Guidance

Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund (IWTCF)

The Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund (IWTCF) is a UK government competitive grants scheme aimed at eradicating the illegal trade in wildlife.

The UK is committed to protecting endangered animals and plants from poaching and illegal trade.

The IWTCF provides funding for practical projects around the world that help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and, in doing so, reduce poverty.

Projects funded by the IWTCF aim to:

  • reduce demand for illegal wildlife trade products
  • ensure effective legal frameworks and deterrents
  • strengthen law enforcement
  • develop sustainable livelihoods to benefit people directly affected by illegal wildlife trade

Through the IWTCF, £37 million has been allocated to 113 projects in over 50 countries since 2014.

Apply for funding

To find out more about the IWTCF’s criteria and objectives, including a database of previous IWTCF projects, and how to apply for funding, see the IWTCF website.

Other challenge funds

Other challenge funds which focus on supporting similar activities include:

  • Darwin Initiative offers funding for biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction activities in eligible low and middle income countries
  • Darwin Plus offers funding for the natural environment and climate change in the UK Overseas Territories (OTs)

Contact

For questions about IWTCF policy, contact the IWTCF Secretariat at Defra: IllegalWildlifeTrade@defra.gov.uk

For queries about project applications, contact the applications team: iwt-fund@ltsi.co.uk

For queries about applying through the Flexi-Grant applications, contact the Flexi-Grant support team: flexigrant@ltsi.co.uk

For queries relating to existing projects, contact the project administrators: iwt-fund@ltsi.co.uk

For queries about project finance, contact the finance section: darwin-finance@ltsi.co.uk

Published 16 October 2020
Last updated 15 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated the number of projects funded by the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund.

  2. First published.