Threatened Species Grants Program: Inviting CSOs Engaged in Conservation


Deadline: 11 November 2018

IUCN’s SOS – Save Our Species is accepting proposals for “Threatened Species Grants” to enable and support CSOs engaged in the conservation of selected threatened species to carry out sustainable survival measures at local level to protect the species, their habitat and to improve the livelihoods of the people who depend on them.

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This call is issuing for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to submit proposals targeting the conservation of any of the ten species featured on the polo-shirts.

In February 2018, IUCN’s SOS – Save Our Species entered into a partnership with French Global Fashion Designer company Lacoste to champion awareness of threatened species conservation. The public campaign consisted of producing ten limited edition polo-shirts which replaced the iconic crocodile logo for 10 different threatened species.

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SOS – Save Our Species channels funds from donors to existing frontline conservation actors working to protect from extinction some of the world’s most threatened species of plants and animals.

SOS represents one key step in the journey toward saving a species. That process begins with knowledge generated by scientists worldwide and registered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species SOS harnesses the power of the largest network of species experts in the world – the IUCN Species Survival Commission to evaluate project applications on a voluntary basis. It also works closely with its partners to develop the initiative according to strategic priorities. This makes for effective unbiased quality control and allows SOS to optimise conservation return on investment.

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SOS initiative achieves its mission by:

  • Identifying and selecting the best frontline conservation projects for funding and ensuring grantees achieve their stated objectives.
  • Communicating about projects’ work and achievements in order to reach, engage and educate the global community.
  • Connecting people across the public sector, private enterprise and civil society with an effective conservation tool.

Funding Information

The overall indicative amount made available for this Call for Proposals is Fifty-five thousand US dollars (USD 55,000).

Target Species

The ten target threatened species include:

  • The Burmese Roofed Turtle (Batagur trivittata)
  • The Vaquita (Phocoena sinus)
  • The Northern Sportive Lemur (Lepilemur septentrionalis)
  • The Javan Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus)
  • The Kakapo Parrot (Strigops habroptila)
  • The Cao-Vit Gibbon (Nomascus nasutus)
  • The California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
  • The Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)
  • The Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris ssp. Sumatrae)
  • The Anegada Rock Iguana (Cyclura pinguis)

Project Duration

The maximum duration of the project should be 24 months.

Eligibility Criteria

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. International CSOs are eligible but it is essential that they work with local and national CSOs as well as the local communities. If international organisations apply, SOS will privilege the signature of a grant agreement with their nationally registered office. It is expected that projects foresee an adequate degree of involvement of relevant stakeholders and of the local communities. Working with governments is encouraged although governments and government-affiliated entities are not eligible to receive grants directly.
  • 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.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted only through the SOS Online Portal given on the website.

For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.

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