The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) is a UK registered charity offering awards and grants to outstanding nature conservationists around the world.  We 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, we champion passionate individuals who are committed to precipitating long-lasting conservation benefits on the ground.

HRH The Princess Royal has been Patron of WFN since 1999

Through a process of reference, application and interview, WFN identifies effective national and regional conservation leaders and celebrates them through Whitley Awards of up to £35,000, now amongst the most high profile of conservation prizes.

Winning a Whitley Award does not have to be a one-off and Continuation Funding of up to £70,000 is available for previous Whitley Award winners who have proved themselves and their work to be truly exceptional.

The WFN team on stage with the 2010 Whitley Award winners at the Royal Geographical Society

As well as providing winners with significant financial support, WFN strives to accelerate the career paths of recipients by helping them to raise their profile, network and inspire others.  Many of our previous winners have been able to scale up their work from local to national and international level as a result of WFN Awards and funding. We maintain close contact with our winners, doing all we can to ensure their conservation work is ongoing and increasingly effective. As a charity committed to raising public awareness of the serious problems facing ecosystems globally, our winners are encouraged to address wider audiences wherever possible, both here in the UK through talks and events, and in the international media.

The Whitley Awards Ceremony, hosted by our patron, HRH The Princess Royal, is held annually at the Royal Geographical Society, in the Spring.

Read more about Whitley Fund for Nature.