Future for Nature Award

Future for Nature Foundation

Grant amount: €50,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 16, 2019

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Age restriction: Between 18 and 35 years of age

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The Future for Nature Award

The Future For Nature Award is a prestigious international award that celebrates tangible achievements in protecting wild animal and plant species.

The Future For Nature Award aims to:

  • Reward and fund individuals for their outstanding efforts in the protection of species of wild animals and plants
  •  Stimulate Award winners to sustain their dedicated work
  •  Help winners to raise their profile, extend their professional network and strengthen their funding basis

The Award provides the winners international recognition, financial support and reinforced linkages to an international conservation network.

In addition to the Award amount, all recipients receive a small Future For Nature sculpture and a Future For Nature Certificate summarizing their achievements.

Future For Nature supports young, talented and ambitious conservationists committed to protecting species of wild animals and plants or conservation of nature in general. Individuals that make the difference for the future of nature by showing leadership, vision and courage. To this end the Future For Nature Foundation annually awards 3 young conservationists a sum of € 50 000,- each for performed conservation work that is innovative, (cost) effective and sustainable. 

Winners will present their work at the Future For Nature Award event at Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The event will take place in March, April or May 2019. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Future For Nature Foundation.

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


  • The following criteria must be met to be eligible to apply and will be used in the selection procedure for the Future For Nature Award winners. The candidate:
    • Should not be older than 35 years and no younger than 18 years on 30th April 2019 
    • Has achieved substantial and long-term benefit to the conservation status of one or more animal and/or plant species or for a specific population of one or more animal and/or plant species.
    • Has demonstrated commitment, determination and passion for conservation work.
    • Has demonstrated leadership and entrepreneurship in his/her conservation work.
    • Has been creative and innovative in his/her work.
    • Has demonstrated to be (cost) effective and integer in the conservation work performed.
    • Must be determined to continue his/her conservation work, as the Award aims to stimulate the winner’s future work. It is not an "end of career" prize.
    • Is proficient in English to be able to reach a large audience.
  • The award should be used for a conservation project of the winner’s own choice, initiated and implemented by him/her.
    • The focus of the project must be on conservation of species. The project can involve a component of (fundamental) research but this should not be the main focus. The main focus should be conservation action with an practical impact.
    • Project descriptions should substantiate the relevance of the proposed activities to species conservation.


  • Work related to the conservation and protection of endangered species (global IUCN's Red List or regional/national Red List) is given priority.


  • Future For Nature will not allow administrative deductions to be made or claimed by mother organizations.
  • Organisations cannot apply