Updated Sep 30, 2019CLOSED

Call for Applications for 2020 Conservation Leadership Award

Offered by Conservation Leadership Programme

Conservation Leadership Awards enable previously supported CLP projects to consolidate (or connect together) their previous project successes by creating something longer term, which is more practical and conservation-oriented than research oriented. These awards aim to provide more substantial resources to first-rate, innovative and original projects that build long-term capacity for conservation in the project area, whilst offering the team invaluable developmental experience. Applicants must have completed a Future Conservationist and a Conservation Follow-up project to apply.
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CLOSEDOct 18, 2019Deadline
Up to $50,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasEnvironment
In 2020, CLP is accepting Continuation Awards for projects to be implemented in countries that are listed as low or middle income on the World Bank index with some exceptions. Please contact CLP with any questions.

To be eligible for a CLP Conservation Follow-up or Leadership Award, your project must meet the following eligibility criteria. Please read the Guidelines for Applicants for more details on eligibility and judging criteria.

CLP Awards are for team-based conservation projects – each team must have at least three
Nationals of a country subject to sanctions or trade restrictions imposed by USA, UK or EU a re
not eligible to participate on a project team.
The team leader must be a national of the country where the project is taking place, although
we will consider co-leadership with a non-national team member with justification.
At least two team members must be from the original CLP project; additional team
members must be early-career conservationists with no more than five years of paid work
experience in the conservation sector. ‘Paid work experience’ does not include research
for a university degree.
No team member can be a part- or full-time paid employee or contractor with a CLP
partner organisation, including BirdLife International, Fauna &Flora International, and the
Wildlife Conservation Society, at the time of project development through
implementation. Any team member volunteering at a CLP partner organization at the time
of application and/or project implementation MUST be declared in the application. They
also need to explain how the CLP proposal differs from the partner organization’s work.
Applicants may participate in only one CLP project at a time.

Follow-up Award applicants must have completed and reported on a CLP Future
Conservationist project; Leadership Award applicants must have compl eted and reported on
both a CLP Future Conservationist and Follow-up award projects.
The project must build on a previous CLP project by addressing a practical conservation issue
raised by the original project.
CLP offers support to early-career conservationists living and working in low and middle income
economies in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern and South-eastern
Europe and the Middle East. The project must take place in one of the eligible countries. See below for ineligible countries (high income and countries with whom trade or other dealings are prohibited under any sanctions or restricted party regime imposed by the UN, EU, UK and USA) and high income Caribbean and Pacific Island economies that are eligible.
Follow-up projects may be up but no more than two years in length; Leadership projects may be
up to but no more than three years in length.
The total funding request from the CLP must not exceed US $25,000 for Follow-up Awards and
US$50,000 for Leadership Awards; CLP funding must cover at least 50% of the total project
budget for both award types.
The proj ect must focus on globally important species for biodiversity conservation that are at
risk. We consider a species to be ‘at risk’ if it is designated as globally threatened (CR, EN, VU) or data deficient (DD) by the IUCN Red List OR if there is information suggesting that urgent conservation action is needed.
For those projects focusing on multiple species and/or taxonomic groups, at least one species
in each taxonomic group being studied must be at risk.
Those projects proposed in priority sites for conservati on will belooked on favourably. We
consider ‘priority sites’ to be, for example, Alliance for Zero Extinction sites, Important Bird
and Biodiversity Areas, Important Plant Areas, Key Biodiversity Areas, Ramsar sites, UNESCO
World Heritage Sites, Marine Protected Areas and potential Marine Protected Areas. Project
work at ‘priority sites’ should be linked to the target species at risk i.e. CR, EN, VU or DD.
Applicants must provide a hyperlink to published factsheets for the sites proposed.
Projects that involve laboratory analyses must justify why this work is critical and urgent for

Application Directions

Application should be submitted through email.


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