Applications open

2022 Award for Natural Climate Solutions

Final deadline Friday 8 July 2022
Prize: £25,000
Enter now!

Calling all natural climate solutions innovators:

Is your project helping rainforest communities earn a decent and sustainable living?

Are you helping reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, supporting communities to be effective stewards of forests and protect biodiversity?

Apply to the 2022 Ashden Award for Natural Climate Solutions, supported by: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Winning prize fund: £25,000

Runner up prize fund: £1,000

Apply now: send your application form to

Applications close: Friday 8 July 2022

What you need to apply:

1. Full application information

Before applying, please refer to this information document which includes the eligibility criteria of our award as well as our FAQs.

If you have any questions about the award or application process that aren’t in this document, please contact us at to enquire.

3. Application form

To apply, please download and complete this application form.

To apply in French, Spanish or Portuguese, please use the following information and application forms:


You should email the completed application form to before the closing date of Friday 8 July 2022.

Key dates for the 2022 Natural Climate Solutions award:

• Friday 8 July

Applications close.

• Friday 15 July

Judging panels meet to select a shortlist of applicants. Shortlisted applicants to send additional information, financial accounts and references. All other applicants told they have not been successful.

Mid July – mid August

Ashden assessor/photographer may conduct an in-person visit or use videoconference calls to assess shortlisted organisations.

Monday 25 July

Deadline for receipt of additional information, audited accounts and references.

• Early August

Judging panels meet to select the award winner. All other shortlisted applicants told of the outcome.

August & September

Ashden representatives visit the award winner. Preparation of publicity material about all shortlisted applicants. Detailed case studies written about winner’s work. Film crew visit award winner.

2 November

Award ceremony and other events. More details to follow.

Examples of potential applicants

Our 2021 and 2020 Natural Climate Solutions award winners provide excellent examples of replicable models supporting indigenous communities to play a central role in the restoration of degraded land and be properly remunerated for their work and expertise:

2021 Natural Climate Solutions Award winner

A community-based NGO network working with rainforest communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to make a sustainable living though agriculture and tourism.

2020 Natural Climate Solutions Award winner

This indigenous-led organisation is doing critical work supporting the livelihoods and valuing the skills and knowledge of indigenous communities in the Brazilian Amazon.

Meet all of the 2021 winners

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