Funding brief: 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.
Donor Name: Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN)
Funding name: Whitley Awards
Deadline: Applications close at midnight GMT on 31st, October, 2018.
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: Whitley Awards are worth £40,000 GBP in funding to be spent on projects over one year
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Whitley Awards are £40,000 GBP and need to be utilized within 12 months. Applications must be for one year of work, at the end of which the winner reports to WFN.
Eligible organization: As below
● 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.
● They seek 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/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. They do not generally fund pilot projects or work that is at the start-up stage.
● Grassroots, pragmatic work that is realistic, but ambitious too. They look for applicants on the cusp of ‘something big’ and work that is replicable or scalable.
● Actions that will have clear, measurable outcomes – they look for applications that have given careful thought to what indicators can be measured to evidence impact.
● Sustainable projects – they want 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 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.
WFN will not fund
● Projects based in High Income Economies as defined by the World Bank (Click to view). If your project is based in a country that has recently been re-classified as having a High Income Economy, please contact WFN. Recent expatriates – such leaders do excellent work around the world but are not the focus of this Awards scheme, which aims to champion local leaders.
● Pure academic research – winners need to have larger aims than ‘research and publish’. Any research should be applied research.
● MSc / PhD fieldwork – if students benefit from a project funded that is great, but they will not fund the fieldwork as an end to itself.
● Expeditions and conference attendance.
● ‘Start-up’ or pilot projects. Evidence of prior success is very important.
● Absentee leaders – especially if the leader is mid-PhD and will be absent from the project for long periods and/or based abroad.
● ‘One-man bands’ – people who will not reward emerging leadership on their team, train team members or who are reluctant to collaborate.
● Joint applications or nominations for someone else.
● Pure rural/ economic/ sustainable development where direct conservation benefits are hard to quantify.
● Land purchase or projects focused on construction of buildings.
● Animal welfare & rehabilitation of captive animals.
● Captive breeding – they recognize it as useful conservation tool, but at the level of funding they have available, they can’t make much impact. Therefore, they would only fund captive breeding where underlying causes of species decline in the wild have been fully addressed prior to breeding species in captivity.
● Government employees. However, they are aware that grey areas exist where conservationists will often be affiliated with government institutions in order to operate. If this is the case, please contact WFN.
● The applicant must be the leader of the project for which he or she is applying. Joint applications or nominations are not accepted
Eligible Country: 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 (Click to view). Exceptions to this criterion include Equatorial Guinea and certain island nations in the Caribbean.
Submission mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply: Email your completed application form, photographs and supporting documents to email@example.com. Please ensure all emails are marked with the subject line ‘WA19 application’ and include your name.
● The Application Form is a Word document that you can save to your computer and complete in your own time. The Guidance Notes also include information for referees.
● Please note the application form is only available to download during the set application period (July to 31 October). Applications made on out-of-date forms from previous years will not be considered.
● You need to arrange for three references to be submitted in support of your application. Details of referee eligibility can be found in the FAQs Section of this website. Information on what is required of referees can be found in the Guidance Notes. All references must be submitted independently to WFN by the referee and before the closing date of 31 October 2018.
● Whilst total fluency in English is not a requirement, the applicant must be able to communicate in English without a translator. This is so he or she, if invited for interview in the U.K., can benefit fully from the Whitley Awards week, which involves an interview, networking events, training and media opportunities.
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