Other Funding Sources

CLP has put together a short list of the most popular conservation grants below.  For a comprehensive and well maintained resource, the Terra Viva Grants Directory develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world’s developing countries.  Please visit http://www.terravivagrants.org/ to view this well maintained database of conservation grants.


DonorDescriptionMaximum Amount ($)
Rufford Small Grants for NatureThe Rufford Small Grants Foundation provides funding for small nature/biodiversity conservation projects and pilot programmes in developing countries.8,000
Rapid Response Facility GrantsThe RRF provides support for rapid responses to emergency situations and immediate threats to biodiversity in a host of eligible sites worldwide. 30,000
Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation FundThe Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is a significant philanthropic endowment established to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field of species conservation and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate.25,000
African Bird Club - Conservation AwardsThe ABC Conservation Awards support small and medium-sized bird conservation projects in Africa. Applicants should normally be resident in Africa. 3,100
African Bird Club - Expedition AwardsThe ABC Expedition Awards (up to £3,000) take place within continental Africa or adjacent islands, with a strong base in conservation and birds. Applications are reviewed multiple times a year, with deadlines at the end of February, June, and October.4,700
Tropical Biology Association Small Grant SchemeThe TBA Small Grant Scheme provides ground-breaking support to TBA alumni groups to assist them with their conservation projects and to strengthen their proficiency in natural resource management and research. They are particularly interested in innovative ideas and approaches that will lead to real outcomes.2,300
Russell E. Train Education for Nature - Professional Development GrantsEFN’s Professional Development Grants (PDGs) provide support for mid-career conservationists to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills through short courses, workshops, symposiums, conferences (if presenting), and professional exchanges. 6,500
Russell E. Train Education for Nature - Conservation Workshop GrantsConservation Workshop Grants support non-governmental organizations, community groups, government agencies, and educational institutions. These grants support training courses and workshops in WWF priority ecoregions on topics of importance for local and regional conservation efforts.7,500
Russell E. Train Education for Nature - Reforestation GrantsEFN has launched a special grant opportunity focused on supporting communities in regaining ecological integrity and enhancing human wellbeing in deforested or degraded forest landscapes through Forest Landscape Restoration.10,000
Save Our Species Fund - Rapid Action GrantsRapid Action Grants support conservation actions in case of emergency situations. These grants are awarded to support a special class of projects aimed at addressing immediate threats that require targeted specific action, with high chance of generating rapid positive results.25,000
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens - Conservation FundThe Conservation Fund makes grants for wildlife conservation, research, and education. Applications are accepted from non-profit organizations in the USA and other countries; governmental entities; accredited universities and research centers; and institutions accredited by AZA or AMMPA.25,000
Neotropical Bird Club Conservation AwardThe Neotropical Bird Club offers research grants up to $5,000 for conservation work, or for research which may be of conservation benefit. Awards are for projects carried out by nationals and/or residents of countries in the Neotropics (i.e. the Caribbean, Central America, and South America). 5,000
American Society of PrimatologistsASP supports students and young researchers from habitat countries who are engaged in primate conservation through two grants; Conservation Small Grants (up to $1,500) and The Conservation Award (up to $750). 1,500
Bat Conservation InternationalBCI offers two granting programs, Student Research Scholarships and Global Grassroots Grants, designed to create and support a new generation of talented young researchers and conservationists dedicated to the lasting survival of the world’s 1,300+ species of bats.5,000
Primate Conservation Inc PCI offers seed funding and matching grants for graduate students, qualified conservationists, and primatologists to study rare and endangered primates. Preference is for projects that involve people of the habitat countries, with a current focus on projects in Asia and West Africa.5,000
Wilson Ornithological SocietyThe Wilson Ornithological Society offers five types of research awards to fund avian research anywhere in the world. Eligibility is open to citizens of all countries. Grants range from $1,000 to $2,500 -- varying with each award program. Membership in WOS is encouraged, but not required.2,500
Audubon Naturalist SocietyThe Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund makes grants for local conservation projects in developing countries. The grants are intended as seed money for communities and individuals. The Fund especially invites applications from the developing countries. 2,000
Kwame Nkrumah Scientific AwardsThree awards are available for outstanding African scientists; (i) AU-TWAS National Young Scientists Award at the National Level ($5,000); (ii) African Union Regional Women Scientists Award at the AU Regional Level ($20,000); and (iii)Continental Scientific Award at the continental level ($100,000).100,000
International Society of Tropical Foresters Innovation PrizeThe Yale chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters announces the ISTF 2015 Innovation Prize for outstanding initiatives in biodiversity conservation at the landscape level. The contest invites projects led by local organizations in developing tropical countries, with priority for multidisciplinary research and teams. 2,500
USFWS Conservation of Neotropical BirdsThe United States Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act supports an annual grants program to promote the conservation of neotropical migratory birds and their habitats in the USA, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Projects are for one or two years.100,000
British Ornithologists' Union Grants and BursariesThe BOU offers Small Ornithological Research Grants that support small projects outright, or to partly fund medium-sized programs. The BOU also offers Career Development Bursaries to support short-term research positions of young and early-career ornithologists in any country.4,000
Critical Ecosystems Partnership FundCEPF provides grants for nongovernmental and private sector organizations to help protect biodiversity hotspots, Earth’s most biologically rich yet threatened areas. CEPF provides Small Grants up to $20,000 and Large grants from $20,000 to $150,000.150,000
Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund - Annual Conservation GrantsThe Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund provides financial support for the study of wildlife, the protection of habitats and community conservation and education. The goal is to support conservation organizations focused on long-term positive impacts for wildlife and habitats. 25,000
Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund - Rapid Response FundIn times of true crisis, emergency funding is provided in response to urgent environmental or conservation needs. Each year the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund sets aside dollars in a Rapid Response Fund. 5,000
Whitley Fund for NatureThe Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) offers awards and grants to outstanding nature conservationists around the world. They locate and recognise some of the world’s most dynamic conservation leaders and support projects founded on good science, community involvement and pragmatism.55,000
The Flagship Species FundThe Flagship Species Fund (FSF), a joint initiative between Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Defra, provides practical support for the conservation of globally threatened species and their habitats. The fund supports projects that aim to conserve flagship species. 23,500
Future for Nature FoundationThe Future for Nature Award is a prestigious international award that celebrates tangible achievements in protecting wild animal and plant species. 62,300
The GEF Small Grants ProgrammeSGP grants are made directly to community-based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in recognition of the key role they play as a resource and constituency for environment and development concerns. 50,000
Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo -- Conservation Grant FundThe zoo's Conservation Grant Fund accepts proposals from individuals and organizations for one-year grants in conservation field projects and research. There are no restrictions by nationality or residence, and there is no minimum or maximum grant size.1,000
Fresno Chaffee Zoo -- Grants for Wildlife ConservationThe Fresno Chaffee Zoo Wildlife Conservation Fund makes grants for wildlife conservation and research that focuses on rare, threatened, and endangered animals and their habitats. The priority is for in situ conservation projects.2,000
American Society of MammalogistsTwo awards are offered; 1) Latin American Student Field Research award ($1500) and 2) the Oliver P. Pearson award ($5000). 5,000
ZSL EDGE of Existence programmeZSL EDGE focuses specifically on threatened species that represent a significant amount of unique evolutionary history. 12,000
National Geographic Committee for Research & ExplorationNational Geographic's Committee for Research & Exploration (CRE) funds hypothesis-based scientific research. 25,000
National Geographic Conservation TrustNational Geographic's Conservation Trust funds innovative and applied approaches to conservation with potential for global application.25,000
National Geographic Young ExplorersTo be eligible for National Geographic's Young Explorers Grants applicants must be at least 18 and no more than 25 years old when their pre-application is received.5,000