Our grant program offers long-term, dependable baseline funding for selected, globally recognized biodiversity hotspots – our “legacy landscapes”.
We award grants to experienced, trusted conservation NGOs to ensure that the world’s most precious natural landscapes are preserved for generations to come.
Our flexible funding model supports the effective management of these landscapes now and for the future.
LLF’s unique strength lies in its ability to source significant long-term financing by blending public and private donor funds. Grant funding of one million USD per year is awarded to each legacy landscape in the form of either a:
A guaranteed sum of USD one million annually for as long as possible (currently estimated at 50+ years)
A guaranteed sum of USD one million annually for 15 years
Our grants are provided in strict accordance with our social and environmental safeguards system, which includes the needs and human rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Active involvement of the local population, including the establishment of transparent and culturally appropriate grievance mechanisms, is a mandatory requirement for funding.
For more information on applications or grant implementation, please see our For Grantees & Applicants page.
What We Fund
Legacy landscapes programs
Legacy landscapes are ecologically intact terrestrial protected areas and their buffer zones which also:
- Preserve the ecological functions of the protected area and buffer zone while respecting the needs and human rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities
- Promote good governance, effective public institutions, and trustful cooperation with local communities (e.g. via participation or grievance mechanisms)
Read more on our Legacy Landscapes page.
Core requirements for selected protected areas
- Contiguous area of at least 200,000 hectares (2000 km²)
- At least 50% of the landscape’s territory is classified as IUCN Category I/II or equivalent protected area(s) and managed by or under delegated authority of a national or regional government
- The remaining area of the legacy landscape (if any) must have some other recognized and legally secured protection status (e.g. another IUCN category, a community-management conservation area, etc.)
Core requirements for grantees
LLF grantees are non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with a strong local foothold and with proven credentials in the following areas:
- Track record of impactful conservation work at scale
- Experience in implementing large grants, including sufficient financial and administrative systems
- A legal base to work in the country and the legacy landscape (MoU or other) and a proven track record of conservation work in the region
- Familiarity and established trustful relations with relevant government agencies, local communities, grassroots organizations, and local stakeholder groups
- Adherence to LLF’s social and environmental safeguards system
- The ability to secure private match funding
Applications from consortia, specifically those including local community, grassroots, and Indigenous organizations, are strongly encouraged.
How to Apply
Calls for applications are currently closed.
LLF does not accept unsolicited proposals. When we issue a call for proposals, we may specify particular criteria such as geographic location, whether proposals for Perpetual or Sustaining Grants are solicited (or both), how much funding is available and how many proposals are likely to be considered for further development.
Are you already one of our grantees, or interested to learn more about the program and application process? Our library of documents is available on our For Grantees & Applicants page.