Sunday, 28 August 2011

Whitley Fund for Nature is seeking applications for 2012 Awards

Whitley Fund for Nature is seeking applications for 2012 Awards from individuals from non high-income countries working with effective teams having strong nature conservation experience

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 recognize some of the world’s most dynamic conservation leaders and support projects founded on good science, community involvement and pragmatism. Above all, we champion passionate individuals who are committed to precipitating long-lasting conservation benefits on the ground.

In this context, the fund is seeking applications for the Whitley Award 2012 from eligible projects and national and regional conservation leaders who are nationals of the countries where they are working, that are not defined as a High-Income Economy by the World Bank.

Whitley Awards recognize the leadership qualities of individuals working with effective teams with strong nature conservation experience. The candidates must be the people who are excellent ambassadors for the work that they do. Effective conservation is the result of teamwork; however, applications must specify a distinct leader of the team, someone who drives it forward.

Award the Awards
WFN has a broad scope of interest. Threatened habitat conservation, projects utilizing flagship species as a focal point for mobilizing local communities, livelihood development projects. Cost-effective projects will succeed over those that are less efficient, do not provide evidence of value for money, or which intend to spend a high percentage of the Award on salaries and international travel.

Funding from WFN should form a significant component of the project’s financial requirement (e.g. at least 30%).  WFN’s funding schemes are not designed to make minor contributions to very large projects better served by other funding agencies.

PhD projects, MSc dissertations and undergraduate projects are not eligible for the Whitley Award. WFN does not fund expeditions.We look for projects which actively involve and genuinely engage the local community and build capacity.

Application Process
All applications for Continuation Funding should refer to the original support given by WFN and how the work has progressed. As with applications for the Whitley Awards, three referee statements are required. References may be from referees you have used before, but the statements must all be new, and should refer specifically to your new proposal for Continuation Funding. Applicants may apply for grants of between £30,000 to £60,000 for their projects, over a period of one to two years.

Last date for submission of applications is October 31, 2011.
For more information and details, visit this link.

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