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The WWF Nedbank Green Trust funds projects that make a catalytic contribution as defined in its Environmental Outcomes Investment Strategy and Funding Criteria.
When applying for funding, applicants must motivate why and how their project will enable this strategy by a) being catalytic, b) meeting the funding criteria and c) delivering on the environmental outcomes as defined.

Projects are funded on a maximum three-year timeframe, with an opportunity for project extensions to be considered under exceptional conditions. In such instances, there needs to be a clear demonstration of a viable sustainability plan.

When considering proposed project submissions, the WWF Nedbank Green Trust looks at the following:
  • Is the proposed project catalytic and can it be scaled up to national level?
  • If the proposed project goes to scale, will it contribute significantly and catalytically to achieving the identified environmental outcomes?
  • Are people intrinsic in the value proposition of the proposed project?
  • Is it valuable, unique, innovative and transferable – can/will this project be adopted by others to scale up?
  • Will it be a valuable addition to the project portfolio to the extent that when the project portfolio is reviewed all projects are coherent in their outcomes as guided by the Trust’s environmental outcomes strategy?

Funding Application Guidelines

1. All applicants must apply to the WWF Nedbank Green Trust using the online form found on the Green Trust website. All information related to the Green Trust is found at this website as well.

2. Applicants must study the WWF Nedbank Green Trust funding guidelines 2014 and determine if their proposed project concept will make a significant and catalytic contribution to the WWF Nedbank Green Trust environmental outcomes.

3. All project applications submitted to the WWF Nedbank Green Trust through the website are received by WWF South Africa.

4. Applications are processed three times a year.

5. Once received the submission undergoes the following internal process (not necessarily in this order):
  • The WWF Nedbank Green Trust Manager and the relevant WWF-SA environmental outcomes professional conduct an initial review as to whether the project makes a contribution to overall strategy. Note that external professionals may be consulted where required.
  • Based on the initial screening, the submission is tabled at the WWF-SA Strategic Review Meeting. This is where the projects are tested as to whether the strategic contribution is significant enough to invest in. If it is not significant enough, a decline letter is issued and the decline recorded in the minutes of such meeting.
  • If proposed project passes the strategic review meeting, it is submitted to the WWF-SA Project Approval Governance Meeting.
  • Once approved at the Project Approval Meeting, the proposed project is submitted to the WWF Nedbank Green Trust Management Committee for final decision. The Management Committee is represented by WWF-SA and Nedbank professionals.

6. Concepts received take a minimum of 30 days to be screened. Should it take longer, applicants are welcome to contact WWF-SA to track progress of their application.

7. The WWF Nedbank Green Trust strongly advises that all project applicants work closely with the relevant WWF-SA Programme Manager in the development of project submissions before they are submitted. By doing so, applicants greatly enhance the probability of acceptance of the proposed project.

What the WWF Nedbank Green Trust DOES NOT fund

The WWF Nedbank Green Trust will not normally consider support for:
  • Conduit organisations that are not the end users of the project funds.
  • Initiatives that focus on ex-situ conservation activities with little implications for wild populations, e.g. captive breeding, rehabilitation or welfare of individuals.
  • Purely academic research not linked to the Trust supported 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.
  • Salaries, except as an integral part of a Trust supported project.
  • Socio-economic development projects without a core environmental component. Production of books, videos or films, except as an integral part of a Trust supported project.
  • Attendance of and travel to workshops, conferences and symposia or the costs associated with convening these events, independent of existing WWF Nedbank Green Trust supported projects.

Funding Application Forms

Please email all final forms to Sheyaam September at  Please email the forms in Word only and do not convert them to pdf or another other formats.

Download the Project Concept Submission Form  (Microsoft Word).