Endangered Landscapes Programme


Organizational profile: 
The Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP) is a partnership between the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. 
ELP has a vision for the future in which landscapes:

  • Support viable populations of native species with the capacity for landscape-scale movement
  • Provide space for the natural functioning of ecological processes
  • Provide sustainable cultural, social and economic benefits to people
  • Are resilient to climate change

And, ELP aims to achieve its vision by:

  • Funding the implementation of a suite of large-scale restoration initiatives that will bring back nature and be sources of inspiration, models of good practice, and foci for lesson-learning.
  • Funding participatory planning and development of new and innovative landscape restoration initiatives.
  • Providing inspiration and creating the conditions for scaling-up restoration in Europe through capacity building at the national and local level, sharing best practices and lessons learnt from its funded projects, and using robust evidence to demonstrate to key decision-makers the environmental, social and economic benefits to be won from ecosystem recovery.

Restoring landscapes for life, the ELP is building a future in which landscapes are enriched with biodiversity, establishing resilient, more self-sustaining ecosystems that benefit both nature and people. Projects funded by the ELP are sources of inspiration, models of good practice, and foci for lesson-learning.


Financing Instruments: Grants


Project scale: Landscape Restoration grants are awarded up to a maximum of US$5M for a period of 5 years. Project Planning Grants have a value of up to $100,000 and may last for up to 2 years. 


Recipient countries regions/country groups: Europe


Recipient categories: Not-for-profit organisations


Eligibility Criteria: 
•    Applications are invited from partnerships, where organisations contribute according to their individual and complementary experience, expertise and resources. 
•    Collaborations may include among their members international and national NGOs, national and local government agencies, research organisations, utilities companies, community organisations, local landowners, social enterprise businesses, the private sector and others. Government agencies and for-profit companies should not be major beneficiaries of ELP funding.
•    Each team should identify a Lead partner who will take responsibility for project delivery, coordination, communication and contracting with the Endangered Landscapes Programme. Lead partners must:

  • Be not-for-profit organisations including (for example) national, regional and international NGOs; social enterprise organisations.
  • Have previously managed grants of no less than 60% of the amount being requested from the ELP.
  • Be currently or very recently active in the project landscape. 

•    Applicants invited to submit a full proposal to Stage 2 will be required to provide evidence that they are financially stable (by providing audit reports from the last 2 years). 
•    Applicants that are awarded a full grant will be expected to have secured the consent and all required authorizations for the project from the government or other statutory body before any funds are disbursed.


Application guidelines:

Applicants may apply for the ELP funding through open calls. Open calls of the ELP were launched irregularly in the past several years. Please check ELP's official website and sign up for News Updates to keep up to date with any new funding opportunities.

Publication Date
Sunday, 27 March 2022
Applicable location
Forest conservation and management
Forest landscape restoration
Climate change
Financing opportunities