WWF Nedbank Green Trust Funding Program (South Africa)

Deadline: 6-Dec-23

The WWF Nedbank Green Trust is now accepting project proposals to promote the conservation of nature and ecological processes through the preservation of genetic, species and ecosystem diversity, through ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and through the promotion of actions aimed at reducing to a minimum pollution and the wasteful exploitation and consumption of resources and energy.

The Trust funds organizations that are developing innovative and transferable solutions, in partnership networks, that have the potential to catalyze (ignite and enable) change in South Africa from an undesired state to a desired state as defined by the Trust strategy. Therefore, all applicants must have a clear theory of change/ change logic for the solution proposed, relative to other actors, relative to the Trust strategy.

The WWF Nedbank Green Trust works with communities, who are the keepers of the natural resources, and other partners. The Trust directs their energy and efforts so that they can be key levers of change for South Africa’s future.

The WWF Nedbank Green Trust is interested in projects that offer:

Differentiated or unique ways to unlock a stuck problem.

Tangible impacts and outcomes based on agreed change logic.
Scaling, catalytic, potential: Viability (impact beyond funding period), future funding, demand for the solution, scaling mechanism.

Environmental outcomes contribution as guided by the WWF Strategy.
Relevance to big social issues.
People Centered solutions.
Gender considered solutions.
Visibility potential.
Evidence of support from the receiving environment (letters of support).
WWF Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework.

Funding Information
R 3 million over 3 years, dependent on the cost of producing the solution proposed.
WWF Nedbank Green Trust is looking for:
Is the proposed project catalytic and can it be scaled up to national level?
Will it contribute to achieving the identified environmental outcomes?

Do people believe in the value proposition?
Is it valuable, unique, innovative and transferable?

Can/will the project be adopted by others?
Will it be a valuable addition to the project portfolio?

Please include letters of support from the receiving environment or proposed beneficiaries of your project.

Please ensure that your proposal clearly demonstrates how the change you are working towards will take place. Make clear the assumptions and facts you are basing your project upon and demonstrate how these, coupled with your solution, will lead to catalytic change.

The WWF Nedbank Green Trust will not support the following:Conduit organisations that are not the end users of the project funds.Initiatives that focus on ex-situ (off-site) conservation activities with little implications for wild populations, e.g. captive breeding, rehabilitation or welfare of individuals.Purely academic research not linked to trust projects or with little evidence of practical application.Core support for organisations and the purchase of capital equipment, including buildings, fencing and vehicles.Development of commercial, private conservation enterprises and/or private nature reserves.


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