The Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP) is inviting expressions of interest from organisations and partnerships for the for Landscape Restoration Grant.
The Endangered Landscapes Programme is working to demonstrate and deliver a vision for the future in which landscapes and seascapes:
- Support viable populations of native species with the capacity for landscape-scale movement
- Provide space for the natural functioning of ecological processes
- Provide sustainable cultural, social and economic benefits to people
- Are resilient to climate change
Across Europe, centuries of use have resulted in many landscapes and seascapes that are ecologically degraded, fragmented, disconnected, missing key species and that are vulnerable to climate change.
Ecological restoration can stimulate sustainable economic and social change in ways that are sensitive to past histories and the connections between culture, livelihoods, language and landscape.
The maximum awarded per project will be US$5 Million, over 5 years. The Programme welcomes applications for smaller amounts as a contribution towards landscape-scale projects supported by other donors. In your application you should indicate the total cost of your project over the next 5 years – i.e. including funds secured and/or applied for and any in-kind funding.
- Applications are invited from partnerships, where organisations contribute according to their individual and complementary experience, expertise and resources.
- Collaborations may include among their members international and national NGOs, national and local government agencies, research organisations, utilities companies, community organisations, local landowners, social enterprise businesses, the private sector and others. Government agencies and for-profit companies should not be major beneficiaries of ELP funding.
- Each team should identify a Lead partner who will take responsibility for project delivery, coordination, communication and contracting with the Endangered Landscapes Programme. Lead partners must:
- Be not-for-profit organisations including (for example) national, regional and international NGOs; social enterprise organisations.
- Have previously managed grants of no less than 60% the amount being requested from the ELP.
- Be currently or very recently active in the project landscape.
- Applicants invited to submit a full proposal to Stage 2 will be required to provide evidence that they are financially stable (by providing audit reports from the last 2 years).
- Applicants that are awarded a full grant will be expected to have secured the consent and all required authorizations for the project from the government or other statutory body before any funds are disbursed.
- Restore nature and ecosystem processes at landscape scale to address global, regional or national biodiversity conservation priorities (for species and habitats).
- Establish large scale systems of continuous or ecologically connected habitat where natural processes are given increased freedom to generate natural patterns and distributions of species (reducing the need for conservation management in the longterm) and which enhance ecosystem and species resilience to the impacts of climate change.
- Demonstrate a good understanding of the mechanism through which they will help overcome one or more barriers to ecosystem recovery (be they social, economic or political) enabling restoration processes to reach a ‘tipping point’ beyond which they are self-sustaining.
- Are developed and delivered through a process that involves engagement or partnership with local communities, which can show they have support from key landowners (State, Private, NGOs) within the project area, and which can demonstrate positive community impact.
- Are from project teams that are committed to collaboration, have a strong and stable partnership, are already active in the project area, have members that have all the skills and experience required for landscape restoration; and have a commitment, capacity and strategy for long-term custodianship of the landscape.
- Use approaches and address issues that are of relevance to landscape restoration elsewhere, and therefore which have prospects for wider replication.
- Offer value for money and have identified opportunities to use a grant from the Endangered Landscapes Programme to leverage additional funding.
For more information, visit https://www.endangeredlandscapes.org/about/funding-opportunities/expressions-of-interest-for-elp-funding/