th anniversary, this year’s Whitley Awards are worth £40,000 GBP in funding, to be spent over a period of one year.
● Not High Income Economy countries – Whitley Awards focus on individuals working in locations where international funds are hardest to raise, most needed, and will make the largest conservation impact. The strategic focus of the Whitley Awards is national conservation leadership 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. If you have any questions about eligible countries, please contact WFN.
● Nationals with local support – Whitley Awards winners are nationals of the countries where their conservation activities are focused (i.e. they were born there or have lived there a long time and have achieved national status) or are local to the region in which they work. This is because we have found these people often have the understanding necessary to bring about long term change and build capacity locally. Recent expatriates from developed, high-income economy countries are not eligible for Whitley Awards.
● Grassroots conservationists – Whitley Awards seek applicants from grassroots conservation NGOs incorporated in biodiversity-rich developing countries, rather than in-country staff from NGOs headquartered in developed countries who have access to a greater variety of funds – but if you are in doubt please contact us.
● Good communicators – all applicants must be able to communicate in English, and be capable of compiling a written report to describe and quantify the success of their work with appropriate academic references. To gain the maximum benefit from winning an Award, you need to be able to utilize media opportunities presented as a result – these can often be even more useful to your cause than the financial award involved. Should you win a Whitley Award, professional media training will form part of the Awards week in the U.K.
● 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. If you have any questions about eligible countries, please contact WFN.
● 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.
● Grassroots conservationists from locally incorporated NGOs in biodiversity-rich developing countries, rather than in-country staff employed by NGOs headquartered in developed countries – but if you are in doubt please contact us.
● 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, not individuals working in isolation.
● Scientific evidence – Projects that are based on scientific evidence and understanding – this can be in the leader, expertise on the team, or via partners/collaboration.
● Ecosystem / landscape level projects are preferred. Genuine flagships are great, but not if results are purely species-specific.
● Local stakeholder involvement – Work involving (and benefitting) the local community and stakeholders is essential.
● Evidence of success – Projects that are able to demonstrate evidence of success. We do not generally fund pilot projects or work that is at the start-up stage.
● Pragmatic, replicable and scalable – Grassroots, pragmatic work that is realistic, but ambitious too. We look for applicants on the cusp of ‘something big’ and work that is replicable or scalable.
● Measurable outcomes – Actions that will have clear, measurable outcomes – we look for applications that have given careful thought to what indicators can be measured to evidence impact.
● Cost-effective – Projects that demonstrate value for money and ability to manage funding at the Whitley Award level (£40,000). Organizations with Audited Accounts are preferred.
● Need for support – Projects for which an Award will make a big difference. Priority will be given to those that can demonstrate need.
● Sustainable projects – we want the work to continue into the future, well past the Whitley Award. Successful proposals will demonstrate long-term planning.
● Publicity – Work that needs publicity – ones that will do well if ‘doors can be opened’ via the media and enhanced recognition.
Submission mail: email@example.com
Other important link:
● Eligibility: https://whitleyaward.org/apply-for-conservation-funding/eligibility-and-application-faqs/
● Form: https://whitleyaward.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/00-WFN-WA-Application-Form-2018.docx
● Guideline: https://whitleyaward.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/00-WFN-Guidance-for-Applicants-2018.pdf
How to apply:
● Email your completed application form, photographs and supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure all e-mails are marked with the subject line ‘WA18 application’ and include your name.
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