Who can apply?

Non profit organisations can apply to EOCA for grants of up to €30,000, to implement a conservation project of up to two years in duration in any country around the world except North America (US and Canada – where the Conservation Alliance provides funding for conservation efforts from the North American outdoor industry).

Project applications are shortlisted according to their ability to meet EOCA’s criteria for funding. Using this criteria, the shortlist of projects is drawn up at the sole discretion of the General Managers, the Scientific Advisers and EOCA’s Board of Directors. The General Managers will seek further advice from EOCA’s Scientific Advisers if required. Due to the many diverse nationalities making up the whole panel, all applications must please be written in English.

The projects to successfully win funding will be chosen from the shortlist via a public vote and/or an EOCA’s members vote (in April for applications received in November and October for applications received in June).

The public vote involves some effort on the part of the projects involved, to mobilise supporters and generate votes for their project over a two week period. However, the process also gives projects a very valuable opportunity to raise the profile and awareness of their organisation and its work in an international arena.  The public vote provides the opportunity to reach thousands of people that might not otherwise know about the projects.

Project applications MUST:
– protect a threatened species or habitat;
– have a link to the outdoor enthusiast (see Funding Criteria for full details); AND
– involve hands-on practical conservation work.

BEFORE STARTING YOUR APPLICATION, PLEASE READ THE FUNDING CRITERIA PAGE CAREFULLY. It will help you understand the types of nature conservation projects we are looking for and the information we need from you.

Please also take a look at our frequently asked questions page HERE.