Continuation Funding

WFN provides further funding to the most successful Whitley Award winners to take their projects to the next level and bring about lasting change for endangered species and their habitats. Applications are only open to previous Whitley Award winners, who can apply for grants competitively each year. Many winners go on to become some of the most influential conservationists in their field, with their projects making a difference at both a grassroots and international level.

Applications to the programme open annually to WFN alumni in May, with funding given the following October.

In 2020 we are excited to launch a poignant new strand of Continuation Funding, supporting nature-based solutions that tackle climate change and biodiversity loss hand-in-hand, and in consultation with communities. Projects will bridge the gap between conservation and climate change, recognising that collaborative action is needed in order to reverse wildlife decline and address global warming.

These grants will be worth up to £100,000 over two years and available to past Whitley Award winners. They will run alongside our existing Continuation Funding grants, which are worth up to £70,000 over two years and support alumni to scale-up their effective work and respond to changing needs.

Following the submission of concept notes, grants are applied for on a competitive basis and funding is not guaranteed. 55% of all previous Whitley Award winners have gone on to win Continuation Funding: our commitment to the most effective conservation leaders is long-term. Scientific rigour remains a mainstay of programme selection, but winners are also encouraged to aim high and take calculated risks. Proposals are assessed by a panel of experts from a range of conservation and science organisations who generously donate their time to identify the most compelling projects. Such funding – which is greater in value and over a longer time period than the Whitley Award – is given to some of the most influential conservationists in their field, contributing measurable impact whether at the grassroots or now at national level.

Our winners tell us that the ability to re-apply for funds when they need them to expand their work or address emerging threats is a vital source of support. However, demand for Continuation Funding far outstrips resources – we want to change this! We welcome further donations to our Continuation Funding Programme to enable us to get closer to the £1.5 million being sought by our winners annually. With your help, we could support more of these impactful projects. If you would like to learn more or are interested in giving to this programme and supporting conservation heroes, please contact WFN’s Head of Partnerships, Georgie White: [email protected]

Learn about our 2019 Continuation Funding winners here.