4 April 2019

Call for applications: Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust

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Each year, the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust awards a number of grants to individuals undertaking nature conservation projects. Projects may involve practical habitat or species management, research, training, education, awareness raising or campaigning. 

We will have a rolling programme of areas of interest for funding, which will change for each round of applications. Please ensure that your project is eligible for funding before applying. 

The deadline for the current round of applications has now passed. We are now accepting applications for the March round of applications: Conservation of Asian birds, particularly Asian song birds. Please see table below for further information:

Date for next round of applications

Application timeframe

Area of interest

May 2019

1st November 2018 - 31st March 2019

Conservation of Asian passerines


December 2019 1st April - 31st October 2019

Conservation of endangered plant species


The Trust awards grants to both UK and overseas projects, and they typically range in value from £500 to £1,500. It is unlikely that the Trust would make an award for more than £1,500.

Applications are considered biannually - in May and December - at a meeting of the Awards Committee. We receive many applications and are pleased to be able to support around 10% of applicants. Please note that, following the meeting of the Awards committee, we are only able to contact those applicants who are successful in being awarded funding. 

Please note:

We are unable to process an application if the supporting documentation has not been received. Applications to participate in expeditions arranged by large organisations will not be considered. We do not support applications where the total cost of your project exceeds £15,000. Retrospective funding (i.e. funding for a project that has already begun) will not be provided for any project. All applications and supporting documentation must be written in English.

There are four steps to the application process: 

1. Check your eligibility for funding

The Awards are open to all, and each application is judged on its own merits, however there are a number of topics that the Awards Committee are particularly interested in, which are detailed below:

  • Research into the ecology of rare and threatened species and habitats.
  • Projects which aim to encourage increased awareness of ecology, conservation and environmental issues in local communities, and to educate people on how to develop and carry out sustainable management practices in those communities.
  • Research into how human activity affects species and habitats, and how any potential human-animal conflict can be managed.
  • Projects which aim to design and implement conservation education programmes.
  • Research into the welfare and breeding success of animals in captivity.

We will have a rolling programme of areas of interest for funding, which will change for each round of applications. Please check the top of this page for information on this.

Read more about this oppportunity here.

Fill out the application form here.