Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Grant

In February 2022, EFN will open a request for proposals focused on collaborative capacity building related to (i) environmental and social impacts and risks of development projects on ecosystems and their services and (ii) enhancing inclusive conservation and sustainable development.

The Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Grant, supported by Charlotte Bingham, seeks to build capacity and empower communities to achieve development objectives and inclusive conservation with projects that robustly address environmental and social issues. Charlotte believes the key to attaining inclusive conservation and sustainable development is collaboration at the local level among those who are engaged in development, conservation, and environmental and social impact assessment.

After 40 years doing environmental and social impact assessment, including training, Charlotte understands this is only part of the solution. She says, “Let us break down the silos of conservation, biodiversity restoration, impact assessment, economic development, etc., by interacting together whatever our roles (conservation managers, urban planners, impact assessors, food aid workers, farmers, fisherfolk, and so on). Let us focus on nature-based solutions and educate each other. To do so requires action anchored in thinking big about the whole planet and its interdependent resources, but at the same time delivering action locally, creating local ownership and using local knowledge to promote equity in access to resources and recognition of our place in nature.” Charlotte’s hope is that those who offer proposals will think broadly and deliver innovative solutions.

The Environmental and Social Impact Grant aims to provide competitive financial support to teams and institutions working in Kenya, Tanzania, and Madagascar focused on enhancing capacities to address environmental and social impact assessment needs with an emphasis on local communities and local practitioners. Proposals should aim to provide capacity building to improve the practice, quality, and effectiveness of community groups, government, and non-governmental institutions to design and implement sustainable conservation and development initiatives, plans, and policies.

The proposals should target diverse audiences involved in addressing social and environmental issues associated with the execution and management of conservation and development initiatives, particularly with a focus on WWF goals including climate, food, forests, freshwater, oceans, and wildlife.

The proposed activities should be completed before August 2023 and applicants may request up to US$15,000. Please note, the amount of funding may vary. The call will open on February 1st, 2022 and close on April 15th, 2022 at 11:59pm ET.


Organizations from the following countries are eligible to apply. Please note that within the eligible countries EFN gives preference to applicants working in WWF priority regions.

  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Tanzania


Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria to be considered for a grant. Please confirm you meet all eligibility requirements before applying. Please note: finalized eligibility and full guidelines will be available February 1, 2022. 

    • Your organization must be legally registered in an eligible country.
    • Your organization or project team must have a track record in capacity building related to environmental and social impacts, application thereof to local activities related to conservation and development; and ability to monitor results.
    • Your organization must submit all required documents by the application deadline.
    • Your organization must complete all grant activities before August 2023.
    • Proposed activities must include active learning, practical skill components, mentoring and/or field-based learning activity that build skills and knowledge for local stakeholders, institutions, and networks. Priority is given to local organizations that focus on addressing challenges of development that affect ecosystems and their services and enhancing sustainable development and conservation.
    • Your organization must commit to show how they will accomplish expected outputs within the context of country-specific regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Your organizations must commit to support work that is focused on WWF’s six ambitious goals including climate, food, forests, freshwater, oceans. and wildlife.


    Proposals should seek to engage diverse groups and sectors with emphasis on the following:

    • Developing skills, good practice, and standards. These should include hands-on activities and case studies that directly address the dual institutional challenges and gaps to understanding and mitigating the potential social and environmental impacts and risks associated with development programs and projects and opportunities for enhancing inclusive conservation objectives to achieve sustainable development.
    • Engaging diverse stakeholders, including gender mainstreaming and involvement of local and indigenous people and communities.
    • Fostering a professional network among individuals and organizations with emphasis on collaboration and information exchange. Priority will be given to proposals that seek to strengthen collaboration with local associations (i.e., conservation professionals, impact assessment professionals, environmental journalists, urban and regional planners or environmental lawyers), and regional bodies.
    • Strengthening institutional capacities to address governance challenges related to conservation, development, and infrastructure projects and to improving the expertise and experience of individuals and communities to achieve impact assessment and conservation outcomes collaboratively, including attention to cumulative effects, strategic level cooperation, and the use of nature-based solutions to environmental impacts and risks.

    Proposals will identify their contribution to improving one or more of the following ten thematic areas:

    • Participation and dialogue with diverse stakeholders
    • Inclusion of young people and other underserved groups in conservation and sustainable development
    • Gender dimensions and mainstreaming
    • Inclusive and equitable use, conservation, and governance of natural resources
    • Restoration, protection, and management of biodiversity
    • Productivity and resilience of tropical ecosystems, oceans, and coastal resource use
    • Equitable social and economic benefits to stakeholders
    • Cross-sectoral and long-term planning and management, risk identification and mitigation
    • Role of technology, capacity development, or innovation
    • Community-based management of natural resources and community enterprises linked to sustainable resource management


    The call will open on February 1st, 2022 and close on April 15th, 2022 at 11:59pm ET. The application will be made available at that time. Important dates below. 

    • February 1, 2022: Online application portal opens
    • April 15, 2022:  Deadline for proposal submissions
    • April-May 2022: Selection process
    • June 2022: Successful applicants informed
    • June-July 2022: Contracts signed, and grants issued


    For all inquiries and questions about Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Grants, please contact [email protected].