Save Our Species CFPs: Threatened Species Grants Program

Deadline: 7 April 2019

IUCN SOS is issuing a call to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to submit proposals targeting the conservation of any of the target species, and/or other African species, particularly equids, bovids, and giraffes.

The objective of this Call for Proposals is to enable and support CSOs engaged in the conservation of selected threatened species to carry out sustainable conservation measures at local level to protect the species, their habitats and to improve the livelihoods of the people who depend on them.

This call is focused on African Wildlife (in Sub-Saharan Africa) prioritising five species of carnivores including lions, leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs and Ethiopian wolves.

A limited proportion of the funding will be earmarked for additional species. These include other carnivores and species belonging to the families Equidae, Giraffidae and Bovidae.

Financial Allocation

Grant size can vary from a minimum of EUR 25,000 and a maximum of EUR 150,000. While it is not required to demonstrate that your project benefits from matching funds, please do indicate if such matching funding is available, and how much. The proposed project activities should be consistent with the amount requested and include a work plan. It is important to be realistic as to what can be achieved with the available amount and within the implementation period of the project. Expenses incurred outside Africa must be kept to a minimum and carefully justified.

Project duration

The maximum duration of the project should be 30 months. The start date of the project will be determined by the date of the signature of the grant contract. The performance of the contract cannot start before its entry into force. Project Results and Activities need to be clear and attainable within the timeframe of the grant.

Eligibility criteria

  • Eligible Actors
    • In order to be eligible for a grant the applicant must be:
      • a legal person and
      • be non-profit-making and
      • be a civil society entity, local or international non-governmental organisation. Projects presented by local and national CSOs, including indigenous organizations (Community Based Organisations) will be favourably considered. African NGOs are encouraged to apply. International NGOs applying will be required to work closely with national stakeholders, local communities and with the consent and all required authorizations from the government. If international NGOs apply, overseas costs (indirect costs, salaries and international travel) will have to be minimal and justification for their need provided. In the case of international NGOs having a legally registered office in Africa, SOS will privilege the signature of a grant agreement and direct transfer of funds to their African registered office. Working with governments is encouraged although governments and government-affiliated entities are not eligible to receive grants directly. The costs of travel for government bodies (for example for attending a workshop) can be reimbursed if they are directly linked to the project.
      • grantees cannot have a conflict of interest in applying for this call. A conflict of interest may arise in particular as a result of economic interests, political or national affinities, family or emotional ties, or any other relevant connection or shared interest.
      • grantees cannot be current employees of IUCN or close relatives (i.e. immediate family) of IUCN employees. vi. grantees can submit a maximum of two applications as the lead organization, but they can be a sub-contractor in as many applications as they want.

Eligible Activities

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

For more information, please visit

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