-- Next Application Round: February 2018 --


Rules for applying for a grant of the Van Tienhoven Foundation

Next application round opens on 1 January 2018 and closes on 15 February 2018.

Focus for the small grants

The Van Tienhoven Foundation prioritises projects that are:

  • practical, hands-on and directly applicable in order to generate change

  • initiated, owned or widely supported by local stakeholders, in order to ensure sustainability

  • focused on threatened species and ecosystems and/or key biodiversity areas

  • aimed at countering the human-induced causes for these threats, in order to have maximum conservation impact

  • exemplary for a wider problem, serve as a catalyst for raising awareness and engaging other stakeholders

  • leveraging and demonstrating that small grants and individual efforts can make a difference

The Foundation prioritises actions that lead to direct change in policy and practice. The purchase of vehicles and equipment will not be funded, unless these can be directly attributed to action for change. Western salaries are not financed.

Additional criteria and process for application

  • The Van Tienhoven Foundation holds two Board Meetings each year. In regular years, applications must be submitted in English before the 15th of February or the 15th of August in digital form. However, due to the large amount of applications received in the February 2017 round, the Board has decided to allocate all funds in this first round. The next chance to apply is before 15 February 2018.
  • Applications that are incomplete or do not follow the format of the Van Tienhoven Foundation will not be taken into consideration.

  • Applicants will receive a decision by the Board within eight weeks after the submission deadline; decisions are at the discretion of the Board and arguments will not be given for positive or negative decisions.

  • Projects (or specific parts of larger projects) for which funding is applied for will only be considered by the Board of the Van Tienhoven Foundation when they have not yet started before the date of the decision of the Board.

  • Only 1 application per person or organisation will be taken into consideration each call for proposals, if the following conditions have been met: 
      1. A final report has been submitted of any project previously supported by the Van Tienhoven Foundation.
      2. No more than 3 projects of the same person or organisation have been funded by the Van Tienhoven Foundation during the past 8 years (starting from the date at which a final report of the first project was received by the secretariat of the Van Tienhoven Foundation
  • Only projects outside The Netherlands will be considered for funding, unless they apply to migrating animals.

  • The Van Tienhoven Foundation (co-)sponsors projects to a maximum of € 10,000. If the Board considers applications of similar importance, requests for smaller amounts of money will be given priority.

  • If projects are to be co-sponsored by the Van Tienhoven Foundation, a financing plan has to be added which includes incontestable evidence of subsidies already applied for and awarded by other organisations.
  • Governmental organisations are excluded from funding

  • Projects which are part of a study leading to any academic title will not be honoured.
  • The Van Tienhoven Foundation is an advocate of the use of social media to promote nature conservation activities. Therefore, as part of the application process, we encourage applicants to create a non-profit page on www.pifworld.com and upload information on the project for which funds are sought. Pifworld.com is a crowdfunding and networking platform for a better world. Creating non-profit pages will take only 5 minutes via this link and is free of charge. Through these non-profit pages, we are jointly creating a world wide project database for nature preservation, while simultaneously enabling the world to participate.


  • Within six weeks after finishing the project, a preliminary report has to be submitted with a summary of activities, the first results and an account of the expenditures. Not later than one year after finishing the project, a report of the results of the project including a financial report showing how the funds have been spent has to be submitted. The final report must include one hard copy (A4 format) and a digital copy of the full report in pdf format. This report might be published on the website of the Van Tienhoven Foundation.

The application round for February 2017 is now closed. Applications received after 14 February 2017 will not be taken into consideration. The next deadline is 15 February 2018. Applications can be made from 1 January 2018 onwards.
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