Grants from Wild Planet Trust

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The Wild Planet Trust, formerly known as the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, is a registered education, scientific and conservation charity established in 1957 and based in Devon, UK. They own three zoos in south west England, plus two local nature reserves and a National Nature Reserve. They are active in conservation both at home and abroad, often working alongside partner organisations 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. They are specifically interested in: (1) research into the ecology of rare and threatened species and habitats; (2) 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; (3) research into how human activity affects species and habitats, and how any potential human-animal conflict can be managed; (4) projects which aim to design and implement conservation education programmes; and (5) research into the welfare and breeding success of animals in captivity.

Some examples of successful applications in the past are: 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; or SPLOSH’ community marine festival: raising awareness of climate change and the marine environment.

2) Eligibility

Non-profit organisations are eligible to apply.

3) Location

They support projects worldwide.

4) Budget

The Trust awards grants to both UK and overseas projects, and they typically range in value from £500 to £1,500. It is unlikely that the Trust would make an award for more than £1,500. They do not support applications where the total cost of your project exceeds £15,000.

5) Application

Applicants are encouraged to complete the online application form. They will also need to send the following supporting documentation with the application form: a project description, which will need to include aims, method, outcomes and conservation benefits, a copy of a most recent CV, an independent letter of support for the project. All applications and supporting documentation must be written in English. The deadline for receipt of applications for the May meeting is 31st March and the deadline for the December meeting is 31st October. They are able to support around 10% of applicants.