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Project Funding – Applying to World Land Trust
World Land Trust (WLT) actively seeks potential opportunities to support projects focused on protecting threatened biodiversity worldwide. Organisations wishing to submit a project proposal to World Land Trust should be aware that we DO NOT usually accept unsolicited applications. On occasion we may consider project applications, but only those that fulfill all of our criteria, outlined below. Please note that we are usually fully committed to our current projects and we regret that we are unable to respond to unsolicited applications that have been unsuccessful due to the volume of requests that we receive. If you have not heard from us within two months please assume you have been unsuccessful.
Before considering applying for support from World Land Trust, please read the guidelines below. If you are interested in seeking support from World Land Trust you can submit a project proposal to: email@example.com
- WLT generally supports projects that involve land acquisition for effective protection of biodiversity conservation.
- WLT always supports conservation work through a local partner.
- Criteria to become a WLT project partner are:
- The organisation should be a legally constituted non-governmental organisation (NGO).
- The organisation must be a national or local organisation, based in the country where their projects take place.
- In general, project partners should be based in a developing country, as this is where the Trust generally provides support.
- The organisation should have wildlife conservation as its primary objective.
- The organisation must have experience of managing conservation projects, preferably involving land protection and sustainable management of resources.
- The organisation must have similar objectives to the Trust (details of which can be found on the website on the WLT mission page).
- WLT will consider providing financial and technical support for the initial acquisition of land plus additional activities including protection, biodiversity monitoring, education and outreach, habitat restoration and species reintroduction.
- An important aspect of WLT projects is the development of activities that provide a sustainable income for projects and therefore, WLT will consider funding the initial stages of such activities.
- Project proposals should be no more than 2000-3000 words and include brief information on:
- Project location
- Biodiversity of the area, including particular species which the project aims to protect if relevant
- Current status and activities of the project if it is ongoing
- Project activities which require support
- Overall costs of the project and a breakdown of costs
- Additional activities taking place as part of the overall project
- Possible options to develop a sustainable income for the project
- Organisation or individual requesting support, including details of how it fulfils the criteria outlined above and demonstrating good financial and organisational management
Project Selection Criteria
How the Trust evaluates conservation projects
The majority of World Land Trust projects involve the acquisition or protection of land. When selecting projects, a number of specific criteria are used to ensure that the project falls within WLT’s mission, and also looks at practical considerations, to ensure that the project is likely to succeed in its aims.
1. Conservation Value
Conservation value is first and foremost, the most important aspect of all World Land Trust (WLT) projects. Conservation value takes into account biodiversity within the project area (the number and variety of different species) and the level of threat of individual species. Also considered is the size of the reserve and the impact it will have on the surrounding land. Of particular importance here is whether the land connects with other wildlife reserves, to create a greater network of protected areas. The possible effects of climate change must also be considered. Lastly, consequential impacts, such as training for local people and sustainability programmes are considered, which will contribute to the long-term protection of the reserve.
The selection of a project is not restricted by its location, as long as all other criteria are met. However, WLT would not normally consider projects within developed countries.
3. Feasibility Criteria (to assess likelihood of success)
This includes the practical aspects of the project selection, such as the actual availability of land that can be purchased, whether the project is within WLT’s financial capability, and whether the cost of the project reflects its overall conservation value within its location.
It is always essential that WLT carries out its projects in partnership with a local organisation, with similar objectives to the Trust, and with the skills and capacity to manage the project. Commitment to the partnership is given through a non-legally binding agreement (a Memorandum of Understanding) that outlines the expectations and responsibilities of both partners.
Lastly, the criteria address the exit options available for the project. The aim of each project is for WLT to provide support for the local organisation to carry out project objectives, but with the ideal outcome for the project to continue, independent of WLT. To do this, project objectives must consider opportunities for sustainability for the long-term future.
4. Absence of adequate funding from other sources
As a small organisation, WLT is conscious that donations from supporters are spent in the most valuable way possible. Something that the Trust is keen to avoid is the duplication of efforts or funding in a particular project area, when there are many worthy project sites worldwide that require support. As a result, WLT will only support projects knowing that support is not available from other sources.
5. Feedback in support of the Trust’s further activities
This considers the publicity value of the project, and the potential for fundraising. Often, supporters write to the Trust voicing support for a particular location or species, suggestions that are taken into consideration when choosing projects. The potential for future land acquisition and/or research projects is also taken into consideration.
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