Worldwide grant criteria

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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

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.

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.


The next worldwide conservation insight grant application deadline will be February 2017 to be assessed at a meeting in April- date to be confirmed. Please apply for a grant early in 2017 to prevent any data you submit becoming out of date and your application will be acknowledged within two weeks of being received.

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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