People and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) Small Grants Initiative 2023 (up to $7,500)

This informs the public about the People and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) Small Grants Initiative 2023. Details about the Program are given below.

People and Conservation Learning Group Grants 2023

About People and Conservation Learning Group Grants 2023

The People and Conservation Learning Group is excited to announce the launch of a small grants initiative for 2023, funded by the Arcus Foundation and delivered by IIED.

Applicants will be able to apply for grants up to US$7,500 to support people and great ape conservation in three great ape range states: Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda.

Program Details 

At the heart of this small grants initiative run by the People and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) is supporting the self-determined priorities of local communities and Indigenous groups. Therefore we do not prescribe the type of activities that will be considered for funding, provided that the funded activities support issues and challenges related to both people and great apes (see criteria below).

This page provides information on the initiative and how to apply. Applicants are encouraged to find out more about the history of PCLG, how it has evolved into a small grants initiative that supports locally-led action, and who we are by visiting the project page.


To be considered for funding, the application needs to meet the following criteria.

  1. Clear benefit from the project for people and great apes
  2. Activities must take place in Cameroon, DRC, or Uganda
  3. Activities must be led by  local or Indigenous organizations, associations or groups, and
  4. Reasonable and cost-effective budget

The small grants initiative does not prescribe the type of activities the funding will support, since the funding is designed to support locally-led action. Local communities are best placed to define their own priorities.

The small grants initiative is keen to fund projects which foster collaboration between or within different networks of organisations, groups and individuals. Examples of projects that have been funded previously can be found on the project page.

Some examples of activities the smalls grants initiative will not support include: sensitisation/education projects; tree planting projects; law enforcement; project evaluations; water and sanitation projects or equipment needs.

People and Conservation Learning Group Grants 2023 Application

There are two stages involved in applying for the small grants initiative. Please review the detail and criteria above carefully and send in responses to the following questions (up to 750 words if submitting a written application or up to five minutes if submitting a video or recorded application).

Stage 1 application questions:

The PCLG team is able to review applications in French and English, as well as Rukiga and Rufumbira in Uganda and Baka and Bagyéli in Cameroon.

  1. Your details (name, email address, telephone number, etc.)
  2. Name of your organisation
  3. Is your organisation legally registered in your country? If so, please let us what type of organisation you are registered as (e.g. association, enterprise, cooperative, NGO). Note that you can still apply for a small grant if your organisation is not legally registered.
  4. Do you have an organisational bank account? (Please do not provide bank details at this stage)
  5. Country in which the funded activities will take place
  6. Problem related to people and great ape conservation which you would like to address, and the reasons why this is a priority
  7. Proposed activities – tell us why this is the best way to tackle this problem
  8. Amount requested and preferred currency

You can submit your answers to these questions in several ways – please pick the method that works best for you:

If you are unable to apply via these methods, please contact us and we will support you to submit your application or arrange a call to speak to you. We also hope to add applications via WhatsApp and will update this page when that’s available.

STAGE 2: If your idea is preselected for stage 2, we will be in touch to ask for more details. If your idea is unsuccessful in reaching stage 2, we will be in touch to let you know.

If you have read this webpage and still have a question, please contact [email protected].

Application Deadline

  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 June 2023.

Open this link for more details about the People and Conservation Learning Group Grants 2023.

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