Delegation of the European Union to Namibia

SOS African Wildlife Call for Proposals for Rapid Action Grants

04/05/2020 - 21:55

As part of our SOS African Wildlife initiative, we are inviting proposals for Rapid Action Grants targeting terrestrial / freshwater threatened species in continental Sub-Saharan Africa


The SOS African Wildlife initiative, launched in 2017 and financed by the European Union, DG Development and Cooperation, aims primarily to halt the decline of large carnivores in Africa, particularly lions (Panthera leo), leopards (Panthera pardus), cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus), and Ethiopian wolves (Canis simensis), as well as other African species increasingly threatened by poaching, habitat fragmentation and human encroachment on wild habitats. The objectives of this initiative are (i) to demonstrate impact of conservation actions on threatened species and their habitats in Africa and (ii) to empower and strengthen civil society organisations which are committed to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

IUCN SOS is now issuing a call to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to submit proposals targeting the conservation of any or all of the target species and other African species. Applications will only be accepted if they are submitted through the online portal at

For the full guidelines and further information: PDF icondetailed_instructions_for_applicants_covid_final.pdf

Maximum grant size for the “Rapid Action Grant” is EUR 100,000 with no matching funds required. The maximum duration of the project should be 12 months.

 Applications can be submitted in English or French.

 Eligible activities:  A range of conservation activities are eligible including, but not limited to, the following:

1.   Investigation of sudden new threats to species in specific locations (diseases, pollution, stranding, oil spill, anarchic development);

2.  Rapid support for specific actions aiming at preserving highly threatened species (targeted support for protected areas, meeting to agree last chance emergency measures, purchase of crucial equipment to protect specific threatened species);

3.       Urgent surveys and monitoring in the face of development;

4.  Activities that respond to emergencies resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions put in place to contain it, such as:

                                           i.         Increasing the frequency and coverage of anti-poaching patrols in response to the risk of increased poaching incidents;

                                         ii.         Preventing the transmission of the coronavirus from humans to wild animals, particularly great apes;

                                        iii.         Developing alternative livelihoods for local communities who have suffered income losses as a result of the pandemic;

                                        iv.         Other conservation activities targeting threatened species, where there is a demonstrable loss of funding as a result of the pandemic.


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