Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN): Inviting applications for ‘Whitley Awards 2020’ for conservation projects.

Funding brief: The Whitley Fund for Nature offers funding for conservation projects through the Whitley Awards.

The following project WFN will fund-
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 them.
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. They 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. They 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 – they 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). Organisations 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– they 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.

The following projects WFN will not fund-
High Income Economies– Projects based in High Income Economies as defined by the World Bank. 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.
‘One-man bands’– people who operate alone or who are reluctant to collaborate.
Pure research / expeditions / conference attendance– winners need to have larger aims than ‘research and publish’. Any research should be applied research. PhD projects, MSc dissertations, undergraduate projects, expeditions and conference attendance are not eligible for the Whitley Award – if PhD/MSc students benefit from a project funded that is great, but we will not fund these alone.
‘Start-up’ or pilot projects.Evidence of prior success is very important.
Pure rural development– Pure rural/ economic development where direct conservation benefits are hard to quantify.
Land purchase or projects focussed on construction of buildings as these activities are rarely feasible with in the one year time frame of our Awards.
Animal welfare & rehabilitation of captive animals– The focus is on nature in the wild.
Captive breeding– They recognise 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.

Donor Name: Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN)
Funding name: Whitley Awards 2020

Deadline: Applications close at midnight GMT on 31st, October, 2019.

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: Over one year

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Please read the Eligibility Criteria for details of what WFN do and do not fund before applying to give your application the best chance of being successful.

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.
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 they 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 conservationists working for 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 them.
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 utilise 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.

The Whitley Award is given to an individual. Joint applications and nominations for someone else are not eligible. Government employees are not eligible. However, they are aware that grey areas exist where conservationists will often be affiliated with government institutions in order to operate.

Eligible Country: 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. Whitley Awards focus on individuals working in locations where international funds are hardest to raise, most needed, and will make the largest conservation impact.  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.

Submission mail: info@whitleyaward.org

Other important link:
Guideline: Click to view
Proposal Form (Form): Click to view
Proposal Form (Budget): Click to view
About: Click to view
FAQ: Click to view

How to apply: Email your completed Application Form, Budget Template, photographs and supporting documents to info@whitleyaward.org. Please ensure all emails are marked with the subject line ‘WA20 application’ and include your name.

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