As part of a SOS African Wildlife initiative, funded by the European Union, we are inviting proposals for Rapid Action Grants to respond to threats linked to the COVID-19 crisis and its consequences. Rapid Action Grants are also available for conservation emergencies that respond to non-COVID-19 related threats.

Maximum grant size for the Rapid Action Grant is EUR 100,000 with no matching funds required. The maximum duration of the project should be 12 months.

Applications must be submitted in English or French and only through the SOS Online Portal where you can find additional information and download the application templates.


A range of conservation activities are eligible including, but not limited to, the following:
1.     Investigation of sudden new threats to species in specific locations (diseases, pollution, stranding, oil spill, anarchic development);
2.     Rapid support for specific actions aiming at preserving highly threatened species (targeted support for protected areas, meeting to agree last chance emergency measures, purchase of crucial equipment to protect specific threatened species);
3.     Urgent surveys and monitoring in the face of development;
4.     Activities that respond to emergencies resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions put in place to contain it, such as:      
i. Maintaining and increasing the frequency and coverage of anti-poaching patrols in response to the risk of increased poaching incidents;       
ii. Preventing the transmission of coronavirus from humans to wild animals, particularly great apes;       
iii. Developing alternative livelihoods for local communities who have suffered income losses as a result of the pandemic.       
iv. Other conservation activities targeting threatened species, where there is a demonstrable loss of funding as a result of the pandemic.