Apply for funding

Applications for funding are invited from 1-15 June and 1-15 December.

********We are now accepting applications for conservation project funding for up to €30,000**********

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS is 15th December 2023 at 12 MIDDAY (GMT) / 13.00 CET (GMT+1). NO applications will be accepted after this time.

The ‘Stage 1 Application Form’ can be downloaded HERE.

Please note that we will email you to confirm safe receipt of your application – if you do not receive an email within 48 hours, please contact us.

If your application is to proceed further, we will contact you directly to complete a FULL application form.

Please note projects MUST involve hands-on conservation and have a link to the outdoor enthusiast.


Non-profit organisations can apply to EOCA for funding twice a year.  All projects go through a rigorous selection process, being assessed against EOCA’s numerous funding criteria to provide a shortlist.  These projects then receive an in-depth review by our panel of scientific advisers, resulting in the final project shortlist which is put forward for the public vote, followed by the Members’ vote.

Please read Who Can Apply and Funding Criteria before applying.

Our policy for projects applying for funding can be read here.

Our privacy policy for projects applying for funding can be found here.

There is an increasing urgency and awareness of the double threat that our world currently faces: the loss of biodiversity and climate change. These two issues are intrinsically linked, and both are of enormous importance to wildlife, nature, people and the future of the planet.

From the highest mountains and the valleys between them, to streams, lakes and oceans, within these varied landscapes are many different ecosystems, each vital for biodiversity, mitigating against climate change, and for communities.

These include alpine meadows, forests, peatlands, freshwater habitats, salt marshes, mangroves and seagrass meadows, to name but a few.

EOCA funds projects which benefit biodiversity in a wild landscape. Our definition of ‘landscape’ includes marine environments, and a broad range of wild, non-urban spaces. Projects must conserve, protect, enhance, restore, and/or reconnect habitats within a given landscape that are particularly important for the biodiversity there.

The biodiversity focus should also address the importance that EOCA places on the issue of climate change. Projects should ensure that the habitats being conserved are those that sequester carbon, reduce emissions, enable adaptations to climate change, and/or protect against further habitat and biodiversity loss.

It is also very important that the projects are beneficial to the local communities that live in, or near, these habitats. Projects should highlight how they encourage local stewardship of habitats, alleviate poverty, support local ecosystem services, while at the same time, having a link to outdoor enthusiasts who value these precious wild spaces.