WLT Application Guidelines
Before considering applying for support from World Land Trust (WLT), please read the WLT’s frequently asked questions (FAQs) for local conservation partners on our website and the following Application Guidelines. If you feel your organisation and project may be a good fit for World Land Trust funding, please submit a project proposal by completing the application form below.
WLT’s mission is to protect and sustainably manage natural ecosystems of the world; to conserve their biodiversity, with emphasis on threatened habitats and endangered species; and to develop partnerships with local individuals, communities and organisations to engage support and commitment among the people who live in project areas.
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 conservation focused management of these areas.
WLT focuses on conservation work through an in-country partner organisation with a good track record of delivering conservation. Partners are typically non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and not for profit/charitable organisations, and with shared objectives around conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems.
WLT funding aims to create long-term and sustainable support for on-the-ground conservation activities, including land acquisition, protected area creation, reserve protection and ecosystem restoration. This application form will be used to initially determine the suitability of a project to receive WLT funding. WLT will likely follow up with further questions and clarifications and work to support the project’s development.
The Type of Projects supported by WLT
The main project activities supported by WLT are the creation of protected areas and the protection and restoration of threatened habitats. As part of these objectives, project activities may include land acquisition through a range of mechanisms including land purchase, leases, community reserves and protection status declaration (gazetting); on the ground habitat and biodiversity protection (e.g. ranger salaries and patrol costs); habitat restoration; community support projects; and conservation investments.
Please note that these activities are unlikely to be funded separately and would only be considered if they form part of a wider conservation project. Research and community education/outreach activities are only supported when these contribute to a wider conservation goal. All WLT funded projects need to have clear benefits, and no net negative impact to biodiversity, communities and climate.
How to complete this application
This application is the initial documentation for the proposed project. It is important that each section be completed with care to answer the specific question that is asked. Information should not be repeated across different sections, and all information must be clear and succinct with evidence and sources provided wherever relevant (please note guidelines for word limits).
The application should provide a logical and defensible narrative of the project design, including a clear goal, description of activities and conservation outcomes. All applications must provide a map and spatial data for the location of the project’s relevant boundaries.