Whitley Awards 2020 Now Open!
Whitley Awards 2020 is now open! The deadline for applications is midnight GMT 31st October 2019. The Awards seek to support grassroots leaders in resource-poor, biodiversity-rich countries working to conserve wildlife and their habitats with the help of local communities. Awards are worth £40,000 over one year and come with professional media training, PR and a profile boost.
The Whitley Awards:
- are the result of a global competition for effective conservation leadership
- are worth £40,000 GBP in project funding over one year
- champion local leaders working in developing nations that are rich in biodiversity
- celebrate passionate people and effective communicators – individuals who inspire and are backed by a committed team and local NGO
- provide a significant boost to winners’ international profile by putting a spotlight on their work
- support winners with communications training and PR assistance
- enable winners to join a network of Whitley Award alumni, with opportunities for collaboration and to apply for WFN Continuation Funding
We look for:
- projects that explicitly address biodiversity conservation issues
- value for money and likelihood of future sustainability
- potential for replication to deliver large scale change
- community involvement and grassroots approach
- scientific founding – the leader need not be a scientist but needs to demonstrate the team have the required skills and experience or collaborations in place
- proven success and evidence-based approach
- measurable impact not just activity – we support projects that can demonstrate real change
- marine, freshwater and terrestrial projects
- WFN does not fund undergraduate projects, expeditions, MSc, PhDs or governmental work.
- WFN works to build the capacity of less developed nations to conduct conservation. To be eligible to apply, the project must take place in a country that is not defined as a High-Income Economy by the World Bank (with some exceptions).
- The Awards are aimed at nationals of the countries or regions where projects are focussed.
- We seek grassroots conservationists from locally incorporated NGOs in developing countries, rather than in-country staff employed by NGOs headquartered in developed countries.
Having reviewed gaps in our geographical spread, we are keen to encourage applications from inspiring local conservation leaders in: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Chad, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guyana, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Panama, Senegal, Sudan, and Suriname. However, I wish to emphasise that applications from all eligible countries are welcomed and proposals are judged on quality rather than country spread.