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Worldwide grant criteria

We have awarded grants to scientific researchers and conservationists for many years for work that is aimed at the preservation of endangered species around the world.

PTES Conservation Insight Grants

The next Conservation Insight Grants will be awarded in 2018. The deadline for applications is 20th April 2018. The grants will be assessed in a meeting on 27th June 2018. Please submit any applications for funding in early 2018.

Our Conservation Insight Grants are for projects focusing on endangered species for up to two years. We award funds between £3,000 and £10,000 per annum up to a maximum total of £20,000.

Funds will be awarded for work that seeks to either:

  • Find the critical scientific evidence that will facilitate the conservation of a species
  • Provide the answer to a key conservation question, which will enable conservationists to undertake critical conservation action
  • Undertake the implementation of a key local action which will result in a significantly, positive impact for an endangered species

High priority projects include:

  • Gathering evidence needed to undertake necessary mitigation work
  • Using scientific evidence to get changes made to local, national or international policy
  • Devising and testing a new methodology for monitoring a species or group of species

Priority is also given to applications for conservation and research work on species classified as endangered, critically endangered and extinct in the wild by the IUCN.

NEW for 2017 – Conservation Evidence

We are delighted to announce that we have recently collaborated with the Conservation Evidence Project, a University of Cambridge initiative, to become one of their Evidence Champions. The Conservation Evidence Project ( summarises the scientific evidence on different conservation interventions that people have carried out, all around the world. Their work so far includes comprehensive information on the conservation of birds and bees, frogs and forests. There is also information on work relating to many other taxa and in the next few years detailed work on other taxa will be added. For some projects, there will not yet be relevant evidence on the Conservation Evidence website; we encourage you to consult other evidence if available, but this will not prejudice your application.

Crucially, this information is made freely available, so anyone can read it and see what has worked – and what hasn’t. However, some conservation groups are still not using the available science, meaning they may not be as effective as they could be in conserving nature. As an Evidence Champion, PTES is keen to fund experimental conservation work, which tests actions that are undertaken in order to prove what does and what doesn’t work.

We would like all our grantees to check the evidence for their proposed projects on the Conservation Evidence website. This will help us to fund the projects with the highest chance of success. We will also be encouraging the conservationists that we fund to test their work and publish it in Conservation Evidence’s journal, so we can be constantly improving conservation science. For examples of how to reference Conservation Evidence in your application please click here.

If you have any questions relating to whether your proposed work either has been trialed previously or whether it can be adapted to be more effective, please email

We only accept grant requests from applicants already working and established in either the UK, UK overseas territories or any country NOT classified by the World Bank as high-income. Please go to the World Bank web page to check if your country applies. Priority is given to native project leaders working in their own country.

Please note we are no longer accepting any grant applications – for either worldwide or UK work – on bird species. For organisations that do support projects on birds please visit Terra Viva grants.

If you have any questions about your eligibility please feel free to email and we will be happy to discuss them with you. 

How to apply

Please note we only accept grant applications via our online system. Allow yourself plenty of time to go through the application process. We recommend starting your application at least four weeks before the deadline. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to email We get a huge number of queries leading up to a closing date and therefore cannot guarantee to respond to all those made within a day or two of the deadline.

We acknowledge all applications. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email from us we MAY NOT have received your application.

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Other source of funding

Terra Viva Grants Directory
Find out more about other grants for environmental projects in developing countries through this very informative website.

Save Our Species
A global coalition led by IUCN to conserve threatened species and their habitats.

The Darwin Initiative
A UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment in developing countries and UK Overseas Territories (OTs).


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