***REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS***
SavingSpecies is looking to fund new projects. We are soliciting new proposals for projects that meet our criteria.
You are invited to send us a brief letter of interest. Should your project fulfill our initial requirements, we will ask you to submit a proposal.
WHAT WE DO: We help local conservation groups purchase land for conservation and habitat restoration, and may consider projects for restoration of habitat on land that is within an existing protected area. We maximize our effectiveness by providing grants for the purchase and restoration of land that connects existing habitat fragments, or that prevents isolation of habitat that would otherwise continue due to habitat loss.
HOW WE WORK: As our existing projects demonstrate, our strategy is to fund relatively small land purchases — at most a few hundred hectares — with the aim to create several thousand hectares of continuous habitat. By restoring habitat connections these purchases improve the survival of dozens of endangered species. This approach increases the impact of our limited conservation funds. Our completed projects have involved collaborations and land purchases that, in some cases, were spread out over several years.
WHAT WE DON’T DO: We do not fund purchases of relatively intact habitats. We may, however, fund purchases of such habitat if it is part of a parcel that is otherwise eligible. Purchases of existing reserves, protected areas or otherwise intact habitats cannot be part of the proposal. That said, we have worked successfully with other conservation funding organizations to purchase intact habitats. Indeed, we view such collaborations very favorably. Simply, we welcome partnering with other organizations as part of larger efforts.
TO SUBMIT YOUR LETTER OF INTEREST
Your letter of interest must include:
- A Google Earth map that outlines the area to be acquired.
- Details of the approximate size (in hectares) of the area to be acquired (geographical coordinates required).
- The project cost.
- A list of the IUCN listed threatened species that are known or thought to live in the area, with their IUCN status (critically engendered, endangered, vulnerable).
- Description of proposed activity (e.g., land acquisition, wildlife corridor, reforestation of degraded land).
- A list of officers and a brief history of the in-country NGO that will implement the project.
- A brief prospectus on the long-term plans for the purchased land, such as whether it includes a restoration and/or forest planting program, whether the NGO will manage the land itself long term, or eventually turn it over to some national or regional body.
We will request more detail in your full proposal, if it is invited.
HELPFUL GUIDELINES IF YOU ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT A FULL PROPOSAL
If you are invited to submit a full proposal, we’ll provide more specifics to help you tailor your proposal. In the meantime, your first step is to read proposals for the Save the Golden Lion Tamarin and the Save the Greater Bamboo Lemur projects. Although these projects involve mammals, we will consider proposals to save any species. Our primary criteria are that the species or area concerned is threatened and buying land will reduce the threat.
An ideal project will meet some or all of the following criteria:
- Preserves or restores an area of high biodiversity and/or habitat for critically endangered species
- Administered by local or host-country NGO and staff
- Includes proactive measures to reclaim and restore degraded land or preserve existing habitat
- Fosters connectivity between forests and other habitats and existing protected areas
- Involves local people to ensure accrual of benefits to them.
When you have gathered the information–or if you would like to speak with someone about submitting a project or have any questions–please contact SavingSpecies.