IUCN NL Small Grants for the Purchase of Nature (SPN): Enabling Strong Local Conservation NGOs to Protect Habitat


Apply By:  01/05/2018

The International Union for Conservation of Nature Netherlands (IUCN NL) is currently accepting applications for its Small grants for the Purchase of Nature (SPN) to enable strong local conservation NGOsto secure, connect and efficiently protect habitat of Red List species.

The IUCN NL programme Small grants for the SPN provide funds for local NGOs to acquire (through purchase or lease) threatened nature, create safe rerserves and connect wildlife habitats for endangered species.

Funding Information

The maximum financial assistance provided by SPN is Euro 85,000.

Priority Project Areas

  • Land acquisition (through purchase or lease) to secure areas hosting species listed as threatened (CR, EN or VU) on the IUCN Red List
  • NGOs working on the securing, restoring and connecting habitat of primates on the list of the 25 most endangered primates are specifically invited to submit proposals
  • Acquisition of areas with a high biodiversity value, like AZE sites or IBAs
  • Land acquisition (through purchase or lease) of areas that are important for securing the connectivity in a landscape (corridors, stepping stones)
  • Project in which the acquisition of land is part of a broader approach to secure and restore connectivity in a fragmented landscape and/ or to secure ecosystem services
  • Land acquisition (through purchase or lease) involving ecosystems underrepresented in the public protected areas system

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only projects located in AfricaAsiaLatin America and the Pacific are eligible for this programme.
  • IUCN NL is specifically inviting NGOs from Central Asia, Central America and the Middle East asked to submit proposals.
  • Implementing Organization: Proposals can be submitted by local NGOs with:
    • Experience and capacity concerning the effective management of a conservation area
    • Experience and capacity in the field of project management, financial management and control
  • Local Participation
    • The project should seek to harmonize with the needs, views, expertise and experience of local stakeholders.
    • The project should take into account local participation in conservation and management of the area to be acquired.

How to Apply

Interested NGOs should submit pre-proposals electronically at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries:

For more information, please visit Small Grants for the SPN.