The Joke Waller-Hunter (JWH) Initiative: Inviting applications for ‘grant’ to create opportunities for young people in the environmental sector in developing countries to unfold their full potential.

Funding brief: The Joke Waller-Hunter (JWH) Initiative creates opportunities for young people in the environmental sector in developing countries to unfold their full potential. By giving small grants to individuals to expand their knowledge, experience and training, the Initiative aims to strengthen environmental Civil Society Organizations capacity and efficiency. The mission of the JWH Initiative is thus to provide an accessible and tailored small grant for education and training of individuals who are nominated by their organization as potential future leaders.

In order to promote lasting change towards a more sustainable world the environmental movement is in constant need of inspirational and skilful leadership. Young people working for environmental CSOs, especially in developing countries, often have few opportunities to develop leadership skills due to a lack of resources for schooling, training or practical learning.

Donor Name: The Joke Waller-Hunter (JWH) Initiative
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: There is one deadline per year, the 1st, September, 2018.

Funding details link:

Funding limit: The following grants are available per round:
● 10 grants of 2.500 Euro
● 4 grants of 5.000 Euro
● 2 grants of 7.000 Euro

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Not found

Eligible organization: As below

● They work with a nomination process which means the participants cannot apply themselves. Environmental Civil Society Organizations and nominators working in these organizations identify suitable candidates within their organizations or networks and either themselves, and/or in collaboration with the candidate, fill in the nominating form.

● Young people who work or are affiliated with environmental CSO’s in developing countries and emerging economies who have shown potential for and interest in further developing their leadership. Candidates can come from anywhere except from ‘advanced economies’ (see below for list based on the IMF classification). The definition of ‘young’ is not linked to a concrete age limit. However, preference will be given to young women and men under 35 of age. They would like to especially encourage the nomination of young women and local community leaders.

● The candidates should have proof of an excellent track record in:
–    Fully embracing the idea of sustainable development;
–    A strong background in working on environmental and sustainable development issues;
–    Showing potential and ambition towards becoming a leader in her/his field of work, such as being inspirational and a support to others, working with communities, being innovative and creative;
–    Committed to work on environmental and sustainable development issues in their country/region.
● The candidate should be willing and have the potential to report on the development of their leadership capacities.

● The grant can be applied for a wide range of activities, depending on the individuals’ need and interest. Most grantees use the funding for advancing either their knowledge and skills through studies, courses, trainings. or their expanding their experience through internships, exposure and exchange travels, participation in conferences, high level meetings etc. The candidate should have a clear idea on what it is that she/he intends to use the grant for before applying.

Eligible Country: Individuals from these countries cannot participate: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States (IMF classification of ‘advanced economies’ 2011)

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How to apply:
● By this date the filled out nominating forms will have to be sent to us should the candidate be considered for this round.
● Nomination forms can be found on the website and nominations can be made throughout the year. However, it should be noted that the nomination forms can be subject to change and it is important to use the latest version.
● About six weeks before each deadline a call will be posted online and a reminder send via email to interested parties. In order to qualify the nomination form will need to be completely filled out and a CV and a picture of the candidate provided. Each round 16 candidates will be selected.
● Application for nominations must be done in English. The information provided should be typed appropriately in the spaces provided in the nomination form. All fields need to be filled in. Failure to fill in the form correctly and completely might render the nomination invalid.
● Before submitting the nomination, please ensure the following requirements are included in the email:
 A completed nomination form;
 A copy of the candidate’s CV;
 A recent digital picture of the candidate that clearly shows the face (front view).
● All applications must be submitted electronically through email, addressed to: Daan Robben – Coordinator JWH Initiative (

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