Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust Grant

Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust

Grant amount: £500 - £1,500

Next deadline: Mar 31, 2018

Later deadlines: Oct 31, 2018

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT) is a registered education, scientific and conservation charity established in 1957 and based in Devon, UK. WWCT owns three zoos, two local nature reserves and a National Nature Reserve. We are also active at home and abroad working directly and with partner organizations to conserve species and their habitats.

Each year, the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust awards a number of grants to individuals undertaking nature conservation projects; projects may involve practical habitat or species management, research, training, education, awareness raising or campaigning.

Some examples of successful applications:

  • A forest conservation club in Nigeria
  • The development of a monitoring programme for threatened frogs of Andasibe, Madagascar
  • Research project evaluating the habitat requirements of Sulawesi crested black macaques in Indonesia
  • Community-based conservation of Asian elephants in Rakhine Yoma, Myanmar
  • Research into nesting material preference in wild dormice
  • Monitoring storm impacts on Slapton Sands, Devon
  • An investigation into the impact of street lighting on larval feeding and development in the garden tiger moth in Cornwall
  • Makgadikgadi brown hyaena project: tackling the problem of conserving large and rare carnivores living in conflict with humans
  • Research into the captive management and conservation of the blue crowned laughing thrush
  • An investigation into reptile diversity in Quirimbas National Park, Mozambique

Update: From 2017 onwards, the Trust will be focusing on a certain area for funding for each round of applications. For the next round of applications in May 2017, the Trust will only be accepting applications for work benefitting conservation in Asia.

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


  • Must be an individual undertaking a nature conservation project.
  • Your project may involve practical habitat or species management, research, training, education, awareness raising or campaigning.


The Awards are open to all, and each application is judged on its own merits, however there are a number of topics that the Awards Committee are particularly interested in. These include:

  • Research into the ecology of rare and threatened species and habitats.
  • Projects which aim to encourage increased awareness of ecology, conservation and environmental issues in local communities, and to educate people on how to develop and carry out sustainable management practices in those communities.
  • Research into how human activity affects species and habitats, and how any potential human-animal conflict can be managed.
  • Projects which aim to design and implement conservation education programmes.
  • Research into the welfare and breeding success of animals in captivity.


  • Applications to participate in expeditions arranged by large organisations will not be considered.
  • We do not support applications where the total cost of your project exceeds £15,000.
  • Retrospective funding (i.e. funding for a project that has already begun) will not be provided for any project.