Wildlife Conservation Network
Principal Office: USA
The Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) is dedicated to protecting endangered species and preserving their natural habitats around the world.
WCN collaborates with independent conservationists who live and work in developing countries, and who are exploring new ways to resolve the conflicts between people and wildlife. These conservation entrepreneurs are WCN’s associates and partners.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
WCN supports conservation associates and partners with in-kind contributions to help them with networking and capacity building.
1 — Exhibitors. Exhibitors are organizations that receive a free space to exhibit at the Wildlife Conservation Expo. WCS gives exhibitor status to qualified nonprofit organizations active in wildlife conservation and/or animal welfare.
Note: WCN may post opportunities for exhibition space at conservation conferences in addition to the WCN Expo in San Francisco.
2 — Partners. Partnerships are organized around threatened and endangered wildlife species and species groups. WCN assists partners with networking, media promotion, coaching in fundraising and donor development, and technical and computer assistance.
WCN’s partners are registered nonprofit organizations, usually with an organizational budget below US$250 thousand.
WCN favors programs which have recently progressed beyond the start-up phase, and where the principal conservationist and budget expenditures are highly focused in the range states.
Partners receive assistance with fundraising to achieve a minimum goal of US$20 thousand per year.
Based on these submissions, WCN invites full proposals from a limited number of applicants.
The WCN considers applications for new partnerships on an annual cycle. Each year, WCN posts a timeline for receipt of LOIs and proposals.
Note: WCN will not be adding new partners during 2018.
3 — Scholarships. The WCN Scholarship Program funds graduate education and applied training for community-based conservationists. The scholarship provides tuition and living expenses. Scholarship awards range from US$5 thousand to US$ 45 thousand.
About the WCN Scholarship Program
4 — Crisis and Recovery Funds. Crisis and Recovery Funds invest in projects aimed at protecting a threatened species beyond a singular country and across its entire habitat.
The Fund consists of two main programs: The Elephant Crisis Fund and the Lion Recovery Fund. The Elephant Crisis fund supports projects that focus on anti-poaching, anti-trafficking and demand reduction. The Lion Recovery Fund supports ideas and initiatives to recover lions and restore their landscapes.
More about the Elephant Crisis Fund
More about the Lion Recovery Fund
Funding ranges from US$30 thousand to US$150 thousand.
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
Applicants to WCN should review Wildlife Programs for an overview of the network’s interests and current partnerships.
The Lion Recovery Fund (LRF) is an initiative of the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
Contact information is provided.
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