IUCN Small Grants for Purchase of Nature


Deadline: 1 May 2016

The International Union for Conservation of Nature Netherlands (IUCN NL) accepts grant applications each year from local NGOs in Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Nicaragua and other countries for its program Small Grants for the Purchase of Nature (SPN). The fund is provided to purchase threatened nature, create safe reserves and connect wildlife habitats for endangered species. Best proposals from the most capable local NGOs are selected each year for the grants.

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SPN focuses on areas with a high biodiversity value that are crucial for the survival of endangered species like parrots, poison dart frogs or woolly monkeys. These areas are under high pressure from land conversion, development projects, or logging. With the financial support from SPN, local NGOs can protect these threatened ecosystems and safeguard them for future generations.

Since its foundation in 2001, SPN has enabled the purchase of over 32.000 hectares.

The next deadline for the SPN programme is in May 2016. The criteria and guidelines for this call will be published by the end of January 2016.

Priority Areas

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SPN focuses on areas with a high biodiversity value that are crucial for the survival of endangered species like parrots, poison dart frogs or woolly monkeys. These areas are under high pressure from land conversion, development projects, or logging. With the financial support from SPN, local NGOs can protect these threatened ecosystems and safeguard them for future generations.

Focus Regions

Funding Available

Maximum SPN fund will be EUR 85,000. A small amount of the fund can be used for initial investments to secure the sustainability and conservation impact of the purchase (fencing, signboards, guard’s salary and accommodation etc.) besides the acquisition of land.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Local NGOs having project located in one of the above regions can apply for the funds.
  • Applicants must have experience and capacity concerning the management of a conservation area; and in the field of project management, and financial management and control.
  •  Applicants must have local expertise.
  • Applications from governmental institutions and commercial (for profit) organizations are not considered for evaluation.  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.

Priority Project Sites

  • Land purchase in or adjacent to areas with a high biodiversity value, like, AZE sites, IBAs or Ramsar sites.
  • Areas with ecosystems hosting species listed CR or EN on the IUCN Red List.
  • Land purchase involving ecosystems underrepresented in the public protected areas system.
  • Areas with a strategic importance for the protection of the hinterland (buffer zones) or conect important areas (corridors).

Application Process

  • In the first stage, pre-proposal must be sent in the format provided by IUCN.
  • The criteria and guidelines for this call will be published by the end of January 2016.

For more information about these grants, please visit IUCN Purchase of Nature Call 2016.

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