COVID-19 Response Resilience in Wildlife Community Small Grants

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The Lion’s Share calls for proposals for the Resilience in Wildlife Community Grants, which supports initiatives in communities dependent on wildlife-based tourism and income from associated activities, to withstand this current, and future, outbreak of pandemics and other global shocks. The small grants (US$ 20,000 – 50,000) are disbursed to non-profit organizations in developing countries seeking funds to catalyze community/local-level action to protect severely threatened ecosystems or wildlife in their last strongholds. These grants will finance local projects that find innovative solutions to wildlife conservation challenges, while simultaneously enhancing local people’s well-being and livelihood.

Grantees will demonstrate solutions that show how communities in wildlife rich areas can become more resilient to major shocks such as pandemics and natural disasters, which bring sharp decreases in visitor numbers, while maintaining conservation and livelihood objectives in parallel for the mutual benefit of wildlife and ecosystems. Solutions could include: resilient alternative livelihood opportunities that can survive periods of volatility, expanding revenue streams for wildlife supportive industries, integrating sustainable agriculture models into nature-based tourism (e.g. securing food and water supplies for communities in ‘downtimes’), enhancing connectivity and promoting virtual wildlife tourism experiences for sustained local income, implementing fast, timely and effective measures to ensure the health and safety of wildlife, promoting coping strategies that support gender equality and empower women, etc. This provides an opportunity to evolve the nature-based tourism approach towards sustainability and survival in times of crisis.

2) Eligibility

Non-profit organisations are qualified to apply.

3) Location

Actions must take place in developing countries.

4) Budget

Grant amount ranges from $20,000 to $50,000.

5) Application

Please submit the proposal using the template (can be downloaded from their website) with any supporting documents to The Lion’s Share Secretariat at TheLionsShare(a)UNDP.org, by 5 pm EST, May 15, 2020.