Conservation Workshop Grants support non-governmental organizations, community groups, government agencies, and educational institutions. These grants support training courses and workshops in WWF priority ecoregions on topics of importance for local and regional conservation efforts.
BUILDING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY
Conservation Workshop Grants are part of EFN’s larger goal to build institutional capacity at a local and national level. Sixty-seven percent of organizations that receive these grants have less than 24 employees and are classified as non-governmental organizations. More than 90 percent are local or national organizations. These numbers show the commitment EFN has to supporting small organizations that work at a local level to improve conservation efforts within their communities.
EXPANDING WWF PARTNERSHIPS WITH LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
Almost 60 percent of all recipients have a working relationship with WWF on the ground while the remainder is working in places important to WWF’s work. WWF depends on strong partnerships and EFN works to improve these relationships by offering funding for partners to train their staff and local stakeholders on topics that align with WWF’s mission. To date, the majority of workshops have focused on training stakeholders, issues connecting conservation and indigenous communities, and protected area management.
FILLING THE FUNDING GAP
Seventy percent of Conservation Workshop Grant recipients report that funding is a major barrier to their mission of contributing to conservation in their home countries. EFN aims to fill the gap by providing these critical funds to advance conservation in the field. More than 50 percent reported that they would not have been able to hold the workshop without their Conservation Workshop Grants, and the remainder said that their Conservation Workshop Grants funds were very helpful, allowing them to hold a significantly longer, larger, or better training opportunities than would have been possible without the funds. Seventy percent were able to leverage EFN funding to attract other financial support to their organization. EFN grants provide opportunities for institutions to, not only train local stakeholders, but to improve their own institutional capacity as well.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
To be eligible for an EFN Conservation Workshop Grant, the following criteria must be met:
- Your organization must have an established presence in an eligible country.
- Proposed training and capacity building activities must provide skills and knowledge to groups that will help advance conservation in an eligible country.
- Proposal must include an active learning, practical skills, or field activity component.
- Training must take place within one year of submission of the application.
- Priority is given to organizations established in an eligible country for at least 3 years.
- Priority is given to local and regional organizations that train local participants.
- Organizations are limited to one EFN Conservation Workshop Grant every two years. Priority is given to organizations that have not yet benefited from this opportunity.
- Priority will be given to organizations working in WWF priority ecoregions.
Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year
Cost/funding for participants:
Conservation Workshop Grants are an opportunity for local and regional organizations to receive funding that supports local conservation efforts. These grants must include a hands-on training component on a conservation issue critical to WWF's work in the region.
These grants cover travel expenses, meals and accommodations, room rentals, materials, and other related costs. Administrative costs are no more than 15 percent of the grant with typical grants between $1,500 and $7,500. EFN is proud to support WWF's local partners and encourage local capacity building in the world’s most ecologically important regions.