Applications for the Anniversary Grant are now closed, but projects wishing to apply for general funding (for which the same criteria apply) can still do so by downloading the application form below.

Applications are invited from individuals or projects for this year’s

£1,000 Wader Quest Anniversary Grant.

Download application form here

or write to for more details.

Projects should ideally be directed to one or more of the following funding priorities:
• Investigating the status of Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable or Near-threatened wader species
• Attempting to further the knowledge of current Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of significant importance to waders, through breeding surveys and conducting systematic counts
• Investigating potential new IBAs or ornithologically little known areas for waders
• Conducting ecological studies of little-known wader species
• Educational programmes, especially aimed at school children and youth to conserve and protect waders and their habitat
Priority will be given to projects:
• Conducted by Nationals of the country where the activity will take place
• Containing an educational element, that engage with local communities and/or have an element of long-term sustainability of the project, such as training of local counterparts or raising awareness of wader conservation within the wider community
• Providing an improvement in the understand of the conservation needs of a under studied wader species through research

A decision will be made and announced during the Wader Conservation World Watch weekend, our anniversary celebration event, which this year falls on the 2nd and 3rd of November. The Wader Quest Grants Committee decision will be final and, unless initiated by Wader Quest, no further correspondence will be entered into regarding the decision. Details of the winning project will be published in the resulting Wader Quest The Newsletter special after the event.