The WWF Nedbank Green Trust funds projects that make a catalytic contribution as defined in our funding criteria

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Apply for Funding

When applying for funding, applicants must motivate how their project will enable this strategy, meet the funding criteria and deliver on the environmental outcomes. Please note that proposals that do not significantly contribute to the strategic outcomes of the WWF Nedbank Green Trust as set out in the funding guidelines document will not be considered for funding so please read the funding guidelines document carefully and only submit your project if it fits that criteria.

Projects are funded for a maximum of three years with the option to extend it under exceptional conditions. In such instances applicants must have a viable sustainability plan.

What we look for

When we consider proposed projects, we look at the following:

  • Is the proposed project catalytic and can it be scaled up to national level?
  • Will it contribute to achieving the identified
    environmental outcomes?
  • Do people believe in the value proposition?
  • Is it valuable, unique, innovative and transferable
  • Can/will the project be adopted by others?
  • Will it be a valuable addition to the project portfolio?
  • Please include letters of support from the receiving environment or proposed beneficiaries of your project.
  • Please ensure that your proposal clearly demonstrates how the change you are working towards will take place.  Make clear the assumptions and facts you are basing your project upon and demonstrate how these, coupled with your solution, will lead to catalytic change.

What we do not fund

The WWF Nedbank Green Trust will not support the following:

  • Conduit organisations that are not the end users
    of the project funds.
  • Initiatives that focus on ex-situ (off-site) conservation
    activities with little implications for wild populations, e.g.
    captive breeding, rehabilitation or welfare of individuals.
  • Purely academic research not linked to trust 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.

Funding Application Guidelines

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All applicants must apply to the WWF Nedbank Green Trust using the online form available on this website (see below). All information related to the trust is also on this website. All applications submitted to the WWF Nedbank Green Trust through the website are received by WWF South Africa. Applications are processed three times a year.

Once received, applications go through the following internal process:

Application Submission deadlines

  • Tuesday 22nd March 2022
  • Monday 18th July 2022
  • Wednesday 7th December 2022

Please note: only submissions received by 17h00 on the day of submission will be considered in that funding cycle.


The WWF Nedbank Green Trust manager and the relevant WWF-SA environmental outcomes professional review the application to see whether it will make a contribution to our overall strategy. Note that external professionals may be consulted, if necessary.


Based on the initial review, the application is tabled at the WWF-SA Strategic Review Meeting for testing.


If a proposed project passes the strategic review testing, 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 approval. The Management Committee is represented by WWF-SA and Nedbank professionals.

It takes a minimum of 30 days to review new projects. Should it take longer, applicants are welcome to contact WWF-SA to track progress of their application. We recommend that applicants work closely with the relevant WWF-SA programme manager to develop the project before it is submitted for approval.

Download the Application Form

Complete the application form and attach to the message below

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    *Attach Word version application here