About Us

The Whitley Fund for Nature is a fundraising and grant-giving nature conservation charity offering recognition, training and grants to support the work of proven grassroots conservation leaders across the Global South.


The Whitley Awards support grassroots leaders in countries rich in natural resources but lacking in financial resource for conservation. Winners are local environmental heroes, acting on the latest science and leading projects with passion. Through them we support work rooted in communities that creates lasting benefits for habitats, wildlife and people.

From our London-based office, WFN’s objectives are to:

  • Find, recognise and fund grassroots conservation leaders across the Global South.
  • Champion and repeat fund the most effective winners.
  • Support the replication and growth of effective conservation solutions.
  • Raise awareness of the work of winners and spread the message that we can all make a difference to conservation.