IUCN NL Small Grants for the Purchase of Nature to Provide Funds for Local NGOs

Deadline: 1 May 2019

The International Union for Conservation of Nature Netherlands (IUCN NL) is currently accepting applications for its Small grants for the Purchase of Nature (SPN) to enable strong local conservation NGOs to secure, connect and efficiently protect habitat of Red List species.

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The IUCN NL programme Small grants for the Purchase of Nature (SPN) provide funds for local NGOs to acquire (through purchase or lease) threatened nature, create safe reserves and connect wildlife habitats for endangered species. Since its foundation in 2001, SPN has enabled the purchase of over 39.000 hectares.

Grant Information

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The maximum financial assistance provided by SPN is Euro 85,000.

Project Areas

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High priority will be given to:

  • Land acquisition (through purchase or lease) to secure areas hosting species listed as threatened (CR, EN or VU) on the IUCN Red List .
  • Acquisition of areas with a high biodiversity value, like AZE sites or IBAs;
  • Land acquisition(through purchase or lease) of areas that are important for securing the connectivity in a landscape (corridors, stepping stones);
  • Projects in which the acquisition of land is part of a broader approach to secure and restore connectivity in a fragmented landscape and / or to secure ecosystem services;
  • Land acquisition (through purchase or lease) involving ecosystems underrepresented in the public protected areas system.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Geographical range
    • Only projects located in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific are eligible for this programme.
    • IUCN NL is specifically inviting NGOs from Central – and Southeast Asia, Central America and the Middle East to submit proposals.
  • Implementing Organization
    • Proposals can be submitted by local NGOs with:
    • Experience and capacity concerning the effective management of a conservation area
    • Experience and capacity in the field of project management, financial management and control
  • Local Participation
    • The project should seek to harmonize with the needs, views, expertise and experience of local stakeholders.
    • The project should take into account local participation in conservation and management of the area to be acquired.

How to Apply

Interested NGOs should submit their pre-proposals electronically at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://www.iucn.nl/en/solutions/land-acquisition

  • Avatar Jawad Shah says:

    We in Organization Working in Province KP Pakistan for Defending Fundamental Human Rights and its Promotion in societies, some of the venues in Pakistan occur the living species and habitats just as jackal,s parrots and insects in the forest but have we would make Proposal on these to secure and Promote their lives????

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Jawad Shah,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar zeru says:

    our organization was found in Ethiopia ,so we are so much experience in biodiversity and we are invited and committed to work for your small grant program

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi zeru,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Hellen Ketty Acham Elungat says:

    Iam from Uganda the calls stipulates that its for Africa , Asia, Latin America and Pacific are eligible but when you go to list of Countries it only shows for Africa DRC and Ghana yet we have three national parks can i apply to purchase or lease land along the protected corridors in one of the tree NPs or Forests in Uganda

    • Avatar Reena says:


      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity.

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

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