Important Notice

Due to the current global impact of Covid-19 we are prioritising our current support to existing partners and projects. All applications for funding will still be reviewed, but unless there are exceptional circumstances they will only be considered for potential funding in 2021.


World Land Trust mission:

  • To protect and sustainably manage natural ecosystems of the world. To conserve their biodiversity, with emphasis on threatened habitats and endangered species
  • To develop partnerships with local individuals, communities and organisations to engage support and commitment among the people who live in project areas
  • To raise awareness, in the UK and elsewhere, of the need for conservation, to improve understanding and generate support through education, information and fundraising

WLT generally supports projects that conserve threatened areas of high biodiversity value through the creation or expansion of protected reserves, restoration of degraded habitats and sustainable management of these areas.

WLT focuses on conservation work through an in-country NGO partner

The Type of Organisations supported by WLT:

  • Legally constituted non-governmental organisation (NGO)
  • National or local organisation, based in the country where their projects takes place
  • The organisation should have wildlife conservation as its primary objective
  • Demonstrable experience of managing conservation projects, preferably involving land protection and sustainable management of resources
  • The organisation must have similar objectives to the WLT

The Type of Projects supported by WLT:

Main project activities supported by WLT include:

  • land purchase and land lease to create nature reserves
  • work to create/designate municipal or community run reserves
  • other land focused conservation initiatives/easements to secure threatened habitats
  • protection and restoration of threated habitats using REDD+ and/or afforestation/reforestation
  • Other activities may include; on the ground protection (ranger salaries); biodiversity monitoring; education and outreach; habitat restoration; alternative livelihoods. Please note that these activities are unlikely to be funded separately and would only be considered if they form part of a wider project to bring land under conservation.

Please note:
If your organisation or project does not fit the above criteria then it is unlikely WLT will be able to provide funding.

Before considering applying for support from World Land Trust, please read the guidelines and criteria above. If you feel your organisation and project may be a good fit for World Land Trust please submit a project proposal by completing the application form below and your project will be reviewed. If you have not heard back directly from World Land Trust within three months of submitting an application your project has not fulfilled the criteria and will not be followed up.

  • Project Proposal Application

    Project Summary Information

    Summarise why this project is needed and what conservation outcomes it will achieve. Max 250 words
    Max 50 words
    Max 100 words
    e.g. land purchase, lease, community agreement, etc. Max 100 words
    Total in hectares
    Please state currency

    Project Main Application

    Summarise your responses as briefly as possible, whilst providing the key information requested. If applicable, email supplementary information such as organisational strategic plans, management plans or relevant regional and national activities.
    Include the political name/unit, climate, main habitat types, principal land uses and management systems, land tenure, main livelihoods, and socio-economic status of communities in the region. Briefly summarise any socio-cultural information (e.g. religion, local customs) that is relevant to the project. Max 400 words
    Include information on the direct threats (e.g. forest clearance or poaching) and the drivers behind these threats (e.g. expansion of large-scale agriculture or subsistence hunting). Max 400 words
    Include information on the altitudinal range of the site, vegetation and habitats, land cover (e.g. pristine forest, secondary forest, agroforestry, cropland, etc), and land uses (e.g. strict conservation, production forest etc) and why the area is of conservation importance. Max 400 words
    Include scientific names, their IUCN or national threat status, the population level significance of the site for key species, and other relevant information (e.g. endemism, breeding sites, migratory area). If you have species lists for the site or wider region send these as supplementary information. Max 400 words
    How will these change over time and are there any emerging threats to the project area? Max 400 words
    Include details of other areas where this outcome has already been observed. Max 400 words
    Max 400 words
    Max 200 words
    Including pending and current activities being carried out. Max 200 words
    If so, indicate their role and your relationship with these stakeholders. Max 200 words
    If the project fits within your organisation’s strategic plans, or with regional or national plans and policies then summarize these and email any relevant documents. Max 400 words
    If applicable, describe how these activities fit into your wider programme of work for the area and briefly summarise other activities or attach documents/proposals that cover this. Max 800 words
    Max 200 words
    Max 200 words
    Include information on how you will monitor that project activities have reduced the identified threats to the area, information on how you will assess the effectiveness of your site protection at maintaining or improving habitats, and how you will monitor key species and the methods for this. Max 400 words
    Indicate what costs are being requested from WLT, and any co-funding provided by your organisation and funding sought from other sources. Include an Explanation of the project costs (200 words):
    Include an explanation of funding and financing secured and future opportunities. Max 400 words
    Include relevant information on institutional capacity, political, social, financial or physical risks (e.g. fire, flood) and indicate how you will reduce these risks and if this is possible. Max 400 words
    If the project affects local communities describe how this will be managed and your process for community consultation. Max 400 words
    Max 400 words
    Depending on the type of project, WLT may request further information to complete the application process. For example, we will request specific information for restoration projects and for projects supported through carbon funding, and more information on multi-year projects where there are a large number of activities with separate outputs and outcomes.


    Please note applications that do not include a map cannot be evaluated by WLT.
    Provide a map or maps indicating the location of the project area and its position within the region or country
    Maximum upload size: 5MB
    Include your existing reserve areas, other national/regional protected areas and other habitats and areas that are relevant to the application. Make sure these areas are clearly labelled on the map or in a legend below the map.
    Include description of what each map is showing. WLT can look at maps in a variety of formats including GIS files, Google Earth and Google Maps, image files or sketch maps.