Conservation Follow-Up and Leadership Awards

Conservation Leadership Programme

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Next deadline: Sep 17, 2020 (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Oct 23, 2020 3:59pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Fields of work: Environmental Conservation

Applicant type: Organizations, Individuals

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Antigua and Barbuda Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Conservation Follow-up Awards

Conservation Follow-Up Awards involve grants of up to $25,000 and are available to teams addressing a conservation issue raised by recommendations in a project previously supported by CLP. Projects should be focused on direct conservation outputs, for example lobbying, awareness raising, education, training and monitoring.

Conservation Leadership Awards

The Conservation Leadership Awards involve grants of up to $50,000. This is awarded to teams leading complex conservation projects that connect previous work and typically focus on creating enduring systems to ensure conservation outcomes in the long-term (for example, forming a new, self-supporting NGO).

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • In 2020, CLP is accepting Continuation Awards for projects to be implemented in countries that are listed as low or middle income on the World Bank index with some exceptions. Please contact CLP with any questions. 
  • Team:
    • CLP Awards are for team-based conservation projects – each team must have at least three people.
    • The team leader must be a national of the country where the project is taking place, although we will consider co-leadership with a non-national team member with justification.
    • At least two team members must be from the original CLP project; additional team members must be early-career conservationists with no more than five years of paid work experience in the conservation sector. ‘Paid work experience’ does not include research for a university degree.
    • Applicants may participate in only one CLP project at a time.
    • Team members who are from other, ineligible countries (with the exception of those subject to sanction by UK/EU/US/UN) are permitted to take part in CLP-funded projects provided that at least half of the project team are from the target country and the project is either led or co-led by a national of the target country. 
  • Project:
    • Follow-up Award applicants must have completed and reported on a CLP Future Conservationist project; Leadership Award applicants must have completed and reported on both a CLP Future Conservationist and Follow-up award projects.
    • The project must build on a previous CLP project by addressing a practical conservation issue raised by the original project.
    • CLP offers support to early-career conservationists living and working in low and middle income economies in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern and South-eastern Europe and the Middle East. The project must take place in one of the eligible countries. See here for ineligible countries (high income and countries with whom trade or other dealings are prohibited under any sanctions or restricted party regime imposed by the UN, EU, UK and USA) and high income Caribbean and Pacific Island economies that are eligible.
    • Follow-up projects may be up but no more than two years in length; Leadership projects may be up to but no more than three years in length.
    • The total funding request from the CLP must not exceed US $25,000 for Follow-up Awards and US$50,000 for Leadership Awards; CLP funding must cover at least 50% of the total project budget for both award types.
    • The project must focus on globally important species for biodiversity conservation that are at risk. We consider a species to be ‘at risk’ if it is designated as globally threatened (CR, EN, VU) or data deficient (DD) by the IUCN Red List OR if there is information suggesting that urgent conservation action is needed.
    • For those projects focusing on multiple species and/or taxonomic groups, at least one species in each taxonomic group being studied must be at risk.
    • Applicants must provide a hyperlink to published factsheets for the sites proposed.
    • Projects that involve laboratory analyses must justify why this work is critical and urgent for conservation.
    • It is possible for a team member to use the data gathered as part of a CLP project for a university level thesis. However, this cannot be the main focus of the project and any proposal that includes data collection for a thesis must show how the project goes beyond this research. A team can achieve this, for example, by asking a supplemental research question to a thesis that will be explored during the project, by adding a community engagement or policy component, or other conservation-oriented activity. The project should demonstrate how it aims to build conservation capacity.



  • Nationals of a country subject to sanctions or trade restrictions imposed by USA, UK or EU a re not eligible to participate on a project team.
  • No team member can be a part- or full-time paid employee or contractor with a CLP partner organisation, including BirdLife International, Fauna &Flora International, and the Wildlife Conservation Society, at the time of project development through implementation. Any team member volunteering at a CLP partner organization at the time of application and/or project implementation MUST be declared in the application.
    •  They also need to explain how the CLP proposal differs from the partner organization’s work.
  • CLP Does NOT Fund:
    • Projects that include gene storage or captive breeding.
    • Conference attendance, tuition fees for academic programs or scholarships.
    • Salaries or stipends to team members or consultancies.
    • Projects initiated by a CLP partner organisation.

This page was last reviewed August 05, 2020 and last updated July 29, 2020