PCLG Small Grants Initiative 2023

Deadline: 15th of June, 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, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

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


The overall grant budget is $60,000 to fund small grants in all three target countries. Applicants are encouraged to apply for small grants of between $2,000 and $7,500, however this could be up to a maximum of $10,000 if the case is well justified. We prioritise support to smaller organisations that may find it more difficult to access funds from other sources.


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

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


There are two stages involved in applying for the small grants initiative.

Stage 1: 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:

  • Via email at
  • By completing an online form
  • Via an interview with the in-country PCLG national champion or with IIED (project team contact details are available on the project page).

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

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