Feature Funder: Whitley Fund for Nature

Whitley Awards are a form of conservation funding and an international profile prize that recognises grassroots conservation leaders. The Awards are worth £35,000 in project fundingDeadline for applications is October 31st 2012.

The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) is a UK registered charity offering awards and grants to outstanding nature conservationists around the world. They locate and recognise some of the world’s most dynamic conservation leaders and support projects founded on good science, community involvement and pragmatism. Above all, they champion passionate individuals who are committed to precipitating long-lasting conservation benefits on the ground.

The WFN aims to:

  • source and fund the world’s most dynamic conservation leaders
  • support work founded on proven results and science that helps local communities directly benefit from healthy ecosystems
  • fund pragmatic projects that have a long-lasting impact on the ground
  • help winners to raise their profile, network and educate others
  • work with winners to heighten public awareness of the serious problems facing nature and biodiversity worldwide.

WFN celebrates effective local conservation leaders working in resource poor, biodiversity rich regions through Whitley Awards of up to £30,000.  The Awards are the result of a competitive process and of the Whitley Award Winners selected each year, one recipient goes on to also win the prestigious Gold Award, worth an additional £30,000. The Whitley Awards Ceremony, hosted by our patron HRH The Princess Royal, is held annually at the Royal Geographical Society.

Continuation Funding of up to £60,000 over two years is available for previous Whitley Award Winners who have proven themselves to be truly exceptional. In this way, we enable the continued growth of projects where outstanding contributions to conservation are being made and creating lasting 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.

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