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 the grassroots and political level.
Applications to the programme open annually to WFN alumni in February, with funding given the following October. 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 so too are winners encouraged to aim high and take calculated risks. Proposals are assessed by a panel of expert reviewers 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 Donor Manager, Georgie White: firstname.lastname@example.org